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Dr. Wallace E. Boston was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of American Public University System (APUS) and its parent company, American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) in July 2004. He joined APUS as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2002. In September 2019, Dr. Boston retired as CEO of APEI and retired as APUS President in August 2020. Dr. Boston guided APUS through its successful initial accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in 2006 and ten-year reaccreditation in 2011. In November 2007, he led APEI to an initial public offering on the NASDAQ Exchange. For four years from 2009 through 2012, APEI was ranked in Forbes' Top 10 list of America's Best Small Public Companies. During his tenure as president, APUS grew to over 85,000 students, 200 degree and certificate programs, and approximately 100,000 alumni. While serving as APEI CEO and APUS President, Dr. Boston was a board member of APEI, APUS, Hondros College of Nursing, and Fidelis, Inc. Dr. Boston continues to serve as a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and as a member and chair of the board of New Horizons Worldwide. He has authored and co-authored papers on the topic of online post-secondary student retention, and is a frequent speaker on the impact of technology on higher education. Dr. Boston is a past Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the McDonogh School, a private K-12 school in Baltimore. In his career prior to APEI and APUS, Dr. Boston served as either CFO, COO, or CEO of Meridian Healthcare, Manor Healthcare, Neighborcare Pharmacies, and Sun Healthcare Group. Dr. Boston is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He earned an A.B. degree in History from Duke University, an MBA in Marketing and Accounting from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In 2008, the Board of Trustees of APUS awarded him a Doctorate in Business Administration, honoris causa, and, in April 2017, also bestowed him with the title President Emeritus. In August 2020, the Board of Trustees of APUS appointed him Trustee Emeritus. In November 2020, the Board of Trustees announced that the APUS School of Business would be renamed the Dr. Wallace E Boston School of Business in recognition of Dr. Boston's service to the university. Dr. Boston lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

Check Your Passport Expiration Date

I used to travel outside of the U.S. at least once a year. Then COVID hit and it seemed like traveling overseas was more difficult and riskier than traveling in the U.S. Six weeks ago, I attended the ASU/GSV Summit in San Diego, my second in person conference since the pandemic. The conference is a great place for networking and I met someone who encouraged me or one of my partners at Green Street Impact Partners to attend the Emerge Education conference in London in May.

A Notable Milestone

Colleges and universities announce graduation dates well in advance of the planned ceremonies. The pageantry of formal graduation ceremonies with the faculty and administration garbed in their academic regalia is well known. As president of APUS, I presided over 15 in-person ceremonies and a virtual ceremony before retiring in August 2020.

At the beginning of the 2021-2022 academic year, I dutifully recorded the dates for Baylor University’s and Texas A&M University’s May and August graduation ceremonies since my twin daughters were rising seniors at those institutions.

More Research About Why Fewer Community College Students Are Enrolling

In March, I wrote two articles about a research paper written by Kelli Bird, Benjamin Castleman, Brett Fisher, and Benjamin Skinner titled Unfinished Business: Academic Market and Labor Market Profiles of Adults with Substantial College Credits But No Degree. Their report looked at students who attended the 23 Virginia Community College System colleges during the 2009-2010 through 2013-2014 academic years who earned some college credits and dropped out for at least a three-year period after completing their last course.

AI-Powered Technologies and Practices in Higher Ed

In a recently published blog about the 2022 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report, I noted that the report’s experts had identified six technologies and practices that will have a significant impact on teaching and learning. Two of those technologies, AI for Learning Analytics and AI for Learning Tools, incorporate the utilization of Artificial Intelligence technology.

Over the years, I have written about Artificial Intelligence many times.

2022 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report – Trends in Education Technology

The 2022 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report is one of those rare reports that is not solely based on the research of the writers, but instead incorporates the opinions of experts in the field who provide several rounds of votes on trends to narrow the responses down to arguably those that the group believes will be most important in the future.

How Would You Spend $1 Billion to Study Climate Change?

Wednesday’s New York Times featured an article about venture capitalist John Doerr’s $1.1 billion gift to Stanford University for establishing a department and several institutes to study climate change and sustainability. The gift is the second largest ever to an American institution of higher education.

Reporter David Gelles writes that the gift will establish Stanford as the leading center, public or private, for weaning the world off fossil fuels and establishes the Doerr’s as leading funders of climate change research and scholarship.

Will Joe Biden Cancel Student Debt? – the Political Ramifications and More

Monday’s Boston Globe featured an article by reporter James Pindell that analyzed why President Biden hasn’t kept his campaign promise of cancelling $10,000 of college student debt for every borrower.

Mr. Pindell notes that Mr. Biden is under pressure from the progressive left to cancel more debt. Specifically, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Chuck Schumer introduced a resolution to cancel up to $50,000 of debt per student through an Executive Order.

50 Years and Counting

Before traveling to Baltimore for my 50th high school reunion, I wrote about the years that my classmates and I spent at McDonogh School, the changes in the school since our graduation, and a few of the reunions that we celebrated over the past 45 years.

The schedule of activities for the weekend was extensive and the school provided us with a customized schedule for our class in advance.

My McDonogh Reunion

Later this week, I will be in Maryland, attending my 50th high school reunion. My alma mater, McDonogh School organizes and hosts reunions every five years for each graduating class and has been doing so as long as I can remember.

I have attended all my class’ reunions other than our fifth when I was attending graduate school at Tulane.

When an Acorn Hits You in the Head, Make Sure You Know How Many Oak Trees Are Around

Many of us know the children’s story about the hen who is hit in the head by a falling acorn and runs around yelling, “the sky is falling.” She convinces more and more animals to join her to tell the king including the fox who convinces her and her companions that he knows a shortcut to the king.