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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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The Cyndi Lauper Plan For Putting America Back to Work Aug 7, 2020

Employers need to be confident candidates are much more likely to create value quickly than cause problems or churn within a short period of time. But traditional postsecondary education is hardly the most powerful lever to accomplish this.

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The Great Unbundling of Higher Education Starts Now Jul 24, 2020

Covid will reveal the man behind the curtain; the magic of the tuition and fees bundle will be gone, and price elasticity among students and parents will increase dramatically. Magic is nice, if you can afford it. And in a Covid economy, fewer families will be able to.

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Flim-Flam: The Very American Story of College in 2020 Jul 10, 2020

Colleges and universities would be wise to end the flim-flam now and keep students away from campus this fall.

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Top 10 Protests Coming to Campus and What It Means for Higher Education Jun 26, 2020

During the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, protests are unlikely to help colleges deliver the improved economic outcomes that students desperately need.

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A More Perfect Union Jun 12, 2020

Union-paid pathways to good first jobs in law enforcement, education, healthcare, and other highly unionized sectors would improve talent, diversity, and opportunity.

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