Author Archives: Bryan Alexander

Academia tries out open in response to Ebola

How has academia shared its resources openly in response to the Ebola crisis?*  Have we used technology to make a difference? Here are some examples: Oxford University Press opened up fifty scientific articles.  These are from scholarly journals like Clinical Infectious … Continue reading

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One traditional undergraduate university to close

Benedictine University of Springfield will close its undergraduate program next year.  To start off that sad process, it’s laying off 75 of its 100 full-time staff. Why is that BU ending?  Because of money, of course, but in an unusual way. … Continue reading

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How to adjunctivize your university

The embattled president of the University of Texas (Austin) recently gave a speech reflecting on that institution’s status.  In William Powers’ “State of the University Address 2014″ we can find many useful ideas.  For now, I’d like to focus on … Continue reading

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After such broadband, what applications?

How will we use digital technologies differently if we boost broadband speeds and access?  Will faster connections change the way we live? The Pew Research Internet Project canvassed a bunch of us for our thoughts.  Respondents generally noted similar themes, … Continue reading

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Another digital story

I published another short digital story using the Cowbird platform.  It’s a reflection on October in Vermont, or, more dryly, it uses a combination of photos and paragraphs to express an emotional state during an environmental moment. It’s called “Darkness, … Continue reading

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University of Southern Maine declares a serious queen sacrifice

The University of Southern Maine announced plans for serious faculty and program cuts, with all the hallmarks of a queen sacrifice. The gist is that USM will cut 50 instructors, 100 staff, increase class load for the remainders, end several … Continue reading

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Higher education enrollment declined again: US Census

The total number of people enrolled in American higher education declined by 2013, according to data from the United States Census Bureau.  That marks two years in a row when fewer students attended US colleges and universities, a decline of … Continue reading

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