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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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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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Future Trends, filthy lucre, and a sustainability experiment

Today I’m launching a sustainability experiment with the Future Trends in Technology and Education report. Several months ago I surveyed FTTE readers on a number of issues, including how best to sustain the report.  It takes me a number of … Continue reading

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Notes on Ivory Tower

I finally caught up with the CNN-supported documentary Ivory Tower (2014).  In it Andrew Rossi offers an overview of the current status of American higher education.  I’d like to share some thoughts here. We need to realize this moment in … Continue reading

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Snowed on, locked down, raiding electrons and getting zotted: a week of storms

Readers and other audiences often express curiosity about my family’s homesteading life.  So I thought I’d share a story of that experience in extremity.  I also want to get it down while it’s still fresh in memory. Last Tuesday a … Continue reading

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How to adjunctivize your university

The embattled president of the University of Texas (Austin) recently gave a speech reflecting on that institution’s status.  In William Powers’ “State of the University Address 2014″ we can find many useful ideas.  For now, I’d like to focus on … Continue reading

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Education dystopia #1: triumph of the silos

What are some bad futures for teaching, learning, and campuses? With this post I’m starting up my series of educational dystopias. 1: Silos stand tall In this world silos have become the dominant life form in information architecture.  Closed and … Continue reading

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