How the Liberal Arts Help Veterans Thrive

Posted on August 28, 2017

Liberal arts help veterans thrive? Come on! I’ve seen far too many apologists – or should I say defenders – for the liberal arts recently. Let’s take a different point of view. First let’s look at the ages of these students. They’re not kids looking for the thrill of the “college experience”; they’re adults who have been through some serious maturing processes. Put into another college, for example a school teaching STEM subjects, and veterans would thrive there. They are serious about outcomes and generally not looking for a mate or a fraternity lifestyle. It’s all about the veterans, not the liberal arts.

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.