Lessons Learned from Healthcare Reform

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As a retired academic pediatric surgeon and as a member of the Board of Trustees of my alma mater, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, I am vicariously reliving the challenges of the last 40 years in American healthcare, and particularly in academic medicine and surgery, as our Board charts a vision and its supportive strategies to deal with the evolving “perfect storm” facing higher education.

How to Evaluate the Academic Enterprise: Mission to Margins

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“The hottest rings of Hell … are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis do nothing.” Thus goes President Kennedy’s quote of Dante’s Inferno, and currently so goes much of higher education. How to Evaluate the Academic Enterprise The rule of metrics in providing a measure of effectiveness in higher education cannot be […]

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 […]

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?