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Two challenges for Ken Robinson

Yesterday I had the pleasure of listening to Sir Ken Robinson (now on Twitter) speak in person for the first time. Like many people I’ve watched him on YouTube videos, so this BETT2015 talk was a nice opportunity. And he … Continue reading

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Mercyhurst considers a queen sacrifice

Mercyhurst University, a Catholic institution in northwestern Pennsylvania, is preparing to cut academics.  According to a local news report, MU’s president announced he was ready to reduce spending on anything, including academics, which brings this story into queen sacrifice territory. … Continue reading

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When states cut public education funding: the problems with _Unmaking Education_

In December I took to social media with a research query: what’s a good historical account of how American states have defunded public higher education?  Helpful people came up with one leading candidate: Christopher Newfield’s Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year … Continue reading

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President Obama’s plan for free community college tuition: first thoughts

President Obama has raised the idea of making the first two years of community college free. What I’d like to do to is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for … Continue reading

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Sacrificing the queen or the whole campus? The case of UNO

The University of New Orleans is gearing up for more cuts, apparently. Its president has proposed so many cuts that one observer thinks UNO is over. An individual round of cuts to academic programs could well make for what I’ve … Continue reading

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More international students on American campuses

American higher education saw a record number of international students this past academic year.  Let’s look at some details from the IIE report. The number of internationals: 886,052 students took classes.  That’s nearly one million, and a rising number. This … Continue reading

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A snapshot of faculty teaching in 2014

What do we know about how American college and university faculty are teaching undergraduates?  The new HERI study (pdf) offers some fascinating insights into instructors’ practices. Caveats: the report covers full-time faculty, not part-timers*.  It’s also based on self-reporting. In the digital … Continue reading

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