Like Americans, the British suffer from familiar education problems such as massive student debt, institutional budget cuts, and skills gaps between employers’ needs and students’ qualifications. Unlike Americans, the British commonly address these problems through apprenticeships. In honor of the UK’s National Apprenticeship Week, we spoke with England’s “Apprentice Finder,” Adrian Bird, to learn more about the success of these programs.
In today’s news, the liberal arts continue to fall out of favor, more states report good employment news, and a trend arises in the for-profit education industry. Plus, we learn of the Dawn of the Xennial!
The jobs report provides another sign of a strong economy, but we nevertheless wonder about the significance of a couple of small-college canaries within the higher ed coalmine. Also: where does your state rank in the list of “Best States for Higher Education?”
In the midst of a cultural climate which is increasingly critical of higher education and particularly anti-spiritual, can Christian colleges and universities provide models for study of “the best that has been thought and said?” Speakers at a recent Trinity Forum event offered aspirational answers.
Today’s news can only lead to the conclusion that it’s an especially good time to be college-aged: opportunities for free and/or remote education abound. And for those who seek the “Not Degree” route, unemployment figures continue to set record lows. If that’s not enough, you also have access to lots of “Grocerants!”
Conflict arises between faculty and administration at the University of Tennessee as tenure may now have “a different meaning.”
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We’re excited to hear about an actual DECREASE in tuition at one college, but we’re also concerned about scary predictions for schools in Pennsylvania. Plus, we learn about the benefits of classroom breaks for mindfulness meditation, and why Gen Z craves “unicorn hot chocolate.”
-Answers on a 1971 job application by Steve Jobs, who was biding his time with classes on Shakespeare, dance, and calligraphy while looking for employment. In the application’s Skills section, Jobs wrote “Yes” in the areas of “Computer” and “Calculator.”
Can ASU’s innovations inspire changes at schools across the nation? In his provocative speech to governors, President Michael Crow challenged the mindset that “only a lowlife scum university would be so foolish as to divert the energy of its elite faculty to educating college dropouts working at Starbucks.”