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Welcome to Our Higher Calling, a regular newsletter on the issues I find most compelling in the tumultuous space called higher education. Little did we know that the challenges we outlined in our book would come at us even faster and with more ferocity than we could have imagined. College closings and mergers are no longer unusual and the conversation around them as taken on a new sense of urgency. College access, testing, and legacy admissions have evolved from debates among academics to the lead story on cable news and the fallout has been actual jail time for those involved in the fraud that was uncovered. The cost of college and the debt associated with it is a centerpiece of the 2020 Presidential campaign and “free college” is a phrase that has entered the popular lexicon. Scores more books on these and other subjects have been published since Our Higher Calling was released and many more are planned.  Every day new and important research and commentary comes to my attention.  

We wrote Our Higher Calling to contribute to a national conversation on higher education at a time when it is under siege. I hope this newsletter will further that goal by providing my thoughts on issues I believe are important combined with a summary of other provocative articles I think are worthy of your attention. I look forward to continuing the conversation both in person and virtually on the website
 
Buck



Vol 1. Issue 4

January 2020

This edition of the newsletter proposes an idea: what if colleges provided a guaranteed job or your tuition back? The number one concern of students and their families is finding stable jobs post-graduation. This job guarantee would alleviate financial concerns while giving students the opportunity to more deeply explore their intellectual passions.


Vol 1. Issue 3

December 2019

This edition of the newsletter constructs an overview of the core issues dominating the higher education news cycle, from admissions to free college. We have struggled to solve these high profile issues due to a larger conflict over the fundamental values inherent to the proposed solutions. Is higher education, at any or all levels, an absolute right? How do you measure the success of a student? Of a university?


Vol 1. Issue 2

November 2019

This edition of the newsletter focuses on the use of standardized tests in college admissions. The debate surrounding testing has intensified, driven by the college admissions scandals and a concern that the process is "rigged" in favor of the wealthy. I spent time with a group deeply involved in the current testing conversation and decided to share my thoughts.


Vol 1. Issue 1

November 2019

Welcome to Our Higher Calling, the inaugural issue of a regular newsletter on the issues I find most compelling in the tumultuous space called higher education. I hope this newsletter will further that goal by providing my thoughts on issues I believe are important combined with a summary of other provocative articles I think are worthy of your attention.


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