There are plenty of reasons why higher education in the US needs to change. There are plenty of good reasons why community colleges in particular deserve greater investment. But the idea of a "skills shortage" is not one of them. It's a zombie idea that's wrong, wrong, wrong.
Today's post is an excerpt of something I wrote for another site. This year, in addition to my teaching duties at the college, I'm leading a project to update our college strategic plan. As part of that project I'm writing and editing a series of "briefing papers" (long blog posts, actually) about issues of strategic … Continue reading Student Debt + Stagnant Real Wages = Colleges Need to Focus On Student Success