It’s safe to say that 2016 will go down in the history books as a pretty important year for higher education. I like to commemorate each year with two lists on this blog. The “top ten” list includes the most newsworthy events of the year, regardless of whether they are good or not for higher education or the public as a whole. Meanwhile, the “not top ten” list also includes some events that are important and newsworthy, but the primary focus is on decisions that look pretty silly in hindsight or show the underbelly of greed and jockeying for power that is often present in higher education.
The previous year’s winners are below:
2015: Student protests shake up higher education (top ten), the University of Akron’s $556.40 olive jar (not top ten)
2014: Collapse of Corinthian Colleges (top ten), Kean University’s $219,000 conference table (not top ten)
2013: President Obama’s proposed college ratings (top ten), Georgetown Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (not top ten)
I’m looking for nominees for this year’s lists, which will be posted during the week of December 12. I’ve been keeping a running list of potential candidates all year long, but I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on some of the most important (and zaniest) happenings in the higher education world this year. Please leave any suggestions in the comments area below or send them to me via Twitter (@rkelchen). I look forward to sharing the results!
One thought on “Nominees Wanted for the 2016 Top Ten and Not Top Ten Lists”
Are you allowed to have ideas of your own?There’s many a liberal arts college where doing so without permission could be a career ending offense!
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