Archive by Author

Reconceptualizing the Credit Hour in Colleges and Universities

Lately, I have been thinking a great deal about the first two years of undergraduate education, as I plan to conduct an ethnography on developmental education and college writing centers for my dissertation. Ultimately, I believe that a few institutions may try to reconceptualize the credit hour in an attempt to better capture student effort […]

Comments Off on Reconceptualizing the Credit Hour in Colleges and Universities Continue Reading →

On “Useless” Liberal and Fine Arts Degrees

Recently, I was entombed with approximately 100 people in a swelteringly hot Boeing 737 that was languishing on a runway for what seemed like hours. As time slowly and miserably progressed, I could sense the tensions of the passengers running high.  With each new bead of sweat, my patience was certainly wearing thin.  Normally, in […]

Comments Off on On “Useless” Liberal and Fine Arts Degrees Continue Reading →

Thinking through the Relationship between Diversity and Innovation

Recently, I had the fantastic opportunity to help out with an online diversity class for the USC Rossier Ed.D. program. Although the students were mostly from the United States, they had life experiences from various parts of the world and were currently working in Singapore.  Hence, their views on diversity were inevitably shaped by the […]

Comments Off on Thinking through the Relationship between Diversity and Innovation Continue Reading →

Thoughts While Ranking Universities

A week or so ago, I opened my email and discovered an “invitation to influence the outcome” of one of the numerous university rankings that are proliferating at a seemingly endless pace. Although I have criticized rankings in the past, I’ll admit that I was internally thrilled.  For years, I have looked through college and […]

Comments Off on Thoughts While Ranking Universities Continue Reading →

Self-Restraint on Social Media

The past couple of weeks have had at least a couple of events within the field of higher education that have drawn my attention. Xi Jinping, the President of China, continues to cajole, if not threaten, the Chinese press to “protect the party’s authority and unity,” albeit with a grandfatherly wave and a smile.  Concurrently, […]

Comments Off on Self-Restraint on Social Media Continue Reading →

Shouldn’t the Student Be More Important than the System?

Over the span of a thirty-seven year career in athletics, my father coached women’s and men’s basketball, baseball, and golf at several markedly-different colleges and universities. Whether the institution was a tiny liberal arts college with an NAIA affiliation or a powerhouse Division 1 NCAA program with a 90,000 seat football stadium, my dad felt […]

Comments Off on Shouldn’t the Student Be More Important than the System? Continue Reading →

How New Is Competency-Based Education Anyway?

Back in the mid-1990s, my family moved from Georgia to Florida between my sophomore and junior years of high school. Transferring from one state school system to another can create a number of problems for a teenager.  You enter a new school environment, without a clear knowledge of the best teachers (and the teachers to […]

Comments Off on How New Is Competency-Based Education Anyway? Continue Reading →

Why International Travel Changed My Life

This past winter break afforded me time to reflect on why I decided to be a higher education researcher, rather than continue my previous career in music. Immediately after completing a Masters degree in music, I “lucked” into a full-time, visiting professorship at a regional university in rural North Carolina.  The job was extremely gratifying […]

Comments Off on Why International Travel Changed My Life Continue Reading →

Tips for Ph.D. Students Revisited

My last blog received positive feedback, so I decided to add a couple more tips for the end of the year. Rather than focusing on coursework, I thought it might be helpful to offer three broad suggestions about surviving the first couple of semesters in a Ph.D. program: 1) Try not to spread yourself too […]

Comments Off on Tips for Ph.D. Students Revisited Continue Reading →

Tips for Approaching Ph.D. Coursework

After this week, I will be finished with my doctoral coursework and begin preparations for qualifying exams in the spring.  If I had chosen to pursue a Ph.D. in the United Kingdom or Hong Kong (where I received my Masters degree in higher education), no classes would have been necessary.  Ph.D. students in those locations […]

Comments Off on Tips for Approaching Ph.D. Coursework Continue Reading →