“Here’s How Higher Education Dies”: I am interviewed in the Atlantic

This week I returned to the Atlantic Monthly, courtesy of an interview with the staggeringly metal headline:

Here’s How Higher Education Dies

Many thanks to Adam Harris for good questions and much patience.  Adam focused on the question of peak higher ed and explored its ramifications well.

I’ve been in the Atlantic before, but writing about a somewhat different topic.

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3 Responses to “Here’s How Higher Education Dies”: I am interviewed in the Atlantic

  1. It’s a good article and your true voice can be heard in the quotes. As I read about the refocussing/reinvention/re-everything of many, an old saw came to mind. Much 0f higher education is operating like a carpenter with a hammer in hand mistaking every screw as a nail.

  2. Aaron says:

    Some context: http://collegeaffordability.blogspot.com/2011/01/charts-of-week-college-enrollment.html

    17 million is the same # of students there were circa the early 2000s. That is not “death,” it is reversion to a mean. There was indeed a bubble of students – first, because of the larger cohort of the late millennials, and second, because the recession sent millions of out-of-work adults back to school to re-train.

    I work at a community college and we’ve seen a decline, of the bubble. We are still up compared to 10 or 15 years ago. We are down compared 5 years ago. Those institutions that invested in sustainability will be fine. Those that took out debt to expand for the bubble will be in trouble.

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