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May 10, 2011
 At a conference in Riyadh last month we were privileged to meet senior officials at the Ministry of Higher Education and hear and witness the extraordinary advances underway. It is difficult not to be dazzled by Saudi Arabia’s current investment in higher education.
May 10, 2011
One of the patterns I noticed while investigating sustainability-related academic programs at various institutions was that many of them seem to be offered by, or at least in conjunction with, departments of geography. That is, when the institution happens to have a department of geography.
May 10, 2011
“I’m not a communist,” I said cryptically to a class the other day after I’d come in and sat down. I stopped talking as if I intended to leave it there and began to take roll silently. “But…?” a sharp young guy said. His peers seemed ready to let such an odd declaration go by without comment.
May 9, 2011
The Department of Education has passed a rule requiring colleges that offer online courses to be licensed in every state in which they operate, if they want students to be eligible for financial aid.This is one of those cases in which a twenty-first century technology gets cut off at the knees by a twentieth- (or eighteenth-) century political structure.
May 9, 2011
In the next year we will see Kaltura, Ensemble, or ShareStream acquired by Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, or Cengage. The founders and early investors in at least one of these online video platform companies are going to do quite well for themselves. The publishing company that makes this acquisition as soon as possible, before the price gets too steep, will realize the highest return on its investment.
May 9, 2011
Here is part 2 of my interview with Joe Sabado. Joe shared a wealth of information about student affairs units and social media. And, the ever-present issue of "technology competency" is analyzed with a tremendous amount of thoughtfulness:Social media is being implemented by student affairs divisions all over the US. How is social media being used at UC Santa Barbara?
May 9, 2011
On the continuing theme of "what we're not able to imagine, we're very unlikely to do" --One of the unspoken truths at Greenback U is that new academic majors come about slowly. Not that it never happens, but it happens fairly rarely, and only after long preparation. The reasons are well understood and, at least subjectively, valid:
May 8, 2011
In my previous post, I noted that a lot of us can imagine the end of the world more readily than we can imagine a future which is different in much smaller ways. I think that's because while conventional wisdom can't rule out the possibility that all things can end, conventional wisdom is pretty well set on "this is the best way to do X". The way we're currently doing it is the only good way to do it. That's why we do it this way. Resistance is futile.
May 8, 2011
I’m obligated to post two corrections to my April 27th blog, "Buying Blackboard." The errors were clearly mine; the errors are annoying and embarrassing.Let’s begin with two corrections.



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