We recently reported on the of University of Tennessee faculty’s resistance to an imminent expansion of the system’s post-tenure review policies. The heated debate between faculty and administration continues, most recently with publication of an open letter from faculty saying the “policy is clearly unnecessary, [and] we suspect the motives of those who are pushing it.”
Purdue University has received approval from its regional accreditor to buy the online platform of Kaplan University. The platform will support remote learning platforms offered through a new “Purdue University Global.” This initiative, led by Purdue President Mitch Daniels, has been opposed by some faculty.
Last week’s release of the February jobs report offered abundant good news, including the addition of 313,000 jobs.
An impressively broad Strada-Gallup survey of 86,000 Americans found that only 7.5% chose their college based on affordability. Location and school reputation were more influential factors.
The Washington Examiner observes a trend where, due to high tuitions, “even honors students opt for trade schools.”
Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, Ohio, has begun implementing cost-cutting measures, including a 10-day furlough of faculty, to shore up the school’s financial stability. Separately, Concordia College in Selma, Alabama will close permanently after the spring term.
High school visitors to the Orange County, California headquarters of Blizzard Entertainment (maker of “World of Warcraft” and other popular video games) heard helpful advice from employees on how to land a job there.
We’ve noticed that Dr. Bryan Caplan (whom we recently interviewed) has been quite successful in promoting the ideas from his book, “The Case Against Education.” The most recent example appears in the New York Post, which echoes Caplan’s arguments in their list of “The Five Worst Things About Colleges in America.”
Florida tops the list of US News and World Report’s “Best States for Higher Education,” but honestly, that magazine has so many lists, I’m sure your state ranked well for something else.
If you need further evidence that there’s a big financial bubble in higher education, see this report from the Wall Street Journal which says foreign investors are “diving into” investments in student housing. The article cites examples of multiple Singapore- and Dubai-based groups amassing huge interests in this area, with one such portfolio representing almost 50,000 student beds and valued at $4 billion.