Cynics proclaim “college is dead” and the public’s contempt for higher ed is growing. We review five key causes behind this unfortunate situation.
In another example of the “early college” trend, a Pennsylvania college has launched an innovative program where high school students can complete college credits–or even an Associate’s Degree–prior to graduation.
Lots of news today for the Not Degree nation, plus interesting concerns related to higher ed in the rust belt states. Also: we sound the alert on yet another futurist who tells us everything must change!
-Fresno State English professor Randa Jarrar, responding to a critic in the midst of her expletive-laden tweet stream celebrating the death of Barbara Bush.
“If we were to sacrifice free speech on college campuses, we would be subverting the core values and very purpose of a modern university.” Princeton’s Dr. Keith Whittington joins us for an interview to discuss his important new book, “Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech.”
Big states like California and Florida show success in linking their two-year and four-year public schools, but we also see encouraging employment news for the Not Degree population. Also: is it bad for adjunct faculty to teach introductory courses?
Do schools need to transform themselves radically to prepare students for the unknown jobs of the future? We offer some reassurance to traditional educators.
Do we really face a future of unprecedented, accelerated, exponential change which our education systems can’t handle? Part 2 of our analysis offers historical perspective.
Today we find indications of nefarious activity at some schools. Google launches an interesting pilot program in course videoconferencing, while good old-fashioned truck drivers are sought. Also, we question whether it’s news that students are often broke and hungry.
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.