Turning to Teaching–Business Ethics

We are heading into the final weeks of summer, the weeks before the semester begins.  Teachers and professors everywhere are beginning to have dreams, literally, about the academic year.  Some of these are nightmares, and some are pleasant.  They are part of the rethinking process.  What will I do differently this semester?  What worked and what […]

Budget Cuts and Room for Students

Yesterday I was interviewed by our local Fox affiliate KMPH regarding Fresno Pacific University and the news from Fresno State and other CSU campuses that class sections are being cut  as a result of the expected state budget.  This followed news last week that they would not accept further applications for the fall semester or for next spring.  […]

Education and the Economy

This one was forwarded to me by a colleague at Fresno Pacific, and I think deserves a comment.  On June 6 The Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124424363293190441.html) posted an article entitled “The Less Educated Take the Worst Hit.”  The gist of the story was that those with less education have been hardest hit in this recesssion, […]

Graduation Rates and Student Success

You may have seen or heard about the USA Todayarticle on June 3, based on an American Enterprise Institute study of graduation rates at colleges around the country, “4-year colleges graduate 53% in 6 years.” In the first line the author of the article reports that the study calls the 6-year graduation rate esentially a failure, and […]

Cal Grant and Students Who Succeed

Yesterday the Governor of California announced a budget for the coming year which would slash (this appears not to be an exaggeration) away funding for many state services—in health and welfare, education and public safety to name a few. Of course little seems to be said about making the state more business-friendly to raise tax […]

What a Good University Does

We are getting ready for commencement this week.  Students are taking and faculty are grading final exams.  By the middle of next week, students will be off to summer work, or missions, or camps, or study-travel tours–or taking more classes to catch up or get ahead.  The pace will change, and most will take mental […]

The Faith Dimension

It seems to me that in popular opinion education is about facts, useful processes or knowledge (how things work and how to make things work), and critical thinking. This can be so in relatively simple ways and in very complex ways. For instance if we know the genetics code, the Genome, then we can potentially reprogram our […]

Education of the Future/Present

We keep hearing of the future of higher education, how it will change, how students will change, how we will have to change as educators and institutions. The “will” is no longer applicable.  It has changed, is changing, and we are responding, willingly or not. A dozen year’s ago now, I remember hearing a technology guru […]

Laboring for Good News!

For the last several months those of us laboring in higher education, have, for once, really been laboring.  Most of the time it is committee meetings, reports, presentations, teaching, enjoying conversation with students, researching, etc.  One couldn’t ask for a better life (except the committee meetings, but that is a topic for another time).  This […]

What to do with higher ed…now

Those of us who have spent our lives toiling away in the fields of higher education rarely get asked to contribute to the real world. Too much ivory, and too high in the tower for anyone’s good, I suppose. But when invited to the party, it would be impolite to decline. So here I am ready to make an […]