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Divestment, Activism, and Voice II

Last spring there was discussion about the need for ‘SC to stop doing business with companies that work in Bangladesh. I was asked by a variety of different individuals and groups to sign one or another letter. Before I sign on to things I feel that I need to do my homework and in a […]

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Divestment, Activism, and Voice I

One topic that campuses are acutely uncomfortable discussing pertains to divestment of funds from a company. Companies that did business with South Africa came in for a good deal of action a generation ago. Today there are a variety of issues. To Stanford University’s credit they will no longer invest in coal companies. President Hennessy […]

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Moving to Full Professor III

We all love lists. We also like transparency. “I don’t know what to do” certainly sounds like a downer. Advice (if it’s correct!) also can be very helpful. But honestly, the last two blogs (located here and here) were a downer for me. I never thought of academic life as a checklist. I never went […]

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Moving to Full Professor II

What’s missing from the list I presented? Editing. I wrote about editing in a previous blog. Editing is something I have enjoyed but does not earn very many direct plaudits. There are also tiers of editing. Editing a university press book is more important than editing something from a third-tier press. Training grants and such. […]

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Moving to Full Professor I

People have asked me what it takes to move from associate to full professor. One of the problems in giving advice is that once something is written down it becomes a “rule.” Caveat emptor! These are not rules. They are opinions and thoughts that have gone, and continue to go, through reformulation. I want to […]

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Financial Literacy in California: What We Know and Do Not Know

In spring 2014, the College Access Foundation of California and the Pullias Center for Higher Education convened a group of thought leaders in the fields of financial literacy and college access to discuss the current state of financial literacy in California. Through a robust discussion, we identified roadblocks to and potential strategies for improving the […]

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Creating Incentives for People to Save Energy

What incentive do you have to turn off the lights in your office, lower the thermostat in the winter, or power down your computer? Probably not too much. I admit to liking to have my laptop on; it’s sort of a 21st century lava light—always there filling my inbox with e-mails. I don’t think there […]

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Ten Ways to Improve Educational Outcomes for Low-Income Youth

Double the minimum wage Create a full employment economy Give homeless youth a home End hunger Provide universal health care Treat mental illness Reduce incarceration Reduce income inequality Reduce the dropout rate Provide maternity and infant care Is there any that doubt if we did even half of these, educational outcomes would increase? If so, […]

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The Pros and Cons of Editing for Promotion, Tenure, and the Intellectual Life

I am frequently asked about the invisible rules for promotion and tenure, or for advice on what is a good use of one’s time. These are fair questions and I’m probably the right person to ask since I am asked to review an awful lot of dossiers over the course of a year. There are […]

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A Research Agenda for For-Profit Colleges and Universities

At first glance, the topic of a research agenda for for-profit institutions may seem to be a rather narrow, technical issue, of concern largely to those closely affiliated with those institutions—at most, some of those who work in them, who regulate them, who study them, and maybe even some of those who take courses in […]

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