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The Experience Economy: The Ugly

By Bill Tierney

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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Because It Is Where the Books Are

By Mark DeFusco

A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.  Benjamin Disraeli, House of Commons, 11 March 1873 In order to truly understand the role of faculty in the modern University, one must have a feel for the roots from which this role has developed.    In a world that has evolved at […]

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More Than A Game

By Antar Tichavakunda

What do we want to learn from our research (funded by the First in the World Grant) on the game-based intervention for college-going? We have in Mission Admission a colorful, interactive online game that could potentially influence students’ college identities.  It’s easy to get sucked into the game.  After all, it is the central component […]

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The Experience Economy: The Bad

By Bill Tierney

“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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On the Purpose of Education – Part 2

By Michael Lanford

In my last post, I asked if the primary purpose of education is to find a job.  Since then, at least two developments have engendered a considerable amount of discussion around that very topic.  On January 26, an article entitled “The Day the Purpose of College Changed” by Dan Barrett from the Chronicle of Higher […]

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The Experience Economy: The Good

By Bill Tierney

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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Research Focusing of Promoting Equity

By Ed St. John

With the reversal, starting in the late 1970s, of this nation’s century-long trajectory toward economic and educational fairness, we need to rethink how to promote fairness and social justice. Given the pervasive use of market mechanisms in higher education and urban schools, this is especially urgent. In particular, the notion that there are pipelines to […]

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Globalization and Social Justice

By Ed St. John

The phrase “globalization and social justice” can be viewed as an oxymoron or a goal, but it certainly is not a true statement of interrelated facts. Over time there has been a correlation between the engagement of nations in the global economy and growth in income inequality within those nations. Thomas Piketty, Joseph Stiglitz, and […]

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Rethinking the Foundations of Higher Education

Rethinking the Foundations of Higher Education

By Ed St. John

The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) has played a substantial role in developing content in the field through the publication of ASHE readers. These texts essentially reproduce noteworthy articles, papers, and chapters as textbooks that can be used in core courses. Advancing Higher Education as a Field of Study (edited by Sydney […]

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Recognizing the Trajectory Toward Inequality

By Ed St. John

In his term as president of the American Education Research Association, Bill Tierney focused on inequity in education. Recently, he edited a volume with Johns Hopkins University Press, Rethinking Education and Poverty, that will help raise the awareness of researchers that focus on inequality in K-12 and higher education. After reviewing the draft chapters, I […]

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