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Author Archives: Brian C. Mitchell

Educating College Trustees

It is almost impossible for those who live outside the academy to understand and appreciate how American colleges and universities govern themselves. Basically, college governance has three partners – the … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Competition Through Cooperation in American Higher Education

By the end of the 20th Century, a number of American colleges and universities – often in close geographical proximity – began to look for ways to cooperate. Regional college-based … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Future of Higher Education: Is There a Middle Ground?

The National Association of College and University Business Officers NACUBO) issued its survey of private, non-profit four-year colleges last week. The results – a snapshot of the health of the … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 3 Comments

“At-Risk” Students and the College Scorecard

It’s been interesting to watch the great debate unfold as the federal government intervenes to provide students and their families with a more rational sense of the “fit” between college … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Starbucks and Arizona State Create a New Education Pathway

On Monday, Starbucks announced that it had agreed to partner with Arizona State University to help its employees earn an online college degree.   Working with ASU, Starbucks will make … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Solving the College Capital Budget Crisis

American colleges and universities face a growing crisis in how to fund and even prioritize their capital construction needs.  While most recognize that higher education institutions on some level can … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Restating American Higher Education as a Public Good

There has been a good deal of discussion lately on America’s college campuses about how to strengthen the reputation of an institution. Much of the conversation focuses on the decision … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

Being Intentional About Defining “College Life”

America’s colleges and universities define themselves partly by the company that they keep.  As they seek to improve the quality of their institutions, most higher education officials look at some … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Battle Over College Residential Life

It’s often said that students go to college to learn.  Yet the statement misses an important point in its simplicity.  Students also go to college to live. Politically, there are … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · 2 Comments
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