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Creating Ripples Across Generations

At a recent memorial service for my former headmaster at McDonogh School, the last speaker relayed a story that Bob Lamborn shared in an email to his granddaughter.

When he was much younger, Bob asked his father “what can you tell me about immortality?” His father responded, “I believe in heaven and the hereafter, but I have no way of proving what I think is true.

James Webb Space Telescope Reaches Critical Cooling Point

I have written about NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in the past. For more than two decades, NASA and its European and Canadian partners planned to replace the Hubble Telescope, finally launching the James Webb Telescope (JWT) from French Guiana on December 25, 2021.

During the 30 days that the JWT took to reach its target destination, one million miles from Earth, news coverage was fairly broad, tracking not just the journey but the various mechanical steps taken to unfold the five layer sunshield designed to block sunlight from the sensitive mirrors and instruments, unfold the mirrors, and align those mirrors to maximize the focus point on distant stars and planets many light years away.

The 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four Should Have Been Played at a Smaller Venue

It hardly seems possible that it’s been less than two weeks since the men’s basketball Final Four in New Orleans, the last weekend of the championship tournament known as March Madness. I’ve followed college basketball for years and grew to love it during my undergraduate years as a student at Duke University.

After Duke won its bracket and qualified for the Final Four, I purchased four tickets for the semi-finals through Duke’s ticket office.

Building a Talent Strong Texas

I have written a few articles about the state of Texas’ ambitious 60x30TX strategic plan for providing a postsecondary education to at least 60 percent of its residents by the year 2030. The most recent one was about their revised debt metrics.

Last week, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) announced and released an update to the 60x30TX plan.

Transforming a School of Education to Meet America’s K-20 and Lifetime Education Needs

I have attended all the ASU+GSV Summits since the first in 2010. The earliest conferences were held on the Arizona State University (ASU) Skysong campus. Within three years, the number of attendees grew so much that the conference was moved to the Phoenician in Scottsdale. For at least the past five years, the conference has been held in San Diego at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Improving Outcomes Data for Online Programs

In an opinion piece in this week’s Inside Higher Education, Professor Robert Kelchen writes that it’s almost impossible to tell how graduates of online programs fare compared to graduates of face-to-face programs at the same institution.

Dr. Kelchen raises a good point, that with the increased enrollment in online courses due to COVID, we should be able to determine whether students enrolled in online programs do better than those enrolled in face-to-face programs.

Shifting Paradigms – Microcredential Perspectives from the Entrenched Degree Issuers

I am never surprised about the naivete of many in higher education about the changing perspectives regarding degrees and microcredentials. Earlier this week, I read an article in The evolllution entitled Enrollment Management and The 60-year Curriculum: An Organization Development Imperative.

Quite frankly, I thought the article missed the point. It was far too theoretical.