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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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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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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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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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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Portrait of Ajita Menon.

People who had easy access to educational resources before the covid-19 pandemic will still have easy access to everything they need to keep their education going now. Things like money, time, and technology. But what about vulnerable populations that were struggling to access the education they needed before everything stayed home and went digital? What […]

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