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Canaries in the Academic Coal Mine

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Canaries are delicate birds that are susceptible to drafts.   Coal miners have long brought these fragile creatures into coal mines because the health and well-being of these little birds tells them something about the mine.  If canaries die, then the coal miners know, hopefully not too late, that the mine has had […]

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Katy Perry, you’re awesome; Tom Jefferson, you need a makeover.

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens High school students know who Katy Perry is. She’s a socialite. She has a song, “I Kissed a Girl.” She dated the tattooed guy from Gym Class Heroes and now is engaged to  the funny guy from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Teenagers could, I’m sure, also fill-in-the-blanks for numerous other pop culture figures: […]

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Debt Burden: Part II + Academic Research

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Here’s an interesting point about the need for research in a particular area, and how important it is that academics do it. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) did a study, of sorts, of 15 for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs).  They found misconduct and fraud at virtually all of the 15 institutions.  They […]

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Frequent flyer miles, coupons and more!

By Zoe B. Corwin

by Zoe Corwin When was the last time you justified a purchase by using a Mileage credit card.  “At least I’m earning miles,” you might have uttered after the credit card receipt was handed your way.  Or perhaps you recently went out of your way to visit a particular coffee shop (or yogurt shop or […]

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Thursday is TechDay: What’s an app?

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles What’s an app? The short answer is that an “app” is an abbreviation for application. An application is just computer software designed to help the user perform singular (or multiple related) tasks. Applications are nothing new. Your word processing program? That’s an application. Always has been. Always will be. The abbreviation of the term application to […]

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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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