Category Archives: future of education

How can small colleges survive the 21st century?

How can American small colleges survive and thrive in the 21st century? I’m posing this question for discussion.  Think about what you know of this American institution and how it is faring now. And to spur your thoughts, read this sobering … Continue reading

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American higher ed is overbuilt

Why is so much of American higher education ailing? Because it’s overbuilt.  Let’s explore that idea by starting with a quick round-up of recent news. We can start with campus declines and cuts.  The president and CEO of the Thurgood … Continue reading

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Higher education is ailing. It hasn’t been destroyed – yet.

Over the past week a discussion about the future of American higher education has unfolded across the web. Things began with the publication of new enrollment data.  I commented on this, and Josh Kim responded, as did commentators on his column.  … Continue reading

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Pushing back on peak higher ed: a discussion with Joshua Kim

Last week I reviewed the peak higher education idea twice.  First there was an update on the now six-year-running enrollment decline.  Next I reflected on my peak hypothesis in light of recent history and emerging factors. Around the same time … Continue reading

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Academia after peak higher education

What happens to colleges and universities after peak higher education? Some background: five years ago I introduced the peak higher ed idea with a blog post.  Inspired by other peak discussions (peak car, peak sand, peak oil, etc.) I applied the … 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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From Southern Illinois, a signal from academic labor’s future

Over the past few days a disturbing story emerged from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  It concerns academic labor. It began with a Facebook post from The Professor is In, sharing and commenting on a memo from Michael Molino, SIU-C’s … Continue reading

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Two small college futures: woe in Massachusetts, promise in Michigan

American higher education sector includes a large number of small colleges.  It’s not clear how they will fare under today’s stresses, or how many will survive peak higher education. Case in point: Mount Ida College in Boston will cease to … Continue reading

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Four+ stories about the future of education and technology

Here are some interesting stories which might bear on the future of education and technology.  They touch on virtual reality, web browsers, immigration, web-based classes, tenure, and fear. ITEM: Firefox is working on a browser designed for VR.  Firefox Reality … Continue reading

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The shake-out is coming: the Wall Street Journal looks at higher ed’s future

Last month the Wall Street Journal published an article about the future of higher education with a clear and provocative title, “U.S. Colleges Are Separating Into Winners and Losers”.  In it Douglas Belkin offers a dark argument: that a chunk … Continue reading

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