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The Crisis in Higher Education

Originally Posted On: technologyreview.com Online versions of college courses are attracting hundreds of thousands of students, millions of dollars in funding, and accolades from university administrators. Is this a fad, or is higher education…

Amazon's HR Gaffe Demonstrates Important Points

Originally Posted On: informationweek.com Amazon recently proved it isn't infallible when it shut down a human resources system that was systematically biased against women. However, there's more to the story that today's enterprise leaders…

The Hot New Gen-Z Trend Is Skipping College

Originally Posted On: vice.com High schoolers are weighing the benefits of blue-collar trades at a time when well-paying jobs—and no debt—are hard to pass up. This story appears in VICE Magazine's Power and Privilege Issue. Click HEREto…

Why We Should Stop Conflating Human and Machine Intelligence

Originally Posted On: singularityhub.com It’s common to hear phrases like ‘machine learning’ and ‘artificial intelligence’ and believe that somehow, someone has managed to replicate a human mind inside a computer. This, of course,…

Don’t Dismiss the Value of Free-College Programs. They Do Help Low-Income Students

Originally Posted On: chronicle.com Written By: Sara Goldrick-Rab and Michelle Miller-Adams Separate reports released this week by respected Washington-based think tanks miss the mark on the free-college question. The Education Trust’s…

IT Technician Pathway Leads to High-Paying Jobs in California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steve Wright Information Communication Technologies-Digital Media Sector Navigator California Community Colleges [email protected] ROCKLIN, Calif. — There’s never been a better time to enter the IT…

Is Higher Ed Omnivorous or Sucked Dry?

Originally Posted On: chronicle.com Written By: Cathy N. Davidson In a recent Chronicle Review essay with the clickbait headline (which the authors did not write) "Why the University’s Insatiable Appetite Will Be Its Undoing,"…

Don’t Let Prestige Bias Keep You From Applying to Community Colleges

Originally Posted On: chronicle.com Written By: Rob Jenkins Last spring The Chronicle published an advice column on "5 Big-Picture Mistakes New Ph.D.s Make on the Job Market." Allow me to add No. 6: They don’t consider applying…

California Mayors Cyber Cup Creates Partnerships Between Government, Education, and Industry for Cybersecurity Career Pathways

What’s the best part about winning a competition? The trophy, of course. But in the case of the California Mayors Cyber Cup, the winning teams took just as much pride in giving the trophy as they did in receiving one.  The California Mayors…

Do More in Less Time with Compression Planning

“Have you ever heard of ‘Death by Planning Session?’ That’s when committees take 6 weeks to come up with a solution and 18 months later they’re still at it.”  The 7-step visual Compression Planning system helps leaders who feel…

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