Worth Reading” is a hand-picked weekly collection of new and not-so-new articles, ideas, events and other items for busy professionals in higher education that prefer to spend their reading wisely.
By Wall Street Journal
Excerpt: “Total college enrollment decreased by nearly a half-million students in 2013 from a year earlier, according to Census Bureau data released today, making this the second year with such a drop.
Total enrollment, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, peaked in 2011, following a sharp increase during the recession.
The decline hit public, private, full-time and part-time institutions and was divided equally among younger and older students. Much of the decline happened at two-year colleges. Enrollment at four-year colleges ticked up slightly.”
Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Universities and Biotechnology
By Arlen D Meyers and Sarika Pruthi
Excerpt: “There are various definitions of an entrepreneurial university, yet there is a lack of agreement about its core components. This article defines the five key characteristics of an entrepreneurial university based on examples of successful bio-clusters in the United States and Europe, and suggests an agenda for stakeholders.”
Except: “The cost for a college education has risen to the astronomical, resulting in debt that haunts young people after graduation like a ghost bent on dragging them to a Dickensian poorhouse. It’s forcing us to ask, “Is it worth it?” Especially if the school of choice is an elite institution, is the gamble a card well played, or a sucker bet?”
By Anthony DiMaggio
Excerpt: “Considering how high the stakes are in the financing of higher ed, one must take care to evaluate competing “solutions” for how to address the crisis we face. Competing visions for higher education are being articulated, some far more thoughtful, humane, and progressive than others.”