Our Voices

U.S. Colleges Are Facing a Demographic and Existential Crisis

By Bob Hildreth At colleges and universities across the country, students and faculty are preparing for the new fall term. But behind the scenes, administrators are dealing with a harsh reality. Many of them have failed to meet their enrollment targets for the...

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Is Commonwealth Commitment Going to Fulfill Its Promise?

By Bob Hildreth Not too long ago I had a conversation with a mother of a high school student in Chelsea, MA. We were talking about her son and his interests and concerns about going to college. She said, “Sometimes he tells me, ‘Mom, I don’t want you to get into...

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Sara Goldrick-Rab calls for blowing the whole thing up!

By Bob Hildreth At Inversant, we were fortunate to have Professor Sara Goldrick- Rab as our first guest to our new podcast project. Sara is an activist scholar working to identify novel approaches to making higher education accessible and affordable. She was...

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Education Savings Accounts are Deceptive in So Many Ways

By Bob Hildreth Under Secretary DeVos’ leadership, Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are likely to gain more visibility and this is exactly why it is critical to understand what they are. You probably heard Arizona make a big splash in the news by extending universal...

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To Bring College Costs Down, Dismantle The Higher Ed Oligopoly

By Bob Hildreth With the arrival of spring, private colleges are busy recruiting students and raising prices. One should affect the other, but they probably won't. Selective, private colleges probably do not fear that higher prices will decrease demand for their...

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Trump Puts College Students In A Vice

By Bob Hildreth The Trump budget proposes a 14 percent cut for Education spending. Charter schools and new private school choice programs based on a voucher system are the big winners. Higher education is the big loser Trump proposes to eliminate the Federal...

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College Rankings: What Are They Good For?

By Bob Hildreth Despite what might have started out with good intentions, college rankings have done more harm than good. Rankings do not do what they purport to do: provide high school students with an accurate, unbiased guide to selecting the best college fit for...

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A Likely Trump Message For Colleges: Diversity Is For Losers

By Bob Hildreth President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos as education secretary signals that his K-12 policy will honor his promise of school choice. As for his higher education policy, though, we have very little concrete information. The Trump website...

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