As one Boston college launches, another closes. States reach a significant inflection point in their funding models, and we see another sign that tenure ain’t what it used to be. Plus: an important update on L’il Miquela and “Gen Z yellow.”
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.
Think you’re smart? See if you can make heads or tails out of these thesis topics.
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 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!
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.