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Elevator Music

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney I work in a tall building.  We all use the elevator to get where we’re going.  Because of the weird configuration of the building and the even weirder hours of the faculty, I can go weeks, or months, without seeing a colleague until he or she pops onto the elevator.  There are […]

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Found Reform: (Re)Imagining Social Possibilities

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Bricolage (bree-kuh-lahzh), n. 1. a construction made of whatever materials are at hand; something created from a variety of available things. 2. (in literature) a piece created from diverse resources. 3. (in art) a piece of makeshift handiwork. 4. the use of multiple, diverse research methods. When I was an undergrad, some […]

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The Abuse of Governance

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Albion College’s Board of Trustees has tried to lay a problem at the faculty’s doorstep and in doing so they have committed one of the larger infractions of shared governance that I have seen in quite some time.  The Board decided that they needed to shrink the faculty by 15 positions – […]

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TechDay: What’s a Creative Commons license?

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles Creative Commons is a non-profit organization which has become synonymous with “getting copyright law out of the way” (at least in terms of public Internet use). The principle is simple. Creative Commons allows a user to exercise the option NOT to restrict blanket copyright over digital materials, and thereby facilitates the sharing […]

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Accountability, Texas-Style by Yvonna Lincoln

By Yvonna Lincoln

Today’s post is by our esteemed guest scholar, Dr. Yvonna S. Lincoln. About the author: Yvonna S. Lincoln is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Educational Administration at Texas A & M University. She is author, coauthor, or editor of such books as Naturalistic Inquiry and Fourth Generation Evaluation (both with Egon G. Guba), and […]

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Community and the purpose of education, part II

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens The seeds of market-driven reforms planted during the 1980’s are now beginning to blossom. Although some scholars have voiced concern about the failed promise of privatization and competition (see Diane Ravitch’s new book), the results are more complex. While it is true the achievement gap remains unconscionable, it is also true that the […]

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Debt Burden: Part I

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney How much debt is too much debt? Let’s say you’re an assistant professor, you have $30,000 in student loans and make $65,000 and live in Seattle. You don’t have a rich uncle, haven’t won the lottery, and although you hope you can turn your dissertation into a top-of-the-charts best seller (with movie […]

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First Fridays: A monthly blog post by Dr. Mark DeFusco

By Stefani Relles

21st Century Scholar introduces our newest guest contributor, Dr. Mark DeFusco who will be joining us on the first Friday of each month during the coming academic year. About the author: Mark DeFusco joined Berkery Noyes with long and varied experience in higher education management. He served as chief executive officer/president at Vatterott Education Holdings, a private equity-held, for-profit […]

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Thursday is TechDay: “What’s cloud computing anyway?”

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles If you love new technology, you probably also love learning new technology terms. If you don’t love technology, then the vocabulary of technological innovation can be a barrier to understanding what are often simple concepts. For those of you who were afraid to ask, “What’s cloud computing anyway?” Today is your lucky […]

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Boycotts and Associations

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney I have been vice president of Division J of AERA, and most recently a member-at-large.  In between those stints, I was president of ASHE. During my first term on the AERA Council the citizens of California passed Proposition187.  I was one of the more outspoken voices on the Council that we should […]

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