UV Letters

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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Programme Delivery: Learning from the UK

Oct 7, 2011
In a prior newsletter, we situated higher education at the base of an arduous and inexorable climb up the mountain of ROI - return on investment. Unprecedented reductions in state funding of university and community college systems have already started many institutions on...
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Gainful Employment and Innovation

Oct 7, 2011
The enactment of the Gainful Employment Regulations ("GER") was heralded by the U.S. Department of Education ("DOE") as a landmark accomplishment in the effort to protect students from predatory practices of for-profit institutions of higher education. Re-interpreting...
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UV Letter - Managing the Transition from Public Good to Private Good

Oct 7, 2011
If you've read anything about public higher education in the past month or two, chances are it was about budget cuts.
While those of us in higher education are well aware of this fact, it bears repeating: fully 70% of the 18 million students...
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The Mu (μ) Factor: Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education

Oct 7, 2011
Clay Christensen's attention to disruptive innovations has recently focused on higher education. He identified disruptive influences that are already perched on the doorstep of the academy. The conclusion of his analysis is consistent with his landmark study: industry participants will...
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