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Why We Shouldn’t Take Peer Review As the ‘Gold Standard’

In July, India’s government dismissed a research paper finding that the country’s economic growth had been overestimated, saying the paper had not been “peer reviewed.” At a conference for plastics engineers, an economist from an industry group dismissed environmental concerns about plastics by claiming that some of the underlying research was “not peer reviewed.” And the Trump … Continue reading

Moody’s Predicts College Closures to Triple by 2017

Closure rates of small colleges and universities will triple in the coming years, and mergers will double. Those are the predictions of a Moody’s Investor Service report released Friday that highlights a persistent inability among small colleges to increase revenue, which could lead as many as 15 institutions a year to shut their doors for … Continue reading

How Much Do We Really Know About College

The link today goes to a video produced by the Washington Post and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It shows data that some in higher education are aware of, but students and others may not be. How Much Do We Really Know?

Seven Practices of Enlightened Leadership in Higher Education

This is the story about how truly enlightened leadership combined with authentic faculty engagement has the power to transform college culture and amplify student success. It is the story of Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, where we intended to study the implementation of a new course recommendation system. We quickly realized, however, that Austin … Continue reading

Billions in Pell Dollars Go to Students Who Never Graduate

A Hechinger Report analysis of Pell grant graduation rate data from a cross section of colleges and universities — which is not otherwise publicly reported anywhere — suggests that billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded Pell grants nationwide go to students who never earn degrees. And while some schools with large numbers of Pell recipients have … Continue reading

Information Technology: The Accidental Career for Ph.D.s

The United States has two major employment dilemmas. On the supply side, American universities produce a well-documented surfeit of Ph.D.s, far in excess of the number of tenure-track job openings. On the demand side, the American information-technology industry is greatly in need of skilled workers. But there has yet to be a move to direct … Continue reading

Liberty University Owes Rapid Growth to Federal Student Loans

Liberty University is not just your average school down the road. The once small Christian college founded in 1971 by the Rev. Jerry Falwell now has the largest student body of any private nonprofit university in the country. With over 70,000 students, the university has become a destination for political candidates seeking the GOP’s more … Continue reading

A Human Needs a Large Hole in The Head – To Be Smart

The intelligence of animals can be estimated by the size of the holes in the skull which the arteries pass through, according to novel research by biologists at the University of Adelaide. The scientists found that the connection between intelligence and hole size results from brain activity being related to brain metabolic rate – and … Continue reading

Obama Administration Further Dials Back College Rating Plan

The Obama administration has pulled the ratings from its once ambitious college-ratings plan, saying it intends to present new information about the performance of U.S. colleges and universities to empower consumers but won’t judge the schools themselves. The announcement, which came in a blog post Thursday by U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Education Jamienne Studley, … Continue reading

The Growth in College Costs Is Slowing, Particularly for Poorer Families

In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, President Mitch Daniels of Purdue University said, “For decades college tuition has outpaced inflation, forcing students to increase their borrowing.” While this sort of hyperbole is rampant in the media, it’s disconcerting, to say the least, coming from a college president. Daniels claims “tuition has outpaced inflation” for … Continue reading