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Higher Education Reform

"Going Away" to College Still Matters

Anne E. Huot | Posted 03.22.2014 | College
Anne E. Huot

I grow concerned that conversations about college today largely don't consider the bigger picture of what college has to offer students and our society. Yes, it's about getting jobs after graduation. But there's more to it.

Is Entrepreneurship the Future for Higher Education?

Phillip D. Vairo | Posted 02.11.2014 | College
Phillip D. Vairo

As universities have become more competitive with one another, the nature of the professoriate has evolved.

Reinvesting in California's Postsecondary Education

Gavin Newsom | Posted 02.05.2014 | San Francisco
Gavin Newsom

We were once the leader, the model in higher education that every other state looked at and strived to be. But those times have changed, and not at all for the better.

Silly Season at the US Department of Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Can anybody have a serious difference of opinion with the Secretary Arne Duncan without being dismissed as silly?

Remember The Foundation of Higher Education on The Path to Reform

Eugene J. Cornacchia | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Eugene J. Cornacchia

Although we have to wait for the specifics of the President's plan, I am concerned that the idea of paying for performance will ultimately focus on tying financial aid to metrics such as graduation rates, graduates' earnings, advanced degrees attained and other measures that will comprise yet another ranking system.

An Adjunct's Odyssey

Andrew Cotto | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Andrew Cotto

What does it say about higher education when many of its most accomplished products who, in turn, choose to serve its mission as instructors, are not deemed worthy of a decent wage?

Let's Be Honest About Graduation Rates

Gary A. Olson | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Gary A. Olson

I am sensing a disturbing trend emerging from recent discussions: a movement to measure an institution's success and relative affordability by its four-year rather than the traditional six-year graduation rate.

We Should Be United in Driving Reform in Higher Education

Bob Kerrey | Posted 11.24.2013 | College
Bob Kerrey

In the current debates raging about the cost of a college degree, several unspoken but important points of agreement among parents, professors and politicians have been overshadowed and overpowered by our disagreements.

It's Too Late, Baby

Dr. Robert Weisbuch | Posted 11.17.2013 | Books
Dr. Robert Weisbuch

Some people might invoke Carole King's lyric -- "It's too late, baby, now it's too late" -- to characterize college itself, given the wasteful last half of high school's senior year.

The Sum of All Salaries

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

When did we lose our high hopes for personal transformation in higher learning? What cynic convinced us that the idealism of a life spent working in the public interest is worth much less than a life spent making money in furtherance of corporate interests?

Review of Derek Bok's Higher Education in America

Michael Roth | Posted 11.02.2013 | College
Michael Roth

At a time when ambitious business-school professors and salivating entrepreneurs predict the end of the university as we know it, and at a time when we have never been more in need of an educated workforce and citizenry, the task of understanding the evolving mission and performance of American higher education has never been more urgent.

Why Do We Send Kids to School?

Spencer Thompson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Spencer Thompson

As we transition into the data-driven, digital era -- the opportunity to optimize each student's experience is unparalleled. Helping children understand why they are in school is crucial.

Graduation Rates Are Not the Only Measure of Educational Success

David Paul | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
David Paul

Graduating from college is a threshold step in the American dream. Not just for students, but for their families, and for past and future generations. When we focus our attention only on the students, we tend to lose sight of the trans-generational significance of higher education.

Invest in the Success of Low-Income Students

Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | College
Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D.

If we truly desire to see improvements in college completion and workforce outcomes for the millions low- and moderate-income students collectively served by Pell, TRIO, and other programs, then first, we must stop pretending like it can be done cheaply.

Industrial Age Education Is a Disservice to Students

John Baker | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
John Baker

We've all seen teachers assign texts and say, 'There will be a test to follow.' This is how the system is set up -- but it's not the kind of learning that kids need. What are they going to do when they get out in the real world?

A Clash Over The Future Of Public Higher Ed

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 02.03.2013 | College

AUSTIN, Texas -- If colleges were automobiles, the University of Texas at Austin would be a Cadillac: a famous brand, a powerful engine of research an...

GOP Governor Blasts 'Educational Elite,' Mocks Gender Studies

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.03.2013 | College

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) set off a firestorm this week when he declared "educational elite" have taken over colleges, and lashed out over...

A Reboot of Higher Ed Might Be Just What We Need

Richard Greenwald | Posted 02.18.2013 | College
Richard Greenwald

As much as we may hate to admit it, maybe we need to look for direction in what some of our own management and business faculty have been telling corporate America about disruptions, because they might just hold valuable lessons for us.

Not Only... But Also

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The forces that have produced disruptive system change have largely emerged from the outside, brewing deep within the knowledge-based economy.

Taking Stock

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.12.2013 | Education
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

While institutions, foundations, and the state and federal government fund promising pilots, they must quickly come together with more intentionality to connect the dots, innovating nationally to achieve scalability.

Hedgefunders, Part 4: From Colleversity to Collever-City

Dr. Robert Weisbuch | Posted 12.24.2012 | College
Dr. Robert Weisbuch

The best way for the liberal arts, for colleges and universities, to create a renaissance in the twenty-first century is not to become more separate and abstruse but to become more worldly -- more cosmopolitan and real, but on our own terms.

Hedgefunders Part 3: The Colleversity

Dr. Robert Weisbuch | Posted 12.18.2012 | College
Dr. Robert Weisbuch

Imagine a campus that provides the personal-attention intimacy of a fine small college and the ranging opportunities of a large research university, combining the best of both -- hence The Colleversity, intimate and expansive at once.

Educational Futures

Paul Stoller | Posted 12.16.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

Young people are at a critical juncture. If we invest in them, we secure their future as well as our own. Once more fully supported, investment in education has now sailed into the troubled waters of contemporary politics.

Hedging Our Bets

Dr. Robert Weisbuch | Posted 12.11.2012 | College
Dr. Robert Weisbuch

Both groups know something is wrong in the world of higher ed, but neither is responding in a manner that would provide hope. Yet amidst their fallacies, each group provides values that can lead to an exciting solution.

In Defense of the Term 'Professor'

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 12.09.2012 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Let's have our political debate and a healthy and rational discussion on how to pay for college. But let's take care to appreciate the work done by the millions of American educators.