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Cheap (or 'Free') Is Not the Only Answer for Higher Education

Chris Maples | Posted 05.27.2014 | College
Chris Maples

Why do I believe that the current suite of cost-reduction options do not really address the needs of higher education into the future? Because these mostly politically motivated proposals address price borne by students (as opposed to actual cost) and completely ignore value.

Higher Education Metrics: Caveat Emptor, Caveat Venditor... Oh, Heck: Caveat Omnis

Chris Maples | Posted 11.23.2013 | College
Chris Maples

As an information, data, and statistics junkie, I rarely find statistics per se to be deceptive -- incorrectly applied, yes, but deceptive, no. What can be deceptive in statistics, however, are the underlying assumptions and full description of the data.

Doing University Administration Well, Part I

Chris Maples | Posted 07.10.2013 | College
Chris Maples

I'm often asked why I got into university administration. My usual, non-serious response is that I took a wrong turn somewhere in my career. I am a ge...

Student-Athletes in a Different Light

Chris Maples | Posted 06.10.2013 | College
Chris Maples

In college athletics, emphasis on what makes a successful program seems to be shifting away from long-term program and student success to more of a "what have you done for me lately" mentality.

Veterans in College: Part of the Next Great Generation

Chris Maples | Posted 04.23.2013 | College
Chris Maples

This new influx of veterans into our colleges and universities has the potential to help build the U.S. economy in much the same way that college-educated WWII veterans did in the 1950s and 1960s.

For Every Mile of Road, There are Two Miles of Ditches

Chris Maples | Posted 04.09.2013 | Technology
Chris Maples

These are historic times, when type of degree and field of study are critical for moving the country and economy ahead. By really looking down the road, whether on a bike or at a university, we will be better prepared for what lies ahead.