Author Archives: Bryan Alexander

The shock of the old: how Americans actually got election news in 2016

Much discussion about the 2016 American presidential election touched on the role of digital technologies.  Social media and web-based fake news are popular (if partial) explanations of Trump’s victory.  Yet if a new Pew study is right, those sources only … Continue reading

Posted in politics, technology | Tagged | 1 Comment

Reading _Paying the Price_: a plan

Now that the book club has a new title to read – Sara Goldrick-Rab’s Paying the Price – how shall we go about reading and discussing it? Over the years my practice has been to publish a plan on this blog, … Continue reading

Posted in readings | Tagged | 2 Comments

Crowdfunding my future of education work in 2017

How can we support independent work in education?  How can futures work sustain itself? To answer these questions personally, I’m launching a new project today.  It’s an effort to support the swarm of media I currently make.  To sustain my … Continue reading

Posted in personal | Tagged | 9 Comments

Our next book club reading: Paying the Price, by Sara Goldrick-Rab

What’s next for our online book club? After much discussion and many responses following my query, I have decided on… Sara Goldrick-Rab, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream (publisher; Amazon).  This is a … Continue reading

Posted in readings | Tagged | 22 Comments

American higher ed enrollment declines, again

The total number of students enrolled in American colleges and universities declined in fall 2016, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. I should say: declined again, because as my readers know, higher education enrollment has been sliding down without … Continue reading

Posted in research topics | 8 Comments

The Future Trends Forum leaps into 2017

After a holiday break (and nice online party) the Future Trends Forum is roaring back for the new year. First, a glance back.  The Forum launched on February 11th, 2016, almost one year ago, with Audrey Watters as our first … Continue reading

Posted in Future Trends Forum, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

How academia adjunctified faculty and mainstreamed the queen sacrifice

A new Education Dive article offers a fascinating datapoint about queen sacrifices.  It’s actually focused on two recent American Institutes for Research reports on the economic impact of adjunctification, which are very useful, but the Dive’s conclusion is remarkable.  Needless to say, … Continue reading

Posted in research topics | Tagged | Leave a comment