Square Pegs and Round Holes: Why Success in Online Education Requires a Specific Strategic Approach

Posted on August 21, 2017

Of course, online learning should take a strategic approach somewhat different than the classroom model. Clayton Christensen (if you don’t know who he is Google him) has studied why some big companies’ new divisions fail and some prosper. The key, he says, is that those that fail are the ones that are shoehorned into an existing business model, rather than those that have separate management processes and budget. Institutions of learning, higher or otherwise, would do well to heed Christensen’s findings. Make your online learning efforts as free from the current hierarchy as possible.


The Old Student Recruiting Tools Don’t Work Anymore

Posted on August 14, 2017

College enrollment is down. It has fallen each of the last several years. Why is this happening? It is a combination of things, but the biggest problem might be that tuition costs have risen dramatically over the last two decades. The median cost at state schools in the United States is roughly $25,000 annually. At private schools, it is double that. People either cannot afford to go, do not want to be saddled with student loan debt until retirement, or do not want to spend the money in the first place. Continue reading

Ernst & Young Removes Degree Classification From Entry Criteria As There’s ‘No Evidence’ University Equals Success

Posted on August 7, 2017

It’s about time an employer realized a paper credential was no guarantee of high performance on the job. As an employer, for the past forty years, I realized early on that hiring someone was, a crapshoot. It took time on the job, usually about three to four months, to see if a person would perform their job. In fact, one company I ran. hired a star academic performer with impeccable credentials. He was so unaware of the need for certain skills that he ruined at least one important relationship for us. Nothing beats certain key skills, some innate and some learned, to create value for an employer and career success for an employee.

The Culling of Higher Ed Begins

Posted on July 31, 2017

How can this be a surprise when two large for-profits – ITT and Corinthian – close down? Sure, there have been a few small private colleges, almost all nonprofits, close or merge, but the bulk of the “missing” schools are accounted for with ITT and Corinthian closings. And in my opinion two things have happened as a result, one good and one bad. The good thing that has happened is the worst of the bad guys In higher-ed are not around anymore to sully those who follow the rules and behave ethically and morally. The bad thing is that thousands of students suffered as did blameless employees of the closed schools.

Helping Career Education Become a First Choice

Posted on July 25, 2017

California’s migration of focus in community colleges from more general studies to those focused on career and technical education and development is a model that should be tracked closely. Whether community colleges are “free” – or continue to be priced, as compared to four year institutions, at a nominal rate – is not the issue here. Rather, their attention to outcomes and economic benefits for individuals, institutions and the state itself is worthy of consideration across the remaining 49 states.

Taking Chances When You Have No Choice

Posted on July 24, 2017

There are thousands of college, university, professional, trade and certificate programs that are staring at the precipice of demise because of falling enrollment and revenue. And yet, all too often, those responsible for these programs refuse – or are not able – to change what and how they do things in order to turn things around.

Anyone remember the dike, hole and boy’s finger? It didn’t end well. Continue reading