Tag Archives: Higher Ed

The Student Loan Crisis: Up Close and Personal

Two concerns I have with the current discussion about the student loan crisis is that it is increasingly ideological in nature, and quantitative in the manner in which student financial needs are analyzed: Ideological: Students have too much debt/no they don’t.  More students should to go college/no they shouldn’t.  It’s not the government’s role to […]

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Obama’s Student Aid Bill of Rights: More than a Plea for Customer Service?

I guess I could be more excited about Obama’s Bill of Rights for student loan borrowers, but I’m not really sure why I should be. It kind of bugs me that these basic service expectations have to be pulled together as a “bill of rights” at all. Isn’t this just good customer service? There are […]

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Pricing: Commodity vs. Non-Price Competition

The basic law of economics is that pricing is determined by the supply and demand of a product or service.    This is bad news for the 7000 post-secondary institutions recognized by Department of Education who accept Title IV funding (there are a couple dozen additional universities who refuse to accept federal funds as a matter […]

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In Reponse to Paul Krugman

Today I want to talk about power, or more specifically, the role of power in perpetuating and increasing inequality in the United States. I wasn’t planning on talking about this topic, well not so directly anyway. When I started this series of posts my intention was to limit my musings to the way we collectively […]

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The Purpose of Research: On ROI and DARPA

I have had funded research throughout my academic career.  Even when I worked at Fort Berthold Community College, and long before my doctorate, I wrote grants that advanced the mission of the tribally controlled college.  As a postdoc at the National Center we survived on federal funding by what is now called the Institute of […]

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The Experience Economy: On Leadership

Amy Gutmann, President of Penn, accumulated all sorts of flack when she followed her students by  falling to the floor at a die-in at her Christmas party this past December. The students were demonstrating in support of those who have been murdered by police in the last several years, and Gutmann supported their protest.  I […]

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Because It Is Where the Books Are

A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.  Benjamin Disraeli, House of Commons, 11 March 1873 In order to truly understand the role of faculty in the modern University, one must have a feel for the roots from which this role has developed.    In a world that has evolved at […]

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More Than A Game

What do we want to learn from our research (funded by the First in the World Grant) on the game-based intervention for college-going? We have in Mission Admission a colorful, interactive online game that could potentially influence students’ college identities.  It’s easy to get sucked into the game.  After all, it is the central component […]

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On the Purpose of Education – Part 2

In my last post, I asked if the primary purpose of education is to find a job.  Since then, at least two developments have engendered a considerable amount of discussion around that very topic.  On January 26, an article entitled “The Day the Purpose of College Changed” by Dan Barrett from the Chronicle of Higher […]

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Research Focusing of Promoting Equity

With the reversal, starting in the late 1970s, of this nation’s century-long trajectory toward economic and educational fairness, we need to rethink how to promote fairness and social justice. Given the pervasive use of market mechanisms in higher education and urban schools, this is especially urgent. In particular, the notion that there are pipelines to […]

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