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Picking Daisies and College Conspiracy: Why defining yourself is important

Last year, I posted a cautionary article about the danger of letting opponents define you. If you thought I was overwrought when I suggested that “Picking Daisies” — the campaign ad that in all likelihood sunk Barry Goldwater’s presidential ambitions–had anything to do with public support for higher education, let me encourage you to spend the next hour watching this little number.

Be Careful What You Automate: Amid Praise, Some Sober Criticism of Khan Academy

Here the reasoning behind one of my criticisms of higher education: the factory model — a model that is in near-complete collapse — was imposed upon universities at the turn of the 20th Century by well-meaning industrialists who simply wanted to establish some discipline on the chaos that reigned in those days.

Under-producing and Under-performing: American Higher Education Needs 200 more Universities



They are consistent memes.  We do not have to invest in American colleges and universities because (1) most jobs do not require a college degree, (2) there are too many college students already, or (3) long-term income is not related to level of education.

C21U TechBurst Competition

Center for 21st Century Universities TECHBURST COMPETITION 2011

Share what you know...

TechBurst: : ( noun 'tek'berst ) a short, sharable video that explains a single topic or concept in a particularly entertaining and compelling way. The best TechBursts are viewed thousands of times.  


TechBurst Competition 2011:

Center for 21st Century Universities Launch Schedule and RSVP Information


Center for 21st Century Universities Launch Event

Tuesday, September 27, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Global Learning Center

RSVP to Mary Claire Thompson at

 8:00-9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast

9-9:05 a.m. Welcome by Center Director, Rich DeMillo

9:05-9:15 a.m. Zvi Galil, Dean College of Computing Opening remarks and introductions

9:15-10:00 a.m. Keynote Address:  Jonathan Cole

10:00-10:30 a.m. Announcement of C21U programs for 2012

“I’ll see your 10,000 and raise you….

"Dancing With the stars" I talked about what a classroom with 10,000 students might be like. The transformation of higher education has begun, and pace of that change is accelerating.

Innovative Universities in Unexpected Places

Thinking about the most innovative universities elicits images of elite scholars at the world's top institutions in the U.S. and Europe. Increasingly, however, universities in other parts of the world are engaging in new ways of conducting a university that each comes with its own set of unique challenges and risks.

Innovation and Affordability in Higher Education

Recently, college tuition increases have begun to outpace the rate of inflation, and the aggregate impact of tuition increases, coupled with increased use of fees have resulted in United States student loan debt that exceeds the country’s credit card debt. These factors leave many wondering whether the cost of higher education can be recouped by subsequent employment.  More broadly from a social perspective, it raises the question of what the actual value of the degree students aspire to attain is, and what the actual costs are to educate an undergraduate student.


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