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“Technological Problems, Human Solutions” – overcoming the biggest challenges online students face

In the mass rush to move almost every college course in the country online, everything that could go wrong did go wrong.  But that was an emergency, stopgap, measure.  Now that colleges have had some time to prepare, what are the primary obstacles that students face in getting a high caliber education online?   We asked […]

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College Struggles With Coronavirus Show Why Higher Education Needs To Keep Innovating

As reopening colleges become the new hotspots for coronavirus outbreaks, a new front of inequity in higher education has emerged – who gets tested, and when. Some colleges (like Notre Dame and Purdue) require students to be tested and have negative results before they can come back on campus;  some (like the University of Illinois […]

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A Crisis in Education is a Crisis for Everything

The United Nations Secretary-General has called the covid-19 pandemic “the largest disruption of education ever.”  But it’s not just a crisis for education.  The impact on students who “remain out of reach” of the education system will be catastrophic, and have implications for areas ranging from economics to child nutrition to gender equity.   “We already […]

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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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