Tag Archives: inequality

Are politicians from both parties now targeting higher education endowments?

American politicians on both sides of the aisle are starting to criticize college and university endowments.  Are we seeing a bipartisan approach emerging? Recently we’ve seen rising political interest in the size of the biggest university endowments, seen in the contexts … Continue reading

Posted in research topics | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Paying for higher education is getting even harder

Just how affordable is American higher education?  It’s harder to pay for than ever, according to Jeff Selingo in an important, very accessible article, which I recommend sharing. He breaks this down by cost (what colleges charge, nominally*) and ability to … Continue reading

Posted in future of education, research topics, Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Comment

How not to write about grade inflation, or education, for that matter

Why do so many writers about higher education generalize about the whole sector from the experience of a handful of campuses? Once again the mainstream press emits an article which confuses academia’s 1% with the 99%.  This time the putative … Continue reading

Posted in research topics, Uncategorized | Tagged | 17 Comments

The new age of inequality and what it means for education: my January talk

What does increasing inequality mean for American higher education?  This was the theme for a talk I gave last week, where I put several years of research together for the first time.  I reproduce and expand on my materials here. … Continue reading

Posted in presentations and talks | Tagged | 6 Comments

Robert Reich: economic inequality is starting to silence academic expression

This week Robert Reich shared some recent stories about increasing economic inequality silencing expression in the non-profit world, including education.  These are useful anecdotes and reflections from a perceptive observer. For example, I had [an] exchange last year with the president … Continue reading

Posted in future of education, presentations and talks, Uncategorized | Tagged | 4 Comments

Mapping higher education cuts and tuition increases

How do changes in funding American higher education play out across the nation?  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has created two very useful maps. The first identifies just how much individual states reduced funding to public colleges … Continue reading

Posted in research topics | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Piketty on student debt

Thomas Piketty, one of the most important economists of our time, guru of economic inequality, offers some brief and pithy observations on student debt in American higher education.  Let’s break it down. First, the general observation: [T]he amount of household … Continue reading

Posted in research topics, Uncategorized | Tagged | 4 Comments

What American educational oligarchy looks like in 2015

It seems like the fact of drastic educational inequality is becoming more widely known in the United States of 2015.  At the same time, gaps of race and class are widening and normalizing.  And we refuse to do anything about it, … Continue reading

Posted in future of education, research topics | Tagged | 16 Comments

Thoughts on the first half of Piketty’s Capital

I’m halfway through Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century.  It was some major implications for the future, including the future of education. In this post I’d like to share some impressions of the book upon reaching its halfway point. … Continue reading

Posted in research topics, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 9 Comments