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Higher Education in 2014 [The Chinese Wedding]

Jan 3, 2014
If The Onion was your only source of news last year, this report would have told you everything you need to know about the state of higher education...
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Mickey Mouse Move?

Dec 13, 2013
As the year comes to a close, we ask this question: What was the year's most important development in higher education? Few would nominate the November announcement by Bridgepoint Education that an agreement with Forbes Media would allow it to rename Ashford University's business...
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Rob Ford for Secretary of Education

Nov 29, 2013
Thanksgiving comes late this year. But it always seems late to me. That's because I grew up in Canada, where - due to the earlier harvest - Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October. It is typically Canadian that Americans never hear about the fact that the...
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College Ratings: We Want Less

Nov 15, 2013
In college, I had this sign on the door to my room, "borrowed" from the serving line in the dining hall...
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Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?

Nov 1, 2013
My experience in intercollegiate athletics started and ended as catcher of the Yale Law School softball team. We'd compete in the University of Virginia Law School softball tournament - the World Series of law school softball. Each participant received package with welcome...
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The Skills Gap and the Spit-Take

Oct 18, 2013
One of the most pressing challenges facing America is the so-called "skills gap" - the gap between labor market needs and what higher education supplies. A new OECD report comparing literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills of adults in 22 developed countries shows that...
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Saving the Baby, Throwing Out the Bathwater

Oct 4, 2013
It was a head-scratching moment when I learned that our community colleges are scrambling to offer housing to students. In an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Kim Linduska, Executive VP at Des Moines Area Community College, defended her institution's effort to build...
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The Curious Case of Accreditation

Sep 20, 2013
I suppose everyone looks back on childhood thinking it was wondrous in some respect. For me, much of the wonder emanated from baseball. Growing up in Toronto with the expansion Blue Jays, I followed the team closely and remember being amazed at many things. For example, the fact the team played in a stadium built for Canadian...
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This One Goes to 11:
President Obama's College Tour

Sep 6, 2013
"At a time when a higher education has never been more important or more expensive, too many students are facing a choice that they should never have to make: Either they say no to college... or you do what it takes to go to college, but then you run the risk that you won't be able to pay it off because you've got so much...
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Wannabe

Aug 23, 2013
"The thing I'm insanely proud of right now is I think we've found the magic formula."
- Sebastian Thrun

What is the magic formula in online education? An interview with Sebastian Thrun, Founder and CEO of Udacity, released by InformationWeek on Tuesday yielded the following...
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