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October 18, 2011
The fall in enrolment levels in Poland expected for 2025 is the highest in Europe, and comparable in the OECD area only to Korea and Japan (OECD volume on Higher Education to 2030). In one scenario that Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin presents, enrolments in 2025 are expected to fall to 55% of the 2005 levels or dwindle by almost one million students. In Europe only Spain and Germany can expect decreases of significant magnitude by 2025 (Spain by 342.000 and Germany by 209.000).
October 18, 2011
This was supposed to be a post about service. I was struck that last week’s post didn’t receive many comments — and my post about soccer parents and cross-country parents did — and I was going to write about that.But when I was supposed to be writing the post I was actually in a meeting. And then in the meeting, I was interrupted by a text from my son — but maybe let’s start at the beginning.
October 17, 2011
This piece in the Washington Post -- sent along by a few alert readers -- inadvertently draws attention to one of the consistent dilemmas of established colleges trying to make change.
October 17, 2011
Before we get to OpenClass, and my re-posting Senior Pearson VP Adrian Sannier's answers about our IHE community OpenClass questions, a quick note about the potential for this sort of dialogue. Inside Higher Ed has given us all this huge gift of aggregating a passionate community, providing high quality reporting and analysis that allows us to have an informed conversation, and of opening up a platform in which we can have an open and sustained dialogue.
October 16, 2011
Our era of ‘global urbanization’ -- one where the majority of the world’s population now lives in ‘urban’ areas – raises some interesting opportunities and challenges for higher education systems and institutions.
October 16, 2011
Sometimes I take questions from readers, but today I have a question for you.My college will bring its first full-time Instructional Designer on board soon.For those of who have worked with instructional designers on your campuses, what should we try to encourage? What should we be extra careful to avoid?
October 16, 2011
Suddenly tenure is within my grasp. I am a scholar who has done everything wrong (according to the academic standards). I was born a woman (!), I choose to study literature (not a lot of career opportunities), I decided to focus on popular culture (the horror of it) and showed an interest in historical romances and chick lit (disaster) and then I aged (never a good thing). When I started my doctoral studies in Sweden in the 1990s I had a lot of confidence and a lot of fight in me. I had taken every course in gender studies and feminist theory that was available at that time.
October 16, 2011
The 2010 Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce study of “Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018” concluded that “by 2018 we will need 22 million new college degrees- but will fall short of that number by at least 3 million postsecondary degrees, Associate or better.” Furthermore, the report states “we will need at least 4.7 million new workers with postsecondary certificates. “ The report comes to two other conclusions, all conclusions that will not surprise the higher education community.
October 16, 2011
As of this writing, (10/16 at 1:30pm), no one from Pearson has engaged the IHE community in our discussion about OpenClass. The OpenClass website does not have a place for discussion.
October 16, 2011
Last week, our family traveled to Belgium for a brief vacation. We hadn't seen much of Ben for the previous several weeks. He was busy with the start of school, his girlfriend and other friends, his band, and soccer. One reason I was looking forward to this trip was the prospect of spending time with him.

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