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Outsourcing and Its Consequences IV: Final Considerations

This is the fourth installment in a four-part series focusing on outsourcing in higher education. Part I is here, Part II is here, and Part III is here. Last year, the California State Legislature considered outsourcing courses to external providers. The Democratic-controlled legislature was troubled that students could not get the classes they needed. The […]

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Outsourcing and Its Consequences III: “Lead Generation” and Slippery Slopes in Higher Education

This is the third installment in a four-part series focusing on outsourcing in higher education. Part I is here and Part II is here. Until September 2013, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) prohibited the use of commissioned agents in international student recruitment. There are numerous purist reasons to disdain what has come […]

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Outsourcing and Its Consequences II: The Philosophical and Ethical Issues Raised by Outsourcing

Apart from the economic premises I raised earlier, outsourcing is also a philosophical principle about how an organization should run its affairs. Once an institution agrees that outsourcing is a credible way to manage resources, it ends up on that proverbial “slippery slope.” I am not suggesting that outsourcing is inherently wrong or ought never […]

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Outsourcing and Its Consequences I: The Economic Justifications for Outsourcing

I’d like to spend the next few days thinking about outsourcing. What do we gain and lose when we outsource jobs at a university? On one level, outsourcing makes sense. Private and public colleges and universities are non-profit entities facing hard financial times. The goal of cutting costs, while maintaining the viability of the “product” […]

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The Thursday Pop: From the Mailbag

So here is a real e-mail that I received last week, I thought my response to it might be worth posting, so here it is. I’ve changed the name of the sender for privacy. Dr. Venegas: I am an English and AVID teacher at TW High School. I recently read your profile on the USC school […]

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One Shining Moment—My Third Musings on March Madness

It is that time of year again. Monday night, after weeks of copying, and researching, and crying over brackets, the NCAA will crown its champion for 2013. The last couple of years, I have reserved my April blog to celebrate and question America’s archetypal view of just what it means to be a college. In […]

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Reviewing the Year

When I look back on the events of education in general and higher education in particular this year I am struck by how much my view of these events depends on how far I look forward. If I am only concerned about the immediate present then the year turned out pretty okay. President Obama was […]

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Rethinking State Systems of Higher Education

There was recently a conference in New York City about systems of higher education. I was supposed to speak but after having my plane cancelled three times, and facing the prospect of spending the night in Buffalo in order to get to NYC, I cancelled. They had asked me to speak on a panel entitled […]

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College Completion and Getting Left Behind

The Great Recession has claimed many victims, but one is seldom mentioned: students under-prepared for college. Three developments cloud these students’ college futures. First came U.S. Senate hearings on for-profit higher education. The institutions were pummeled for low graduation rates, saddling students with hefty debt, and not living up to their employment promises. In California, […]

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The Thursday Pop: Protesting College Costs?

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I teach a class on finance in higher education during the summer. This year, on the last night of class, one of the students said quite passionately: “When are we going to make this end? When are we going to do something to show that we aren’t okay with […]

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