- September 15, 2020

Are we seeing ‘The End of the University?’

Are we seeing ‘The End of the University?’

The University of Michigan is anticipating losses of $400 million to $1 billion due to the pandemic and lockdowns. Students from the University of North Carolina have sued the institution for reimbursements on tuition and fees on the grounds of being deprived of the college experience they paid for. It’s no wonder these instances were […]

- September 8, 2020

Embracing the rise of alternative credentials

Embracing the rise of alternative credentials

Inside Higher Ed’s Paul Fain recently noted that the shifting demographics and interests of college students indicates a strong preference for alternatives to the current education system model. Online education has only substantially increased over the past decade, and now, employers are interested in creating programs to retrain or otherwise prepare and improve their employees’ […]

- August 31, 2020

Employers are moving away from focusing on degree completion. Universities need to adapt.

Employers are moving away from focusing on degree completion. Universities need to adapt.

In a recent discussion with a senior executive at a professional organization, I was told that the firm no longer requires a degree as a hiring prerequisite. This senior executive’s firm and others like his are now focused exclusively on competencies and attitude. This approach is not new. The defense contractor community has used this […]

- August 28, 2020

Higher Education Performance Metrics: Are We Measuring the Right Outcomes?

Higher Education Performance Metrics: Are We Measuring the Right Outcomes?

With the onslaught of COVID-19, colleges and universities are attempting to adapt to a seemingly new normal – with some disastrous results. Beyond the failings for many traditional universities to be immediately thrust into online learning environments to the current catastrophes associated with on-ground re-openings for the Fall semester, universities have struggled mightily to remain […]

- August 27, 2020

The solutions to the ‘sacred cows’ of higher education

The solutions to the ‘sacred cows’ of higher education

Prof. Henry T. Edmondson III from Georgia College recently reviewed in Law & Liberty the Cato Institute’s “Unprofitable Schooling: Examining Causes of, and Fixes for, America’s Broken Ivory Tower.” The book is a collection of essays that criticize the current state of higher education, specifically its rising costs and its inability to prepare graduates for […]

- August 19, 2020

When is the right time to jump off your lifelong learning path?

When is the right time to jump off your lifelong learning path?

In his article, “The mindset of a lifelong learner”, that appeared on May 26, 2020 in Chief Learning Officer, Keith Keating paints an effective portrait of how to ensure a full, productive professional career. As he points out in his article, learning is not a linear effort where skills continue to build upon skills but […]

- August 18, 2020

COVID-19: A cure for higher education’s “edifice complex”

COVID-19: A cure for higher education’s “edifice complex”

In M.S. Rao’s recent article, COVID-19 is an opportunity to re-invent education, that appeared in Chief Learning Officer, he identified several areas where the recent pandemic will shape the future of education. Arguably, as passionate practitioners in the industry, we have long lamented many of the changes that Rao brings up but, as staid institutions, […]