Tag Archives: Mark DeFusco

Making a Living or Making a Life

For the last several months, I have been serving as the interim CEO for the National Institute of Training and Employment (NITE). It is a very interesting company that is owned by leaders in the higher education private equity sector, Hamilton White and Linden Education. This is a company that focuses on jobs and gets […]

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Rites of Fall—A Reflection on Erich Fromm

Modern man has transformed himself into a commodity; he experiences his life energy as an investment with which he should make the highest profit, considering his position and the situation on the personality market. He is alienated from himself, from his fellow men and from nature. His main aim is profitable exchange of his skills, […]

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In Honor of William B. Michael—Can We Deconstruct a College Education Statistically?

It doesn’t seem right that another September is upon us and Bill Michael (William B. Michael) is not ambling slowly through Waite Phillips Hall, ready to at once terrorize and fascinate wary graduate students required to learn something about research methods and statistics. A giant in the field, Bill would constantly regale his nervous students […]

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The Ivory Tower—An Investment or a Gamble

While planning to review Ivory Tower, Andrew Rossi’s inventive documentary about higher education, I felt fortunate to have an arts house landmark theatre in St Louis. But I had a friend visiting for the weekend, so I sat alone at the noon showing at the Tivoli theatre in the University City Loop. It was an […]

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A Research Agenda for For-Profit Colleges and Universities

At first glance, the topic of a research agenda for for-profit institutions may seem to be a rather narrow, technical issue, of concern largely to those closely affiliated with those institutions—at most, some of those who work in them, who regulate them, who study them, and maybe even some of those who take courses in […]

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Building an Industry from Seed

Many years ago, when I was first starting my career, an old agricultural banker took me under his wings and would routinely impart sage wisdom. A neophyte, I gobbled up his well digested notions which were based on years of bloody noses I had yet to experience. Now that I have my fair share of […]

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Teaching an old dog new tricks

On the heels of the  GSV (Global Silicon Valley) Education technology entrepreneurship conference last week at the Phoenician and this week’s Milken Institute Global Conference at the Beverly Hilton,  I was fortunate to attend  USC’s own “Developing a Research Agenda: Tax-Paying Colleges and Universities/For-Profit Education”.   Sponsored by the Pullias Center for Higher Education with the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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