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Special report: Higher education’s existential crisis Axios

all classes. super important, especially when read in tandem with the reports re: student debt shared previously. also important to remember this — yes i focus on higher ed because for now this is the business i am in, and this is the realm that you are a part of — but the patterns affecting the business of higher ed are connected with broader, global and national forces we have unleashed — either by deliberate policy choices (divestment in education, transferring debt to individual students, hollowing out of middle to lower middle classes ….) and/or unintended consequences of our full embrace of globalisation (high tech, consumerism as an ideology/religion, formal higher ed as the only credentialing ….) as leaders of the future, and global citizens, all issues worth studying. for Poli Sci, a larger parallel to the concept i introduced re: digital reality mismatched with our analog polity …. Professor Liang

Special report: Higher education’s existential crisis Axios

https://www.axios.com/colleges-universities-crisis-e437549e-b5ad-4e6c-8bab-f32db1065d14.html

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How They (Online Graduate Programs) Get You: The Atlantic

all classes. i am decades and decades away from being a millennial, yet i share your apparent aversion to talking on the phone …. practical and theoretical at once. hundreds of you have sadly sat in my office and suffered my nagging advice (sorrynotsorry ….) — much as i love education, i am super careful about money, and skeptical of postgraduate programs — especially the ones with super neat names. it’s not so much that postgraduate programs are good or bad, but i understand debt, and i understand the higher ed business. so generally you get to endure me deliver the cautionary tales and counsel great care and caution before investing the time and money. here is a really good, specific angle to understand a part of my overall skepticism. on the theoretical — world history and globalisation both. once consumerism as an ideology envelopes the universe, everything — every imaginable thing — becomes monetised and commodified — time, labor, widgets, knowledge, education …. and anything monetised and commodified can and must be marketed. the nature of the globalised economic system is that if the structure doesn’t invent-create-hype (over)consumption, then the structure itself collapses. and so, while in a more traditional sense it feels awful to have something special like education get dragged into this system, on the other hand, why should it surprise any of us at all? Professor Liang

How They (Online Graduate Programs) Get You

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/08/online-graduate-programs-recruitment/596077/

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Many professors say that teaching students how to email them properly is a necessary gift that keeps on giving: Inside Higher Education

all classes. so called soft skills, when you boil it all down, are less about “rules” and far more about a habit of mind — it’s about thinking of others as much as we think of ourselves. if you go through the class documents and underline every single rule and reminder involving thinking of others, i suspect you would have much of what i have written underlined. second important facet of these skills is that they must become a natural part of who you are — i.e., they cannot be faked or manufactured. so, it takes time to practice. the problem with rules and “how-to” lists is that, by my observation, they tend to induce anxiety, and when given to one another without deeper contexts, they are difficult to remember and to be made personally meaningful. this is why we will spend so much of the semester sharing with one another examples, experiences, stories. finally, an important point about these skills — they are universal, without regard for age and station in life. so yes, Inside Higher Ed is a publication for professors, and yes, how to write a proper professional letter is an important skill for students to learn. but as many of you have already discovered, no matter how busy i am, whenever i reply to students, i always try to write a proper, professional letter. partly because of the universality of these ideals, and partly as another way to teach and model them. the best part about college is that you are all old enough to handle complex, difficult ideas, yet by definition these are still forgiving years — room to make mistakes, learn, and improve. another reason to move away from the rules/how to model. Professor Liang

Many professors say that teaching students how to email them properly is a necessary gift that keeps on giving

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/08/29/professors-offer-advice-teaching-students-how-email-them

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