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While the media continues to swoon over MOOCs, the most important story in higher education has gone less noticed—the financial box in which most college presidents in the United States find themselves today. And it seems there is little most of them can do to escape it.
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal ran an excellent article on Loyola University in New Orleans. Despite its proud hisContinue Reading »
I do not work on K-12 education policy every day, but having worked on these issues in the past, I can’t help but follow all the media noise around the Common Core State Standards.
To put it mildly, the Common Core engenders strong opinions from policymakers and experts alike. They either love them or hate them. But to my outsider’s point-of-view, what’s missing amid the political back aContinue Reading »
A few days ago a friend of mine from college sent me a link to a new study issued by PayScale. The study evaluates all colleges and universities around the country based on the return on investment (ROI) graduates realized over 30 years. Our alma mater, Claremont McKenna, finished 11th on the list, and my friend was justifiably pleased the $120,000 it cost 15 years ago would, on average, be viContinue Reading »
Guess which major news magazine had this cover headline last week: “Time to Scrap Affirmative Action.” (Note there is no question mark.) In past years, one might have thought it was National Review or The Weekly Standard. Not this time. The story belongs to that well known “right-wing publication,” The Economist.
The Economist’s article discusses a case before the U.S. Supreme Court on tContinue Reading »
Ever since the White House introduced its College Scorecard, critics have emerged from every corner (including my colleague Jeff Selingo on this blog yesterday). The Scorecard is incomplete and does not evaluate the proper measures, we are told. Selecting a university and judging quality based on five variables limits and insults what a college education is all about. The data is too general anContinue Reading »
Recently, several DC think tanks and advocacy organizations have issued a series of reports about how to improve and sustain federal financial aid programs. The recommendations have been varied – converting Pell grants into entitlements, consolidating duplicative federal loan programs, and holding institutions more accountable for student progress and completion. But there’s one thing that’s Continue Reading »
When I see a story or blog nowadays on MOOCs, I am inclined not to read it. I mean, how much more could be said about Udacity, EdX, or Coursera that has not already been written? But if you’re like me, resist that temptation and go back and read one of the many articles that appeared earlier this week about San Jose State partnering with Udacity to develop online, entry-level courses. It’s worContinue Reading »
As any casual reader of the Quick and the Ed knows, 2012 was the year of the MOOC. Whether it’s individual professors offering free online courses through Udacity, elite colleges signing up with Coursera or EdX to expand their online footprint, or the many efforts underway to determine how to attach formal academic credit to these innovations, 2012 will be remembered as the year that the traditContinue Reading »
The past four years have been busy ones for the Department of Education as it’s broadened its reach into higher education. But with all that activity, what have we learned, where are the gaps, and what should the administration’s agenda be for its second term? No doubt, the administration has and will receive many suggestions (most uninvited), so I will keep it simple and focus on three areas—Continue Reading »
Last week, Capella University President Scott Kinney wrote a piece in Inside Higher Education encouraging the U.S. Education Department to make available data it collected initially for the now much-in-doubt gainful employment regulation that would allow universities to examine the earnings data of their graduates by degree area. A few weeks before, the Washington Post ran a story on how VirgiContinue Reading »