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Don’t Look Up: Higher Education’s Missing Science/Tech Leaders Feb 18, 2022

Why haven’t colleges and universities kept up with the dramatic changes to the way we work and live? One big reason is that not enough presidents, provosts, and deans have science/tech backgrounds.

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Olympics Of Hypocrisy: At Online Universities, “Global” Is Not World-Class Feb 4, 2022

Universities are no longer ashamed of online education. They’re ashamed of the students who enroll. But Covid marks the end of the era of plausible deniability.

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What Learning Can Learn From Machine Learning Jan 21, 2022

Taking a few bits and bytes from machine learning could go a long way to improving K-12 and postsecondary learning.

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2022: Year Of The Great Convergence Jan 7, 2022

The many education and training offerings U.S. employers are now making available to their employees are a lot of courses, but a long way from a whole meal.

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Succession Over Success: Sending Out An SOS On Accreditation Dec 18, 2021

Like Jeremy Strong, our current process of accreditation is tightly wound but clueless.

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Putting The Fun Back In Fundraising Dec 4, 2021

Just as you can’t take a tax deduction for donating a building to your country club for the benefit of a few hundred already fortunate members, you shouldn’t get one for donating a building to benefit a few thousand already fortunate students.

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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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