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Author Archives: Brian C. Mitchell

Why Transfer Agreements Don’t Work in Higher Education

There is something to be said for how the selection process works in American higher education. Within a decentralized system offering both public and private opportunities, there are various levels … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Band Aid Solutions to College Deficits

Now is the time of the year that most college and university boards of trustees meet to set in place what the comprehensive fee – tuition, fees, room and board … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Is There a Future for Greek Life?

As American colleges and universities seek to refine, and in many cases rebrand, their student life experience, one of the questions that regularly arises on college campuses is whether there … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Can Outcomes Save the Liberal Arts?

One of the great battles ongoing in American higher education centers on the continued vitality and relevance of a liberal arts education.   Nearly every American has seen some video … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Becoming Intentional About Student Life

If the residential learning experience continues to define a wide range of traditional higher education settings, then college leadership – including faculty – must become far more intentional about it. … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tick . . . Tock: The Growing College Debt Crisis

Dennis Cariello, a lawyer and former US Department of Education senior administrator writing in The Hill this week, offered a sober and troubling assessment of the growing college debt crisis. … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Are We Prepared for President Obama’s Free Community Colleges?

Earlier this month, President Obama proposed reducing the cost of community colleges to “zero.” Mr. Obama said: “I want to make it free.” As the Washington Post suggested in a … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Private Colleges and the White Middle Class

In a recent blog in the Washington Post, Max Ehrenfreund suggests that private colleges are a waste of money for white, middle class kids. He asks: “Is it worth unloading … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Higher Education: The Problem with Priorities

It’s been interesting to watch over the years how priorities emerge on college and university campuses. Some develop organically, whether in service of an academic program, to meet a perceived … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Moving Community College Graduates Toward a Four-Year Degree

There is growing consensus that more attention must be paid to increasing the number of two-year graduates who go on to complete a four-year degree. While over 80 percent of … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment
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