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The higher educators: Steven Sample and John Sexton

Like government, universities are filled with employees that are often nearly impossible to fire; they are bastions of political correctness that make management more challenging than in the military or the...

By Paul R. Portney | December 22, 2010; 03:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

For education reform, turning our attention to principals

Of all the factors common to successful schools, it is puzzling that so little weight is given to leadership. In the film Waiting for Superman, excellent teaching is rightly given credit as a major factor in student achievement, but there is no discussion of the exceptional principals leading the schools shown...

By Michael Maccoby | December 21, 2010; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (80)

The education innovators: Michelle Rhee and Geoffrey Canada

Both of these leaders are tough, determined and committed to reversing the appalling decline in the academic performance of children educated in the United States...

By Alaina Love | December 20, 2010; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (6)

Does elitism still rule?

College application season has kicked off, and overachieving high-school seniors across the country are busy hitching their self-worth to the judgment of admissions boards. What do you think? How important is getting into an elite school if you want to be a leader in this country?

By Lillian Cunningham | October 13, 2010; 03:37 PM ET | Comments (24)

Put yourself in another's spit-shined shoes

A key to effective leadership is for the leader to be able to put himself in the shoes of each of his lieutenants, and for the lieutenants, in turn, to be able to put themselves in the shoes of the leader. If senior military officers were unable to understand what President Obama was requesting...

By Howard Gardner | September 27, 2010; 02:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

Gettysburg lessons reverberate in a modern world

To paraphrase, "a day on the Gettysburg battlefield beats any day in the seminar room." Of course for our U.S. Army War College trip, the seminar room was the battlefield. Over the years, I have been privileged to observe several student groups of senior military officers vicariously experience the great national contest of wills that was our American Civil War. It is advantageous for our students that contest came to be realized in central Pennsylvania.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | August 24, 2010; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (14)

An MBA the Jesuit way

What business schools need is more than a few extra ethics classes or professional oaths. They need a fundamental transformation in the way they approach their role in, and responsibility to, society.

By Karyl Leggio | June 4, 2010; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

We need citizens, not just workers

New technology and innovative teaching techniques should help universities connect with their original objective - creating citizens for a democratic society.

By Ed O'Malley | May 26, 2010; 02:20 PM ET | Comments (3)

National inflection points

The biggest challenges for leaders is freshly imagining the content for future curricula and research that will sustain a healthy economy, social justice and a relatively high sense of collective well-being.

By Warren Bennis | May 26, 2010; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rethinking a business model

Universities that for years have delivered traditional programs in traditional academic settings secured and funded by large endowments, government funding and rapidly growing tuition price-tags are going to have to rethink the way they do business.

By Angel Cabrera | May 25, 2010; 04:46 PM ET | Comments (5)

Keeping UC Berkeley's promise

The prestige of schools like UC Berkeley comes, in part, from the simple promise that any talented student, from any socioeconomic background, can attend. Keeping that promise must be at the center of any budget decisions made by the University of California system.

By Coro Fellows | May 25, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Best education bargains

The best bargains in education today can be found in smaller liberal arts colleges, community colleges and some state programs that have concentrated on what really matters: excellent teaching that inspires students to learn.

By Kathryn Kolbert | May 25, 2010; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (10)

Cutting wisely

By cutting equally across the board, you might be trimming some fat, but you're also likely harming programs that are doing well and are deserving of more support, not less.

By Yash Gupta | May 25, 2010; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

No-frills education

Our production of college graduates relative to our population has not increased in more than 10 years, while our economy has grown more sophisticated. It's time for more experimentation.

By Marie Wilson | May 25, 2010; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (19)

Rough-and-tumble world of innovation

Convincing faculty to 'embrace' new technology and to reengineer higher education is a hard sell for most university presidents.

By Bob Schoultz | May 25, 2010; 07:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

A meal for the brave

It's hard to think of any other leader who has to push out so far in to the future and convince so many diverse constituents to follow.

By Donald Kettl | May 25, 2010; 06:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

An adjunct problem

Although the salaries of university presidents continue to increase at an alarming pace, the plight of low-paid adjuncts, who now constitute over 70% of higher education teaching staff, remains unaddressed.

By Pablo Eisenberg | May 25, 2010; 06:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

A faculty of radical anarchists

To lead change, university presidents must partner with an executive team that can engage all stakeholders in the change process.

By Michael Maccoby | May 25, 2010; 06:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

More than slick slogans

Those who acknowledge the deep values of education, which date are exemplified by our most respected and long-lived institutions, are likely to be far more successful than those who embrace the slick slogan and the quick fix.

By Howard Gardner | May 25, 2010; 06:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

An Oklahoma example

The future of higher education is not really about the institution of education at all. It is about preparing the next generation to think, learn, and discover for themselves

By John Baldoni | May 25, 2010; 06:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't fight the fossils

It is ironic that universities -- incubators of big ideas -- can be themselves so seemingly impervious to change.

By George Reed | May 25, 2010; 06:24 AM ET | Comments (5)

Tradition-driven institutions

University leaders should see that some of their most cherished traditions need to be adapted for greater efficiency, accountability, and responsiveness.

By George Daly | May 25, 2010; 06:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

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