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Using Qualitative Research to Contest Stereotypes

By Randy Clemens

How are black men portrayed? After Freddie Gray’s death due to the brutality of six Baltimore police officers, newscasts focused on Gray’s criminal record and suspect behavior. When city residents protested, the media became more interested. Reporters searched for provocative stories and trolled for increased viewership. They showed dehumanizing videos of wild mobs looting and […]

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Escaping the Digital

By Antar Tichavakunda

“What’s the Point of a Professor” was a New York Times opinion piece by Mark Bauerlein that has generated wide response and conversation about the role of the professor in the 21st century. Bauerlein argues that professors are becoming more like “accreditors” and fail to inspire and invest in students like the professors of old. Although […]

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What’s in a Name?

By Bill Tierney

A funny thing happened on the way to writing this blog.  I was going to write about the danger in naming buildings after individuals.  Apparently Clemson University won’t rename a building that honors its racist past.  Tillman Hall is named after a white supremacist who boasted of participating in the killings of black people.  The […]

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Creativity: The Key to Future Employment?

By Michael Lanford

This week, while canvassing for research that might help my end-of-semester papers, I came across a recently published report filled with interesting accounts about the difficulties Millennials in California are facing on the job market.  Seemingly every month, similar reports lament the perceived inadequacies of the U.S. workforce.  Many narratives promote a greater investment in […]

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The Demise of Small Liberal Arts Colleges

By Bill Tierney

(Written with James Dean Ward) The small private liberal arts college may soon be an endangered species. About one-third of the nation’s approximately 4,500 private nonprofit and for-profit institutions have student bodies of 1,500 students or less. Of these, roughly half, or 750, are experiencing financial pressures because of bond indebtedness, according to a recently […]

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It’s Financial Aid in the Media Season Again!

By Kristan Venegas

It’s financial aid in the media season again! From February to June, there will be a smattering of financial aid articles and interviews in the popular media. I typically try not to get rant-y in my blog posts, but this article from MarketWatch last month really bugged me. The story focuses on four insider tips to […]

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A Digital Safe Space

By Antar Tichavakunda

I first heard the phrase “safe space” as a freshman at Brown University during the school’s Third World Transition Program.  This program was an orientation for freshmen from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups. Throughout the three-day orientation, we discussed the “-isms” (e.g. racism, sexism, classism) and I heard variants of the following two phrases […]

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The Communication of Big Science II

By Bill Tierney

NASA and JPL, and by relationship, the federal government, are missing the boat.  Rockets are cool.  All you had to do was watch the moms and dads and especially the kids at the launch site at four o’clock in the morning and feel the electricity in the air.  Who doesn’t get a rush when you […]

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Why Qualitative Research?

By Michael Lanford

Recently, many researchers of higher education (like me) scrambled to complete their proposals for the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.  While completing my proposals, I found myself thinking about the circumstances that caused me to become a qualitative researcher. When I was in fifth grade, few things fascinated me […]

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The Wonder of Big Science I

By Bill Tierney

A few months ago Barry and I went up to Vandenberg Air Force Base to watch his rocket ship take off.  About 2,000 individuals who had been working on the project assembled in Buellton the night before the launch.  If you’re looking for a good time, then meeting 1,000 engineers and their families in Buellton […]

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