Author Archives: Bryan Alexander

Cutting staff but not faculty: University of Akron hacks around a queen sacrifice

A campus under financial stress can cut all kinds of people who aren’t faculty instead of making a queen sacrifice.  Case in point : the University of Akron, which announced the end of 213 staff positions.  That’s 161 people canned, not including … Continue reading

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American higher education politics just changed, maybe

It’s the middle of 2015 and in the United States presidential candidates are marking their territory for next year’s elections. Higher education policy has loomed surprisingly large so far, and the various postures and proposals sketch out something of a … Continue reading

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Presenting and participating in the EDUCAUSE 2015 conference

This October I’ll be presenting, participating, networking, schmoozing, reconnecting, and generally hob-nobbing with people at the EDUCAUSE 2015 conference in Indianapolis. Here are some of my events: A pre conference workshop, Building an Emerging Technology and Futures Capacity in Your … Continue reading

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Giving a great presentation: notes on using PowerPoint

For this post in my series about making better presentations, we’ll turn to PowerPoint.  PowerPoint! mocked, vilified, hated all over the place, yet still the leading presentation tool.  How can we make the thing work to strengthen our speeches, rather … Continue reading

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A tale of two academias: campus chief financial officers peer into the future

What do the people in charge of campus finances think about academic sustainability?  Inside Higher Ed and Gallup surveyed CFOs again, and the results are both fascinating and sobering. Overall, CFO opinion is split between optimism and pessimism.  Setting aside … Continue reading

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How students choose majors during recessions

Students pick different majors when the economy is lousy than in good times.  That seems intuitively obvious, and can be confirmed by anecdotes.  It’s useful to have research exploring just how it works.  A recent discussion paper by Erica Blom, Brian C. … Continue reading

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The campus merger option rises

As pressures continue to squeeze American higher education, some campuses are looking to alternatives beyond closing or conducting a queen sacrifice.  One option is merging institutions.  Inside Higher Ed points to recent cases of merged campuses, suggesting that number might … Continue reading

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