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American higher education enrollment declines again

The number of students enrolled in American colleges and universities declined this spring.  Recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) depicts a gradually changing student body, with serious implications for post-secondary education. In spring 2015 American campuses … Continue reading

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Giving a great presentation: some tips and advice

What makes for a great presentation?  How can presenters do a better job? I wanted to share some thoughts about this, based on my experience.  After decades  of being in a variety of audiences, I have some observations, warnings, and tips … Continue reading

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Teaching the Future

I’d like to announce the launch of a project I’ve had a small role in.  Teach the Future is a new effort to help teachers at all levels, K-16+, introduce futures thinking into classes. TtF is developing starter kits for … Continue reading

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Reading Robert Putnam’s _Our Kids, chapter 5, “Community”

Let’s continue our online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In this chapter we change focus from individual families and schools to broader social networks, addressing “Community”. As with previous chapters I’ll summarize its content, … 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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