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Higher Education Reform

Chasing Perfection

The QUESTion Project | Posted 06.27.2016 | Education
The QUESTion Project

Ever since I can remember, I have strived to be the perfect man. A destructive penchant, it has often made me feel simply unworthy and left me unfulfilled, as I felt ingenuine and hollow. Oddly, only recently have I given the concept of perfection its deserved reflection.

The Importance of Protocol

Gary A. Olson | Posted 06.27.2016 | College
Gary A. Olson

College presidents often complain that academe has lost its sense of proper protocol. Stories abound of students disgruntled over a bad grade or facu...

Finding Selflessness

The QUESTion Project | Posted 06.02.2016 | Education
The QUESTion Project

By Courtney Ross Student, Florida State University This was the moment I had been waiting for all night. It was three in the morning and I was finall...

It's Hard to Sympathize With the "Plight" of Under-Employed People With Ph.Ds

Patricia Lesko | Posted 05.12.2016 | College
Patricia Lesko

Americans, as always, reserve as their right to ignore history and every salacious, racy, gossipy word written about higher education--even as they continue to fund the enormously expensive production of every soon-to-be unemployed Ph.D.

Does Your University Reinforce Harmful Notions Of Race?

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 05.03.2016 | College
Sheena C. Howard

I believe and I want universities to be places that lead the corrective practices and implementation of culturally competent spaces into the 21st century, not places that exacerbate and perpetuate racial inequality. I believe it can be done. It needs to be done.

Academic Bullies Treat Adjuncts Like Serfs

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.13.2016 | Education
Lev Raphael

Every year, colleges and universities spend more money on their marquee sports teams and their proliferating administrators, and less on faculty. Mea...

The Speed of Social Media: A Boon to Student Protesters

Karen Gross | Posted 12.11.2015 | College
Karen Gross

Not that many years ago, news did not travel fast. I am old enough to have lived in a time when using the telephone to make long distance calls was a...

Six Common Myths About Higher Education

Gary A. Olson | Posted 11.22.2015 | College
Gary A. Olson

Higher education issues are a matter of public debate at unprecedented levels. Practically every day lately you can pick up a newspaper and find an article on college affordability, or graduation rates or campus sexual assault, or the right to carry firearms on campus.

The Future of Higher Education? Ask the Magic-8 Ball!

Dan Butin | Posted 11.10.2015 | College
Dan Butin

Sure, virtual labs with adaptive tutoring modules and online forums and superstar professors lecturing to millions of MOOC participants may be part of the answer. But so will good old fashion dialogue and debate around a small table or community projects that have real-world significance.

Conservatives' Plan to Grow the Economy, Middle Class

John Murray | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
John Murray

Moderators at tonight's Republican debate will ask GOP candidates a multitude of serious policy proposals that address the anxieties of America's working families and promote greater opportunities for all. Tonight, they should be prepared to discuss their serious solutions.

Are Private Colleges Too Expensive?

Gary A. Olson | Posted 10.23.2015 | College
Gary A. Olson

Most people believe that private college tuition is astronomical while public college tuition is always affordable. This may be true in some cases, but certainly not all. Let me use my own institution, Daemen College, as an example.

Education Is Missing Something

Krzysztof Piekarski | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Krzysztof Piekarski

The dominant high school and college systems are missing something. A lot of things, actually. But let's start with this one: religion. Hear me out, though.

What You Need to Know About Law Schools' Gainful Employment Challenge

Equal Justice Works | Posted 10.20.2015 | College
Equal Justice Works

The rule, which went into effect on July 1 of this year, is designed to reveal programs that carry high levels of student debt while yielding relatively subpar job credentials.

California: Not Yet Meeting the Increasing Need for College Graduates

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

We have often stated in this and other venues that the US as a whole, and each state in particular, needs to accelerate the growth of college-educated graduates in order to meet the demand of its industries and remain globally competitive.

US Losing Its Dominance in Global Higher Education Market

The Conversation US | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

The media frequently reports on the number of international students studying in the United States. And that is exactly how we tend to think about it - students from other countries coming to the US. Yet, a growing number of US students are now looking overseas for their college degree.

Let's Make Higher Education Reform Equitable

Gary A. Olson | Posted 09.27.2015 | College
Gary A. Olson

Sanders' College for All Act and Clinton's New College Compact both present universal reforms of student aid that are reasonable, much-needed, and fair to both public and independent colleges.

The Dawn of a New School Year: Four Questions to Ask and to Live Into

Wayne Meisel | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

All across the country students have begun something new, the start a school year. There will be all kinds of new events, orientations held, surveys administered. In the midst of all that, just remember, sometimes the questions you ask are more powerful than the answers you give.

Why Rebooting Higher Education Policy Could Strengthen Our Nation's Economic Future

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 07.22.2016 | College
Jamie Merisotis

Much is riding on the outcome of a months-long Congressional debate over re-authorization of the Higher Education Act, the sweeping law that governs colleges and universities.

How to Run a Meeting

Gary A. Olson | Posted 07.18.2016 | Business
Gary A. Olson

We all have experienced interminable meetings: the hour-long meeting to accomplish 10 minutes' worth of work, or the meeting that seems to have no purpose. Whether on the department level or the larger institutional level, inefficiently run meetings consume inordinate amounts of our time and energy.

The Next Education Revolution

Dan Butin | Posted 07.10.2016 | College
Dan Butin

We in the United States are thus not the only ones having this conversation. We are all, whether we realize it or not, discussing and debating what we mean by "education."

Building an Ecosystem of Higher Education Innovation

Rahul Choudaha, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2016 | Education
Rahul Choudaha, Ph.D.

Higher education institutions will face increasing pressure to counter the public perception that "too many degrees are a waste of money." This shift will require the expansion of the ecosystem of higher education innovation through partnerships with and the inclusion of new stakeholders.

Community College and the American Dream

Daniel Greenstein | Posted 06.29.2016 | Education
Daniel Greenstein

Education changes lives and puts the American Dream within reach for millions of people. We see this every day at City Colleges of Chicago, a system of seven community colleges that has set a high bar for the success of every student, and accepts no excuses for failure.

Creating a Culture of Respect

Gary A. Olson | Posted 06.15.2016 | College
Gary A. Olson

Back when I was new to the profession, I witnessed a senior professor shouting loudly at a departmental secretary in a busy hallway. The professor, a rather large man, stood face to face as he barked at the petite woman.

Teaching Is Easy, Learning Is Hard

Dan Butin | Posted 06.12.2016 | College
Dan Butin

If I was going to summarize the fundamental problem in higher education in one phrase, I'd say that teaching is easy, but learning is hard. We by no...

When a 'Good Enough' Higher Education Isn't Good Enough

Dan Butin | Posted 05.21.2016 | College
Dan Butin

Technology offers us the chance to provide a "good enough" education. While the new and shiny model of online learning is incredibly powerful for the transmission model of education, it stinks at the transformational model of education.