Higher education

Colleges that are Engines for Upward Mobility

Colleges that are Engines for Upward Mobility

New York Times columnist David Leonhardt has a piece on which colleges do the best job in fostering upward mobility: To take just one encouraging statistic: At City College, in Manhattan, 76 percent of students who enrolled in the late 1990s and came from families in the bottom fifth of the income distribution have ended […]

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Does Your College Major Determine Your Economic Destiny?

Does Your College Major Determine Your Economic Destiny?

That is what is often suggested in coverage of education and employment prospects.  However, a recent study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce suggests the real picture is a bit more complicated.  The Wall Street Journal explains it all below:   The print story is here.

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Peter Fairweather completes Higher Education Planning Certificate

Peter Fairweather completes Higher Education Planning Certificate

Last month, Peter Fairweather completed the Planning Institute of the Society of College & University Planning (SCUP).  The third of the three sessions for the Institute was held in Tempe, AZ.    According to SCUP, the Planning Institute is designed to integrate all manner of campus planning into a comprehensive, strategic approach.  “Strategic planning processes […]

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Liberty U. Knows Strategy

Liberty U. Knows Strategy

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ran a piece on an institution that has created and implemented a transformation strategy:  Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.  Among other surprising facts, Liberty has the highest “on-line only” enrollment of any not-for-profit institution in the US.  The Chronicle reporter Jack Stripling attributes LU’s success to the following factors: Align […]

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Can Design Thinking Improve Higher Education?

Can Design Thinking Improve Higher Education?

This is something we’ve noted before (e.g., here and here).   Design thinking is often put forward as a quality of mind that can be used to improve learning.  Educause has the latest spin on this idea:  applying that approach to the design of higher educational institutions themselves: Montgomery Community College‘s (MCC) initial goal when it […]

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“People know how to take a course. But they need to learn how to learn.”

“People know how to take a course. But they need to learn how to learn.”

That quote from John Leutner, head of global learning at Xerox summarizes the conclusion of a piece in the Washington Post.  We just posted about how US society has come to view higher education in terms of vocational traning rather than personal development.  The WaPo article points out that recent research suggests this may be […]

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