Subvert U.

Many U.S. states are facing declining secondary school enrollment or are projecting shortfalls in the number of residents holding postsecondary credentials compared to future employer needs and workforce demands. These forecasted challenges are magnified as an increasing share of careers require postsecondary credentials or degrees (Carnevale, Smith, & Strohl, 2013). Many states and organizations have […]

To Lead or To Follow?

Across the United States, millions of adults have completed some postsecondary coursework, but not earned a degree or credential. A 2016 U.S. Census report (Ryan & Bauman, 2016) estimated that 17.4 percent of the working-age population of 25 to 54 years of age possessed some college credit but had not attained a postsecondary degree. Similarly, […]

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I have always been particularly fond of this colloquial saying. I’m not quite sure when my affinity for it emerged, but particularly in my professional career, I have found it to be a useful internal mantra for affecting change in an organization. It feels especially appropriate in the context of educational organizations and particularly applicable […]

The increasing influence of social media in higher education policy

In the early days of Twitter, I sat in a academic meeting beside the chair of a university’s English department. The topic was a contentious one and the room was filled with a fair amount of disdain between faculty and administrators. I looked to my immediate right to see the chairperson live tweeting the (presumably […]

Narratives from the Admissions “Game”

Having worked in college and university admissions for most of my professional career, friends, family, family friends and friends of friends often reach out for counsel on the admission process. I am often at a loss for words. It’s difficult to describe the process and particularly the outcomes these days. And the recent athletics-admissions scandal […]