- January 13, 2021

Diversity AND Inclusion

Diversity AND Inclusion

In their recent article in CLO, “Executive order takes aim at diversity training, starting with new restrictions on federal contractors,” Cassandra Santoro and Sean O’Connor discuss the impact of the recent ruling associated with diversity training in the federal government and contracting space. Of note, there is an interpretation of the ruling that closely restricts […]

- January 11, 2021

Higher education is overcharging when it doesn’t have to

Higher education is overcharging when it doesn’t have to

It’s no secret that higher education is in peril. Declining admission rates, ballooning student loan debt, and an increasing number of alternative credentials as well as the diminishing value of degrees to employers have universities and prospective students on edge. Institutions are certainly scrambling to figure out what to do, but there’s one issue that’s […]

- January 8, 2021

The ‘Predicted’ Evolution of the Chief Learning Officer

The ‘Predicted’ Evolution of the Chief Learning Officer

The recent CLO video, “Who is the Chief Learning Officer,” highlights the historic evolution of this senior level leadership position from a pure learning and development resource to an individual who now helps plan corporate strategy with the other C-suite executives. But has this role peaked with its possible contributions to the corporate world? Arguably, […]

- January 4, 2021

Promoting diverse faculty requires long-term systemic solutions

Promoting diverse faculty requires long-term systemic solutions

With universities slashing budgets due to the pandemic response, some in higher education are worried about the decline of diversity in their institutions. Writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jonathan Charles Flowers of Worcester State University poignantly states, “Whatever form the university takes post-pandemic, it will be more white, more male, more straight, more […]

- December 22, 2020

Students aren’t falling for failing higher education systems

Students aren’t falling for failing higher education systems

We’re finally learning how incoming freshmen have handled their first year as college students now that the Fall 2020 semester has ended. In short: It’s not looking good for universities. Perhaps the best summary of what’s happened can be found in NPR’s recent report on the stunning phenomena we’re witnessing, thanks to data from the […]

- November 3, 2020

What Is College For?

What Is College For?

This simple question is probably the most debated among academia and society as a whole as college graduates grapple with burdening student loan debt and degrees that are turning out not to be worth the investment. The answers to this question could almost be framed along a spectrum defined by two extremes. One side is […]

- September 29, 2020

Degrees don’t guarantee jobs, but universities can still be valuable

Degrees don’t guarantee jobs, but universities can still be valuable

I recently came across an article on Medium titled “5 Things College Didn’t Teach Me” that carried some strong criticisms of higher education. There’s some sentiment I can appreciate from this critique. Higher education has let its students down, and there’s a noticeable lack of both soft and hard skills from recent college graduates. But […]

- 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, […]