Category Archives: higher education

How will colleges and universities plan for January? A crowdsourced tracking project

How will higher education respond to the Omicron wave next month? As I’ve said before, it’s difficult to forecast what COVID will do, given the variability of the virus itself as well as how humans respond to its action.  What … Continue reading

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Looking ahead to COVID-19’s third year: what it may mean for higher education

As I was finishing this post two pandemic stories unrelated to higher education hit my various feeds about the same time.  One was from a finance reporter, who proclaimed his delight in going to many social gatherings, from indoor restaurants … Continue reading

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Two state university systems shrink over a year and a decade

For years I’ve been projecting and observing a decline in American higher education.  Reality keeps giving examples of those projections becoming observable data.  Today’s case in point is a pair of state university systems, one in Pennsylvania, the other in … Continue reading

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Have master’s degrees gone too far? A critique and a discussion

Have master’s degrees become a problem? Last week New America’s education policy leader Kevin Carey gave an interview to Slate.  In it Carey and his interlocutor, Jordan Weissmann, argued that American master’s degree* programs have been corrupt and dangerous in … Continue reading

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Bill Maher vs. higher ed

Last Friday night a high profile American comedian and tv host presented a criticism of higher education.  In a little more than six minutes Bill Maher took academia to task for a range of problems. I find this critique useful … Continue reading

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American tuition discounting rose again: what that means and why it matters

Today I’m going to describe a key datapoint in higher education. To do so I need to explain a deep weirdness in how students pay for American college and university classes.  Many people have a hard time grasping this strange … Continue reading

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Queen sacrifice at Pacific Lutheran University

Another American campus launched a queen sacrifice this week. (“Queen sacrifice” refers to when a college or university cuts tenure-track faculty members. The source of the phrase is chess, where queens are the most powerful piece, as tenure-track faculty are, … Continue reading

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One plan for American higher ed this fall: how many campuses are requiring vaccines? UPDATED

UPDATED MAY 1 As spring term proceeds, colleges and universities are planning for this upcoming fall semester. There is a lot going on in this complex process, especially as pandemic conditions change. I have posted about one scenario already, plus … Continue reading

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How is higher education adapting to the pandemic? Introducing #COVedStories

How did colleges and universities manage to shunt classes online in a hurry last spring? What are we doing in higher ed now to organize spring term during a still-roaring pandemic? buy vigora online buy vigora no prescription generic What … Continue reading

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Wreckage and hope: looking towards 2021 from 2020

What can 2020 tell us about higher education in 2021? It’s still too early to really make this call, in some ways.  2020 is too fresh, too close, and too riven by a mixture of fierce political fighting and enormous … Continue reading

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