Featured News Posts

Recent News

Everything Old is New Again

By Mark DeFusco

Enjoy this video, by clicking HERE. It may be the last smile for this blog. I promised in my March piece that I would continue my theme of Non-Price competition and why non-selective colleges were ill prepared to consider this pricing strategy.  However, this week’s actions so rocked the education environment that I am compelled to […]

Continue Reading →

Controlling for Race – The Silence of Education Researchers

By Antar Tichavakunda

Topics are always more complex than they seem.  As scholars we learn about the nuances and context-specific issues of various issues. To better understand issues, we often employ theoretical frameworks. Theoretical frameworks are like the lenses we use to see and analyze data.  Scholars may use different frameworks to look at the same phenomena and […]

Continue Reading →

Movie Review: Whiplash – The Art and Terror of Mentoring

By Bill Tierney

A friend suggested that I write a review of Whiplash since I’m supposed to know something about mentoring.  She had seen it with her son and mentioned “it sparked a great discussion about whether intimidation and belittling are good teaching methods.”  She also gave me a link to a movie review.  See here.  The movie is […]

Continue Reading →

Can Online Education Foster Social Intelligence?

By Michael Lanford

Lately, I have been interviewing several community college students who have expressed an interest in becoming primary and secondary teachers.  Much of their coursework, thus far, involves a mixture of face-to-face and online classes.  Almost all of the students I interviewed prefer face-to-face classes over online classes for a number of well-known reasons, including the […]

Continue Reading →

How to Write a Book of the Year

By Bill Tierney

Joyce King, President of AERA, asked me to fill a vacant position on one of the association’s many committees.  I can’t say no to Joyce, so I found myself on AERA’s “Book of the Year” committee.  I had never sat on the committee before so I didn’t know what I was in for until 56 […]

Continue Reading →

I’m an Educated Mother AND a Mother who Educates

By Raquel Rall

Last year, I helped organize a week’s worth of blogs about how motherhood influences the professional worlds of those aspiring for the Ph.D. or those moving up the academic ranks.  What my colleagues and I  didn’t explicitly focus on is the bidirectionality of wearing the hats of “mom” and “Ph.D.” I have 3 daughters, the […]

Continue Reading →

Invisible User

By Antar Tichavakunda

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me… When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me,” Ralph Ellison wrote in his Invisible Man. I am a Black man and in some spaces, because of this identity, I battle the […]

Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Tyranny of Meritocracy

By Bill Tierney

I read this and you don’t need to. I approached this book with a great deal of anticipation.  The idea of “merit” is an important notion in American higher education, and Lani Guinier is one of our country’s most thoughtful legal scholars.  The concise 160 page book is also published by Beacon Press so I […]

Continue Reading →

What Is Collegial in Higher Education?

By Michael Lanford

The idea of “collegiality,” an important concept for any academic institution, has been on my mind over the past couple of weeks.  Simply put, collegiality is a cooperative relationship between colleagues founded upon respect.  Virtually no one relishes abrasive confrontation, particularly when an individual’s response seems out of proportion to the importance of the issue […]

Continue Reading →

Will the Circle be Unbroken?

By Bill Tierney

One of the better novels I have read in the last several months is Dave Eggers’ The Circle. Eggers came onto the stage with a great book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a memoir. This guy is a dynamo – novels, non-profits, community activist, and thinker. The Circle is a superb good […]

Continue Reading →