Category Archives: higher education

One particular problem with the ICE international student ruling

On July 6th the American Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) ruled that international students would not be allowed in the United States if their classes were entirely online. There are all kinds of problems with this, as I and … Continue reading

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Liberal arts colleges look to fall 2020

How will American higher education take shape this fall? (UPDATED August 27) I’ve been exploring that question since COVID-19 roared out of Hubei province.  I’ve addressed it at a systematic level and by examining several institutions’ strategies.  Today I’d like … Continue reading

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COVID-19 guts the middle: Matt Reed on higher ed, the economy, and the pandemic

How will the pandemic reshape higher education? Matt “Dean Dad” Reed offers an intriguing model in a new column.  He posits that American colleges and universities are vulnerable to COVID-19 in a way that echoes the shape of the modern … Continue reading

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Another campus announces a mixed fall term: the University of Michigan

Another major American university announced its fall plans.  This time it’s the University of Michigan, and that institution is opting for a combination of in-person and online education. First I’ll explore the announcement (the “CAMPUS MAIZE & BLUEPRINT”), then I’ll … Continue reading

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Looking ahead to fall 2020

We’re now one week into June.  In higher education this means two unequal things: first, summer classes are under way, like mine.  Second, fall term planning is proceeding, which is a much larger affair.  Since we’re in the year of … Continue reading

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Problems planning for a Post-Pandemic Campus this fall

How will campuses try to return to face-to-face education?  What does it mean now to plan for a Post-Pandemic Campus this fall? In April I published three scenarios for colleges and universities may approach the fall 2020 semester in the … Continue reading

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The first wave of pandemic cuts to colleges and universities

April is the cruellest month -TS Eliot, 1922 In March – which feels so long ago –  I described various ways the pandemic could injure higher education’s finances, pushing some colleges and universities to make painful cuts, while others stepped … Continue reading

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Higher education is already feeling the first effects of COVID-19

As I write this COVID-19 continues to gnaw on the human race.  Data is increasingly dubious for a range of reasons (politics, testing, etc.) but the range looks like between 630,000 and 720,000 infected and around 30,000 dead, with both … Continue reading

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How important is higher ed to Americans?

What do Americans think about higher education?  According to a new Gallup poll we value it a bit less than we recently did. For anyone involved in or thinking about higher ed, this is important data. To begin with, the … Continue reading

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The most dangerous report in higher education

Last week a small, Boston-based firm prepared to release a report about the financial status of nearly 1,000 American colleges and universities.  Inside Higher Ed prepped an article on Edmit’s report. The report never appeared. In this post I’ll try … Continue reading

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