Addressing our Higher Education Woes

by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute I am stunned how many really bright people still want to fix college during the college years. OK, let’s back up. What do I mean? The biggest challenges with college, with regard to college access and completion, occur way, way before a student approaches matriculation. College access is fundamentally about academic preparation. All other … Continue reading Addressing our Higher Education Woes

How Much Mathematics is Enough?

By Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO of Educational Policy Institute and EPI International The National Council on Education & the Economy, the organization led by Marc Tucker, released a series of new reports on Tuesday called What Does it Really Mean to be College and Career Ready? The reports, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and focusing on mathematics and English, explore what is … Continue reading How Much Mathematics is Enough?

The Right of Passage: A Day in the Life of a College Graduate

By Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO of Educational Policy Institute and EPI International It’s 7:30am. We’re supposed to be at the Ohio Stadium to begin security screening for today’s commencement exercise for The Ohio State University. Before the afternoon is over, over 12,000 degrees will be conferred in front of approximately 70,000 people.  Over 70,000 people at Ohio State University’s Graduation, May 5, 2013. Today is … Continue reading The Right of Passage: A Day in the Life of a College Graduate

Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

by Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO of Educational Policy Institute and EPI International This morning, an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, titled Why Professors at San Jose State Won’t Use a Harvard Professor’s MOOC, illustrates an upcoming shootout at the MOOC Corral. San Jose State University professors are rejecting a Harvard MOOC course that is being forced upon them by the administration. In a … Continue reading Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Why We May Not be the Envy of the World

 By Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy  Institute/EPI International Earlier this week, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria wrote a piece in Time Magazine (also in a segment on CNN) titled The Thin Envelope Crisis about US Higher education with consideration of the letters that are currently going out to over one million students regarding their acceptance or rejection. As Zakaria says, “For all the problems with … Continue reading Why We May Not be the Envy of the World