12 Trends Killing College

Posted on July 8, 2019

“Does college still matter? The Department of Education makes the case that college is more valuable than ever: Degree holders earn $1 million more that workers without postsecondary education and the innovation economy is likely to require a more educated workforce. But averages and projections hide the rapid loss of faith in higher education as the escalator to the middle class.” Continue reading

‘Restoring the Promise’ Review: High Cost, Low Yield

Posted on July 3, 2019

“We are at the end of an era in American higher education. It is an era that began in the decades after the Civil War, when colleges and universities gradually stopped being preparatory schools for ministers and lawyers and embraced the ideals of research and academic professionalism. It reached full bloom after World War II, when the spigots of public funding were opened in full, and eventually became an overpriced caricature of itself, bloated by a mix of irrelevance and complacency and facing declining enrollments and a contracting market. No one has better explained the economics of this decline—and its broad cultural effects—than Richard Vedder.”  Continue reading

What is a University Today?

Posted on July 3, 2019

“I am struck by how radically universities have changed over the past quarter century. These institutions have become much more public facing and much more expansive in their purview. Supplementing their educational mission are a host of other responsibilities: regional economic development, community service, and health care provision, among other functions” —
Steven Mintz, professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Will STEM Degrees Save The MBA?

Posted on July 1, 2019

To gain an edge in applications and enrollments from full-time students who require F-1 visas, several key MBA programs, including Duke University (No. 14 on the Forbes Best Business Schools) and the University of Rochester (No. 37) and have begun applying STEM designations to their graduate degrees.”

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Is College Worth It? Yes

Posted on June 28, 2019

“Amid constant discussion of whether college is “worth it” or whether new models will displace the bachelor’s degree, new research shows that there is a clear economic edge for those who earn bachelor’s degrees over those with a high school diploma. And the research shows that the rate of return on the investment of paying for college is high enough to make the decision to go to college a wise one for most students. Continue reading

Are you doing all you can to support first-generation college students?

Posted on June 26, 2019

“With college accessibility front and center, many institutions are actively seeking ways to support first-generation college students, and a report from NASPA and The Suder Foundation offers a comprehensive look at the best practices among colleges and universities supporting first-generation students. While 80 percent of four-year institutions identify first-generation status upon admission, many aren’t doing enough to support first-generation students when they come to campus.” Continue reading

Leading Higher Education Into The Future

Posted on June 18, 2019

“Ensuring the value of a college education and degree in our evolving professional world remains front of mind for Alison Byerly, the first woman to lead Lafayette College. Here, we chat about her strategy for equipping Lafayette graduates to thrive after graduation, how higher education can better support the professional growth of women and the reason why you can often find her at a Lafayette tailgate.” Continue reading