MissionU, a heavily-hyped one-year alternative to college, has folded after a single year of operations. We consider the lessons and warning signs from this failure in the alt-college movement.
During this peak graduation season, I’ve enjoyed perusing the latest commencement speeches posted on YouTube. The best one I’ve seen so far comes from Ben Nemtin, speaking to graduates at the University of Utah: brief, funny, and motivating!
How does the world of higher education intersect with the world of employers and their hiring needs? Dr. Sean Gallagher, strategist at Northeastern University, offers insights into the future of university credentials and hiring.
Cynics proclaim “college is dead” and the public’s contempt for higher ed is growing. We review five key causes behind this unfortunate situation.
Do schools need to transform themselves radically to prepare students for the unknown jobs of the future? We offer some reassurance to traditional educators.
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.
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.
If we were college administrators, we would not just be worrying about negotiating compensation and benefit issues with academic workers. We would be very worried about what the undergraduates might do if their graduate student instructors ever stop teaching.
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.