Higher Education Spending

Does Spending Relate to Higher Education Access and Success?

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How does spending relate to access and success? And how can costs can be controlled without compromising quality? The Delta Project states that it will take a new approach and integrated view of productivity in how funds are used to ensure access, equity, and successful learning results. What do you mean exactly by that? How would it work?

Education Mission Metrics

Mission and Metrics: The Business of Higher Education

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Even though higher education is not an ordinary business, improving outcomes at our not-for-profit (NFP) colleges and universities rely on recognition that business principles cannot be avoided. Economic realities need to be part of the budgeting process, every bit as much as is curriculum.

Student Loan Losing Logic

The Losing Logic of Student Loan Debt

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In 1975, the College Entrance Examination Board estimated the average total cost of a four-year public college at $2,679 a year ($11,852 in 2014 dollars). The average total cost of a private college: $4,391 ($19, 420 in 2014 dollars). Fast forward to the 2012-2013 school year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average first-year, on-campus tuition for a public and an in-state public school was $21,700, and for a four-year private school was $43,0

Change management Process for Higher Education

Change Implementation: Six-Step Process for Success

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Change in the midst of a crisis can be as dangerous as the crisis itself. It behooves leaders to plan change thoughtfully and in anticipation of need, not attempting to rebuild the aircraft in midflight Here’s a six-step process that we’ve found helpful in our 30+ years of change implementation in Higher Education institutions.

What Does the Future Higher Education Library Look Like?

Higher Education Libraries of the Future

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To not only survive, but also flourish, libraries will adapt and find new roles. Realizing that resources are both finite and constrained, they will accept the necessity of ceasing activities that are not valued and embracing value-added activities that demonstrate return on investment in the library.

Making law School Matter

Revitalizing Pedagogy in Law School and Making it Matter

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The model that has dominated law school pedagogy has been that of Christopher Langdell, which incorporates a quasi-scientific method. Students study appellate decisions and extract from these the rules, holdings and principles that they must then synthesize with other cases and apply to new sets of facts.

The Changing Law Profession - from Margins and Missions... not Moonshots by Steven Kayser

Law Schools: Bridges to the (Changing) Legal Profession

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The challenges facing legal education and the legal profession parallel those facing higher education. These challenges are especially dramatic for law schools given the transformation of the legal profession driven by technology as well as liberalization of the profession; that is, allowing those without a law license to engage in work historically considered legal work,

Top 10 Better Higher Education Journal Posts: 2016

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Thanks for being a reader and/or subscriber to the Better Higher Education Journal. This year has zipped by. Below are the top posts for 2016. MIT’s OpenCourseWare’s Intellectual Philanthropy — An interview with Shigeru Miyagawa Shigeru Miyagawa covers the founding of MIT’s OpenCourseWare, it’s complex development, success and ultimately, making good on OCW’s original promise […]

A Different Perspective on Communication and Higher Education

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David Henderson’s background is unique: an Emmy-winning journalist, educator, author and business leader. The questions asked David were different than other contributors to our book “Margins & Missions… Not Moonshots: Pathways to Better Higher Education,” because of his multiple perspectives. David has written four books on the media and evolving communications trends, and lectured at top communications forums and universities in the U.S. and Europe.

What’s the Ideal Balance Among Faculty, Including Tenured, Part-Time or Adjuncts?

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Question: Can you comment on an ideal balance among faculty ranks today, including part-timers or adjuncts? Can you broaden that to all professional delivery foci; hence, also the use of graduate assistants, fellows, and other assistants (teaching, research, institutional and community service, other)? Excerpt from “Margins and Missions… Not Moonshots: Pathways to Better U.S. Higher […]

The Higher Education Leader’s Mandate

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Never in decades of experience in college and university settings have we seen such pressure for change. Public scrutiny, media attention, financial constraints and accrediting evaluation are all focused, laser-like, on university leadership. Boards, presidents, provosts, and deans are being asked to re-examine how we do business or even if we should be in business.