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Americans on the future of science and technology: meh

A new Pew/Smithsonian report offers a sobering picture of how Americans see the future of science and technology.  At first glance the report sounds like typical futurism, revealing people imagining and weighing alternative possibilities. But on closer examination we find … Continue reading

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“Let the death spiral whirl”: Slate celebrates the destruction of small colleges

Slate offers an intriguing article on the impending demise of small, private colleges, and why we should all celebrate this.  It is an instructive piece because it presents an example of aggressive education reform’s thinking.  It’s a lesson on how … Continue reading

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Have we reached peak higher education?

Inside Higher Ed published my essay entitled Has Higher Ed Peaked?  In it I raise the idea of applying peak models to the entire sector of American higher education.  It’s a think piece, a provocation. Yes, it sprang from last year’s … Continue reading

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Yale’s former president to Coursera

The recent president of Yale University has moved to lead a major MOOC platform.  Richard “Rick” Levin will become the new CEO of Coursera. Anya Kamenetz asked for my thoughts, and I had two.  First, that Levin would be a fine … Continue reading

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Innovation, machines, and you

How is digital technology changing how we innovate?  We continue reading Brynjolfsson and McAfee’s The Second Machine Age (previous posts). Chapter 5 shifts the book’s focus so far from technology as such to the problem of innovation.  “Innovation: Declining or Recombining?” begins … Continue reading

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Long Island campuses eyeing the queen sacrifice

A group of Long Island colleges and universities are considering academic program cuts, according to Newsday.  These are more examples of what I’ve been calling the queen sacrifice in higher education. Downling College, Long Island University, St. Joseph’s College, Adelphi … Continue reading

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Looking through STEAM

How do the arts connect with STEM education in our evolving digital landscape? This weekend the STEAM3 conference met in Austin to explore the subject.  (STEAM is STEM plus “A” for arts.  STEAM3 is “Science + Tech + Engineering + Art + … Continue reading

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Another university sacrifices the queen, plus some other pieces

Another American campus decided to perform a queen sacrifice.  Iowa Wesleyan College announced drastic cuts and layoffs: it will eliminate 22 of its 52 faculty positions; it has cut 23 staff members and 16 of its 31 academic programs… After the … Continue reading

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Seven years, 20,000 tweets, and counting

Recently I passed two milestones: 20,000 Tweets (and counting) and my seven-year twitterversary.  That’s a good double prompt for me to look back on my Twitter experience. Some of the below should come as no surprise to regular Twitterers.  Some … Continue reading

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University of Akron goes for the queen sacrifice

Another American university has decided to attempt a queen sacrifice.  This time the institution in question is the University of Akron, whose provost asked its board of trustees to consider ending fifty-five (55) academic programs. The nominal reason for making these cuts … Continue reading

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