Workers are dropping out of the labor force in droves, and they are mostly women. In fact, many are young women. But they are not dropping out forever; instead, these young women seem to be postponing their working lives to get more education.… Continue reading
Most American college students are wrapping up yet another semester this week. For many of them, and their families, the past months or years in school have likely involved considerable time, commitment, effort and expense. Was it worth it?
Some evidence suggests that it was. … Continue reading
The number of Indian students enrolled in higher education including graduate programs is roughly 100,000, second to China’s nearly 200,000, but more than Korea’s. Almost 1/4 of all international students in the US come from these three countries. Yet, only 3,000 US students are studying in India.… Continue reading
Our era of ‘global urbanization’ — one where the majority of the world’s population now lives in ‘urban’ areas – raises some interesting opportunities and challenges for higher education systems and institutions. This issue came to mind today when Roger Keil (Professor and Director, The City Institute at York University) tweeted a link to this story (‘How Cities Grow: Dispersion, not Densification‘) by Wendell Cox.… Continue reading
In late July we posted an entry (‘Decolonising our universities: another world is desirable‘) that profiled a conference statement reflecting significant unease regarding the dominance of the ‘Western’ model of higher education, including the university. A few weeks later, Ben Wildavsky posted a response (‘Academic Colonialism, False Consciousness, and the Western University Ideal‘).… Continue reading
Can online education be the rock that disturbs the placid waters of American higher education? Several industry experts believe it will have a significant ripple effect on colleges and universities of all sizes in coming years—but only if it’s subject to regulation, governed by a common set of accreditation standards, and widely accepted by institutions who have long clung to the traditional face-to-face model of instruction.… Continue reading
At the end of a turbulent week in Texas higher education, the circumstances of the chancellors of the state’s two largest university systems stand in stark contrast.
On Tuesday, Mike McKinney, chancellor of the Texas A&M University system, abruptly announced his retirement, effective July 1.… Continue reading
Community colleges, long regarded as the most accessible realm of higher education, are becoming more difficult to access thanks to record enrollments combined with belt-tightening by state legislatures.
In a survey to be released Wednesday by the Pearson Foundation, a nonprofit educational think tank in Mill Valley, Calif., about 20% of 1,434 community college students interviewed in November reported difficulty enrolling in required courses for the fall semester.… Continue reading
Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, will host the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges Tuesday. Biden, who has a doctorate and teaches English full-time at a community college not far from the White House, describes them as “one of America’s best-kept secrets,” according to her profile on the White House website.… Continue reading