Category Archives: Higher Education

Cal State Online: Public records shed light on what happened

Last month I shared the system announcement that the Cal State Online (CSO) initiative is finished. Despite the phrasing of “re-visioning” and the retention of the name, the concept of a standalone unit to deliver and market online programs for … Continue reading

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Numbers: Administrative Costs Soaring? Maybe not

August 27, 2014 There’s just a mind-boggling amount of money per student that’s being spent on administration Andrew Gillen, quoted in “New Analysis Shows Problematic Booming Higher Ed Administrators,” Huffington Post, August 26, 2014  Administrative growth drives up costs at … Continue reading

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Community Source Is Dead

As Phil noted in yesterday’s post, Kuali is moving to a for-profit model, and it looks like it is motivated more by sustainability pressures than by some grand affirmative vision for the organization. There has been a long-term debate in … Continue reading

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Kuali For-Profit: Change is an indicator of bigger issues

On Friday the Kuali Foundation announced the creation of a new for-profit entity to be led by the former CTO of Instructure, Joel Dehlin. Jeff Young at the Chronicle described the change: Ten years ago, a group of universities started a … Continue reading

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On ECAR data and ed tech purgatory

Recently I wrote a post about many ed tech products being stuck in pilots without large-scale adoption. In our consulting work Michael and I often help survey institutions to discover what technologies are being used within courses, and typically the only … Continue reading

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