Have you ever said or heard other people say that they had only 3 or 4 really good professors when they were an undergraduate student, out of the 40 or so professors they experienced over four years? Why are only 10 percent of professors remembered by students as having been really good? I have … [Read more...] about Are You Satisfied With 10 Percent?
Over the last several years, those of us in public universities have witnessed the terrible effects of financial distress. Invariably, the solution by HE leaders and state government is the same: budget cuts. Our leaders, educated in critical thinking, know of only one action to take when financial … [Read more...] about Single Skilled Leaders
It should be obvious to all the MOOCs offer an economies of scale argument which helps propel university leaders' interest in the technology for use in higher education. As scale increases, costs go down. What could be better than something so simple as that? Most leaders of organizations … [Read more...] about MOOCs and Economies of Scale
It is interesting to watch the intense activity and interest in massive open online courses (MOOCs) and the rush to use them in higher ed (especially public universities). The most enthusiastic proponents both inside HE and out seem to view MOOCs as the omnibus solution to all extant problems. It's … [Read more...] about MOOCs: The Omnibus Solution?
Referring to students as customers is a contentious issue among faculty. I have heard a lot of different arguments both ways, but the fact is that higher education is a buyers' market. Also, over the years, I have noticed that students increasingly think of themselves as customers. If they do, … [Read more...] about Student as Customer