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Research Says It’s Simple: Help More People Access The Economy, and It Gets Better For Everyone

This is an important message.  This may be the most important message that education has for the economy right now: Creating more opportunities for the people left behind creates more opportunities for everyone. The more people can participate fully in the economy, and do well in it, the bigger the economy gets and the more […]

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What Do Americans Think About Online Learning When It’s Not a Matter of Life and Death?

The conversations around online learning are unusually heated right now because they’re literally life and death for many people.  Whether or not to open schools, hold in person classes, bring students on to campus … and if so, how … are questions with actual fatality rates attached.   There is no bigger picture than that, at […]

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The Conversation Around Online Education is Improving – But Too Many People Are Still Invisible

Okay, so, we’ve been through the “online education is going to save us all!” phase, and then the “online education is terrible and we have to get everybody back to classrooms!” phase.  The good news is that now it looks like the conversation around what online education is and how it works is finally getting […]

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Young woman with stack pile of books and piggy bank full of debt rethinking future career path
Young woman with stack pile of books and piggy bank full of debt rethinking future career path

The Tension Between Higher Education’s Mission and its Business Models May Be Coming to a Head

The coronavirus presents as significant a challenge to the business models of California’s colleges as it does to their teaching models.   A series of recent articles shows that colleges are struggling with almost paradoxical problems:  they’re afraid that covid-19 surges are going to reduce their enrollment and raise their dropout rates … but the students […]

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We’re In Danger of “Reforming” Education For the People Who Don’t Need It – Rather Than The People Who Do

As the coronavirus puts the already teetering business models of higher education under massive strain, there are more and more calls to re-invent college.   That’s a worthy goal.  But if we’re not careful, we may just end up perpetuating long standing problems.  We may end up “fixing” education for the people who don’t need it […]

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“Online Learning” is a great tool, but not a cheat code for social progress

When the pandemic forced schools and colleges to shove all their classes online, a lot of proponents of online learning felt triumphant:  at last, online learning’s time had truly come, and nothing could stop it now! A month ago we predicted there would be a backlash.  And, wow, has it arrived. Writing in the New […]

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Statement on the State Budget Agreement

We – our students, faculty, administrators, and advocates for equity-based solutions in higher education – are extraordinarily grateful that the latest budget agreement includes funding for Calbright. Investment in skills-based online training for underserved communities will help ensure California’s recovery through the COVID-19 crisis, and we are especially thankful for the support our leaders have […]

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Is There a Backlash to Online Learning? (And is it justified?)

Conventional wisdom holds that the era of online learning is upon us.  After all, we have the technology, and now that nearly every school and college in the country has quickly changed from traditional classrooms to “online learning,” nothing can stop it. But we’ve heard “nothing can stop online learning” before, and it’s never worked […]

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Supporting Californians Without College Degrees is an Opportunity to Support California’s Economy

We’ve written before about how the Americans most impacted by the covid-19 pandemic are the people who were being least served and supported before the pandemic.  Helping them through these new problems means we have to fix the old ones. California Competes, which researches higher education’s relationship to economic succes, has made that point very […]

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