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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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The False Allure of Online Training Oct 9, 2020

Online training initiatives aren’t a panacea and may end up doing more harm than good if they act as a palliative, convincing large, fast-growing employers that their work here is done.

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R.B.G. and The Future of Higher Education Sep 25, 2020

Stating that higher education is not principally (or at all) a private good is ludicrous. R.B.G.’s opinion in the VMI case is all about ensuring that the “unique education benefits” of a VMI education are made available not to some amorphous collective, but to specific individuals who – regardless of gender – meet admissions standards.

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What the Work From Home Revolution Means for Higher Education Sep 18, 2020

Technology isn’t changing higher education directly, but rather in a roundabout way: initially by changing the skillsets employers are seeking in new employees, then by digitizing hiring, and now via the work from home revolution.

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When It Comes To Remote Learning, Colleges Should Go Back To School Sep 4, 2020

Due to the failure to improve remote learning, by winter the expensive 2020-21 bundle will come across like the worst Christmas basket ever: no candy canes, hot chocolate, or marshmallows – only stir sticks.

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Conspiracies Killing College!!! (and Country!!!) Aug 21, 2020

Why don’t we have a national student unit record system? Does a shadowy cabal of government officials want to know how many credits you have in order to transfer them to pedophiles? Conspiracy thinking is killing college and our country.

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