28 mars 2016

Friday Fragments - March 10, 2016

By Matt Reed. Although the data uses sticker prices, and refers only to public four-year colleges, Jeff Selingo’s chart showing tuition as a percentage of family income is striking. Check it out, if you haven’t already. More...

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True in Both Directions

By Matt Reed. I wasn't surprised to read that a majority of college presidents say that people from outside of higher education are less likely to be successful at leading colleges. Flip the question around and nobody would argue. Would a lifetime academic be likely to be better at running a Fortune 500 company than someone from within the industry. More...

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Ask the Administrator: Returning Under a Cloud?

By Matt Reed. Having said that, though, “it’s not about you” cuts two ways. I often implore my wise and worldly readers on the faculty side not to personalize it when administrators have to manage austerity. It’s part of the job. Fair is fair; I have to implore my fellow administrators not to personalize it when retirees assert their legal rights. In both cases, it’s really nothing personal. More...

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By Matt Reed. Katie Shives’ piece in IHE on dissertations is well worth the read. It’s an attempt to bring the dissertation down to earth, so folks in the midst of writing them don’t lose perspective. More...

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When Success Gets Scarce

By Matt Reed. I remember high school, college, and grad school as being academically competitive. Students tried to outshine each other to stand out when the time came for selection to the next level. More...

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Friday Fragments - March 3, 2016

By Matt Reed. I was sorry to hear that the budget standoff in Illinois, which has already kneecapped state universities, is starting to hit community colleges. Apparently John A. Logan college just approved laying off 55 people, including 38 percent of the college’s instructors. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 15:52 - - Permalien [#]

“Figuring Out What I Want to Be”

By Matt Reed. How did you figure out what you wanted to be when you grew up?
And yes, I know, “I haven’t yet.” That’s cute. But honestly, how did you. More...

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Getting the Question RIght

By Matt Reed. Quick quiz: among which group is the student loan default rate the highest?
A. college dropouts
B. associate degree graduates
C. bachelor’s degree graduates
D. they’re the same
The answer is a. More...

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No, Virginia, The Truth Does Not Always Lie in the Middle

By Matt Reed. This piece is testing my writerly mettle. I usually try to be relatively thoughtful and restrained in my posts, saving polemic for rare and special occasions. Too much bile makes public discourse toxic, so I use it sparingly. More...

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By Matt Reed. I’m really happy right now that I don’t work in Illinois.
The governor there, a Republican, is locked in a stalemate with the Democratic legislature. The result is that public higher education in Illinois, both community colleges and state universities, has been stiffed by the state. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 15:34 - - Permalien [#]