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How Better Job Descriptions Will Change Higher Education

Jun 10, 2016
I'm not always great at predicting the future. Sure, two decades ago I believed online universities would be a thing. Then the moment MOOCs appeared, I made the correct call that MOOCs would be about as important as the Spice Girls. Most important, I moved to Brooklyn long before it was hip. But my brother often reminds me of the time I suggested to him and our friend...
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Reveal Your Secrets

May 27, 2016
There's a lot of room for speculation when it comes to the Yale secret society Skull and Bones. During the 2004 presidential campaign, George W. Bush commented it was "a secret society; so secret, I can't say anything more." And when John Kerry was...
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You're The One That I Want: A More Balanced Approach to Regulation

May 13, 2016
One of the great tragedies of my childhood involved Olivia Newton-John. It wasn't her 1981 video for Physical, although, in retrospect, the spandex spawned therefrom was a tragic crime of fashion. No, it was three years earlier: her introduction to a mass audience...
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If You Don't Enroll In This College, We'll Kill This Dog

Apr 29, 2016
Before there was Facebook or Google - even before there was Microsoft - one of the most successful ventures to come out of a college dorm room was National Lampoon. As chronicled in the terrific (but definitely R-rated) documentary "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead," National Lampoon was founded by two editors of the Harvard Lampoon who convinced...
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San Diego Breakfast Club

Apr 21, 2016
Three years ago, following the fourth ASU-GSV Summit (the first to move off campus to the Phoenician), the UV Letter explained why our little industry get-together was like the classic John Hughes film The Breakfast Club. Fast forward three years, our get-together is a little more star-studded...
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Luncheon Meats

Apr 15, 2016
Based on the response to the last UV Letter, there appears to be some enthusiasm for more stories from law school. Here's my favorite, also starring my brother Aaron. Aaron's a big guy (6'4") with an even bigger heart. Back in law school, he was intensely aware...
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Fortune Cookies

Apr 1, 2016
Elder siblings are supposed to set a good example for younger siblings. But as I've observed with my three boys, if a younger sibling copies the elder's behavior too closely, it likely ends in fisticuffs.
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The Las Vegas of the University

Mar 18, 2016
What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas. While this may be a catchy marketing slogan for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, I haven't been able to adhere to it. I keep writing about Vegas, from my first visit a quarter century ago, to a more recent...
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Long Road Out Of (Olive Garden Of) Eden

Mar 4, 2016
I left my home in Canada to live in the United States, drawn by America's great universities and by a belief that free markets were preferable to Canadian monopolies on sales of beer and donuts. So one thing that continues to puzzle me is how universities in the land of the free manage to keep pricing virtually all degree programs the same.
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Not So Gung Ho!

Feb 19, 2016
The first movie I attended without a parent was Gung Ho! The comedy starred Michael Keaton (Mr. Mom) and Gedde Watanabe (the wacky Japanese kid from Sixteen Candles) and portrayed a Japanese automaker taking over an American assembly plant.
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