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Two sobering datapoints for American higher education economics

I’d like to share some recent economic research.  Saying so is usually a cue that insomnia and narcolepsy have both at last been cured, but I think these are important points for higher education. Each are vital, and their interaction … Continue reading

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Indiana college to close

Another American campus has decided to close up.  Saint Joseph’s College , a private, Catholic liberal arts institution in northwestern Indiana, will “suspend all activities” after this academic year. The official announcement explains this in terms of finances, saying the college will: … Continue reading

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Trump’s migration block and higher education

American president Trump recently ordered a 120 day ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations.  What does this mean for higher education? First off, stress, suffering, and both career and personal life damage to a number of students, faculty, and staff … Continue reading

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Several Pennsylvania public universities may merge or close by 2018

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is considering merging and/or closing some of its campuses this year.  The system’s chancellor spoke openly of this to local media.  This is beyond the queen sacrifice model, although perhaps they’ll fall … Continue reading

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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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