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April 29, 2012
Government policies from the late 1990s have stimulated competition between existing universities in England and lowered the barriers to entry for new providers. This process has been accelerated under the coalition government which took office in 2010 — its 2011 White Paper sets out a number of measures intended, apparently, to encourage greater private sector involvement in English higher education – for example, by making it easier to gain a university title, and to remove legal impediments to private companies buying existing universities.
April 29, 2012
jcpenney, formerly J.C. Penney, is generating a lot of buzz this year. Forbes reports that company officials are revising their pricing, changing their logo, and redesigning the inside of their stores. They are trying to remain competitive by reinventing their brand. Higher education institutions are doing this as well.  
April 29, 2012
According to James A. Roberts, professor of marketing at Baylor, we have evolved into a nation of irresponsible spenders. The central thesis of Shiny Objects is that many of us have replaced traditional values of community, family, and hard work with those of thoughtless consumption. 
April 29, 2012
Nalo Hopkinson's latest YA novel, The Chaos, is a moving and fantastical examination of race, gender, bullying, slut-shaming, and identity. 
April 29, 2012
My son graduated from high school almost one year ago. He opted not to go to college. Of course, the economy makes this a particularly challenging time for a young kid with no work experience and no college degree.  
April 29, 2012
Elizabeth's April 25 post about Nick's uncertain academic future moved me strongly, in part because of the excellent writing and in part because we have had many of those nail-biting moments in Ben's history. He is one of those students who seems destined to give teachers TMJ; a gifted underachiever, as his mother was before him.
April 29, 2012
This is the season.  Winter gray is replaced by the color of spring and the blank spots on my schedule are filled with more and more end of the semester, as well as end of the academic year, activities.  Plus my school board activities also escalate as the Board works to provide a clear understanding of the proposed budget before the community votes and hopefully approves the budget.
April 28, 2012
My semester has ended with its usual whimper.
April 28, 2012
About a month ago, I decided I'd had my fill of the Silicon Valley tech blogs.  I can't even remember what triggered it -- a thousand different blog posts, all saying the same thing about the latest iPad probably.  So I unsubscribed to all the tech blogs in my feeds.  And one month later...?



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