Is This the Time to Right-Size Higher Education?

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute Last night, the Senate was unable to pass an $1.8 billion stimulus bill over a variety of issues, some of which are known and some not. Of those we know, included was the Democrats sense that there is not adequate funding to protect and support higher education. A second issue is the level of … Continue reading Is This the Time to Right-Size Higher Education?

Telling the Truth About Returns to Education

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute I’ve documented the returns to education for several decades, in terms of personal, family, and household income. These data have been used largely to showcase the returns to a higher education and make the case that the cost of a college degree, especially a bachelor’s degree, is worth it. Alas, it remains true that … Continue reading Telling the Truth About Returns to Education

What will be the Ripple Effect of COVID-19 on Higher Education?

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute If you aren’t getting much information on COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, you must either be living in a cage or are currently under quarantine. The news and discussion is everywhere, as it should be given the seriousness of this global health issue. According to Global Health Now, COVID-19 is more contagious than … Continue reading What will be the Ripple Effect of COVID-19 on Higher Education?

Yelp for Higher Ed? Please No…

I just read an article in the Chronicle Vitae last week titled Why We Need a Yelp for Doctoral Programs, by Leonard Cassuto of Fordham University (December 19, 2019). His thesis is that prospective students and funders could benefit from a Yelp-like web directory of doctoral programs, complete with comments from students and alumnus about the quality of their graduate program. Cassuto argues (correctly) that … Continue reading Yelp for Higher Ed? Please No…