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On Interviewing

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney I served on the search committee for the Provost this past fall.  One might think that the search for a provost is a very different undertaking than searching for an assistant professor, but that’s not the case.  Sure, there are some differences.  We used a search firm; confidentiality was crucial; the president […]

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(Re)viewing the Classics: Carol Stack’s All Our Kin

(Re)viewing the Classics: Carol Stack’s All Our Kin

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Carol Stack, with her three-year-old son in tow, spent several years collecting data in The Flats, a poor, black neighborhood in an unidentified Midwestern city. Her purpose was to examine the strategies poor people adopt in order to survive. The researcher, now a faculty member at University of California, Berkeley, did not seek access through […]

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Academics on the Inside Job

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney “Inside Job” is a well-done documentary about the collapse of the financial industry.  The movie is akin to Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” in tone and style.  The movie is very serious and has little of the fun of a Michael Moore flick.  But the director and writers make a very difficult topic […]

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The Capacity Crisis in California

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney College Enrollment in California Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2010 The California Postsecondary Education Commission estimates that by 2019 over 385,000 additional individuals will be interested in enrolling as undergraduates in a public postsecondary institution, with total enrollment projections rising as high as 2.75 million students.  These numbers are sobering when […]

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Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Aca-Fan

By Stefani Relles

By Stefani Relles Two weeks ago, I announced the “Thursday is TechDay” objective of developing an active 21st Century Scholar blogroll. This week, I spool out the first blogger on our register. As a reminder, a blogroll is a list of other blogs that a blogger (or collaborative blog such as 21st Century Scholar) recommends […]

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College for All

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney In 1841 Horace Mann wrote that “education has a power of ministering to our personal and material wants beyond all other agencies.  Every wise parent and community, desiring the prosperity of their children, will spare no pains in giving them a generous education.”   Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century Americans were in […]

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Horatio Alger lives! Blame and the culture of poverty

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Horatio Alger, a 19th century author, wrote novels about poor, downtrodden boys who go from rags to riches. They succeed due to dogged toil. The story is ingrained in the fabric of mainstream America. Fathers tell their sons, “If you work hard, you can make it.” That’s the American dream. The rags to […]

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The Ethnographic Novel

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney  What makes a novel ethnographic?  When we hear someone say “I’ve written a novel” the meaning is relatively clear, just as when people write “I’ve written an ethnography” we have an idea what they’ve done.  One is fiction and the other is not.  Some might say that an “ethnographic novel” is a […]

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Friday with Mark DeFusco

By Mark DeFusco

Come February we’ll be back to our regular first Friday schedule with guest scholar Dr. Mark DeFusco, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis. In the meantime, enjoy today’s “third Friday” contribution from Mark .  The Time Value of Money; The Economic Value of Time by Mark DeFusco Peter Frost, in his Rhythms […]

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The Thursday Pop by Kristan Venegas

By Kristan Venegas

The MTV Financial Aid Contest Finalists Announced: Sigh. Thanks to Bill Tierney for inviting me to participate in the 21st Century Scholar blog this semester and thanks to all of you thoughtful readers and posters who commented during my special series last October. I think I got asked back because of your insight and participation […]

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