In the 1990s, Jerry Seinfeld acquired quite a large following (not to mention even larger profits) doing a television show about nothing. So when I was invited to start a blog for Career College Central, I figured I’d try a different approach and write about, well, everything!
I’ve seen a lot of things – and a lot of people – come and go over the years (remember 85/15? SPREs? Marge Roukema?). So, I thought it would be fun to observe and comment on this ever-changing landscape in which we find ourselves, as we go about our business trying to make an honest living educating young (and in some cases, not so young) minds, preparing our students for fulfilling and satisfying careers, doing something they love (quite a noble mission we have, when you think about it).
I’ll tend to stay away from “tips and tricks” on admissions and marketing, faculty development, student retention and default management, as those areas are already pretty well covered by the experts. I’m more interested in questions like: Why do some people believe having a “profit motive” is a bad thing in education? Will Reauthorization ever get done? Who’s not getting into the online game? And why is everyone opening up schools in China? (Is it because they like the food?)
What about family businesses in our sector? What’s the landscape for mergers and acquisitions? Is the (Wall Street) party over for our schools? How should we react to the Spellings Commission report? What’s the next “really big thing” in our business?
And, by gosh, is private equity on a mission to eat up the whole world?
As you can see, I have no shortage of intense, thought-provoking, sometimes controversial, always relevant topics affecting our never-ending quest for the almighty Yankee dollar (not to mention the yen, peso and shekel). Though I think I’ve got enough to get started, feel free to e-mail me with your suggestions and reactions.
Maybe we’ll talk about innovations and strategies, progressive leadership styles, brilliant new insights into school operations, or some really neat new technology stuff. Though my blog won’t be about nothing – and since it can’t really be about everything – I guess that leaves anything as my narrowly focused topic of discussion.
Don’t tell anybody, but as the anti-Seinfeld inside observer, I’m making this up as I go along (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).