This blog is concerned with administrative and policy issues regarding education. Important links to current news, issues and events as well as well-researched and critical analysis of the US educational system are posted regularly.
How Not to Criticize College Rankings
When a college ranking is released or updated, backlash inevitably follows. Usually, colleges who performed poorly lead the charge, but it’s also a reaction against a root issue. Higher education is so diverse that it’s impossible to objectively compare schools. Which is great! Diversity gives students a wide swath to pursue their education. Universities can […]
The Political Decisions That Make or Break Unionization
In 2004, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate teaching assistants do not have the right to unionize, overturning a 2000 decision. Both rulings appear to be decisions of politics over pragmatism. During the earlier decision, Democrats comprised a majority on the board, but, by 2004, it swung to the Republicans. Both rulings are […]
Students Unionizing within the NCAA and the University
Last Wednesday, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that college scholarship football players at Northwestern University can unionize. This ruling stands in contrast with their 2004 decision that prevented graduate teaching assistants from doing the same. To justify the inconsistency, the NLRB listed several differences between scholarship athletes and graduate teaching students. However, none of […]
- Mar 31, 2014 Finland: The Higher Education Model of the Future?
- Mar 17, 2014 The Underestimated Value of Liberal Arts Degrees
- Feb 25, 2014 Law Schools Fiddle while Rome Burns
- Feb 12, 2014 What Colleges Can Learn from Twitter
- Feb 05, 2014 Judging MOOCs: What Are They For?
- Feb 05, 2014 Administrators: The Eternal Scapegoat of Higher Ed
- Jan 31, 2014 Endowment Returns Rise in 2013
- Jan 06, 2014 Kansas Should Uphold Academic Freedom
- Dec 20, 2013 Price Controls Reward the Status Quo
- Dec 05, 2013 Grade Inflation at Harvard: The Average Is Exceptional
- Nov 21, 2013 Federal College Ratings Will Harm Higher Education
- Nov 15, 2013 Changing the Higher Education System: Lowering Costs, Improving Outcomes