Reflections on 20 Years of College Teaching

least for students, as it should be, but still the real world.

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Thinking Through Degree Choices

I’ve blogged a few times about the topic of choosing a college and degree over the past three years (on April 13 twice and Nov. 3 of 2013; Sept. 9, 2014), but I’m going to try to reframe the topic here in terms of three central questions: What are the emotional facets of your decision to chooseContinue reading “Thinking Through Degree Choices”

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Interview: Classroom to Boardroom

Tim Muma recently interviewed me for an LJN Radio podcast, “Classroom to Boardroom: Why Are Students Inadequately Prepared for the Workforce?” The podcast is now available online through the LJN Radio Network website. It should be up on iTunes by mid January. Tim had previously read on this blog the article “What Employers Expect fromContinue reading “Interview: Classroom to Boardroom”

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Some Tough Questions about Picking a Major

Beth Braverman’s “Controversial College Rankings a Huge Influence,” recently published in┬áThe Fiscal Times, asserts what is becoming the new conventional wisdom about getting a college degree: a college education needs to be understood as an economic investment, and the most common ranking measures don’t take that into account. The main concern here is “return onContinue reading “Some Tough Questions about Picking a Major”

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Understanding Four- vs. Six-Year College Graduation Rates

If you’ve been shopping for colleges you might have read about four and six year graduation rates. These rates are indicators of what percentage of entering freshmen finish college four years after starting and what percentage finish six years after starting. Graduation rates beyond six years aren’t followed very closely, as most students finish within six years orContinue reading “Understanding Four- vs. Six-Year College Graduation Rates”

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