Category Archives: Red Balloon General Thoughts

Scale: A Powerful Competitive Edge

In my past post, I raised three concerns about the growing significance of for-profit universities: their ability to invest large amounts of capital upfront, the ability to pay high salaries and attract human talent, and their ability to wield political … Continue reading

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For-Profit Universities

For-profit universities have been around a long time.  What is it about them now that creates a greater concern? For many years, for-profit universities were the Rodney Dangerfields of higher education.  They were the trade schools, the certificate programs, and … Continue reading

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The Role of Faculty in a Red Balloon Era

One of the topics that came up while I was at Fresno was how faculty members respond to changing course designs and new delivery strategies.  As you can imagine, some of the changes are unsettling to many.  But one of … Continue reading

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How to Handle Critics

During my visit to Fresno State, I met with the Fresno Red Balloon Steering Committee. They are a wonderful group, filled with thoughtful, passionate, and committed individuals. We had a great set of conversations, one when I got to campus, … Continue reading

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Initiating and Sustaining Campus Change Initiatives

During my visit to Fresno State, I met with the Fresno Red Balloon Steering Committee.  They are a wonderful group, filled with thoughtful, passionate, and committed individuals.  We had a great set of conversations, one when I got to campus, … Continue reading

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What if?

What if a single campus was devoted, for even a short time, to a laser-like focus on learning outcomes? What if everyone—faculty, staff, and students—thought deeply about how to maximize the learning outcomes for students, both in and out of … Continue reading

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Reflections on China and the Red Balloon Project

Whenever I come to China, I’m reminded that our Red Balloon Project (Re-Imagining Undergraduate Education)  is more than just a way to keep our AASCU institutions competitive; it’s equally about ways to keep the United States competitive. China’s rapid ascent … Continue reading

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Next Generation Learning Challenges

I’m sitting in my hotel room in Beijing, using the flat screen TV and a built in computer to simultaneously listen to the EDUCAUSE webcast mentioned below, read my email, and write this blog.  Meanwhile, my Blackberry, which I previously … Continue reading

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Why Now?

Why do I think we have reached a Red Balloon moment?  I think we in higher education, particularly public higher education, face a substantial danger.  Things could happen very quickly, and the changes could be catastrophic for us. Malcolm Gladwell … Continue reading

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Three Challenges

In this new century, three forces – declining funding, rising expectations and rapidly developing technology – will profoundly challenge public higher education.  The first of the forces is economic. States will be fiscally challenged for years to come because of … Continue reading

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