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USC’s College Access Index: Sharing Information

I am among the fastest runners in my age group in the United States.  I’ve mentioned before how much I train, and how hard I work out. I attribute my speed (and agility) to my training. I’m betting even my closest friends and my greatest admirers might say something like, “Bill, I know you’re fast […]

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The Student Loan Crisis: Up Close and Personal

Two concerns I have with the current discussion about the student loan crisis is that it is increasingly ideological in nature, and quantitative in the manner in which student financial needs are analyzed: Ideological: Students have too much debt/no they don’t.  More students should to go college/no they shouldn’t.  It’s not the government’s role to […]

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Book Review: The App Generation by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis

I read this and I suppose you should, too. The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis, is a breezy, easy to read small-sized 244 page book.  Since I’m recommending it, let me offer three quarrels I have with the authors at […]

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On Donations, Philanthropy, and Ice Bucket Challenges

The ALS ‘ice bucket’ challenge has raised about 150 million since the middle of last summer, which is on top of the amount of money they raised when the challenge began.  ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is admittedly a very tough disease for anyone to have.  The fellows who thought up the ice bucket challenge […]

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The Purpose of Research: On ROI and DARPA

I have had funded research throughout my academic career.  Even when I worked at Fort Berthold Community College, and long before my doctorate, I wrote grants that advanced the mission of the tribally controlled college.  As a postdoc at the National Center we survived on federal funding by what is now called the Institute of […]

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(Re)constructing USC’s Campus

I have been in the same office in the same building for a generation.  My office has recently gone through a reconfiguration when I took out the bookshelves and replaced them with paintings that I had bought in Santa Fe.  Rather than the off-yellow that punctuates the rest of the building my office is now […]

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The Experience Economy: On Leadership

Amy Gutmann, President of Penn, accumulated all sorts of flack when she followed her students by  falling to the floor at a die-in at her Christmas party this past December. The students were demonstrating in support of those who have been murdered by police in the last several years, and Gutmann supported their protest.  I […]

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The Experience Economy: The Ugly

Pine and Gilmore’s book is predicated on the idea that a business has a priority in knowing as much as possible about the consumer.  Privacy is a virtue of the past.  Dave Eggers has written a funny, superb, novel about the future, The Circle, which I discussed last month. Let’s acknowledge that part of the […]

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The Experience Economy: The Bad

“Professor” Harold Hill decided to fleece the good citizens of River City by making them think that they needed music in their high school “right here in River City.”  “The Music Man” was one of the most popular musicals of the 1950s and highlights how people can be screwed over by con men. The Experience […]

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The Experience Economy: The Good

A book by Joseph Pine and James Gilmore, The Experience Economy, is the most recent text to sweep the business world and make its way into higher education.   The authors make the very admirable point that the consumer wants more than a ‘good.’  Consumers want experiences.   An obvious example is the shopping mall.  We created […]

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