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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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America’s Top Colleges Are Karens Jun 5, 2020

When I wrote A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College, I thought elite universities would remain largely unchanged. But no one anticipated a faster + cheaper + Covid world.

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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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