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Academic Outsider on a Mission

How an off-shore, for-profit institution is helping to solve the nursing school seat shortage in the U.S.

By age 63, I had become a successful, wealthy entrepreneur many times over. Incensed that the son of an employee had been denied admission to medical school despite having adequate credentials, I decided to open my own institution.

A Taste of Open Source

This CIO says to drink the Kool-Aid, but as part of a balanced diet.

Open source is like solar energy. I'm absolutely, 100 percent in favor of it where and when it's viable. You should be, too. In cases where it isn't a good bet, I swallow my pride, compromise my values, and keep paying my electric bills.

When Will They Learn?

A professor offers his take on the dangers of technology use.

When I first began teaching at Queensborough Community College 34 years ago, I had a student who was a grade-school teacher. The first generation of kids exposed to "educational television" was entering his classroom. Are they better students, I asked? Is this great pedagogical experiment a success?

Improving Our Discourse on For-Profit Colleges

These schools are playing critical roles in higher education.

Most discussions on the rise of for-profit colleges begin and end with an arbitrary moral judgment that there's something inherently wrong with for-profit colleges, or an unfounded assertion that these institutions offer inferior academic programs.

The Business of Being Ready

In times of crisis, an institution and its surrounding community become one.

The anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist strikes will always be a sad and bitter one. Yet in the years since, that tragedy has given rise to some serious introspective thought about the roles we play as individuals, communities, businesses, and institutions of higher education during emergency situations.

Open Courseware Is Here. Where Are You?

MIT started it, but surely other IHEs can reap the benefits of the open educational resource.

In April 2001, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology seized the high ground in the debates about the ownership of intellectual property associated with the teaching and learning process. MIT's president, Charles Vest, announced the OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative, with the support of $11 million in funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

WebCT in Utopia

How Dante, iPods, and the Lilliputians led to e-learning enlightenment at one university.

Spending Other People's Money

Public university administrators and their budgets.

Emerging Trends in Technology

The Application Service Provider Model in Higher Education

Signing on to ESIGN

Electronic signatures bring new convenience to admissions and financial aid transactions

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