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Higher Education Reform

No More Alma Maters?

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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 04.09.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.24.2014 | 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 03.20.2014 | 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 03.16.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 02.26.2014 | 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 02.21.2014 | 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.

Utopian Pasts and Futures

Nicholas B. Dirks | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Nicholas B. Dirks

It is sadly ironic that growing acceptance of the notion that an education is and should be a private good arises, in large part, from the dramatic disinvestment in public higher education.

Let's Consider Complex Realities That Students Face When Rating Colleges

Dr. Charles R. Middleton | Posted 03.23.2014 | College
Dr. Charles R. Middleton

I fully expect the educational results for the 2008 cohorts to be a mirror of the financial trauma they and our nation experienced and that many of our most vulnerable citizens still know all too well today.

"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.