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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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When Governance Fails - From Pies to Penn State

Dec 8, 2011
Recent headlines from higher education remind us that many public officials don't understand how for-profit universities can be trusted to provide a quality education because their sole motivation is to maximize profits. The fact that we rely on...
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Where's the Race to the Top for higher ed?

Nov 26, 2011
University Ventures opinion piece published in Washington Post.
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An Unnecessary Dichotomy

Nov 24, 2011
From the Q&A session with First Lady Michelle Obama at a recent College Immersion Day for local high school students at Georgetown University:
Q Which college majors do you believe that are up and coming that high school graduates should focus on?
MRS. OBAMA: That's the beauty of a liberal arts education, and I value...
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Freezing Productivity in Higher Education: The Credit Hour Rule

Nov 10, 2011
Imagine that the U.S. government imposed a new health care regulation requiring that patients presenting with certain symptoms spend a minimum length of time in treatment in order for the service to qualify for reimbursement via Medicare or Medicaid.Looking up from the bottom...
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American Exceptionalism?

Oct 27, 2011
"No one in the United States tries to figure out what a great university is; they just look at the Ivy League. It's very important to have great institutions: they define success."
- Andreas Schleicher, Head of OECD's education division
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Occupy College Street!

Oct 13, 2011
Visiting a university in the UK last week, we stumbled upon this description in the regional guidebook found in the hotel room:
"Another great local attraction is Southwell Workhouse, which is the most complete workhouse...
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Moneycollege - Inside Higher Education - October 11, 2011

Oct 11, 2011
Moneycollege - Inside Higher Education - October 11, 2011
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What Technology Can't Do, and What It Can

Oct 7, 2011
Here are two interesting and seemingly unrelated developments since our last newsletter:
1) A front page story in the New York Times on how the rise in technology in education is not having any discernible impact on student learning...
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