‘I fully expected to graduate from The Citadel’

Posted on July 15, 2019

“Out of love, one Midlands man made a promise that he had to keep, and roughly 50 years later, he’s now completing a different kind of promise. Frank E. Barron III, is finally graduating as a member of The Citadel’s Class of 1966, in 2019. It’s 53 years after he began. The story dates back to his junior year at Morehead High School in Eden, NC when Barron decided he wanted to enroll in one of the country’s top military colleges – The Citadel. But as we know, plans don’t always work out the way we want them to. Barron says it started on the first day of his senior year of high school.” Continue reading

Amazon plans to spend $700 million to retrain a third of its US workforce in new skills

Posted on July 11, 2019

“Amazon.com on Thursday unveiled plans to retrain a third of its U.S. workforce — or 100,000 workers — by 2025 to help its employees move into more advanced jobs or find new careers. The retail and tech giant intends to expand its existing training programs and introduce new ones. The training will be voluntary, and most of the programs are free.” Continue reading

The Best Education Isn’t Cost-Effective

Posted on July 8, 2019

“Hampshire has been long known as the quirky, hippie, artsy liberal arts college in the western Massachusetts woods. Developed via a consortium of four other colleges (Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts), Hampshire has always been the poor cousin. Like the New School for Social Research, where I matriculated as a philosophy graduate student, Hampshire has been eternally underfunded and run on a skeletal budget, relying on its faculty and staff’s dedication and commitment to the alternative, progressive pedagogy espoused since the college’s founding in 1965.” Continue reading

‘Restoring the Promise’ Review: High Cost, Low Yield

Posted on July 3, 2019

“We are at the end of an era in American higher education. It is an era that began in the decades after the Civil War, when colleges and universities gradually stopped being preparatory schools for ministers and lawyers and embraced the ideals of research and academic professionalism. It reached full bloom after World War II, when the spigots of public funding were opened in full, and eventually became an overpriced caricature of itself, bloated by a mix of irrelevance and complacency and facing declining enrollments and a contracting market. No one has better explained the economics of this decline—and its broad cultural effects—than Richard Vedder.”
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12 Trends Killing College

Posted on July 1, 2019

“Does college still matter? The Department of Education makes the case that college is more valuable than ever: Degree holders earn $1 million more that workers without postsecondary education and the innovation economy is likely to require a more educated workforce. But averages and projections hide the rapid loss of faith in higher education as the escalator to the middle class.” Continue reading