For years, my typical method for finding a book to read has been to read a review or see it listed as a source in a paper or other publication. While that’s my typical method, it’s not my favorite. My favorite is to wander through a bookstore, peruse the latest releases shelf and one or two specialized areas, and find a book that looks interesting enough to purchase. The recent pandemic minimized my frequency of finding books through perusal. With an hour to kill on Saturday before meeting one of my daughters for lunch, I opted for a short visit to a college town bookstore. In the new releases section, I stumbled across the book Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World by Cade Metz.
In a well-written article published by the Fordham Institute, the National Center on Education and the Economy’s President Emeritus Marc Tucker writes about the dual workforce emerging in America after the pandemic.
In the April 2021 online issue of The Atlantic, Caitlin Flanagan’s article “Private Schools Have Become Truly Obscene” has elicited some competing responses. If the title alone was not jarring, the subtitle, “Elite schools breed entitlement, entrench inequality – and then pretend to be engines of social change,” clearly indicates the points to be made by the writer.
The first coronavirus article on my blog was published on March 5, 2020. I asked our program director for Public Health, Dr. Samer Koutoubi, M.D., Ph.D., to write a guest post about the effect of the pandemic on our schools.
Lindsay McKenzie’s article in Tuesday’s Inside Higher Ed provided me with the news that the University of Missouri System had launched a new online arm called Missouri Online.
For the better part of the last decade, there have been proposals for free education at community colleges. As recently as December 23, President Biden pledged to provide tuition-free community college for all.
It’s been a year since most U.S. colleges and businesses shifted to an online, study from home or work from home mode in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our work and home lives were disrupted, and it’s safe to say that until the country reaches the herd immunity level, our disrupted state will continue.
Perhaps it was Rebecca Natow’s article in The Chronicle of Higher Education Review titled “Why Haven’t More Colleges Closed?”. Maybe it was Allison Salisbury’s article in Forbes titled “Building Equitable Upskilling Programs: It’s Not Degree Vs. Short Credentials – It’s Both.” Also, it could be the hundreds — if not thousands — of articles and books about the pending changes in higher ed that have been written and published over the past two decades. Clearly, the most recent two articles cited triggered my motivation to pen this article.
Longtime Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino wrote an article last week discussing a proposal in Florida’s legislature to cut public scholarship funding to college students majoring in areas of study that do not have an immediate path to employment after graduation.