Tag Archives: Mark DeFusco

Waste Not Want Not

Late next month, the Pullias Center for Higher Education, with the generous support of the DeVry Education Group, will convene an invitational seminar, the purpose of which is to objectively document how the tax paying/for-profit institutions of higher education work (or don’t work), and how these institutions might contribute to the overall quality of higher […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Education and the Grammys–Learning to Listen

I don’t want to sound like my father. Fifty years ago, the Beatles landed on Ed Sullivan and like many families that night, we tuned into our Sunday ritual to see what the hubbub was all about.   A country still numb from the assassination of our president, we needed a jolt of life and four […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Caveat Emptor

Now that Christmas is over, the real shopping begins. Parents are taking down trees and putting away holiday decorations and facing credit card bills, but the real bills are in the mail. College acceptance letters begin to arrive in the next 60 days. Parents will beam with pride as their offspring are accepted to their […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

The Folly of Unintended Consequences

As negotiated rule-making continues around the country in anticipation of new rules to enforce provisions of the Higher Education Reauthorization and Opportunity Act (HEA), I wanted to remind rule makers of how good, thoughtful regulation can lead to disaster. First, I want to remind the that this is a particularly troublesome time in the financial […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

With Liberty and Justice for All

Among those of us who follow the tax paying sector of the higher education industry (which euphemism we use [i.e. for-profit] tells a great about where we stand), I am one of the few who truly admires former deputy undersecretary of Education . Shireman almost singlehandedly ended loan subsidies for guaranteed student loans and saved […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

A Chicken in Every Pot – or an iPad in Every Backpack

Back in the 1928 election, on the verge of the Great Depression, Herbert Hoover was attributed to making a promise of “a chicken in every pot for Sunday dinner”. (It was actually the Republican National Committee that paid for that nifty claim, but as a microcosm of new media, who would concern themselves with facts?) Hoover […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

What is So Wrong with Profit—Two Sides of a Non-Profit Story

I have been watching with great amusement two stories that seem forged out of similar motives, but which illuminate hypocrisy that can be seen in its purest forms only on a university campus. The first story is about the mounting protest at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. It seems that several months back (March […]

2 Comments Continue Reading →

Mergers and Acquisitions

Two more small colleges merged recently. This is not big news, but anecdotal evidence that our prediction in 2010 that small, poorly-endowed colleges will have fewer and fewer options to fight the double whammy of changing student demographics and almost universal discounting. These are surely not the last schools that will have to consider this […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

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 […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

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 […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →