McDonnell Gets By With A Little Help From His Friend As Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) continued his push for education reforms in Virginia, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) stopped by for a little nudge in the right direction, reports the Associated Press. "Jindal was in Richmond for U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's fundraiser, so Gov. Bob McDonnell took the opportunity to have his fellow Republican talk about grading schools on an A-to-F scale and allowing the state to take over chronically failing schools," AP writes.
What can we learn from UVA? When we neglect the need to be collaborative and communicative with the wide variety of stakeholders, something bad is going to happen.
Universities are not businesses, but they must be run more efficiently. They are not vocational schools, but they must send their students into the world prepared to be both strong citizens and capable workers. And they must continue to be centers of discovery and scholarship.
Everyone, it seems, is now interested in the politics of higher education -- a topic that used to be downright obscure. This suggests to me that there is a crisis brewing.
They've called for a leap into online learning, but demonstrate no understanding of that field. They use the popular language of disruption theory without understanding any of its mechanisms. This would make a good comedy if we were viewing it in the distant past. Instead it's a tragedy.
The recent firing of University of Virginia (UVA) President Teresa Sullivan is a classic case of how ethnocentric thinking produces devastating social, political and educational results.
As Latinos are the fastest growing minority in the U.S., it's critical that we invest in the institutions that are building up this skilled workforce in America.
Students from the colleges of Architecture and Building Design at Virginia Tech are investigating an alternative to the typical temporary classroom structures on campus.