The COVID-19 Impact on Academia from a Contingent Faculty Perspective

Incessant coughing is bad. Coughing up blood is worse. Thanks to a serious bout of pneumonia last month, I can now attest to that. An emergency room visit notwithstanding, I doubt I will ever know for sure if the illness and my difficulty breathing were the byproducts of COVID-19. When I visited the ER at … Read More

A First Love in the Liberal Arts: A New Year’s Note from the NAB

To start my new year’s resolutions aright,  I am reflecting back on why am working with the New American Baccalaureate, seeking to empower transformational liberal arts education. The truth is that my commitment to this work does not stem from research on the value of a liberal arts education (although there is plenty of that), … Read More

Let’s Not Just Survive But Thrive

By Rob Fried Jon Marcus’ New York Times Article “Radical Survival Strategies for Struggling Colleges,”  turns out to be full of “strategies” that are far from “radical”. Non-elite colleges are losing ground for three reasons: fewer students are enrolling because of high tuition and fear of debt; most liberal arts degrees don’t provide entrepreneurial and … Read More

Duct Tape Solutions: The Problem with Problem-Solving in Higher Education

By Eli Kramer I’m here with good news, “Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s fall 2019 enrollment data shows a strong freshman class and an increase in the freshman to sophomore retention rate. Overall, total enrollment is 11,695, down 8.75 percent from fall 2018,” or so my graduate alma mater presents their current situation to me. One … Read More

A New American Baccalaureate for Diverse 21st Century Learners

by Robert L. Fried, Ed.D., and Eli Kramer, Ph. D. Surrounded and supported by inspiring friends, The New American Baccalaureate Project is joining the movement to transform undergraduate higher education.  Our eyes are on the needs of today’s youth, and also on the future of liberal education and of our democracy. We are a small … Read More