Now That’s Model Behavior

Posted on August 16, 2017

As we’ve been known to say around – Life Happens. Stuff gets in the way and something – or somethings – just eludes us. Higher education is often atop that list for reasons we are all aware of: cost; loss of time; distractions; unplanned events; other priorities on a day to day basis.They are all real, human issues that truly stand between us and where we always hoped or thought we’d be. But, what if? What if you looked around – at your spouse and your children and your life – and just said YES? Continue reading

Out of High School Into Real Life

Posted on August 8, 2017

Reading the comments of the teenagers who are not going to college reminds that an 18 or 19-year-old is not really ready for, as the Times puts it, real life. They know they’re faced with decisions that will affect their life, but it’s clear they’re a bit afraid of these decisions. I contrast that with what I suppose the college-bounders are thinking albeit subconsciously: Off to college, and I can still play at being a kid another few years; no big real-life decisions for me – yet.

Why Aren’t Students Showing Up For College?

Posted on August 5, 2017

A little secret – this is virtually every college and university’s nightmare: they recruit potential students, make decisions about those individual’s lives (with or without their participation), convince them to apply, register and enroll…and the student doesn’t show up. No ass in the seat. Nobody in the bed. No money from the government, banks or the student. This is why the platform is so important – it puts the prospective student (beginning or returning) on equal footing with the schools from day one.

The Culling of Higher Ed Begins

Posted on August 2, 2017

How can this be a surprise when two large for-profits – ITT and Corinthian – close down? Sure, there have been a few small private colleges, almost all nonprofits, close or merge, but the bulk of the “missing” schools are accounted for with ITT and Corinthian closings. And in my opinion two things have happened as a result, one good and one bad. The good thing that has happened is the worst of the bad guys In higher-ed are not around anymore to sully those who follow the rules and behave ethically and morally. The bad thing is that thousands of students suffered as did blameless employees of the closed schools.

Adults Regret Their College Education Decisions

Posted on July 28, 2017


What’s the big news here? Seems almost everyone regrets one thing or another about their life, their job, and the choices they made regarding their education. A Harris Interactive survey determined 45% of Americans like their jobs but 33% feel they are at a dead end in their career and 21% are eager to change jobs. Other surveys – Googled just now by me – show that people everywhere are unhappy with their jobs, including 55% in the U.K., 50% in Canada and a whopping 50% in the USA. So…none of these regrets or unhappiness with a job or career path is a surprise. Maybe this will help.

Helping Career Education Become a First Choice

Posted on July 25, 2017

California’s migration of focus in community colleges from more general studies to those focused on career and technical education and development is a model that should be tracked closely. Whether community colleges are “free” – or continue to be priced, as compared to four year institutions, at a nominal rate – is not the issue here. Rather, their attention to outcomes and economic benefits for individuals, institutions and the state itself is worthy of consideration across the remaining 49 states.

When Life Happens – Take Back Control

Posted on July 24, 2017

There are tens of millions of Americans who are, right now, thinking about their lives. All too many are focused on those things that didn’t go as planned; and an awful lot of those things have to do with money, jobs and education. We all want – and, in many cases, need – more money for ourselves and our families. We also know that a better job often helps address that first issue. And, like it or not, the third – education – is typically a key to both. Continue reading