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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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Why Colleges Won’t Turn Their Degree Programs Upside Down Jan 3, 2020

As a defensive strategy to protect the degree bundle, upside down or certificate-first may only gain as much traction on college and university campuses as revolving restaurants.

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When Colleges and Universities Stop Making Sense Dec 20, 2019

Colleges and universities stand little chance of making sense to students when they’re continuing to base their value proposition on sense, but are too blinded by their parochial interests to defend it.

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Good News: Employers Are Paying for Online Degrees. Bad News: Employers Are Paying for Online Degrees Dec 6, 2019

The arrival of the Third Age of online education (i.e., getting employers to pay for online degrees) may be the ultimate proof of declining perceived value. Third Age math only works when the operative outcome is employee retention. The shift in emphasis from self-pay to employer-pay has ushered in an era of fin de siècle online degrees.

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The Mindblowing Hypocrisy of Elite College Admissions Nov 22, 2019

Our most famous schools spout the virtues of meritocracy and diversity while continuing to fill themselves to the brim with sons and daughters of the rich and famous.

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Solving Higher Education’s Crisis of Governance Means Changing How We Choose Governors Nov 15, 2019

Direct election of directors and proxy advisory services have improved corporate governance. College and university boards need a comparable boost.

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