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Author Archives: Brian C. Mitchell

Higher Educating Trustees

One of the most glaring weaknesses in American higher education is the strength of its governance group. There is a celebrated tradition within higher education to portray governance as a … Continue reading

August 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Higher Education: Like a Fire Bell in the Night

The decision by Moody’s Investors Service to upgrade its outlook for higher education from “negative” to “stable” was good news for higher education. This is Moody’s first outlook upgrade in … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Survey Says: The 2015 Higher Ed Survey of College and University Presidents

Jointly sponsored by Inside Higher Education and Gallup for the past five years, this survey offers insight into the challenges facing college and university presidents, whether public or private. It … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

You Are What You Earn?

Recently, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce released some findings about what new graduates could expect to earn. The results are interesting and may well speak to … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Paying for College: A Problem of Degree(s)

Jon Levine, writing for Mic, reported about a decision on where to go to college made by an incoming freshman, Ronald Nelson, last month. It’s a dilemma faced by countless … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Higher Education: The Right Kind of Philanthropy

Earlier this month Harvard University announced a $400 million donation to its engineering college, as part of a $6.5 billion fundraising goal for its comprehensive campaign. Harvard’s endowment stands at … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Rich vs. Poor: The Growing “Class” Gap in Higher Education

Two thoughtful yet troubling articles, published within a week of each other, startled higher education leaders last week. In the great debate about which factors best explain the growing achievement … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Show Me the Money: The Growing Financial Crisis in College Athletics

Last week, Erik Brady, Steve Berkowitz and Christopher Schnaars wrote about the growing money pressures faced by “non-power 5” college athletic programs in USA Today. They found that “by the … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

What’s the “Value Added” of a College Degree?

In a recent release titled “Beyond College Rankings,” Jonathan Rothwell, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, examined the “value added” of two- and four-year colleges in the United States. In … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Survivor’s Guide for Soon-to-Be College Graduates

The term “graduation” typically means that you graduate “from” something. As we enter the college graduation season, however, it is wise to take a moment to discuss what graduation will … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

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