The Way of the Future: Southern New Hampshire University

January 3, 2014

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

What happens when a small, struggling university puts Clay Christensen on their board? Slate provides the answer: you go from almost folding to an online learning juggernaut.  We should keep an eye on the Open America project in particular. I imagine that this and similar projects might be especially attractive to home-school students, especially given the likelihood that Associates Degree > High School Diploma in the eyes of both the job market and college admissions officials.

Will the success of SNHU and similar ventures prompt one or more of the complacent players with a serious academic brand to move into this space?  The Slate article links to a report that says that a third of American universities have declining financial situations, so stay tuned…

Williamson: Evict the Rich!

August 30, 2013

(Guest post by Greg Forster)

If you’ve been waiting for the ultimate rejoinder to that ridiculous Slate article arguing that private schooling is evil, your wait is over. Kevin Williamson has a better idea: force rich white do-gooders to move to poor neighborhoods.

Lawyers, lawyers everywhere

October 27, 2010

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Four years ago or so I attended the graduation ceremony of Arizona State University’s law school. I remember thinking to myself that there were a rather large number of new attorneys walking across the stage. Later I was told that ASU is not considered a large law school,  and this was during the bubble years.

Now law students who went in hoping to wait the recession out are graduating heavily in debt and underemployed.

From the Slate article:

One Boston College Law School third-year—miraculously, still anonymous—begged for his tuition back in exchange for a promise to drop out without a degree, in an open letter to his dean published earlier this month. “This will benefit both of us,” he argues. “On the one hand, I will be free to return to the teaching career I left to come here. I’ll be able to provide for my family without the crushing weight of my law school loans. On the other hand, this will help BC Law go up in the rankings, since you will not have to report my unemployment at graduation to US News. This will present no loss to me, only gain: in today’s job market, a J.D. seems to be more of a liability than an asset.”

Hooo boy.