Die Hard U: John McClane’s Top 10 Lessons for America’s Colleges Dec 28, 2018

Colleges and universities that are overconfident, believing that enrollment declines are blips, and that next year’s numbers can’t be any worse than this year’s numbers, are more likely to end up like poor Harry Ellis.
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The Dangerous Myth of the Digital Native Dec 14, 2018

Although many of the milestones of the digital revolution have sprung directly from the research output America’s colleges and universities, like Athena from Zeus’s forehead...
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Superhero U Nov 30, 2018

One reason superheroes have been welcomed into America’s colleges and universities is that they have something in common: the sense that coming from this wondrous place – Krypton or campus – imbues you with special powers that make you perpetually employable. We now know this is nonsense.
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Avoiding Burger King Nov 16, 2018

The alternative to college used to be a narrative of risk, whether from Burger King, or a multitude of blue collar jobs where you could select from a long menu of potential bodily harm. In contrast, if you went to college, the only risk was eating at Burger King.
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Harvard’s Data Problem Nov 2, 2018

Holistic review is like trying to solve a complicated equation by looking at the math problem “holistically” rather than actually doing the work. It’s an approach that’s too arrogant even for some of the elite institutions that espouse it.
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Road to Nowhere: The Tragedy of Associate Degrees Oct 19, 2018

A new shopping center was recently unveiled in my town. I took my 9-year-old son Hal to the opening and he was impressed with the giant scissors wielded jointly by the developer and mayor to cut the ribbon. Hal asked if we could get a pair of giant scissors. I said no, although...
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The Anti-Kavanaugh Generation Oct 5, 2018

The more I hear about Judge Brett Kavanaugh's not-so-excellent adventures in the 1980s, the clearer the contrast with young Americans today. This is true not only with respect to beer...
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Coming Soon: The Theranos of Higher Education Sep 21, 2018

I'm not alone in becoming numb to (and rather bored by) the bad behavior of our 45th President. But I may be alone in believing that the most outrageous development of the current political season is failed New York Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon walking...
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Try Before You Buy Sep 7, 2018

Those of us who attended college in the Paleolithic, pre-Internet, pre-smartphone era will recall that there was a way to contact other students: call the landline phone in the dorm room. At my school, every other student was five digits away...
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It's The Journey, Not The Destination Aug 24, 2018

According to a Welsh professor who was once honored by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen never listens to what people say to her while dispensing annual honors like knighthoods. So when it was his turn and the Queen asked him what he did to earn the honor, he replied...
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