The “Myths” About Online Education

  I received an email from a student asking me what he could do when people state that American Military University (AMU) or American Public University (APU) are “diploma mills” or unaccredited.  I thought I would post my response. The “myths” that AMU or APU are diploma mills or unaccredited are invalid.  In most cases, […]

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Public School Learning Outcomes – Three Systems With Different Results

I recently wrote about establishing and measuring learning outcomes in K-12 education. Less than three weeks later, NY Times reporter Sarah Mervosh’s article described how the best public schools may be those operated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). According to Ms. Mervosh, the DoD schools educate approximately 66,000 students on U.S. military bases […]

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AI Education Frameworks – Australia vs. U.S.

I recently read an article published in the Guardian about Australia’s education ministers formally backing a national framework that will guide the use of AI in public schools. Australia’s federal education minister, Jason Clare, was quoted stating that ChatGPT was “not going away” and ChatGPT as a tool was becoming as vital as a “calculator […]

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Will This “Solution” Eliminate Financial Barriers to a Bachelor’s Degree?

I received a copy of the Higher Education newsletter this week. Published by The Hechinger Report, the newsletter is distributed weekly. The headline article reported about the University of Central Arkansas’ rollout of the UCA Commitment. To be eligible for the UCA Commitment, students must be residents of Arkansas whose family income falls below $100,000. […]

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More Pell Students at Ivy League Institutions?

Photo by PhotoSpirit – stock.adobe.com The campaign continues to convince Ivy League and other elite universities to eliminate legacy admissions and admit more lower income students after the Supreme Court decision to disallow affirmative action. After that decision, I wrote about several articles and papers that reported that admissions at the Ivy Plus institutions favor […]

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Great Teachers Are Indescribable

After more than six decades, I close my eyes and think about the truly great teachers I experienced along my educational journey. My elementary school teachers were generalists, required to teach young children how to read, write, and navigate the foundational concepts of math. They had the answers to all our questions. In middle school […]

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How Are K-12 Learning Outcomes Established and Measured?

A simple question from a friend and colleague about how independent school K-12 learning outcomes are established and measured led me down a road less traveled. I am very familiar with higher education’s learning goals and measurements. When I was leading APUS through its initial accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, criteria related to implementing […]

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Knowledge Workers and AI – Implications of a Study

A blog post from Wharton Interactive’s Faculty Director Ethan Mollick provided me with the heads up about an AI study with potential implications to the Future of Work. Mollick wrote that he and several other academics from Harvard and MIT spent the past several months working with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The research project […]

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Free Educational Resources

For years, college students have complained about the cost of textbooks and course materials. At American Public University System, the institution where I served as president until August 2020, our mission of providing an affordable college education to our students led to the creation of a textbook grant for undergraduate students in 2001. The purpose […]

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Admissions and Financial Aid Practices at Community Colleges

I realized after writing about the financial aid practices at Ivy Plus universities, elite non-Ivy Plus colleges and universities, HBCUs, and large state universities, that there was a distinctive group of colleges that I had left out. Community colleges are widely known for their low tuition. At the same time, my findings had surfaced a […]

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EdTech

Higher Education

Independent Schools

K-12

Student Persistence

Workforce