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February 16, 2018

If there is something like common thinking about this question, that thinking is schizophrenic.  Each fall we hear stories of panicky students (and their looming parents) burnishing application essays, soliciting letters of recommendation, and fretting about which pres...

January 17, 2018

I was born into it.  At first, it was the view of higher education as the daughter of a businessman.  My father spent his career in higher education administration.  I grew up around community colleges and later small, private colleges.  I have been everything from the...

December 15, 2017

Since the economic downturn of 2008, prosperous cities and people have become more prosperous, places and people on the margins have not. These margins are geographical (a handful of major metropolitan areas account for nearly all of the job growth and wealth creation...

November 23, 2017

One of the things that leaders say, almost reflexively, is that they are “data-driven decision-makers.”  And most organizations, wanting to indicate that they are up-to-date, praise the importance of making data-driven decisions.  Consultants and vendors will help with...

November 6, 2017

Most colleges and universities believe that they serve particular types of students particularly well.  Only a few make an effort to serve only those students.  Highly selective schools do, of course, admit only students with stellar academic and co-curricular records....

October 11, 2017

Some well-meaning person asks every college student, “What will you to do with that?”  The question is meant to open a conversation about career, or sometimes to inquire about the utility of the student’s course of study.

Today the question carries an undertone of doubt...

September 15, 2017

Let us assume three things:

  • That work is one of the central aspects of human life,

  • That choosing one’s life work requires more than learning to do a job; instead it also requires one to learn the sort of work to which one is called, or one’s vocation,

  • That...

September 15, 2017

 . . . Why “grow or die” is the wrong advice for small colleges . .

There are few truisms more common than the one that says small colleges must grow or die. Like most truisms, “grow or die” is obvious, and on its face, true.  But that advice is also illogical and unwi...

September 14, 2017

The past few years have been hard on private, for-profit universities. Many have closed, some are mired in scandal,  those that remain have shrunken.  Their market value has diminished, their regulatory challenges have risen, their reputations have taken a beating....

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