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Alumni Look Back In Anger Nov 20, 2021

In attempting to emulate the concierge-like career services model at selective universities, regional publics and community colleges are creating a job mirage and contributing to alumni anger.

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Practitioners, Not Teachers, Will Dominate Online Learning Nov 14, 2021

Tag line: In online learning, the biggest difference between self-proclaimed experts and real experts is that real experts are too busy with their day jobs to think about packaging and selling courses.

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Scary Story: The Decline And Fall Of Entry-Level Nursing Jobs Oct 29, 2021

Within the current nursing school timeframe, no amount of work-integrated learning or clinical rotations could allow nurses to master hundreds of care protocols before taking the NCLEX. What’s needed is on-the-job training, which takes time and costs money.

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Colleges Can Stop The Spreading Scourge of Sanctimony Oct 15, 2021

America has always had an economic elite. It’s also always had an intellectual elite. But never the twain did meet until college became the country’s sole pathway to economic advancement.

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The HTD Revolution: Hire-Train-Deploy Oct 1, 2021

A viable answer to the ultimate question of Education, Employment, and Everything (really moving the needle on socioeconomic mobility and rekindling the American Dream) is more likely to look like an apprenticeship than the current tuition-debt-classroom industrial complex.

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Online Tutoring and the Great Unbundling of School Sep 17, 2021

The biggest problem with American public education is that responsibility for teaching children has been restricted to a cloistered profession. Technology now makes it possible for many more to get involved and make a difference.

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What Students Should Study Sep 3, 2021

Being prepared for the last mile requires quantitative fluency with a strong dash of statistics and data analytics.

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Unbundling and Other Untruths Aug 21, 2021

When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Higher education's nail is expensive multi-year degree programs. And students continue to get hammered.

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Yale By Any Other Name Wouldn't Smell As Sweet Aug 7, 2021

A school’s brand defines not only current future students, but also thousands of alumni who thought the deal with their alma mater was signed, sealed, and delivered. It was, of course, until David Geffen stepped forth with $7.9M per year.

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Cybersecurity's Sputnik Moment Jul 23, 2021

Just as Democrats have spent years using Green Jobs to mainstream the fight against climate change, jobs can help galvanize a Sputnik moment for cybersecurity.

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