Author Archives: Bryan Alexander

A fine hoax of attitudes towards adjuncts in the Chronicle

Congratulations to the Chronicle of Higher Education for running a very convincing hoax. They recently published a “letter to the editor”, entitled “Is That Whining Adjunct Someone We Want Teaching Our Young?” It’s a terrific attempt to mimic the attitude … Continue reading

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Returning to optimism

This week I received two doses of idealism, which made me realize I’d sunk into something like pessimism of late.  As a result I’m more optimistic about the future, despite everything. The first jolt came from a tv interviewer, who … Continue reading

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Closing a college

An American college is getting ready to shut down.  Lebanon College (New Hampshire) replaced its website with a simple announcement: Gone are all menus and links, from what I can make out. Lebanon College faces problems familiar to many other … Continue reading

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On education racing the machines

How is education responding to new technologies of automation?  I’m quoted on this in a new Pew Internet report. “The education system is not well positioned to transform itself to help shape graduates who can ‘race against the machines.’ Not in … Continue reading

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Technology from disruptive to darling

Here’s a nice graph of how our views of a technology (or product) change over time: It’s from the forthcoming TBD Catalog, which looks fascinating. (via Bruce Sterling’s Flickr)

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One future of education: Health Care Nation

What would education look like if the medical sector becomes the largest part of American society and economics?  I call this scenario: Health Care Nation.* In this future, the medical sector has become the leading U.S. industry, eclipsing all others. … Continue reading

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Queen sacrifice in New Hampshire

Another American campus is laying off full-time faculty.   The New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord’s Community College (NHTI), is ending fourteen “teaching positions“. This fits into my queen sacrifice model pretty well, whereby an institution cuts core personnel (faculty) and reduces certain programs. … Continue reading

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