10-17-17 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Memo to Next Governor: Appoint Blue Ribbon Panel on Higher Education

State support for higher education has diminished markedly in past two decades, while tuition has gone up without making more funding available to low-income and middle-class students

New Jersey’s next governor needs to raise the profile of higher education, provide more funding for colleges and low-income students, and bring the public back into the process of higher education planning and oversight, urges a new report.

The report by New Jersey Policy Perspective, a progressive think tank, calls for a return to the treatment of the state’s higher education as a priority both for funding and planning, as it was between 1968 and 1993, before the elimination of the state Department of Higher Education. While not calling specifically for re-creating that department with a state chancellor, the report advocates for a commission to study that question, as well as how to improve the state’s higher education system and provide colleges with more funds.


Colleen O'Dea | October 17, 2017


Education Week--10 Disruptions That Will Revolutionize Education

Artificial intelligence and technology will prove significant for education

The idea that machines are smarter than humans has inspired a library of science-fiction stories and movies. What often happens when intelligent machines and ordinary humans cross cognitive swords? Humans lose. We weaker and dumber creatures are no match for machines that are out-thinking us at every turn, taking away our jobs, and planning to establish a dictatorship of computers.

As much fun as these dire scenarios are to imagine, they are false. In fact, the development of advanced artificial intelligence, or superintelligence, opens up doors to discoveries never before imagined. While opinions vary about the speed with which superintelligence will develop, there is little doubt that within the next decade, the cognitive landscape will be very different than it is today.


Peter W. Cookson Jr.| October 10, 2017