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Killing Corinthian: Now What?

I don’t wish to rehearse the news about what has happened to Corinthian since it has been well reported in multiple outlets. (Click here, here, and here for more information.) Here’s my question: Corinthian has about 75,000 students and about 27,000 of them are in California. The students have been getting about $1.4 billion in […]

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The Small Liberal Arts, and Not-So-Liberal Arts, College: RIP

A conundrum exists in postsecondary enrollment. I have written repeatedly that we need more students participating in the postsecondary sector. At the same time, most of public higher education seems reluctant to consider alternative models of offering degrees that would be cheaper and of consequence likely involve fewer tenure-track faculty. The bloom is certainly off […]

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Divestment, Activism, and Voice III

Unbeknownst to me, on the day that the faculty published their letter about the university’s role in sweatshops in Bangladesh the students who were concerned about the issue decided to stage a sit-down protest outside of the president’s office. They wanted to talk with the President. The university went into overdrive. Department of Public Safety […]

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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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