Showing posts from January, 2018

PSA - 2 Infographics and 1 Video

These infographics help explain how the PSA model connects the core interested parties in higher education - students and academics. HEIs can remain a part of the equation, but they assume the role of vendors, providing services and facilities as required by students and academics. This means universities and colleges are electives, as they always have been in the provision of higher education. The video offers a quick shot of the PSA model. Together they are meant to aid in the conceptualization of this viable alternative to the HEI model we all now labour and suffer under.

From Scarlet Adjunct to Professional Academic

I recently read a piece by Sara Tatyana Bernstein on the Inside Higher Education site, entitled, “Portrait of a Budget Cut.” (January 15, 2018) It describes her experience with the instability and lose of employment common to the current higher education institution (HEI) model for higher education (HE), especially for adjuncts of which she is a Scarlet A member.
Bernstein’s piece identifies several personal pain points that the PSA model can address:

1)Academic [HEI] calendars are complicated and inflexible and require a lot of advanced planning. 2)For me, “stable” would mean teaching six classes a year at two institutions and earning a small stipend to work about 15 hours a week for the public university’s adjunct union. 3)After roaming the country collecting advanced degrees for 10 years… 4) a smart kid from a small town, whose parents had no money to contribute to tuition… 5)It [faculty position at a public university] also provides the luxury of colleagues. Adjuncting is lonely. 6)Also…

By the Numbers - Key Data for the PSA Model

I have been updating some of the numbers that support the PSA model. I decided to post my calculation document in raw form. The numbers speak for themselves, but I’ll provide a little elaboration.

All calculations are based on 2015 data for the public sector of US higher education (HE) and are given in averages and full time equivalent (FTE) measures, unless otherwise stated. The data sources are the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the College Board (CB). Calculations do not include weighting for 2-year vs. 4-year institutions or undergraduate vs. graduate level of study.

Two notable calculations: a)Tuition-free HE is possible across 2 and 4-year HEIs for 61-77% less than the $31,806 expenditure per student of the current model. b)Expense-free HE is possible across 2 and 4-year HEIs for 18-33% less than the current model expenditure per student (Note: expenses include: tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, transportation, and other). These claims are true even if…

PSA - Man + Machine + Model

In their bestselling book, The Second Machine Age (2MA), MIT Professors Brynjolfsson and McAfee, invite “more novel and radical ideas – more ‘out-of-the-box thinking’ – to deal with the consequences of technological progress.” (pg.245-246)