Accreditation: The Key to Online Education Acceleration

This is not a story about MOOCs. Nor is it a story about instructional environments and technology’s ability to bridge the economical divide. In fact, it’s not even a story about the future of higher education—the manner of which, I think, is inevitably predetermined. This is a story, instead, about the tangible benefits of an…

Going Global: Tufts’ 1+4 Program Takes Aim at Real World Issues

This is no glorified study abroad program. Nor is it a variation—despite its institutional billing—of the negatively perceived “Gap Year.” Tufts’ 1+4 program is neither of these things, really. It’s an educational anomaly. The 1+4 program is charting new ground for civic engagement. It’s providing incoming freshmen, regardless of financial ability, an unprecedented first-look at…

Yellow in the Eye: Yale’s Misguided Intent

All seems infected that the infected spy, As all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye. (Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism, 1709) Ask Benjamin Ginsberg what he thinks about universities as a free-flowing marketplace of ideas. Ask him what he thinks about the academy as a primary force in the careful cultivation of young minds. Now,…