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  • Phillip shared from Checklist for Change: Making American Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise by Robert Zemsky
    The sheer magnitude of federal funds and the fact that the federal government has become higher education’s third-party payer have had one more impact on higher education’s capacity to change itself.
    Note: The impact of federal financial aid policy & funding has worked to prevent the need & reasons to change & experiment w/ new learning models. There is little reason to invest in alternative programs of instruction or try new calendars (e.g., a cohort entrance systems)Does a financing model that draws all funding from the feds, plus guarantees low interest federal loans makes change harder?
  • Phillip shared from Checklist for Change: Making American Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise by Robert Zemsky
    The University of Chicago’s Robert Hutchens argued that “colleges and universities will find themselves converted into educational hobo jungles. . . . [E]ducation is not a device for coping with mass unemployment.” Harvard’s James B. Conant lamented that the G.I. Bill failed “to distinguish between those who can profit most from advanced education and those who cannot,” which led him to despair that “we may find the least capable among the war generation . . . flooding the facilities for advanced education.”
    Note: The class biases were profound in the late 40's in the US.Really liking Zemksy's book.
  • Phillip shared from Checklist for Change: Making American Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise by Robert Zemsky
    For more than a century, American higher education has followed a consistent democratizing trend. Beginning with the Land Grant Act of 1862 and reinforced by the G.I. Bill of Rights after World War II, the colleges have been on a steady course toward greater egalitarianism. . . . Now for the first time, it’s in danger of being turned around. The rising cost of going to college makes it increasingly difficult for all but the affluent or the completely subsidized poor to attend the expensive campuses. (New York Times 1972)
    Note: From the NYT in 1972 - the transformation of higher ed in the US had already begun.
  • Phillip shared from Checklist for Change: Making American Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise by Robert Zemsky
    desire to be left alone to do their own thing, faculty bear as little responsibility for one another as possible. They are first and foremost individuals: to change what they do collectively first requires changing what each of them does separately.
    Note: For academics to do something as a group means the changing behaviour of each & every individual.
  • Phillip shared from Checklist for Change: Making American Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise by Robert Zemsky
    UNH’s new strategic plan
    Note: UNH prez in 2011 speech to state senate is worth reading. Faculty reaction - devastating conflict.
(Cambrdige, MA United States)
Phillip D. Long