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Fear and Loathing in Lottery Admissions Mar 5, 2021

For many well-heeled families who benefited from a broken admissions system, this year’s decisions may feel a bit more random, like putting it all on red.

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Why Aren’t Progressives Focused on Earn-While-You-Learn Models? Feb 19, 2021

If progressives fail to make peace with the private sector, they’ll be damning Gen Z to a rinse-and-repeat doom loop of underemployment and student debt forgiveness.

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How Digital Credentials Will Diminish Degrees Feb 5, 2021

Digital credential apps will connect job seekers to employer hiring systems and transition the economy from pedigree- and degree-based hiring to skills-based hiring.

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Why Jill Biden Needed To Become A Doctor Jan 22, 2021

Dr. Biden’s ascendence may be the best opportunity for community colleges to shirk subservience and shine as a distinct and equally important segment of American postsecondary education.

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Stop Romanticizing Failing Colleges Jan 8, 2021

There’s a reason these schools are failing: they’re failing students. So boundless nostalgia is not helpful.

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Merry Amazon Dec 18, 2020

While modest reductions in friction for frontline employees may have been acceptable in less perilous times, 2020 calls for dramatic innovation. Like everything else this Christmas, that innovation is being delivered by Amazon.

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The Boomer Cult of Self-Realization Is Killing College Dec 4, 2020

For this child of Boomers, the allure of self-realization ended with the advent of the $30,000 tuition bill.

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Employers Are From Mars, Colleges Are From Venus Nov 20, 2020

What needs to be built in higher education is better communication between producers and consumers of talent. And don’t count on Martian employers to do the work. The onus will fall squarely on Venus: the thousands of higher education institutions collecting $600B each year in tuition and fees.

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President Biden: Don’t Sacrifice Higher Education Outcomes at the Altar of Access Nov 6, 2020

When learning, completion, and employment outcomes from college are sketchy and deteriorating, democratizing access to college is not the same as democratizing opportunity.

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Ending College Supremacy Oct 23, 2020

Colleges and universities must shift from macro credentials with high social signal strength and low skill signal strength to micro credentials with low social signal strength and high skill signal strength. If they do their part, educated will no longer signify elite. It will mean skilled, and everyone has skills.

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