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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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Not Voting in a Time of Crisis

School Board elections are upon us here in Los Angeles. Elections will be held on March 3rd. There are seven Board seats, each representing a different part of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Four of the seven members are up for reelection. There are three contested seats. I know the incumbents who currently hold […]

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The Role of Laws and Policies in Maintaining the Status Quo

Today I turn my attention to federal and state laws and policies, particularly the ways in which they are implemented that inadvertently (or possibly intentionally) maintain the status quo. I am choosing to talk about law and policy and the implementation of law and policy because they are inextricably intertwined with each other. A law […]

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If I’m Not Teaching You, I Should Be Fired

Yesterday I said that I was going to spend four days talking about “the ways in which we (collectively) work harder to maintain the status quo than we do to change it.  I will discuss how our actions ultimately prevent us from reaching what we say are our goals.” I am going to spend today […]

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Considering the German Vocational Model

Proponents of vocational education often point to Germany as a model.  Germany certainly has an enviable unemployment rate (4.8% in December 2014), and its apprenticeship programs, conducted in tandem with vocational colleges, are often credited with this success.  As a result, influential business commentators like Harold Sirkin argue that the United States should emulate Germany’s […]

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The Experience Economy: The Ugly

Pine and Gilmore’s book is predicated on the idea that a business has a priority in knowing as much as possible about the consumer.  Privacy is a virtue of the past.  Dave Eggers has written a funny, superb, novel about the future, The Circle, which I discussed last month. Let’s acknowledge that part of the […]

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Globalization and Social Justice

The phrase “globalization and social justice” can be viewed as an oxymoron or a goal, but it certainly is not a true statement of interrelated facts. Over time there has been a correlation between the engagement of nations in the global economy and growth in income inequality within those nations. Thomas Piketty, Joseph Stiglitz, and […]

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Cross-Generation Struggle for Fairness in Academe

Court cases about affirmative action, including the Supreme Court’s recent Fisher decision, are often brought into the spotlight by researchers and the press, but the daily decisions that undermine social justice in universities frequently go uncontested. The values and prejudices embedded in academic systems have not only created barriers for minorities in admissions, hiring and […]

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On the Purpose of Education – Part 1

About five years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a high school in the American midwest that prepared students for careers in the construction industry.  I found the school intriguing for a number of reasons.  In promotional brochures, the primary selling point of the school was the industry’s high earning potential for graduates.  Certified […]

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

I had the great honor this week to be asked by the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics to participate in their technical review panel to develop an alternate measure of income for for-profit colleges and non-degree certificate programs at community colleges who fail the department’s Gainful Employment Eligibility criterion. I felt like […]

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