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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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One law school faces a stark future

Can a law school perform a queen sacrifice?  I haven’t been blogging about the law school crisis, although I’ve been tracking it for years (!) at FTTE.  So let me remedy that with the sad story of the Appalachian School … Continue reading

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Vermont college cuts staff, adjuncts, classes

Lyndon State College announced a series of cuts this week, responding to all too common challenges in today’s higher education. The Vermont campus starts by laying off five administrators.  Then the reductions continue: Lyndon State will not reappoint some of its … Continue reading

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We can’t graduate enough nurses

We need a lot of nurses, but American universities just can’t make enough of them, according to a new Georgetown study (pdf).  This supports my Health Care Nation scenario, where medical fields become the dominant economic and cultural engine of the … Continue reading

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Elmhurst College makes a queen sacrifice

Elmhurst College is the latest member of higher education to make a queen sacrifice. The Chicago-area private liberal arts institution faces financial pressures and has launched a plan involving staff and faculty cuts. Financial pressure seems to come from growing expenses, … Continue reading

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Picking on great education and technology myths

Today I gave a webinar on a new theme, “Great .edu myths of our time”. TurnItIn.com hosted the event, and Jason Chu over there inspired the topic. Identifying and busting myths sounded like fun, so I picked five, ranked from … Continue reading

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