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Disruptive Innovation Needed in Higher Education

Dr. James Michael Nolan | Posted 04.11.2013 | College
Dr. James Michael Nolan

I get extremely energized by the ever-increasing world of possibilities the universe is manifesting. I skyrocket this energy into my graduate school, making some folks kind of nervous. Oh, hell, what big ideas does Jim have now?

For Less Simplicity In Our College Messaging

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.10.2013 | College
Robert Shireman

We college advocates have succeeded in making the case for college. Every family feels the urgency, and schools are focused on getting students ready. Maybe we can now ease back on the simplistic messaging and offer up, as an educational exercise, somewhat more complex but more accurate information.

The 'Wow,' 'Cool,' 'Really interesting' Factor in College Majors

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 04.10.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Students will not show their true stuff unless they find what their "wow" factor is. They have to find the arena -- the discipline that engages them so that they do their best work -- because it interests them. Round pegs don't go in square holes.

Making Sense of the Sense-making in Davos

Michael G. Jacobides | Posted 04.10.2013 | Business
Michael G. Jacobides

Davos helps create, and then capture, the zeitgeist. It's where people come to listen to those who might just know more than they do -- and see what they find interesting and important. It's about making sense of what others make sense of. And this is no small matter.

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.

An Open Letter to Mark Cuban

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

Nothing shortcuts the dreams of 22-year-olds more than having failed to develop their talent. We can't let the future leaders and builders of our country resort to sitting in their childhood bedrooms or coffee shops taking massive online courses with strangers.

Support Let's Learn: Access to Higher Education for Undocumented Students in NC

Emilio Vicente | Posted 04.09.2013 | College
Emilio Vicente

The undocumented students I know are motivated and want to better themselves and their communities, so why should they struggle because of immigration status -- because they weren't lucky enough to be born in the U.S.?

Teaching the Connected Consumer in Higher Education

Lin Humphrey | Posted 04.09.2013 | Business
Lin Humphrey

As a Ph.D. student in marketing, I have been extremely fortunate that I teach and learn in a cutting-edge facility with forward-thinking administrators.

Understanding the Disruptive Wave of New Learning Models

Paul LeBlanc | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Paul LeBlanc

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Higher education has been very good about identifying how long someone has sat in a classroom, but very weak in determining exactly what they learned while there.

'Faculty Primacy' at the Expense of Student Success

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.08.2013 | College
Robert Shireman

A faculty committee's zealous protection of turf would be understandable if it was limited to academic turf, such as the content of a chemistry course or the grade a student deserves on a paper. However, the primacy umbrella covers almost everything that matters at a college.

Rep. Foxx Invokes Holocaust in Describing Obama Rules That Affect Her For-Profit College Donors

David Halperin | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
David Halperin

Foxx, who has staunchly defended the for-profit college industry despite its blatant record of abusing students and ripping off taxpayers, apparently didn't mention in her remarks that she is one of Congress's biggest recipients of campaign cash from that industry.

Who's Responsible for Public Higher Education?

Mary Cullinan | Posted 04.07.2013 | College
Mary Cullinan

States are stretched thin. Many states are no longer the major funders for their state universities. Yet state mandates are becoming more aggressive, and voices calling for institutions to change are becoming more discordant and contradictory

A Policy Victory for Working College Students

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 04.07.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Section 127 makes good policy because it gives employers an incentive to invest in their employees' education while maximizing the value for employees by keeping it tax-free.

The Real Trouble With Online Higher Ed

Beth Rubin | Posted 04.06.2013 | College
Beth Rubin

The problem isn't too many Bachelor's diplomas or too many online courses. The problem is the current system's failure to develop essential competences in a cost-effective way.

Making College Career Preparation a Deliberate Process

Dr. Kevin Manning | Posted 04.06.2013 | College
Dr. Kevin Manning

There has been an historic dispute regarding the liberal arts values of higher education versus career values, the argument being that they are mutually exclusive -- but they're actually not. They need to come together for the benefit of our students.

A Clash Over The Future Of Public Higher Ed

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 02.03.2013 | College

AUSTIN, Texas -- If colleges were automobiles, the University of Texas at Austin would be a Cadillac: a famous brand, a powerful engine of research an...

The Missing Signature at Modesto Junior College

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.04.2013 | College
Robert Shireman

Anywhere else in the country the academic senate's obstinacy could be written off as absurd. But in California, community college academic senates claim special powers: regulations severely restrict the situations under which they don't get their way.

An Open Letter to Governor McCrory: Students Aren't 'Butts' -- They Are People Trying to Better Their Lives

Yuna Shin | Posted 04.03.2013 | College
Yuna Shin

Governor McCrory, I don't know why you think you have a crystal ball. When students are well-rounded, the whole society benefits.

Why Student Success Is Critical to America

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 04.03.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

Student access continues as a high priority in American higher education. But it now has a twin goal: student success.

Campus Safety and Cost

Edward Summers | Posted 04.03.2013 | College
Edward Summers

President Obama has signed an Executive Order mandating that college and universities have emergency plans. Are we ready? For many campuses, it's a case of finding a way to do what they know needs to be done while resources are tight.

Searching for Donne

Gabrielle Linnell | Posted 04.02.2013 | College
Gabrielle Linnell

Donne's Song is in some ways a nonsense poem or, as the Wizard Howl discovers, a list of impossible tasks, attempting to misogynistically prove the infidelity of beautiful women.

A College Education Is About More Than a First Job

Hunter R. Rawlings III | Posted 04.02.2013 | College
Hunter R. Rawlings III

In tough economic times, with pressure mounting to prove that college is "worth it," we need to remember that the fundamental value of a college degree lies in planting the seeds of lifelong learning.

Governor of North Carolina Calls University Students 'Butts' in His Comment About the State's Higher Education

Yuna Shin | Posted 04.02.2013 | College
Yuna Shin

Pat McCrory's statement has unleashed a torrent of comments on Insidehighered.com already. McCrory is not alone in calling for overhaul of his state's universities and community colleges. The governors of Wisconsin, Texas, and Florida, all Republicans, have proposed similar ideas,

Liberal Arts Education and the 'Know-Nothing' Bandwagon

Emily Booker | Posted 04.02.2013 | College
Emily Booker

I and many of my peers were horrified when newly-inaugurated governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory blasted liberal arts higher education on a conservative talk show this week, taking specific aim at UNC-Chapel Hill, the flagship school of the public university system in the state.

Investing in Your Workforce: So Worth It!

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Typical working adults simply cannot make time in their busy lives to commute to a traditional classroom. For many, online learning is the only way they can earn their credentials.