Finding consistent sources of accurate data for many industries is not easy. Higher education is no exception. For those in the know, the College Board’s annual Trends in College Pricing and Student Aid report is a valuable resource, providing college pricing and other data for more than two decades.
In an article published Monday by the New York Times, reporter Shawn Hubler writes that the resurgence of the coronavirus has forced universities to make deep cuts to close widening budget shortfalls. Some of the examples that she provides include the elimination of low-participation liberal arts degrees at liberal arts colleges, pausing admissions to Ph.D. programs in liberal arts, eliminating undergraduate programs in higher education, and furloughing employees.
The cover of the October 24-30th issue of The Economist features the title “Who Controls the Conversation?” In an editorial in the same issue preceding the article “Social Media and Free Speech,” the editors write that free speech on social media is too important to be determined by a handful of tech executives.
In the November-December 2020 issue of the Harvard Business Review, Professor Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury writes that the pandemic lockdowns have triggered two major questions for many organizations — Are all-remote or majority-remote organizations the future of knowledge work? Is work from anywhere (WFA) here to stay?
When the March closure of non-essential businesses occurred, I was splitting my time between Austin, Texas and Baltimore, Maryland, and I happened to be in Maryland. Great friends of mine (Charles and Susan) owned a restaurant in Baltimore and closed it, even though restaurants were allowed to provide food through carryout and delivery. When I asked Charles why he was not providing carryout, he said that he needed to understand how his restaurant could provide carryout and keep his employees and customers safe.
Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce released a report yesterday, examining various proposals for free college, including one proposal from presidential candidate Joe Biden. The report’s authors — Anthony Carnevale, Jenna Sablan, Artem Gulish, Michael Quinn, and Gayle Cinquegrani — provide a brief history of the various free college proposals adopted in some form by at least 15 states over the past few years.
An article written by Wired reporter Aarian Marshall attracted my attention this week. The subtitle to the article, “Checkouts of digital books from a popular service are up 52 percent since March. Publishers say their easy availability hurts sales,” intrigued me even more.
Somehow, I missed The Chronicle of Higher Education article titled “A Crusade Against Terrible Advising” when it was published on August 4. According to Scott Carlson, senior reporter, the genesis of the article stemmed from several emails that he received from Dr. Ned Laff, a retired academic advisor whose advising experience included stints at nine different colleges and universities.
In June 2020, the McKinsey consulting group commissioned a survey of global business executives about the post-pandemic future workforce. The survey responses clearly indicate a period of future disruption and change. Millions of low-income people have lost their jobs, and the survey indicates that the mix of post-pandemic jobs will look decidedly different from the pre-pandemic mix.
I enjoy watching football, pro and college. The resumption of the NFL season three weeks ago was a welcome respite from watching reruns of last year’s games. But as college football resumed its play, I noticed one difference.