Future Shock

Power Play

The higher learning of the National Hockey League

AS AMERICAN AS MOM, APPLE pie, and baseball? As futurists, we think this heretofore timeless axiom could use an extreme makeover to better reflect the popular professional sports of our contemporary culture.

Coal Colleges on a Green Planet

Institutions at the cutting edge of coal research

WE ALL SAW IT COMING--THE proverbial handwriting was on the wall. One would have had to be clueless to miss the energy crunch coming down the pipeline, with the cost of gasoline topping $4 per gallon, Northeastern states experiencing a rolling brownout, and families opting to remain at home on “staycations” this past summer. Indeed, with preowned hybrid Toyota Prius cars rarer than hen’s teeth, and with 33,000 signing up for GM’s new electric chariot—the Chevy Volt—the tree-hugging granola folks were not the only ones who felt the pinch on our natural resources last summer.

Play Ball: Stepping Up to the Pro Sports Plate

<em>Preparing students for careers in professional sports</em>

SO HERE WE ARE, SAME OLD story, stuck waiting for our NBA and NCAA colleagues to fly in to O'Hare for our planned press conference on a dreary winter afternoon in Chicago.

Flagship State Colleges

Public institutions serving as a rising tide to lift all boats.

Flagship is defined as a ship in a fleet that carries the commanding admiral, the best or most important thing owned or produced by a particular organization, according to <em>The New Oxford American Dictionary,</em> (2nd ed.). How does it apply to state colleges today?

Painting the Ivory Towers Green

Creating sustainable campuses for the 21st century

Reversal of Fortune

Turnaround Higher Ed Success Stories

BASEBALL LEGEND AND MASTER of the obvious Yogi Berra once said, "The game isn't over until it's over." Truer words were never spoken, especially in the economic context of running a small, tuition dependent college or university. What matters most when adversity exacerbates the vulnerability of fragile institutions is the will not to give up.

Universities for the Civically Engaged

Call it the new town/gown gestalt. Institutions are helping to establish bridges between campus and community.

IN HIS POEM "MENDING WALL," Robert Frost declares, "Before I built a wall I'd ask to know/What I was walling in or walling out."

Doing Good and Doing Well

Social work school deans share what it means to be educating the next generation of social activists.

BACK IN THE ICONOCLASTIC '60s, a time when baby boomers were coming of age, schools of social work attracted starry-eyed social activists looking to hook their star to a worthy cause.

New Rules for Playing the Rankings Game

It's time for institutional leaders to get active in rankings reform.

So there we were, stuck in another endless focus group, listening to faculty colleagues go on and on about how unfair life is. As proof, virtually all institutions have to play the rankings game or they'll be left out in the cold come fall semester student enrollment and orientation.

Call of the Wild

Students get authentic outdoor learning experiences at these American colleges and universities.

Last summer, my (Samels') daughter Gabrielle chided me for coming up empty-handed after a morning of fishing on Lake Cochituate near our home in Natick, Mass. "Skunked again, Dad?"

I grumbled and blamed the "Eurasian Milfoil," an invasive foreign vegetation, which destroys lakes by strangling the natural balance of aquatic life.