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Higher Education Reform

Audit Me -- Please!

Gary A. Olson | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

College auditors may make us uncomfortable as they ask us the tough questions that we should be asking ourselves, but their role is not to trap us; it is to protect us and the institution.

Why Rules Matter

Gary A. Olson | Posted 08.12.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

It is not that compassion and flexibility are bad; it is that in violating rules and deadlines, other people might be injured or disadvantaged.

We Can't Do That Here

Gary A. Olson | Posted 09.20.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

Knowing whether your proposed change would be governed by an institutional rule or a policy, or if it is merely a matter of procedure, is important.

Advising Students About College in This New Economy

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 09.16.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

We wouldn't dare give a young person who is just starting out the same advice today about bank interest rates or real estate values that we did ten years ago. So why are we still giving out the same old advice about college?

Ivory Tower: The Increasing Costs and Decreasing Benefits of Higher Education

Nell Minow | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Nell Minow

Andrew Rossi's new documentary, Ivory Tower, looks at higher education today, especially the vertiginously escalating tuition costs and the consequences of those costs, from crushing debt burdens on young graduates to the compromises schools make to attract students who are able to pay full price.

Let's Be Clear: College Isn't Right for Everyone, But It's the Key to Socioeconomic Mobility

Nancy A. Roseman | Posted 08.18.2014 | College
Nancy A. Roseman

Let me be clear. College is not right for everyone, but it undisputedly remains the ticket to socioeconomic mobility. We need to stop debating its value, and instead focus on ensuring more students have access to college.

Lean Education: What College Students Can Learn From Lean Startups

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 08.16.2014 | College
Michael B. Fishbein

It's a quintessential startup story: An entrepreneur spends months, if not years, and more money than they can afford to lose building and launching a...

Why Public Liberal Arts Colleges?

Bill Spellman | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Bill Spellman

The answer, I believe, is rooted in a particular history and vision of what post-secondary public education in a healthy democracy ought to look like.

Why MOOCS Might Be Just Right for Schools

Marc Boxser | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Marc Boxser

MOOCs may be more appropriate for pre-university learners (K-12), than simply as a means of taking university courses online.

I Hate to Say I Told You So: Connections Matter in Education

Isa Adney | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Isa Adney

I still think there is a huge piece missing from the conversation about higher education -- the importance of social connections.

The Arts and Humanities Are Alive and Well -- Just Watch the Millennials

Christine Henseler | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Christine Henseler

Let's stop talking about the death or decline of the arts and humanities. Let's explicitly engage with its rebirth.

No More Alma Maters?

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

We must work together to fix the problems of accountability, accessibility and affordability of higher education for all people living in the United States.

The Perfect Storm: Factors Driving the Future of American Higher Education

Dr. Kevin Manning | Posted 06.09.2014 | College
Dr. Kevin Manning

Higher education is a mature industry that is on the cusp of major transformations in the next two decades, and every college and university will need to prepare to maintain their quality, efficiency and relevancy in this climate.

International Summit Focuses on Transforming College Opportunities

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

On April 9 &10, global leaders in higher education and the corporate sector from China, Ireland, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, France (and the U.S.)...

The Liberal Arts Contribution to edX

Douglas A. Hicks | Posted 05.31.2014 | College
Douglas A. Hicks

Research released by edX and other massive online providers has reoriented our sense of the disrupted topography of higher education -- and where online education fits within it.

Reinventing the Log: Why NYU Abu Dhabi Matters

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 05.24.2014 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

I don't mean to imply that NYU Abu Dhabi is a panacea. It is a new institution that has had a luxury that no existing college can have: starting from scratch and dreaming of what an undergraduate education should be in the 21st century.

What Isn't Broken in American Higher Education?

Bill Destler | Posted 05.17.2014 | College
Bill Destler

Some of the attacks on U.S. higher education, although in many cases well-intentioned, have the potential to do real damage to this sector of our national educational system at a time when a college degree is increasingly seen as the gateway to a meaningful and rewarding life and career.

Higher Accountability for College Dropout Rates

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 05.15.2014 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

As far as the colleges and universities are concerned, higher accountability should be demanded from educators, students, parents and really any Americans that want the best economy and highest-educated population.

What You Should Know about the SAT, But Were Afraid to Ask

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2014 | Science
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D.

The SAT became the standard since 1926. Yerkes' brainchild became Frankenstein.

College Scorecards and the Liberal Arts

Thomas A. Kazee | Posted 05.05.2014 | College
Thomas A. Kazee

President Obama is right to emphasize greater access to college for historically underserved populations, but this is not the way to achieve that goal.

Resolving Higher Education's Challenges

Jonathan M. Brand | Posted 04.28.2014 | College
Jonathan M. Brand

However valid aspects of some of these criticisms may be, they do not speak to the reality of a vast majority of colleges and universities that are doing a lot to meet the needs of their students.

An Adjunct Story: Our Economy Is Eating Higher Education

David Loncle | Posted 04.23.2014 | College
David Loncle

If we don't change the paradigm soon, the scales for those picking up the rocks will outweigh those trying to put out the fires.

Here Is Marco Rubio's Plan To Reform Higher Ed

AP | MICHAEL J. MISHAK | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — Addressing what he calls a "growing opportunity gap" between people with and without advanced educations, Sen. Marco Rubio is calling f...

Can You Apply 'Pay for Performance' to Higher Education?

Raynard Kington | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Raynard Kington

The Obama administration's efforts to implement policies to address access and cost issues in higher education are well-intended. Yet in truth, they put the cart before the horse. A significant amount of work must be done first.

A Few Surprises at the President's Higher Ed Summit

Dr. Carlos Campo | Posted 03.30.2014 | Education
Dr. Carlos Campo

With a president who is predisposed to making substantive changes to help America improve this crucial sector, future educational summits that demand access, quality and accountability are worth the time and effort.