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Higher Education Reform

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 07.24.2015 | 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 07.18.2015 | 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 07.13.2015 | 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 07.02.2015 | 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 06.29.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.12.2015 | 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 05.21.2015 | 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.

Message to My Freshman Students

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 08.10.2015 | College
Keith M. Parsons

First, I am your professor, not your teacher. There is a difference.

How to Understand the High Cost of College

Gary A. Olson | Posted 06.14.2015 | College
Gary A. Olson

Is it true that the cost of a college education is high? Absolutely. But it is not because colleges are gouging students or spending their resources wastefully. It is because college tuition today buys vastly more -- qualitatively and quantitatively -- than it used to.

Faculty vs. Staff: The Cage Match From Which No One Emerges Victorious

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 05.06.2015 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

I'm all for creating a sense of urgency to inspire meaningful change. And certainly there is crucial work to be done to address adjunct pay inequities. But to do it in such a way that further deepens an already-felt divide between faculty and staff/administrators seems to be counterproductive.

K-12, Higher Education Worlds Must Collide to Improve Student Outcomes

Douglas D. Baker | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Douglas D. Baker

We believe that budget discussions should consider the growing role that institutions like ours play in educating our young people, long before freshmen check into their residence hall rooms for fall semester.

From a University of Texas Graduate Student: Our University Business Model Is Killing Our Education

Travis Knoll | Posted 04.23.2015 | College
Travis Knoll

Without popular pressures, administrators at UT dare not raise their voices too loudly to ask why in a state recently "flush" with cash has insisted on privatizing and decreasing aid to a vital state institution.

Measuring the Unmeasurable in Higher Education: Taking a Page From Health Care

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 04.05.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

I was challenged by a member of our humanities faculty, who argued that we can improve conditions for the better without being able to measure them. He gave critical thinking and civic engagement as examples.

4 Reasons You Should Not Send Your Child to College

Adam Rico | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Adam Rico

Creating an enjoyable career has much more to do with looking inward than it does with chasing high income levels. Understanding your child's personality, strengths and interests will help you influence their post-high school choices.