Skills Versus Degrees: The Administration Got This One Right

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist, Educational Policy Institute On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order that would allow the federal government to hire by merit rather than by degree. “Degree-based hiring is especially likely to exclude qualified candidates for jobs related to emerging technologies and those with weak connections between educational attainment and the skills or competencies required to perform them. … Continue reading Skills Versus Degrees: The Administration Got This One Right

Vote NO for Eliminating All Student Debt

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute So, let me get this right. I’ve ardently been against rescuing the college-going public against any government intervention to completely eliminate student debt. You can read my diatribes against Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in several Swail Letters (see at end of piece). Now, apparently, Joe Biden, who is a capable leader with a … Continue reading Vote NO for Eliminating All Student Debt

The Post COVID-19 Higher Education Landscape

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute Now that higher education has hit the pause button for a few months, it is prudent to consider what the “new” higher education will look like when it returns for a second run this fall. Will it simply look like it always has? Or will it morph into something slightly or radically different? If … Continue reading The Post COVID-19 Higher Education Landscape

Lock Him Up

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute “It’s just strange to me how many are overreacting” to the pandemic, Mr. Falwell said on “Fox & Friends” on March 10. “It makes you wonder if there is a political reason for that. Impeachment didn’t work and the Mueller report didn’t work and Article 25 didn’t work, and so maybe now this is … Continue reading Lock Him Up