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Category Archives: for-profit institutions

The Cost of For-Profit Education

Writing in The New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson observes: In the years before the mortgage crisis, financial regulators often looked the other way as banks and other lenders pursued reckless activities that cost … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Too Big–and Too Awful–to Fail

The Department of Education and Corinthian Colleges have been engaged in extended negotiations over how the for-profit corporation will either shut down or scale down its various entities, including the … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

So Everything That We Have Read and Heard Is Wrong?

Writing for the New York Times (June 24, 2014), in a column titled “The Reality of Student Debt Is Different than the Cliches,” David Leonhardt reviews a recent study released … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

Education Reform: The Individual at Risk (Except when Protected by Money)

Taylorism, the systematization of labor developed by Frederick Taylor, makes the worker immediately replaceable. Individual skill and knowledge becomes irrelevant–on the part of the worker. Only at the higher levels … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

‘They’re Just Going to Punch the Clock': The Faculty of the Future

The most disturbing consequence of the contemporary belief that any sort of ‘progress’ in education stems from individual initiative and can be proven by testing is the devaluation of the … Continue reading

January 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tips for Navigating Corporatized Colleges and Universities

Guest blogger Jeanne Zaino is professor of political science and international studies at Iona College. In his provocative and deeply depressing The Last Professors Frank Donoghue warns that corporate logic has … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Difficulty in Speaking Plainly about Truly Abysmal Statistics

One of my posts this past week was on John Kasich’s appointment of Gordon Gee to explore ways of increasing affordability at Ohio’s public universities. Given Gee’s continuing status as … Continue reading

October 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Oxymoron or Farce: The Highest Paid Executive in Public Higher Education Leads a Statewide Study on Increasing Affordability in Ohio

On Monday, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Governor Kasich has appointed Gordon Gee, President Emeritus of Ohio State University, to “lead a study looking for ways to make college more … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Forthcoming Series of Papers from CFHE: The ‘Promises’ of Online Higher Education: Overview

Promoters of MOOCs and online courses make big promises about the value of this latest trend in higher education. MOOCs and online courses, we are told, will both expand access … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 3 Comments

“What Do We Know about Teaching Online?”

Online teaching remains one of the most talked-about topics of the day in higher education, and there are no shortage of studies on the topic. Do students learn more online? … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · 1 Comment
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