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Can America Still Do Hard Things? May 22, 2020

America remains #1 at finding magic bullets. But even if we find one for Covid-19, there won’t be a magic bullet for putting America back to work.

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End of the Higher Education Buffet May 8, 2020

Colleges and universities market themselves as buffets for the mind. But if there’s one thing that will never be the same after quarantine, it’s buffets.

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If You Thought Employers Were Going To Close The Skills Gap, Think Again Apr 24, 2020

For all employers, there are must-haves and nice-to-haves. In the last month, most decision-makers have gone from having a list of nice-to-haves somewhere in their office to losing that list in a fast-growing pile of urgent, must-haves. Innovative hiring and upskilling initiatives seem like a relic of better days.

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Good Luck Getting Into The Class of 2043! Apr 10, 2020

It cannot be the case that the primary or sole message to the economic victims of COVID-19 is re-enroll in a degree program, and borrow tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege of sitting in classrooms for years on end at an accredited, Title IV-eligible college or university.

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For College Students, It’s Also An Employment Crisis Mar 27, 2020

How can colleges and universities ensure that the last wave of Millennial college graduates doesn’t follow in the footsteps of the first wave, which graduated into the Great Recession?

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Colleges Mismanage Tuition Like Trump Mismanages Coronavirus Mar 13, 2020

Although they kind of sound the same, there’s a big difference between holding down tuition increases and holding down tuition. Keeping already-unaffordable tuition flat for one year and declaring victory is positively Trumpian.

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Ultimate Blame for the Varsity Blues Scandal Lies with Selfish and Shortsighted Universities Feb 28, 2020

In being far too precious about expansion, America’s top universities are failing at their missions and doing their country a disservice.

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The Many Dangers of Hunting for Purple Squirrels Feb 14, 2020

Hiring in 2020 is analogous to browsing photos of People’s Sexiest Man (or Woman) Alive before going on match.com: nothing’s going to match up.

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A Hail Mary for Community Colleges Jan 31, 2020

It’s high time we sent a clear signal to community colleges: offer programs that lead directly to good jobs in growing sectors of the local economy.

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Higher Education Public Enemy #1: Ken Burns Jan 17, 2020

Hundreds of other colleges and universities require dramatic innovation in order to make sense for today’s students, particularly for first-generation and underrepresented minorities. Sadly, alumni nostalgia is keeping innovation at bay.

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