Vistasp M. Karbhari

MAVERICK MILESTONE: UTA ACHIEVES PRESTIGIOUS TEXAS TIER ONE DESIGNATION

The University of Texas at Arlington has become just the fourth institution in the state to achieve designation as a Texas Tier One university, a significant milestone of excellence in academics and research that brings with it access to the state’s National Research University Fund (NRUF). The first university to achieve Texas Tier One designation in more than …

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The Age of Convergence: Considering a Continuum and an Unbundling of Education

“Convergence” at its simplest occurs when two or more distinct entities, concepts or phenomena are brought together. It can also be thought of as a process that breaks down barriers between disciplines, enabling novel solutions and new ways of tackling complex scientific and societal challenges. More commonly it describes multiple technologies brought together in a …

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Higher ed’s role and opportunity in coskilling, upskilling, and reskilling

The COVID pandemic not only disrupted schools and colleges, it also amplified discussions related to the perceived–and real–value (or lack thereof) of a degree, and the surprising, yet not unexplainable, conflict between the number of unemployed graduates and jobs that are unable to be filled due to the lack of qualified graduates. The accelerating convergence …

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Skills Development and Academic Preparation: Balancing Perceived Conflicts in Higher Education

Each fall, thousands of students start their academic journeys at universities across the nation, taking tentative steps towards degrees. These students are enrolling at a time when there is a significant discussion about the purpose of higher education. We speak of it being the “great equalizer” and of its power to enable prosperity and a …

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Online and Digital Education: Enhancing Access to Higher Education in the 21st Century

“We shall have done something to enable the farmer to raise two blades of grass instead of one; something for every owner of the land; something for all who desire to own land; something for cheap scientific education; something for every man who loves intelligence and not ignorance;” ― J. S. Morrill (US Representative 1855-1867, …

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Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the 21st-Century Public Research University

Discovery, archiving and dissemination of knowledge serve as the basis for the generic model for public research universities. These institutions, of course, owe their structure to the Morrill Act (1862), the subsequent Hatch Act of 1887, and the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, all of which emphasize the transfer of knowledge to society. While patenting at …

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Access and the “Traditional Student” of the 21st Century: An Imperative for Universities

“Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.” W. Somerset Maugham Not since the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, also known as the G.I. Bill, has the student population at universities differed so much from what was previously thought of as the norm. Not only have the demographics related to age, gender and ethnic background shifted …

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Envisioning the Higher Ed We’ve Always Needed and How the COVID-19 Pandemic Catalyzed It

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, higher ed was already facing multiple criticisms regarding  affordability and debt levels, lack of true accessibility for the very constituents it is supposed to support, and the less than desirable change of pace in preparing students for the 21st century workforce, especially in light of the continued rapid convergence of technology …

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Enhancing Economic Mobility Through Credential Pathways Integrated into Degrees

Higher education in the United States is increasingly described as being at an inflection point. Even prior to the pandemic, the value of a degree was being questioned, and there was a growing incongruity between reports that simultaneously stated that recent graduates were unable to find jobs and that employers could not find graduates with …

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