Remember “Scared Straight,” that late-1970s documentary in which prison inmates warned juvenile delinquents against turning to a life of crime? Watch Buzzfeed’s take for the college crowd: “Scared Straight: Liberal Arts Edition.” You can guess what happens: Down-and-out college grads with arts and humanities degrees get in the faces of a crop of liberal-arts students, yelling Read more

Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg writes in The Huffington Post why he disagrees with North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s recent remarks on how he’s drafting legislation to change higher-education funding. In essence, the Republican governor said he wants college funding “not based upon how many butts in seats but how many of those butts can Read more

“… We should be able to say exactly where the students who crossed the stage and shook the President’s hand at the last commencement are six months later:  what percent have jobs, what percent have gone on to graduate or professional school, what percent are doing other things and what those things are. This information Read more

In this video on the installation of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system Chancellor Steven Rosenstone at the Capitol last week, Gov. Mark Dayton mentions a Winona business leader telling him technical colleges shouldn’t be teaching history. Instead, they should be teaching current and future events. (Future events?) Not having seen the whole speech, Read more

In late July I wondered why wording in recent Minnesota higher-ed legislation was so narrowly focused on meeting the needs of the state’s employers — and was practically silent about whether education should make students well-rounded citizens. Yesterday, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) trustee Cheryl Dickson apparently wondered, too — and began a short Read more