Author Archives: Bryan Alexander

Illinois considers just plain sacrifices for its public universities

he state of Illinois has been stuck in budgetary trench warfare for months, and this has prompted talk of serious cuts in its public colleges and universities.  This week it’s the accrediting agency who’s raising the sacrifice specter. What’s in … Continue reading

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Announcing the Future Trends Forum

I’d like to announce a new project I’ve been developing for a while, and that’s about to launch.   The Future Trends Forum is a series of video-based conversations about future trends in technology and education.  It’s based on my FTTE … Continue reading

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Charitable giving to higher education is now broken

There is new data about charitable giving to American colleges and universities, and it demonstrates that we’re doing it wrong.  This system is broken, in short.  The latest information illustrates major, challenging trends in higher education. It all comes from … Continue reading

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Concordia College attempts a queen sacrifice

Concordia College, a midwestern liberal arts institution, is the latest American campus to announce a queen sacrifice.  The college is apparently going to cut a series of academic programs, and reduce some faculty numbers along the way. What’s on the chopping … Continue reading

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Revolution in Higher Education: A Social Contract

Continuing with our reading of Richard DeMillo’s Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable (2015) (publisher; Amazon): this week we’re discussing the last full chapter, “A Social Contract.” Here DeMillo calls for a new … Continue reading

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Denying tenure because of declining enrollment: is this a trend?

One midwestern university has responded to declining enrollment in a very specific way.  Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; home of the Banished Words List) is apparently denying tenure to tenure-track faculty in some cases because the campus cannot … Continue reading

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Does technology reduce the costs of teaching?

Can schools use technology to cut the costs of teaching?  I’m one of three consultants consulted by the Chronicle of Higher Education in an article answering that question. My opening gambit: “Over all, technology usually does not help reduce instructional … Continue reading

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