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How the Great Recession Reshaped American Higher Education – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Inflection point for universities – to better serve society’s needs.

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Purdue U. Global Drops Controversial Nondisclosure Agreement for Professors – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Applaud this decision. Universities are not corporate organizations defending their “product and processes”. They exist to serve society, not themselves.

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For Stanford, ‘What Better Looks Like’ – Stanford Magazine – Medium

This post follows the one just published. This is a great institutional mission statement. Rankings should demonstrate how well an institution achieves its unique mission.

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US News’ 2019 college rankings are here, but who’s keeping score? | Education Dive

What should rankings measure? My short list ordered by the three-pronged mission of higher education:


  1. Degree of accomplishment of graduate competencies development [needed by employers/society]
  2. Graduation rate, time to graduation (teaching/learning effectiveness)
  3. Graduates’ ability to pay education debt (roi)


  1. R&D portfolio – Pertinence of R&D at local, regional & global levels
  2. Impact of research (short, medium, long-term)
  3. External recognition (quality not necessarily quantity)


  1. Time & effort dedicated to internal & external community service
  2. Quality of the above
  3. Recognition

One overall ranking should gather all of the above according to institution’s unique mission and would indicate the institution’s degree of addressing society’s needs. There ought to be rankings for different kinds of institutions (e.g., research as primary focus; education as primary focus; mixed)

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Another Netflix Disruption: A Transparent Board | Stanford Graduate School of Business

Can governments learn?