The Innovator’s Dilemma

Clay Christensen made a big splash in 1997 with his book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” in which he argued that well-managed, profitable companies are vulnerable to disruptive technologies that attack the heart of the business model and put them out of business. Fifteen years later, we have seen the demise of Borders, the re-formulation of Blockbuster,Continue reading “The Innovator’s Dilemma”

The Life of the Mind

As a liberal arts graduate, I may have some understanding of the discomfort a few faculty express¬†in the recent State of the Union and Mayoral discussions regarding the role of preparing students for careers. If we pigeonhole students into career-oriented tracks, are we robbing them of the ability to participate fully in a civic society?Continue reading “The Life of the Mind”

Is College Worth It?

Two articles caught my eye this past weekend. The first is an article from The Atlantic, “Making It In America.” Adam Davidson of NPR’s “Planet Money” team wrote it. I still find the team’s work on the financial crisis, first broadcast on This American Life in 2008, entitled “The Giant Pool of Money,” to beContinue reading “Is College Worth It?”

Leading Change

This morning’s New York Times had a “Corner Office” interview¬†with Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of non-profit Harlem Children’s Zone. Canada is a visionary leader who recognized that in order to change the outcomes for poor, black youth, he needed to provide them with the same tools and opportunities available to upper-class children from beforeContinue reading “Leading Change”

Lt. Gov. Visit (Amended)

I attended a meeting with Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon this morning at Malcolm X college that included a panel discussion with Alexi Giannoulias, ICCB Chair, Gery Chico, ISBE Chair, and Perry Buckley, Local 1600 President. The discussion was well attended. I think President Munroe did a stellar job getting the word out at MXC, andContinue reading “Lt. Gov. Visit (Amended)”

Education as Radical Surgery

Steven Rattner, former “Car Czar” for the Obama administration’s bail-outs of GM and Chrysler, offers his ideas on how to solve America’s economic problems in a Monday op-ed from the Financial Times (behind a paywall). After recounting the forces he believes that have led us here, chief among them the “relentless forces of global competitionContinue reading “Education as Radical Surgery”

Career Education

I experienced a moment of deja vu when reading this article from last Sunday’s New York Times discussing the threat to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. This quote, in particular, prompted the feeling: “Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that ‘at a time when local, state and federal governments are all facing tremendous budgetContinue reading “Career Education”


The Chronicle has a worthwhile read on assessment today. The article, “Learning Assessment at Community Colleges Is Growing but Fragile, Report Says,” states that only 35% of community college teachers report using assessments to improve teaching. One of the barriers is lack of time. In our operating plan this year, we have planned for releaseContinue reading “Assessment”

Completion Matters – 3

From Sunday’s NYTimes, Dave Leonhardt writes about the value of college degrees. His analysis indicates that a college degree has economic value even in those occupations where it is not apparent possessing a degree matters. For example, a waiter or waitress with a degree makes 34% more than one without; a hairdresser 69% more; andContinue reading “Completion Matters – 3”