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1/ A few years ago I wrote a book about technology and the future of higher education. I had hopes tech would make learning better, more accessible, and more affordable.

Today I published a long article about what happened next. It's not a happy story.

huffpost.com/highline/artic…
2/ The book was partly right. Almost every college in America teaches online now, and the pedagogy and technology have improved by leaps and bounds.

But college hasn't become less expensive for students as a result.
3/ Instead, elite universities created online degrees by contracting with secretive #4profit companies that provide all of the marketing, recruitment, learning technology, job placement, and help desk support.

In exchange, the receive between 60% and 80% of tuition revenue.
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Former for-profit college exec. and top DeVos Dept. of Ed. official Diane Jones, just gave new life to deadbeat #4profit accreditor, ACICS – allowing an additional year to come into compliance. It’s a betrayal of students and taxpayers.
ACICS – infamous for accrediting #4profit Corinthian, ITT Tech, Westwood – was complicit in the exploitation of tens of thousands of students and the loss of millions in taxpayer dollars.
In April, I joined @SenBlumenthal and colleagues in raising concerns about Jones’ conflicts of interest in the ACICS case from her time working with them in the #4profit industry. Given her background, her decision on deadbeat ACICS is highly suspect, though not surprising.
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Thanks, John. I hope EVERYONE reads the @ProPublica piece on Liberty with a side of #LowerEd @AlecMacGillis has done a great job showing how LowerEd is not only a #4profit phenomenon nytimes.com/2018/04/17/mag…

Let's read it together, shall we?
One thing I point out in the #LowerEd epilogue is that there is a political context to shifting legitimacy to corporate highered. The GOP isn't shy about it. It's their official policy platform. Of Liberty, Alec shows this nicely
It is the context that colleagues like @Lollardfish @ldburnett @reclaimUC have tirelessly researched, written about and archived: the culture wars never ended. They merely transformed and became more deeply ingrained in "legitimate" political discourse
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I'll admit I haven't read the entire Louise Linton Elle article, but this line from her bestie is maybe my favorite: "She’ll fall asleep on the sofa in front of a film and [Mnuchin will] carry her up to sleep. And then she’ll fall asleep in the bathroom." So. Many. Questions.
1. Why are you being carried to bed? My partner has never carried me when sleeping because I'm not a child. That's weird. especially in front of company.
2. Why are you falling asleep in the bathroom? Are you narcoleptic?
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