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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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One new approach to funding American public education

The state of Kentucky is considering an interesting new method for funding public colleges and universities.  It’s worth looking into because it could point the way for other states.  It also embodies several trends we’ve been discussing. The key theme … Continue reading

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How Americans are using social media in 2016: essential new Pew report

How do Americans use social media? This is a question of vital importance to educators, and of especial moment during this election season.  It’s one I’ve been tracking since before it was called Web 2.0. The Pew team has just … Continue reading

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Live-blogging Sugata Mitra’s EDUCAUSE 2016 address

I’m going to get retro with this blog post, live-blogging an event.  The event is a keynote address by Sugata Mitra to the EDUCAUSE 2016 conference. Written and edited on the fly – Mitra begins by describing his hole in … Continue reading

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Rural broadband update: Fairpoint weirdness and potential governors

How can we bring broadband to rural areas? Over the past few months I’ve been blogging about our Vermont region’s struggles to get decent highspeed.  Let me update you on where things stand. Short version: there has been some potential, … Continue reading

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Another campus sacrifices the queen: IPFW to cut programs, majors, departments

Back on the queen sacrifice beat, I find another American campus intending to cut academic programs and perhaps faculty.  This time it’s Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, much more commonly referred to as IPFW. After a recommendation process earlier … Continue reading

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New data on student debt

How much do students owe in college loans?  New data has just appeared from the Institute for College Access & Success (ICAS or TICAS) , and their report is essential, if unsurprising, reading for anyone interested in American post-secondary education. Some … Continue reading

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