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Even a casual reader of education news coverage is sure to come across brouhahas involving the fast-growing, for-profit higher education sector nearly every day. In the past week alone, we’ve read about several developments:Protests among some alumni and board members about the Thunderbird School of Management’s recently announced alliance with global for-profit Laureate Education, Inc. FContinue Reading »
When I heard yesterday that the Minerva Project—seeking a pathway to accreditation—was entering a partnership with the highly specialized Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, part of the Claremont University Consortium, I was a bit surprised and more than a bit skeptical.
Minerva is an audacious, unusually well-funded, for-profit startup that aims to be a sort of high-tech, Continue Reading »
It’s easy to get neck strain from trying to follow the back-and-forth ping-pong game between MOOC fans and foes. This week was a particularly fast-paced match. First came the news, via The Chronicle of Higher Education, that a whopping zero students had signed up for the first for-credit MOOC class in the nation, announced with fanfare by Colorado State University last fall. This notwithstandinContinue Reading »
Liberal arts or manual arts? Truth-seeking or job-seeking? It’s a debate about the purpose of college that never seems to end. And it’s one, as Tom Dawson pointed out in his recent post, that too often plays out misleadingly, as if the choice to opt for liberal arts inevitably consigns anthropology majors to the margins of the labor force.
Indeed, as Anthony Carnevale of Georgetown UniveContinue Reading »
If the Supreme Court strikes down or severely limits affirmative action in college admissions when it rules in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, don’t expect its decision to radically transform the landscape of U.S. college admissions. The reason? The court’s ruling will surely be influential, but as a practical matter, affirmative action is mostly irrelevant to admissions policies at thContinue Reading »
I’ve been searching for an analogy that would capture the central flaw of an op-ed on Western university branch campuses that appeared in Sunday’s Washington Post. Maybe something about a developing country whose citizens love string quartets; which lacks many high-quality quartets of its own; but which nevertheless sets up politically and bureaucratically driven barriers that prevent high-qualContinue Reading »
Jeff Selingo’s post the other day was a good reminder of how much vital information about student debt we lack, notwithstanding the huge public attention that’s been paid to rising student borrowing in recent years. Both families and policymakers seeking to understand federal student loans and parental PLUS loans need much more fine-grained information about debt levels, default rates, and the Continue Reading »
Summer melt might sound like something that happens to an ice cream cone in July. But in the world of college access, the term refers to a more troubling phenomenon: the significant number of high school graduates (some 10 to 20 percent nationally) who have been accepted to college and plan to attend but never show up in the fall.
The problem is even more acute among low-income, first-geContinue Reading »
The spread of English as the global lingua franca has been as pronounced in academia as anywhere else. On the worldwide conference circuit, presentations are invariably in English. So are white papers, as well as the all-important bar conversations – often between multiple non-English-speakers – that are the main draw for these gatherings. Publishing in English is de rigueur in many fields. AndContinue Reading »
So maybe you thought the big news in higher education this past week was Mike Bloomberg’s gazillion-dollar gift to Johns Hopkins. Or perhaps the latest iteration of MOOCs as credit-bearing loss-leaders for a range of state university degree programs. Or the new report calling for reforming financial aid to boost college completion.
Not so. I just discovered a new tumblr called Accepted! Continue Reading »