Author Archives: Bryan Alexander

Higher education, the 1%’s dependent

American college and university endowments did very well last year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.  The Council on Aid to Education’s research concludes that [c]olleges raised $37.45-billion in 2014, the highest amount recorded since the survey started, in … Continue reading

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America’s shrinking middle class: questions for educators

America’s middle class has been shrinking, mostly because of people dropping down into lower socio-economic strata, according to the New York Times today.  What does this mean for education? To start with, the data are very interesting.  For example, the … Continue reading

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Two challenges for Ken Robinson

Yesterday I had the pleasure of listening to Sir Ken Robinson (now on Twitter) speak in person for the first time. Like many people I’ve watched him on YouTube videos, so this BETT2015 talk was a nice opportunity. And he … Continue reading

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Notes from BETT 2015

I’m participating in the 2015 BETT conference, or “show”, as the organizers call it.  Here are some observations noted on the fly. 1. Jimbo Wales, Wikipedia’s leader, offered a fascinating and important observation.  I didn’t transcribe it word for word, … Continue reading

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Mercyhurst considers a queen sacrifice

Mercyhurst University, a Catholic institution in northwestern Pennsylvania, is preparing to cut academics.  According to a local news report, MU’s president announced he was ready to reduce spending on anything, including academics, which brings this story into queen sacrifice territory. … Continue reading

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When states cut public education funding: the problems with _Unmaking Education_

In December I took to social media with a research query: what’s a good historical account of how American states have defunded public higher education?  Helpful people came up with one leading candidate: Christopher Newfield’s Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year … Continue reading

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President Obama’s plan for free community college tuition: first thoughts

President Obama has raised the idea of making the first two years of community college free. What I’d like to do to is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for … Continue reading

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