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College Rankings No Longer Rank

Jun 19, 2015
At the request (i.e., demand) of my parents, I recently visited their attic to clear out my old stuff. The biggest culprit was my vast collection of cassette tapes. While it was easy enough to part with Madonna and New Kids on the Block, I grew nostalgic about the recordings I made on my snazzy Casio two-cassette boombox, most of which were of the weekly radio show...
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Who Owns The Competency?

Jun 5, 2015
Freshman year marked my first experience with the issue of privacy in higher education. It wasn't the typical "roommate hangs sign on door to warn...
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Leapfrogging to the 4G University

May 22, 2015
As East Africa is the world's fastest growing market for higher education, I find myself there frequently. On one of my recent trips to Kampala, the capital of Uganda, I met with the founder and CEO of a start-up university. Having invested tens of millions of dollars to launch the new institution, he calls the university a "gift to his country" - albeit one that appears likely to add substantially to...
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Distance Traveled

May 8, 2015
Prior to University Ventures, I created Wellspring, which ran scientifically-based weight loss summer camps and boarding schools - the first of their kind, and pejoratively called "fat schools" by the media. Working with children and their families over 5+ years, we changed...
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Double Myopia

Apr 24, 2015
As we walk around our neighborhood, my youngest son (4 years old) invariably asks the same question. He points at an electrical line and asks: "Is that a zip line?" My eldest son laughs and tries to explain to his brother that it's an electrical...
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A Snowball's Chance in Hell

Apr 10, 2015
In college, my roommates and I inherited a GE fridge that was 30 years old and built like a Sherman tank; it seemed like it weighed as much as one - so says my muscle memory from room-storage-room moves each year. It was so cumbersome that when it came time to finally dispose of it, our...
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Take Off, Eh?

Mar 27, 2015
If there's one place you'd think it would be easy to buy beer, it would be the home of Bob and Doug McKenzie: Ontario, Canada's largest province. But having grown up in Ontario, I can assure you this is not the case. (So, American friends, add this to your list of misconceptions about...
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Al Alburquerque: The Importance of Admitting Mistakes

Mar 13, 2015
Mike Francesa, the "Mike" half of "Mike and the Mad Dog" of sports radio fame, is a man who prides himself on knowing everything about sports in New York, a media market where everybody thinks they know everything...
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That Voodoo that MOOCs Do

Feb 27, 2015
Young people often have a very different perspective. Consider that one of the most viewed, highest revenue producing channels on YouTube is DisneycollectorBR. DisneyCollectorBR posts videos of her hands (with colorful nail polish and bracelets) unboxing Disney toys and playing with...
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What Happens in Vegas (Doesn't Stay in Vegas)

Feb 13, 2015
"The intensity of gambling reinforced by the presence of the desert all around the town. The air-conditioned freshness of the gaming rooms, as against the radiant heat outside... Night of gambling sunlit on all...
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