How Free College Could Make America College-Free Aug 10, 2018

Last week, New Jersey's new Governor Phil Murphy became the latest Democrat to announce a plan for free college. By my count, Murphy is the fifth Democratic governor to do so, following Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, and Minnesota. Numerous Democrats running for governor have...
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Fantasy Island Jul 27, 2018

Colleges and universities are the Mr. Roarke and Tattoo of human capital development.
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Work Backwards: A Design Thinking Approach to Higher Education Jul 13, 2018

In my copious spare time, I enjoy compiling a list of bad ideas for universities.
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A Nation at Risk Jun 29, 2018

Students come from abroad to attend an American university. They do well in school and find jobs that allowed them to stay in the U.S. They wind their way to building innovative, market-leading companies, creating tens of thousands of jobs and meaningful economic advantage for their adopted country. The story has been told time and time again. As of two years ago, approximately...
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The Dangerous Trades Jun 15, 2018

Few readers of the UV Letter live with danger on a daily basis. I can count on one hand the number of times I've faced danger. Growing up in peaceable Canada, the only danger I can remember is one time when I forgot to don a jockstrap for a hockey game. (I played goalie.) I never heard a gunshot or saw a gun until...
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The Real Open University Jun 1, 2018

It's now clear that the 12-year-old boy living in my house is either my son, or has been reading the UV Letter. Last weekend Leo tried to convince me to let him buy a new Playstation game called Detroit: Become Human about androids and the future of Detroit, because...
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Artificial Intelligence: Hero Or Villain For Higher Education? May 18, 2018

Before there was artificial intelligence, there was natural intelligence. And in the world of comedy, no natural intelligence shone as bright as Doug Kenney's. In the 1970s, Kenney was the comic genius...
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The Real Cruelty of College Admissions May 4, 2018

T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland famously begins "April is the cruellest month," and nowadays nowhere is that more apt than college admissions. As Inside Higher Education reported, last month Brown University admitted 2,566 applicants and...
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If You're Waiting Too Long For Your Food, Blame College Apr 20, 2018

The fraternity of former restaurant workers is large and proud. It's also not hard to recognize us. It might be the efficient-yet-elegant way we clear our plates. Or the way we pour wine, slightly twisting the bottle at the end.
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Human Capital Wreckage Apr 6, 2018

Millions of workers requiring reskilling are ill-served by our current one-size-fits-all approach to higher education.
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