Perspectives from Down Under

By Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO, Educational Policy Institute MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – I have had the fortune and pleasure over the past few weeks to spend time in New Zealand and Australia. The main attraction was the annual Australia Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) Conference in Christchurch, New Zealand, where Ian Dobson, EPI’s Australasia Director, and myself were conducting a series of workshops on student retention … Continue reading Perspectives from Down Under

Re-Tooling Student Aid

By Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO, Educational Policy Institute Yesterday, the College Board released a new report entitled Fulfilling the Commitment: Recommendations for Reforming Federal Student Aid. This project, a partnership of the College Board, The Spencer Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education, and The Mellon Foundation, is, in part, a reaction to the Spellings Commission of the last year. No one is satisfied with the … Continue reading Re-Tooling Student Aid

And Education is… Forgotten

By Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO of Educational Policy Institute and EPI International Unless you’ve been holed up in your 1950s-era bomb shelter (or in Indiana Jones lead-lined refrigerator!), the last week has been non-stop politics, with a quick entertainment break called Hurricane Gustav. I can’t remember the last time two conventions were back-to-back, but I’m guessing that the media needs a break. Poor Wolfie. He … Continue reading And Education is… Forgotten

The Bell Curve Under a Different Cover

By Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO, Educational Policy Institute In yesterday’s USA Today, Mary Beth Marklein interviews The Bell Curve author Charles Murray about his new book, Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Brining America’s Schools Back to Reality. Murray, in typical fashion, is set to cause an uproar across higher education, especially at open admissions schools, about the role and place of higher education. … Continue reading The Bell Curve Under a Different Cover

Another Conversation About Money

By Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO, Educational Policy Institute Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That’s how rich I want to be. Rita Rudner – a non-education expert from Harrah’s, Las Vegas, NV Ah yes, money makes the world go ‘round. We all want it, we all work for it, and we all spend … Continue reading Another Conversation About Money