College Access, Equity, and the Tower of Babel

by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist NOTE: I wrote this before learning of the brutal elementary school shooting in Texas this week. Much of what I write here, about left and right, also applies to our inability to do anything about gun safety and control in the US. The tragedies will continue, unfortunately. I recently read Jonathan Haidt’s piece in The Atlantic, … Continue reading College Access, Equity, and the Tower of Babel

College Rankings, Big Business, and Fraud

by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist CLICK HERE for an audio version on Spotify Yesterday, a jury in Pennsylvania found a former dean of the Temple University School of Business guilty on fraud related to falsifying information for the US News & World Report Best Colleges ranking system, arguably the largest and most utilized ranking system in the world. According to InsideHigherEd.com, … Continue reading College Rankings, Big Business, and Fraud

A Reconsideration of the Three-Year Degree

by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist In this morning’s InsideHigherEd.com, Emma Whitford writes about “A New Push to Create a 3-Year Degree Option.” In it, she quotes work by Penn Research Bob Zemsky and University of Minnesota researcher Lori Carrell on work they are doing on this issue. As Zemsky is quoted, “We did not ask people to commit to doing a three-year … Continue reading A Reconsideration of the Three-Year Degree

Bloodsport: Recruiting for Public Universities

by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist Interesting piece in InsideHigherEd.com this morning by Scott Jaschik about the recruitment activities of public universities. A recent study out of UCLA suggests that many public universities spend more time recruiting out-of-state compared to in state. The study authors suggest that much of this is because our devolved higher education system requires students to search out … Continue reading Bloodsport: Recruiting for Public Universities

The Constitution: Shackles to Progress?

by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist Throughout the 350+ years since the Revolutionary War and the establishment of the United States of America, the Constitution, drafted a decade later, established a map for the values and principles upon which this nation was founded. In the intervening years, only 27 amendments have been made to the Constitution, although more than 11,000 amendments have … Continue reading The Constitution: Shackles to Progress?