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The end of Corinthian Colleges, or resigning the game utterly

This morning the Corinthian Colleges system shuts down.  That means 28 for-profit “ground campuses” stop teaching.  “more than 16,000 students and employees” are hit, according to Wikipedia. Campuses closed include Corinthian’s 13 remaining Everest and WyoTech campuses in California, Everest College … Continue reading

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Is Louisiana State University preparing for “academic bankruptcy”?

The president of Louisiana State University announced that he had started planning for “financial exigency.”  This follows that state’s governor’s call for major cuts to public higher education, which I noted two months ago. Louisiana’s flagship university began putting together the … Continue reading

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Reading Robert Putnam, _Our Kids_, chapter 4, “Schooling”

Let’s continue our online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In this post we move on to chapter four, simply titled “Schooling,” a topic central to this blog and my work. As with … Continue reading

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What Americans think about college, according to Gallup: love, concern, and racial difference

A new Gallup poll reveals some American attitudes about higher education.  The results of “Postsecondary Education Aspirations and Barriers” are quite useful for academia.  Americans seems to view colleges and universities like a beloved family member who’s run into serious … Continue reading

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Higher education becomes even more unequal, and a major proposal

American higher education is becoming even more unequal, according to Moody’s.  Universities with the largest endowments now own a larger share of the entire sector’s wealth than previously. Some data to consider: The 10 richest universities in America hold nearly a … Continue reading

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University of Wisconsin-Madison prepares a queen sacrifice

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will cut academic positions and programs in order to cope with state budget cuts, according to the university’s chancellor.  This could be a major queen sacrifice. The process began in early February, when Wisconsin governor Walker … Continue reading

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University of Alaska sacrifices the queen

The University of Alaska system president announced the end of several academic programs, offering another example of what I’ve been calling the queen sacrifice.  This is when an academic institution, facing major challenges, cuts into the core of a campus. … Continue reading

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