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Campus discount rates keep on rising, and why that matters

Private colleges and universities now offer the highest discount rates in recorded history, according to NACUBO.  What on Earth does this mean, and why does it matter? Tuition discounting describes what students actually pay, rather than what a university’s sticker … Continue reading

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Which university or college will be the first to reach $100,000 per year?

When will an American college or university cost $100,000 per year to attend? I’d like to put this potential milestone out there as a provocative future, as well as a possible forecast. Let me explain. It’s well known that the … Continue reading

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The most important book about American higher education in 2018

Over the past two weeks I’ve read a book about the future of American higher ed, and want to recommend it very highly.  It might be the most important book on the subject published this year. The title is Demographics … Continue reading

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The next stage for the richest universities: attract more rich families

It’s well known that the wealthiest American universities have enormous endowments.  This has actually become a policy topic of late, even a bipartisan one, especially as family income inequality continues to deepen, and as many non-elite colleges and universities struggle … Continue reading

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When education doomsayers aren't grim enough

Recently Inside Higher Ed ran two columns arguing that higher education is in serious trouble.  Their titles proclaimed a very grim analysis: “What Happens If Higher Ed Collapses?” and “The Culling of Higher Ed Begins”.  Both contain useful bits of … Continue reading

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How the university enrollment crisis plays out in summer 2017: two stories

American higher education enrollment has declined for the past half decade.  My readers know this well, as it’s a theme I return to frequently, yet it’s surprising how few college and university discussions really take this trend into account.  Combined … Continue reading

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Towards the future of higher education economics

Yesterday a group of us presented on the future of, well, everything.  Brilliant people spoke to the future of the book, of food, and of work.  In contrast, I gave a short presentation on the future of higher education economics. … Continue reading

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Trends to watch in 2016: education contexts

What can we anticipate about education and technology in 2016?  Trends from 2015 may shed some anticipatory light, if we extrapolate from them. I’m basing this post and successors on my FTTE report.  I’m also inspired in this post by … Continue reading

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When the queen sacrifice isn’t enough, a campus resigns

Today a fine college, a splendid campus where many of my friends work, announced it will close.  Sweet Briar College, founded in 1901, will cease operations at the end of this year.  As its president states, “the class of 2015 will be … Continue reading

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Peak education 2013

Did we just experience peak higher education in the United States? I want to try out this hypothesis as a way of thinking about many current trendlines.  Readers and listeners know I have been tracking a large number of grim … Continue reading

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