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The latest Jeremiad About Higher Education

The latest Jeremiad About Higher Education

There is another new book out lamenting the deterioration of our nation’s system of higher education:  Academically Adrift compiles the research of authors Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, documenting the inability of many students to improve their intellectual capabilities while in college.   (College-bashing is a big industry these days, so it’s always wise to take […]

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Are Free On-Line Resources Undermining Higher Ed’s Business Model? (Part 2)

Are Free On-Line Resources Undermining Higher Ed’s Business Model? (Part 2)

Following our post yesterday, we’ve got some more thoughts about the challenge on-line learning poses for public higher education.  It goes even further than just the delivery of educational content through videos and other on-line technology.   Inside Higher Ed has a piece on how Khan is creating analytics for instructors that are designed to enable […]

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Report Recommends Changes for Bay State Community College System

Report Recommends Changes for Bay State Community College System

The Boston Foundation recently released a report recommending changes in the Massachusetts  Community College System so that the system can better meet the needs of the state’s employers: Among other things, the report recommends the adoption of performance metrics for community colleges in the state; strengthening governance and accountability within the system; clarifying the mission […]

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The Future of the Workforce:  How Public Colleges will deal with the “New Normal”

The Future of the Workforce: How Public Colleges will deal with the “New Normal”

The Chronicle of Higher Education has an interesting piece on the challenges facing public and land-grant institutions these days.  A recent conference examined how these colleges should respond to the “new normal” of unending austerity.  The approaches discussed focused on the need for sacrifices and adjusted expectations on the part of the entire campus:  administrators, […]

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A Case for Reinventing Liberal Arts Education

A Case for Reinventing Liberal Arts Education

What?  Another critique of US higher education?  Yes. . . and another call to make academia less specialized and (it is hoped) more capable of discerning and creating meaning in the modern world.  Bennington president Liz Coleman makes some provocative points in this TED talk.  Note the importance Coleman places on design as an essential […]

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Just Who is the Dumbest Generation?

Just Who is the Dumbest Generation?

According to Inside Higher Ed,  a new report from the University of Washington suggests that today’s college students are doing a very good job of managing all the technology with which we’ve bombarded them. In her interviews with students studying at the library, [study coauthor Alison Head] said she heard countless stories of students who […]

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