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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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The Edtech Gap Between China and the U.S. Jul 9, 2021

There is an edtech gap between America and China. But contrary to what you may have heard, America is winning.

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College Gets Its Own Federal Holiday: Bobby Bonilla Day Jun 25, 2021

The ultimate legacy of America’s student loan debacle is college and university hiring and spending plans that benefit the quadrangle set who work there more than students.

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Credentials Must be Stackable, Not Sleestak-able Jun 11, 2021

When faculty make up short-term credentials – i.e., certificates – they’re not stackable: they’re Sleestak-able. What’s the point of obtaining a made-up certificate employers don’t understand?

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Lambada School: the Forbidden Coding Bootcamp May 28, 2021

Without a course correction, Lambda School is on its way to having a for-profit college problem (sans squandering of taxpayer dollars).

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Free Community College for Nomadland May 14, 2021

There’s a reason community college enrollment is down by double digits this year. It’s not unaffordable tuition. It’s because too few community colleges have acknowledged that the economy has changed. While digital transformation has transformed the world of work, most community colleges don’t look much different than they did a generation ago.

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Colleges are Sabotaging Black and Brown Students Apr 30, 2021

The irony is that in undertaking to combat systemic racism, colleges and universities have focused on external systems like policing, where they are not the prime racist mover. All the while, higher education’s own systems and traditions are the primary barrier keeping minority students from the most valuable programs.

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Avoiding Infrastructure Weak: How To Build The Bridges That Matter Most Apr 16, 2021

In the world’s most advanced economy, much of the workforce infrastructure we need is already built; we don’t have to build from scratch. In fact, building from scratch is not only a waste of resources and time we don’t have, but probably won’t work.

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The Existential Skill Gap (and What Colleges Can Do About It) Apr 2, 2021

The only way to ensure the AI war never turns hot is to sprint far ahead of China. The key to this is talent, and colleges and universities have a key role to play.

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If You Can’t Stand The Cheat, Get Out Of The Kitchen Mar 19, 2021

In the past the answer to technology-assisted cheating has been new technologies. But we need more than that now. The most effective technology solutions also require business changes.

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