Futurists keep warning us about an imminent, unprecedented era of accelerated social change. Unfortunately, this big-change sensationalism also pervades commentary on higher education, and it brings with it the notion that schools must rapidly adpat to survive. We offer a warning about these warnings.
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We learn the great term “new collar jobs” and cover topics ranging from Chinese spies to Catholic excellence in basketball!
The thief had been at the honor system orientation like the rest of us, but evidently the ceremony had not taken effect with this young man, who was expelled. I wondered then, and I wonder now, if personal honor is something which can be instilled via school policy.
Like a latter-day Thelma and Louise facing a cliff of financial apocalypse, Democrats and Republicans have held hands, abandoned caution and gunned the nation’s T-bird forward with pedal-to-the-metal spending. Now the citizens in the backseat are only left to wonder how far the flagging desert winds will carry us before we meet the canyon floor.
Today’s news finds several universities which are offering creative and practical new courses. There’s good news in construction and manufacturing, though we also note the uptick in college merger and layoff activity. And, we learn the University of Arizona is watching students’ use of ID cards very closely.
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.
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.”