Will your institution hold on through 2020?
Unless you are among the nation’s exclusive (and expensive) colleges and universities, you need to focus on affordability and curricular innovations, says Scott D. Miller, UB guest columnist and president of Virginia Wesleyan University. Those resistant to change are ignoring market realities that can combine to create the perfect storm—and lead to closure.
7 ways rightsizing (not downsizing) can help save colleges
Having the right size physical plant, workforce and programming can pay off—if you act now, says UB guest columnist Karen Gross, an advisor and consultant to nonprofit higher ed institutions, and a former president of Southern Vermont College.
Taking the lead
UB guest columnist Michael Bernstein addresses how higher ed institutions can align the work of faculty and students with the needs, goals and interests of their communities. They are in a position to take the lead on the pressing issue of water quality by leveraging cutting-edge research and tech, says Bernstein, who is interim president of Stony Brook U.
Future Shock: Disruptive thinking in a 21st-century design ecosystem
STEAM learning communities produce graduates with resilience, resourcefulness and ingenuity–and the kind of entrepreneurial spirit and disruptive thinking that drives design career success in the 21st century, says UB Future Shock columnist James E. Samels.
Formal higher education: Is it on its way out?
UB guest columnist Joan Marques says that while many people sign up for short, fast-paced, free courses online, we should not underestimate the value of maintaining formal and informal interactions in a college environment, where the common goal is to achieve upward mobility.
From active watching to interactive video learning
For Generation Z, video is about interaction—and not only the act of staring at a screen. Even though video is becoming a primary source of academic support, using YouTube links and so on, keeping learners engaged is a challenge that’s only expected to grow, says UB guest columnist Noa Oron.
Student loan debt continues to soar. When will schools be held accountable?
UB guest columnist Michael Brown says the student loan debt crisis in the U.S. is not an irreversible one, and fixing it starts and ends with the institutions that put us in this current mess due to inexplicable tuition rates.