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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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I will lead a future of education and technology seminar in June

Two months from now I’ll lead a half-day seminar on the future of technology and education.  It’s a face-to-face preconference workshop for the annual New Media Consortium conference.  Which you should definitely attend. My seminar takes place on June 9th, the … Continue reading

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On Paul Campos and filthy public education lucre

Yesterday the New York Times ran an editorial claiming to reveal “The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much”.  In it Paul Campos offers a simple answer to his titular question.  It’s because higher education administrators cost too much. There is … Continue reading

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How are schools competing with other modes of learning?

The New Media Consortium and I hosted a panel discussion about Competition from New Models of Learning.  Four amazing people explored this concept from very different perspectives and with tremendous energy.  It was all I could do to keep up. … Continue reading

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Piketty on student debt

Thomas Piketty, one of the most important economists of our time, guru of economic inequality, offers some brief and pithy observations on student debt in American higher education.  Let’s break it down. First, the general observation: [T]he amount of household … Continue reading

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