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June 25, 2020

Straight Up Conversation: The Guy Who's Teaching Professors to Teach

I recently chatted with ACUE president Jonathan Gyurko about his organization's efforts to teach professors to be excellent educators, not just subject-matter experts.

March 25, 2019

When Did Good Parenting Become a Problem?

The felonious conduct in the college admissions scandal is distinctly different from good parents trying to help their kids.

March 20, 2019

7 Questions About an Elite College Admissions Lottery

Maybe elite colleges should democratize opportunity and switch to lottery admissions. Here are seven questions and answers about how it would work.

September 29, 2016

No College Left Behind?

It looks increasingly like we're on the cusp of higher ed's NCLB moment.

May 26, 2015

What College Rank's '30 Best College Leisure Pools' Says About Higher Ed.

College Rank's list of the best college leisure pools is remarkably revealing of the whole state of the higher ed-industrial complex.

April 23, 2014

The Schuette Decision

Many in education will bewail the Supreme Court's Schuette decision. I think that's misguided. For what it's worth, here's my take.

March 10, 2014

5 Reasons I'm Tepid on the "New" SAT

Last week, the College Board excitedly unveiled its revamped SAT. I found myself unwowed, despite the adoring coverage. Now, I'm not particularly opposed to the changes, and I don't have any huge objections. But I am really puzzled that so much commentary seems to take the College Board's self-serving claims and promises at face value. Why my doubts? Here are five reasons.

June 24, 2013

Making Sense of Higher Ed "Innovation"

In a new Hudson Institute white paper "Beyond Retrofitting," Andrew Kelly and I try to explain what it'll take to rethink and redesign higher education. If the current wave of "innovation" and breathless enthusiasm for MOOCs are to amount to more than one more faddish interlude, it'll require susta...

June 20, 2012

Leaders & Laggards Takes a Hard Look at Higher Ed

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (an arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) yesterday published an expansive new state-by-state report on public higher education: Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education. The lead researcher on the effort was my ta...

June 13, 2012

College Rankings Inflation: Don't Be Dazzled by Faux Prestige

It's the time of year when lots of high school seniors start thinking about starting college, while their parents gulp at the tuition bills. As often as not, students and parents have navigated the selection process with the aid of popular college guides like US News and World Report or Barron's Pro...

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