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Avoiding a Chilly Future

Apr 23, 2012
The hoopla surrounding massive open online courses ("MOOCs") got hoopier last week with the announcement that Princeton, Stanford, Penn and Michigan had signed on with the startup Coursera, supported by $16M from Kleiner Perkins and NEA. These are important...
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The ABC's of EdTech: A is for Apple

Apr 11, 2012
What do the issues of capacity and affordability in higher education have in common? For one, they represent the serial priorities of the Obama Administration in higher education: first to generate an additional 8 million college graduates by 2020 so that the US can once again...
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Irrational Rationing: California's Public Universities and Colleges

Mar 28, 2012
Many educated Americans are surprised to learn that 70% of students enrolled in our colleges and universities attend state-supported institutions. This means that 70% of college students are not paying for the full cost of their education. We believe this was the right decision by...
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The Community Colleges Moment: the Easy Metaphor of Workforce Training

Mar 15, 2012
Q: How do you get an English major off your porch?
A: Pay him for the pizza
This is a joke we're hearing more frequently these days. It comes from last fall's Occupy movement as...
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Better Data Than a Bad Date

Mar 1, 2012
Like a beautiful but inattentive date, the Obama Administration's recent proposals to improve college affordability and completion mean well, but in a moment of passion end up calling you by the wrong name. Suffice it to say, the date does not lead to the desired...
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What's Above the Subtext?

Feb 15, 2012
From the 1994 film Barcelona:
Fred: Maybe you can clarify something for me. Since I've been, you know, waiting for the fleet to show up, I've read a lot, and...
Ted: Really?
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Adventures in Wonderland

Feb 2, 2012
Adventures in Wonderland - Inside Higher Education
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Announcing University Ventures

Jan 14, 2012
Thirty years ago America was an economic basket case. The official unemployment rate in 1982 exceeded 10%, but apples-to-apples unemployment (counting it the way we do today) was over 16%. Inflation was north of 6% and the prime interest rate reached 21.5% in June...
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A New Year's Resolution for Higher Education

Jan 5, 2012
If my college experience was about any one thing in particular, it was an exploration of a decaying gothic parkland. Someone at some point had spent a lot of money on the place, but clearly not in the past 30 years. The buildings onto which the architects had originally poured sulfuric acid...
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2011: Year of the "Squeezed Middle"

Dec 22, 2011
As we arrive at the end of a challenging 2011, it comes as no surprise that the Oxford English Dictionary has chosen squeezed middle as word of the year. This phrase originated in the UK to describe the economic circumstances of ordinary people caught between stagnant...
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