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Extra! Extra!The White House Announces Another Federal Education Non-Policy http://t.co/nttMDPaX...
Interesting perspective: "nonprofits who specialize in assessing what bang corporate America is getting for the student buck."
"This is all based on a discussion that Obama and Duncan had back in December with 'a dozen college presidents, mostly from public institutions, and leaders of two nonprofit education organizations, about how to curb the rising cost of college and improve graduation rates.' The nonprofits were the Delta Project that does cost-benefit analysis and the Lumina Foundation whose focus is on access and affordability. Note the groups that were not invited to the table: the American Association of University Women, the American Association of University Professors, the major educational foundations or any presidents of the major professional organizations. In other words, the Obama administration did not invite anyone to the table who actually does research on education — only nonprofits who specialize in assessing what bang corporate America is getting for the student buck."
The Chronicle editor Jeffrey Selingo muses on the continuing and growing stress about costs and a possible higher education bubble:
"But beyond demographics, what has really helped sustain the anything-goes pricing model in higher ed is the so-called wage premium. The reason so many students want to go to college, and the reason so many families are willing to pay anything for it, is the lifetime payoff of a degree: A typical bachelor’s-degree recipient earns about 66 percent more than a high-school graduate during a 40-year career.
Although wages for college grads actually fell over the last decade, the wage premium is not going to disappear. Employers may disagree about what they want in their workers, but they do agree on one thing. “They want education,” says Anthony P. Carnevale of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.
So going to college is worth it, but going to any college at any price may no longer be worth it."
A continuing dialogue in Harvard magazine:
"In our July-August issue, Cizik professor of business administration Clayton M. Christensen and his former student, Michael B. Horn, of the Innosight Institute, made the case that the intersection of disruptive technologies with outmoded or failed business models put much of American higher education at risk (“Colleges in Crisis,” page 40). That article prompted extended comment from readers, some of it published in the letters section of the September-October and current issues. Two eminent scholars of higher education now offer their own perspective on what they see as the unique, durable, and adaptable characteristics of private American institutions of higher education—a case they make in part by putting forth an educator’s take on business enterprises. Although the essays were conceived separately, both bear on issues of particular pertinence during Harvard University’s 375th anniversary year, and so we continue the discussion by publishing their argument here. ~The Editors"
When is it okay for a president to criticize the actions of another president?
"A few days after campus police used truncheons to break up a nonviolent protest at the University of California at Berkeley, I received an e-mail describing the use of excessive force in Sproul Plaza. I wound up blogging about the incident, both on my campus and for The Huffington Post. My administrative colleagues were concerned about whether I should be criticizing another university, and another administration. I suppose as a president I was supposed to have more in common with chancellors, presidents and their "reports" than I was supposed to have with professors and students. This is misdirected allegiance. We are all students and teachers. This has only become more evident with the inappropriate use of force at UC Davis and other venues.
The second strain of criticism came from readers who thought I left the door open for using force when I wrote: "I can imagine (with dread) extreme situations in which force would be required to preserve campus safety and our ongoing operations. As students, staff and faculty make their voices heard, however, the university's responsibility is to protect their rights, even as it ensures that the educational mission of the school continues.”
If you are concerned with knowing about the possible future configurations of institutions and relationships in higher education, including alternative and even more alternative shapes, then read this essay.
"What’s interesting to some people, and down-right scary to others, about the upcoming (and still largely unforeseen) innovations is that they extend significantly beyond the teaching and learning equation. Although there are many new teaching and learning models, disruptive change is occurring in other areas as well. And as they evolve and improve in sophistication and quality, they permit dramatically different economic and organizational conceptions of how post-secondary education can be organized and offered."
You know that professor, Sebastian Thrum, who taught a Stanford class with 100,000+ students in it? He's left Stanford and started his own university: Udacity.
"Stanford was willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars building a new physical campus in New York City — but it isn’t willing, it seems, to help Thrun build a free virtual campus which could reach the whole world. That’s a dereliction of its educational duty. But where Stanford has failed, surely some other elite university will step in. Thrun is taking a bold step here. Let’s hope he soon gets the support, if not of Stanford, then of some other college. Like Harvard, or Yale, or Oxford, or Cambridge. They’re exclusive places now. But they don’t have to be, in the future."
Dennis Plane is associate professor of politics at Juniata College.
"Like college professors across the country, last week I witnessed the sprouting of tents on the campus quad. That can mean only one thing: It's time for that time-honored Juniata College tradition known as 'tenting.' ...
For starters, instead of fighting the tents, colleges should embrace them. And there is certainly no need for campus police to respond with pepper spray to disperse peaceful student protesters.
Peter J. Reilly, writing in Forbes, says:
"[W]e should be watching for four major signs with one disclaimer here: it’s possible that these four signs may never come. These warning signs would be:
Of course, some readers might wonder if all four signs must come to fruition in order for the education bubble to pop, and the answer is no.
However, if all four do occur, the education bubble collapse will happen regardless of the current circumstances."
Naomi Schaefer Riley regarding Florida Governor Rick Scott's statement that producing degrees in anthroplogy is not a vital interest of the state:
"Anthropology is not the first social science or humanities degree I would choose to defend–there is plenty of nonsense in any anthropology curriculum–but at many schools, anthropology classes do require serious reading and writing.
As it turns out, Mr. Scott, that’s what a lot of employers are looking for. Employers I have spoken to over the years have repeatedly complained to me that students cannot write a coherent memo or send an email that does not make the company look foolish. A couple of years ago Wharton, the premier business school in the country, started a remedial writing program for its students. There are firms all over the country that attempt to train employees to speak and write correct English."