The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Christina E. Whitfield (Vice-Chancellor for Research and Analysis at Kentucky Community and Technical College System) is urging students to consider careers that pay less but make meaningful contributions to society, like emergency medical technicians or child care workers. She reminds us that income is not “the most valuable […]
Definitely not touring community colleges. . . . College Tours, for Just $43,500
This study’s conclusions are common knowledge for those of us who teach at community colleges. As the Times’ journalist, Susan Dynarski, points out: “Put bluntly, class trumps ability when it comes to college graduation.” This article appears in the June 2, 2015, New York Times blog, The Upshot. For the Poor, the Graduation Gap Is […]
Hmmm . . . . a Panoma faculty member responds to Carey’s At the End of College. This review is one of many angry responses to Carey’s predictions. I think Seery (writer here) is wrong about the book being more like a memoir than an analysis. But I love the background on accreditation […]
While discussing the focus of a book I’m writing about online education, my husband (who is not an academic) said that he “couldn’t imagine any Harvard professors ‘stooping’ to teaching online.” Paradoxically, that statement—with its indictment of online teaching as ‘less than’ — encapsulates both some myths and realities about higher education, generally, and online […]
Troubled waters where I work, formerly MnSCU now Minnesota State.
Part of the reason I’m titling a book about online education, Grounded, is that most discourse about online learning sorta kinda slips away from the actual learner as an embodied person — someone, at least half the time a woman, with a body that requires care, love and fun. Those of us who teach and learn […]
Posting a terrific piece by Rep. Katherine Clark. This is a nicely done reminder that the world is a dangerous place for women — online and on-the-ground. To date, I haven’t seen what I would call “sexual terrorism” being identified in our online classrooms. While I’m using the term sexual terrorism to describe the […]
The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much Graphics by Laurie Rollitt. This originally appeared in The New York Times.
Here’s more discussion of Kevin Carey’s The End of College. If you’re following this book and the conversation surrounding it, the comments are worth your time. The End of College? Not So Fast