The President and the Elephant (and college costs)

By Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute/EPI International This week, President Obama unveiled new programs to alleviate the debt burden on college and university students. The first program allows students to consolidate all their college loans into one, US Department of Education Direct Loan. Although the Department is the only originator of student loans in the US since 2010, there are still … Continue reading The President and the Elephant (and college costs)

The Financial Woes of Higher Education

By Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute/EPI International While I typically write about the affordability problems related to higher education, this week I am tackling the other side of the dilemma: the infrastructure and financial problems facing institutions and systems of higher education in the United States. Just yesterday, two articles appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education regarding financial issues. The … Continue reading The Financial Woes of Higher Education

Why Steve Jobs Matters

By Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, EPI International/Educational Policy Institute As I sit in front of my iMac 27”, which sits on my workplace next to my MacBook Air 13”, my iPad 2, and my iPhone 4, I realize that Steve Jobs has had unbelievable influence on my life. I figure I have bought about 25 Apple hardware products over the last 10 years. … Continue reading Why Steve Jobs Matters

Guns, Guns, Guns

by Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute Later today, the President will unveil his gun control plans, which are expected to be broad-sweeping and intrusive. The challenge is that a majority of the nation will think they aren’t extensive enough, while a large minority will claim that the law is violates their constitutional rights via the second amendment. This current gun control conversation … Continue reading Guns, Guns, Guns

A Post-Hoc Analysis of the 2006 Spellings Commission Report on Higher Education

By Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute/EPI International This morning, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article on The Spellings Commission of five years ago, noting, in former North Carolina Governor James Hunt’s words: “One of the most important reports in the educational and economic history of our country-if we act on it.” Five years later, little has been done to … Continue reading A Post-Hoc Analysis of the 2006 Spellings Commission Report on Higher Education