Archive by Author

India Part One – The Beginning: Indian Higher Education’s Half-Full Glass

I had the opportunity recently to review the applications of Indian academics who have applied for Fulbrights to the United States. It was one of those fun, time-consuming experiences that academics complain about because of the time commitment but actually enjoy a great deal because we get to learn a lot.  A few hundred applications […]

Comments Off on India Part One – The Beginning: Indian Higher Education’s Half-Full Glass Continue Reading →

India, Part One – The Beginning: Higher Education and Cricket

A generation or so ago, it was relatively easy to understand a country’s system of higher education. Most countries had a publicly funded national system of higher education.  A microscopic number of private non-profit institutions existed and there were an even smaller number of for-profit institutions.  One of the few places where there were significant […]

Comments Off on India, Part One – The Beginning: Higher Education and Cricket Continue Reading →

India, Part One – The Beginning: Delhi Forty Years On

(Written by Barry H. Weiss) Delhi-wallahs describe their city as “organized chaos.” Indeed, they say that about all of India.  I was lucky enough to come through here forty years ago after serving in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan.  Returning so many years later conjures up many memories, and brings to mind how this place […]

Comments Off on India, Part One – The Beginning: Delhi Forty Years On Continue Reading →

India Part One – The Beginning: India’s Beef

In late September in a town about 40 kilometers from Delhi, a place that has had a mixed Hindu and Muslim population for decades, a rumor began that Mohammed Akhlaq and his family stored beef in their freezer and ate it. Although both groups had lived peacefully together for years and the family had Hindu […]

Comments Off on India Part One – The Beginning: India’s Beef Continue Reading →

India, Part One – The Beginning: Passage to More than India

“How much to National University?” “100 rupees.” “That’s too much. I paid 50 yesterday.” “80 rupees.” “60!” “80!” “70.” “Get in.” A variation of that conversation begins and ends my days as I go back and forth to the university in one of the ubiquitous auto-rickshaws that populate every road in New Delhi. Getting settled […]

Comments Off on India, Part One – The Beginning: Passage to More than India Continue Reading →

Summing Up III

There is certainly still a lot to write about:  Just recently I saw Happy Valley which is a documentary about the Sandusky Case at Penn State University (tragically illuminating).  I just finished Orlando Patterson’s 700 page text The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth (an epic tour de force).  This year I’ve been an expert witness […]

Comments Off on Summing Up III Continue Reading →

Summing Up II

I noticed a few weeks back that Marquette University, to its considerable credit, has raised its minimum wage for workers to $16.00/hour.  I weighed in on this last year and suggested that USC do something similar.   I also have written about “college for all” and over time have come to see it with mixed emotions.  […]

Comments Off on Summing Up II Continue Reading →

Summing Up – I

I’ve been doing this blog for over half a decade.  At some point what was irregular in the writing of it, became regular; rather than write a blog every now and then we put out a blog a day.  Various folks in the Pullias Center helped staff and write for it.  We cooked up special […]

Comments Off on Summing Up – I Continue Reading →

Higher Education in Hong Kong

For the last month I have been in residence as a Fellow at the University of Hong Kong.  The Fellowship is a three-year interdisciplinary arrangement where I am in residence.  My obligations are relatively minor: we outlined a plan over a three year time horizon that involves offering a lecture or two every time I […]

Comments Off on Higher Education in Hong Kong Continue Reading →

Why a Sabbatical to India that is a Fulbright

The thought of applying for a Fulbright is a fun, but time-consuming, exercise.  Where in the world would you like to go that will advance your research agenda?  One mistake colleagues make when they think about sabbaticals is that they don’t start planning about what they are going to do until a semester before it […]

Comments Off on Why a Sabbatical to India that is a Fulbright Continue Reading →