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Susan Meisenhelder
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Susan Meisenhelder is Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, San Bernardino, where she has taught since 1980. She has also held Fulbright appointments at the University of Botswana, the University of Zimbabwe, and the University of Mauritius. In addition to serving as the President of the California Faculty Association, which represents the 23,000 faculty who teach on the 23 campuses of the California State University, she has also served on the Executive Committee of the American Association of University Professors. She has published books and articles on literature, English composition, and higher education.

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New Video Questions False Promises of Online Education Industry

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 1:42 AM

The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education's new animated video, which raises serious concerns about the claims and promises being made by the online education industry, has generated thousands of views on YouTube and reinvigorated conversation about the quality of online higher education programs.

The video, "Online...

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Do the Math: Free Public Higher Education Should be Considered

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 3:37 PM

The notion of free public higher education might elicit scoffs upon initial suggestion, but given the soaring student loan debts, the idea is one that begs further investigation.

Student loan debt hit the $1 trillion mark last year, helping it retain its place as the fastest growing...

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Rush to Online Higher Ed Only Provides 'Access' to Failure

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Dramatic expansion of access for underserved students is one of the most widely touted promises of online higher education.

The thinking is reasonable at face value -- online learning will provide a pathway to higher ed for students of color, those from lower-income families and students who are academically...

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Online Higher Ed a Cost Savings for Students, Universities? Think Again

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 12:33 PM

One of the most widely touted claims in the conversation surrounding online higher education is that it will save students, universities and taxpayers big money.

But what the chatter lacks is the real bottom line -- that the true costs can often amount to more, not less, costs for...

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Online Higher Ed's Profit Potential Aids in Driving Push Toward 'Innovation'

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 7:16 PM

Profit potential and bottom lines -- not increased access for students -- are the underlying motivation behind the recent push toward online higher education, according to research by the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education.

Private companies and investors have exploited the money-making potential of this latest trend in...

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Higher Education at the Crossroads: The Graduation Rate Craze

(81) Comments | Posted March 2, 2011 | 1:26 PM

In the public debate about higher education, so much seems so simple. Certainly, the motto, KISS -- Keep It Simple, Stupid -- has been working great for slogans and sound bites by education pundits.

But, simplistic answers smother the real discussion we need to have about what it takes...

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Higher Education at the Crossroads: It Is Time for the Faculty's Voice to Be Heard

(50) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 4:30 PM

It certainly feels like the national spotlight is on higher education. And to the general public, it may even appear that we are marching bravely toward meeting the country's needs for higher education in the 21st century. But are we? Many faculty on college campuses around the country are not...

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