In the aftermath of the Cold War, the US military coined the term VUCA (which stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity), to describe new and unstable environments. Since then, the term has been widely adopted in strategy and management circles—but I would posit it’s also very relevant to us in higher education. VUCA environments…

This essay expands on an article by the author that originally appeared in the EAB Daily Briefing. When I was a sophomore, a professor held up an extra copy of the textbook and offered to lend it to “anyone poor” for the semester. My mind raced with questions. Do I take it? Do I reveal that…

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