Privatization of Higher Education Deserves Scrutiny and Skepticism


On March 18th, 2015, the Illinois Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) proposed a new set of hardened news rules for students to adhere to if they want grants from the good people of Illinois (News-Gazette, 3-24-2015). Senator Brady’s bill, SB 1565, creates a repayment schedule for students who have received a grant. Students who complete their…

Educated People Damage Education


I grapple with the paradox of my post title daily. Think about those words. The Uneducated do not create or implement educational policy at any level. Degreed people do. “No Child Left Behind” was not developed by non-degreed folks, yet inarguably NCLB has been the worst “education reform” since President Reagan declared ketchup a vegetable.…

Crying and Complaining in Higher Education


At Ivory Tower State University, our dragon program historically has enjoyed a great reputation. Over last couple years, though, the dragon program has taken to slogging through the muck. Reputations are as fickle as the people upon whose shoulders those accolades rest, though. The hiring of individuals can really change a program, either for the…