Tag Archives: For-profit

Student Debt: Pay It Forward

Oregon has come up with a plan that other states are considering; at one point, the plan was basically the framework Australia utilized when I had my Fulbright there. Curiously, Australia in the meantime has moved toward a more capitalist framework. Although the problem of student aid and student debt is complex, some have said that […]

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Just What is College? Descriptions from Old Media

Recent days have been laden with all kinds of news items that challenge our notion of what college is. Take the news from the California legislature’s introduction of a bill that would require state-sponsored colleges and universities to accept credits from MOOCs and other alternative low-priced avenues of education. Burke Smith, the founder of Straighterline.com […]

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Who’s on First?

There is a classic Abbott and Costello skit called “Who’s on first?” where Costello gets befuddled by the names of his friend’s team. We are close to getting into that situation without half as much humor in academe in terms of academic offerings. Not so long ago if someone wanted a bachelor’s degree we would […]

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AERA 2013: Painting the Town “For-Profit”

For-profit colleges and universities, whether we find them to be friend or foe, are now deeply woven into the fabric of U.S. higher education and society overall. As the 2013 American Educational Research Association Conference in San Francisco draws near, I am particularly excited about sessions that explore for-profit higher education and the changing nature […]

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The Critical Dialogue on MOOCs as Disruptive Innovation—or Not?

Yesterday we left off having discussed two disruptive criteria. Today, we will continue with four other criteria. Let’s rejoin Ms. Interviewer and Mario … Ms. Interviewer: Mario, welcome back. Let’s continue. Here is a question that captures the third criterion: Is/was the disruptive innovation produced outside the established value network of traditional colleges and universities? […]

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The MOOCs Dialogue

Clayton Christensen’s examples of disruptive innovations in the private sector show they are usually brought to market by new organizations that, well, disrupt the market. Both these characteristics fit well with breakthrough business model innovation on the adapted Tucker framework I have been discussing. So, in this sense, disruptive innovation is not a framework in […]

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It’s Not Sexy, But It’s Not All Breakthrough

The framework I described and adapted from Robert B. Tucker, in yesterday’s blog, is applicable to higher education. Let’s review a few examples. Historically, the community college stands as a key innovation in the industry. Interestingly, the birth and maturation of this new breakthrough business model did not signal the death of traditional four-year institutions […]

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Innovation Sensemaking: Framing the Conversation

Innovation is a “hot topic” in higher education, but what does innovation really mean? All colleges want to be seen as innovative. But the implications of truly creating or adopting an innovation in higher education necessitate that we move beyond journalistic hyperbole and the administrative and trustee habit of promoting their institutions as innovative because […]

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Innovation, MOOCs, and Other Cool Sounding Stuff

Thomas L. Friedman recently wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times entitled “Revolution Hits the Universities.” Friedman’s piece was an enthusiastic endorsement for MOOCs and MOOC companies like Coursera, as he chronicled anecdotes of students and Ivy League faculty conveying their transformational MOOC experiences. Friedman tells of a Cairo MOOC student who was […]

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Qualitative Research and Vocational Higher Education Institutions

A growing amount of the discourse on bolstering the U.S. workforce has emphasized how higher education can facilitate such growth. Particular emphasis has been paid to vocationally-oriented institutions of postsecondary education and if they are doing a suitable job in preparing students and getting them jobs. My own research agenda now centers on providing an […]

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