Tag Archives: Education

Some thoughts on Coursera

For the last couple of months, we’ve been testing out Coursera. We’ve enrolled in courses like Greek and Roman Mythology, The Affordable Health Care Act, Introduction to Finance, History of the World Since 1300 and a few others. Here are … Continue reading

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Dropout Nation (PBS Frontline) Aired September 25th, 2012

Frontline aired an excellent piece about students (at a public high school in Houston) who are struggling with the pressure to stay in school and the forces that pull them away. Below is a preview. You can watch the full … Continue reading

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Daphne Koller gives a TED talk about Coursera

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More Free Education: Marginal Revolution University

The proliferation of free online education platforms continues. Today Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok (both economics professors at George Mason University) announced the launch of Marginal Revolution University, an online education platform for economics. From their blog: Here are a … Continue reading

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August 27th, 2012: Niall Ferguson on American Higher Ed.

…As a professor, I can see much that is wrong with our system – but not so much that I would advise a smart 18-year-old to skip college.  The real problem is not that our college system is failing.  The … Continue reading

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July 26th, 2012: For-Profit Shares Still Falling

  For-profit college company shares fell today after ITT Educational Services Inc. (ESI) and Strayer Education Inc. (STRA) said student enrollment declined in the second quarter. ITT Educational sank 15 percent at the close in New York to $42.78, the … Continue reading

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July 25th, 2012: 28 of the Top 50 Law Schools are Still Accepting Applications

In a sign of just how desperate things are on the law school admissions front, Paul Campos (Colorado) reports that 28 of the Top 50 law schools are still accepting applications for the IL class beginning in August, including 10 … Continue reading

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July 24th, 2012: “The College Education Shake Out Has Just Begun”

Have you invested in a for-profit college or training program? Get out while you can. The warning gun was sounded yesterday by DeVry (DV), which posted disappointing results and led the whole group downward. Investor David Einhorn was reportedly shorting … Continue reading

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What’s going on in California?

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June 29th, 2012: Degrees in Pop-Culture

Is it responsible to saddle a 23 year old with $20,000 of debt all for a degree in pop-culture? Offering them degrees in “pop culture” is perilously close to child abuse. Any academic or administrator who truly believes in both … Continue reading

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