Colleges and Universities

Innovation Guru:  Half of all US Universities will be defunct in 15 Years

Innovation Guru: Half of all US Universities will be defunct in 15 Years

In a discussion of the affect of technological change on higher education, Clayton  Christensen, “Mr. Innovation” at the Harvard B-school prognosticates that half of all US universities will be defunct in 15 years.  His observations can be seen in the first 7:30 of the video below. An interesting analysis, but he might misidentify the “technological […]

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Report Recommends Actions to Support Research Universities

Report Recommends Actions to Support Research Universities

According to Inside Higher Education, the National Research Council has released a new report emphasizing the important role of research universities for US competetitiveness: The report, “Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security,” is the result of a call from a bipartisan group of members […]

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The Ongoing Transformation of Higher Education

The Ongoing Transformation of Higher Education

For years, higher education has been seen as one of the pillars of the US’s economy’s competitive advantage.  As we’ve noted on this site, it is a field that is undergoing a profound transformation that will have huge implications for our economy and society.  The New England Journal of Higher Education is beginning a series […]

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Is the College Debt Bubble About to Pop?

Is the College Debt Bubble About to Pop?

The New York Times has been running a series about the college debt crisis.  Both public and private institutions continue to hike tuition and fees, resulting in graduates coming into the job market with greater debt loads and relatively poor prospects of finding employment that pays well enough to retire that debt in a timely […]

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A Consumer’s Guide to MOOCs

A Consumer’s Guide to MOOCs

Want to compare the various MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) out there?  The Chronicle of Higher Education has a handy guide here. The formats are as varied as the people who tune in. Some consist mainly of lectures recorded on iTunes, while other courses seek to replicate a classroom experience by offering study groups, computer-graded […]

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Underfunding Public Higher Education Hurts the Economy

Underfunding Public Higher Education Hurts the Economy

Has 30 years of fiscal austerity contributed to the US skills gap?  That is the implication of a piece in today’s New York Times.  As state support for public higher education dwindles, those institutions raise tuition and are forced to cut or eliminate high-cost programs in areas like engineering, nursing, etc. This squeeze is one […]

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