From the Dean’s Blog

Rankings galore

July 22, 2015
Rankings galore

College rankings have become big business.  There are numerous media and other organizations that have jumped in to create their own rankings, each with a unique methodology.  In 2013 President Obama announced that the federal government would get into the college ratings business as well.  After almost two years of effort, and the release...
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Don’t craft student loan policy based on Governor O’Malley’s experience

July 22, 2015
Don’t craft student loan policy based on Governor O’Malley’s experience

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley recently declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president, challenging front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Among his key proposals as a candidate are to offer students in public colleges and universities “debt-free college” and for states “to immediately freeze...
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The state of teacher education in our nation

June 23, 2015
The state of teacher education in our nation

The Journal of Teacher Education recently solicited from me and other deans of colleges of education the answers to a series of question regarding the state of teacher education in the country.  JTE is the flagship journal of the American Association of Colleges for...
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Awarding financial aid to students earlier

June 10, 2015
Awarding financial aid to students earlier

Grants and scholarships are critical for helping many students afford college.  Data from the College Board show that the largest single grant program, the federal government’s Pell Grant program,...
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Why I won’t sign the petition to cancel all student debt

May 18, 2015
Why I won’t sign the petition to cancel all student debt

As I have written in the past, a lot of attention is currently being paid to the topic of student loan debt in the United States (a couple of...
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The “End of College”? Not so fast

April 1, 2015
The “End of College”?  Not so fast

A recently-published book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere, by New American educational analyst Kevin Carey, has received a lot of...
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