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Another American college prepares for serious cuts

2017 grinds on, and another American campus announced plans for serious cuts.  It’s definitely a queen sacrifice instance. The school in question is Wheelock College in Boston.  It is: put[ting] its president’s house on the market, is trying to sell … Continue reading

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Public universities move away from supporting poor students

State funding for American public universities has been declining for a generation.  The New York Times catches on updates us on the latest data. David Leonhardt (Twitter) cites the Times’ recent scorecard of higher education and poor people’s access to … Continue reading

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Another college readies a queen sacrifice

Another American campus has decided to cut faculty and possibly programs.  This time it’s on the west coast, but the queen sacrifice pattern is quite clear.  Mills College officially announced it was “restructuring“.  That includes a “Financial Stabilization Plan (FSP) that … Continue reading

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Campus discount rates keep on rising, and why that matters

Private colleges and universities now offer the highest discount rates in recorded history, according to NACUBO.  What on Earth does this mean, and why does it matter? Tuition discounting describes what students actually pay, rather than what a university’s sticker … Continue reading

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My next Devil’s Dictionary: a call for nominations

In 2016 we satirized educational technology keywords through a Devil’s Dictionary (part 1, part 2).  Now I’d like to tackle the words of education beyond ed tech.  Which vocabulary would you like to see skewered? I have assembled a first list, … Continue reading

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Peak electrical power: the US continues to de-industrialize

One fascinating sign of America’s changing technological and economic life appears in this Bloomberg News article.  The United States is making, and using, less electricity than we used to. That’s a surprise, given the 20th century’s spectacular growth of industry … Continue reading

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Still more campus cuts

April is the cruelest month, and some American colleges and universities are showing their agreement with that sentiment by cutting more staff and faculty.  As my readers know, these new cutters are not alone. One of the latest examples is … Continue reading

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