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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

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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

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Another effect of rising income inequality: charitable giving has changed

What does increasing income inequality mean for higher education? I’ve been investigating this for several years, addressing different implications.  Today I’d like to touch on another aspect, that of charitable donations.  Many American educational institutions benefit from philanthropy, from universities … Continue reading

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A queen sacrifice in New Hampshire

Another American campus has embarked on a queen sacrifice.  This time it’s Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, and the pattern is all too familiar. The small college is laying off staff and faculty.  That means “seven faculty members and 11 … Continue reading

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New findings on income inequality, and there’s very little good news

Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez are probably the world’s leading scholars of economic inequality. They, with Gabriel Zucman, just published a new working paper on the subject with updated findings.  The results of “Distributional National Accounts: Methods and Estimates for … 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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Demographics and the future of education: lessons from a new study

As a futurist I love demographics.  Unlike, say, technology, pop culture, or policy, demographics change verrrrrrrry slowly.  Once a population is born, it’s easier to trace its outlines and project them forward than it is to extrapolate from nearly any … Continue reading

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