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The Top 10 List I Don’t Want To Be On

By Kristan Venegas

I. So this happens. I get an email from a respected colleague in Rossier, “We’re in the Top 10!” I already know what top 10 list we’re on, and it ain’t good. USC is one of the most expensive schools for graduate school debt in the US. I already knew this because I have been […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 2): Navigating My First Year in College

By Omar Villa

(This is a five part series.  Read PART ONE) My first year in college was in 2007.  It felt like an intense roller coast ride where at times I felt like my life was ready to change tracks on me at any time. First, I migrated 300 miles away from home to pursue my college […]

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The State of Writing Instruction in Higher Education – Do We Really Care?

By Michael Lanford

During the month of June, I had the privilege to teach writing classes for the Pullias Center’s SummerTIME program for the second year.  Although the time required to teach writing (on top of my research and coursework responsibilities) makes the summer a little hectic, I always look forward to the program.  I miss teaching a […]

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Micro-Aggressions: A Form of Continued Racism

By Shafiqa Ahmadi

Every year we take a trip to Las Vegas with my in-laws. On one of these trips, I took my two sons to the hotel pool. After swimming for a little while I noticed that my mother-in-law and father-in-law, who are African American, were sitting at a table next to the pool. I wondered why […]

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Change from the Inside

By Mark DeFusco

Some think that the For-Profit Higher Education Industry in the United States is on life support.  In May, Corinthian Colleges, filed for Chapter 11 protection and closed its doors, leaving thousands of students without a college to go to and millions (perhaps billions) of dollars in loans for the government to forgive.  The largest and best […]

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The Veil of Perfection: Academic (In)Vulnerability

By Antar Tichavakunda

In light of the blog I posted last week, I started to think about constructive ways to think about talking about race, racism, and seemingly difficult topics. I want to be clear, I’m not writing this as a pundit on race or Black Studies, because I’m not—I’m writing this simply as a Black man. There […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 1): A 2000 Mile Journey Across the Border

By Omar Villa

Nineteen-ninety marked the beginning of a new journey.  My family decided to cross the Rio Grande into the United States. I do not remember much of the journey, since I was only two years old, but my brothers were more aware of the situation at the time. Mexico was facing a recession.  Coming from a […]

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Summing Up III

By Bill Tierney

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 […]

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Summing Up II

By Bill Tierney

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.  […]

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Melting in Summer

By Raquel Rall

In the summer after high school graduation, many college-intending students often discover themselves to be without the crucial knowledge, resources and direction necessary to smoothly transition to college.  Though they’ve completed all the high school requirements, been accepted to at least one college, applied for financial aid, and indicated their plans to enroll in postsecondary […]

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