Groundhog Day In Higher Education

“It’s nice … People like it.” –Rita (Andie McDowel) “People like blood sausage too… People are morons.”  -Phil Connors (Bill Murray) We wake up, day after day and year after year, to the same higher education. The world is changing at light speed — there were no Snap Chats, iPhones, or Teslas a decade ago – but on-campus higher education just stays the same. Continue reading at:  https://unitedmintcampus.com/groundhog-day-in-higher-education/

what we talk about when we talk about global higher ed

THE BIG IDEA As part of my for-profit, make-a-living activities, I have been involved in developing a global experiential education city (www.intlcampus.com pw:turnkey). Over the past few years, the project has grown both in scale and in ambition. Its generation looks something like this: You have probably noticed echoes of this journey in my blog, via ruminations on the multi-directional campus, flipped campus, experiential study abroad, etc. Two years of hard work later, I am more excited about this project than ever. Our global experiential education city will host branch campuses of universities from (almost) every continent….

Top 33 Global Higher Education Resources

Finding global higher education resources – case studies, market research, policy white papers – can be a challenge. If you are looking to dig into this broad and complex topic, I hope that this list will save you many days of searching. It is a result of several years of combing the internet for the most insightful materials on global higher ed, while doing research for my book on a global university concept. A big THANK YOU to all those on the list. Your visionary work has laid a foundation for the most important conversations in…

My response to the The Atlantic article on the Minerva Project

It is easy to get excited about the Minerva Project. Finally a story about courageous and extreme innovation in higher ed – an actual reinvention of the liberal arts experience (read article here).  First, the biggest turn ons: Challenging, engaging and highly-interactive curriculum Considering the four years of summer camp that is much of liberal arts education today (I’m not just basing it on my own experience – the average college student studies only 14 hours per week), it is refreshing to see a rigorous curriculum that is actually interested in engaging and challenging students. It…

Check Out My Presentation at the Global Education Conference – Wednesday, 11AM EST

How American Higher Education is Missing Out on the Global Pie – Wednesday, November 19th at 11AM EST Join the presentation here: link Join the conference here: link I will be discussing my bread and butter: Global Higher Ed and how awesome it can be. I will also intoduce my First Global University concept and discuss what a global university of the future looks like. The most exciting part of this presentation is that all the pieces required for a scaled global university already exist. We just need to find the right recipe to put them…

Global Demand for American Higher Education is Totally Inelastic

During 2008-2009, the worst years of the global economic crisis, when the sub-prime mortgage collapse became a fiscal meltdown and sent the global economy reeling, how did the public/private university sector fare? According to Moody’s, one of the two largest global credit rating agencies, during this fiscally brutal time “universities demonstrate a countercyclical ability to increase student enrollments during recessions… and offer long term potential for increasing revenue diversity”. Even the non-premium for-profit education sector showed considerable strength through the recession. Historically, international student enrollment growth trends in U.S. universities have powered through any and…

What is the global demand for American higher education? Everybody Wants It! I dare you to prove me wrong.

Let us broadly define demand for premium international education by the globally mobile post-secondary student base, which is now more than four million and projected to grow to more than eight million in the next ten years. These are students who can afford to leave their country of origin in search of premium options. What percentage of this group “demands” a U.S. education? What percentage wants it? These are moot questions. It’s a question of ninety-nine percent or ninety-five percent — not thirty, fifty or seventy percent. They all want the best.  There are some…

The For-profit Not-for-profit Paradox

The traditional not-for-profit American universities, both public and private, are responsible for creating the stellar academic reputation and the unique campus and student life experience that define American higher education. Many in this category command sprawling campuses, world-class research departments, expansive sports programs and wealthy endowments. Judging by these metrics, it would be easy to assume that these institutions are best positioned to invest into the most cutting edge educational technology, advance the most exciting innovations, and globalize American education delivery. The younger for-profit higher education industry, on the other hand, has shown the ability…