Tag Archives: Mark DeFusco

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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