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Book Rec: “University Inc.: The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education” by Jennifer Washburn

Jennifer Washburn does a fantastic job of chronically the growing role of commercial interests in America’s public higher education system, especially in regards to technology transfer. Washburn, a freelance journalist, employs a journalistic/expose’ style to tell a compelling story about the ethical dilemmas inherent … Continue reading

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Book Rec: “Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard” – Chip Heath & Dan Heath

It’s no secret that higher education is undergoing an incredible amount of change at the current moment. Technological innovations (some would say disruption), decreasing federal & state support, rising tuition, demographic shifts, and a philanthropically funded national completion agenda are … Continue reading

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Book Rec: The History of Higher Education in Louisiana- Curtis Manning

Curtis Manning’s “The History of Higher Education in Louisiana” is, yes, very Louisiana-specific. But even if you don’t live, work or otherwise have any interest in the colorful political and educational history of Louisiana, the book is still a great case … Continue reading

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Book Rec: “The Coming Jobs War” – Jim Clifton

“The coming world war is an all-out war for good jobs.” This is how Chairman of Gallup Jim Clifton begins his 2011 book entitled “The Coming Jobs War.” It surely gets your attention! In this book, Clifton argues that: 1) … Continue reading

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Book Rec: “Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Colleges and Universities” -Mark C. Taylor

Taylor’s “Crisis on Campus” is a critique of the structure of American higher education as we know it today. He argues that this structure, which is based upon out-dated societal models, has led to a lack of quality, waining relevance, un-affordability, and decreased accesibility. He … Continue reading

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Book Rec: “Higher Education? How Colleges are Wasting our Money and Failing Our Kids- and What We Can Do About It” by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus

Despite being a bit “preachy,” the book makes some good points and backs them up with fairly reliable data. The main premise of the book is that American higher education has, to put it simply, lost touch with its roots. … Continue reading

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Book Rec: “Too Big to Know” by David Weinberger

Although this book is not written specifically about higher education, its premise is completely applicable to data management in colleges and universities, as well as to the way post-secondary students will learn in the future. The main thesis of the … Continue reading

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