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In Reponse to Paul Krugman

Today I want to talk about power, or more specifically, the role of power in perpetuating and increasing inequality in the United States. I wasn’t planning on talking about this topic, well not so directly anyway. When I started this series of posts my intention was to limit my musings to the way we collectively […]

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So You Want to be a Qualitative Researcher in the 21st Century

A tension exists between old and new. In The Anxiety of Influence, Harold Bloom explains the generational process among writers: Old poets inspire young poets. The apprentice learns to love form by reading the work of a skilled master. The beginner writes derivative verse. Anxiety stirs as she realizes the only way to establish a […]

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(Re)constructing USC’s Campus

I have been in the same office in the same building for a generation.  My office has recently gone through a reconfiguration when I took out the bookshelves and replaced them with paintings that I had bought in Santa Fe.  Rather than the off-yellow that punctuates the rest of the building my office is now […]

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The Experience Economy: On Leadership

Amy Gutmann, President of Penn, accumulated all sorts of flack when she followed her students by  falling to the floor at a die-in at her Christmas party this past December. The students were demonstrating in support of those who have been murdered by police in the last several years, and Gutmann supported their protest.  I […]

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Considering the German Vocational Model

Proponents of vocational education often point to Germany as a model.  Germany certainly has an enviable unemployment rate (4.8% in December 2014), and its apprenticeship programs, conducted in tandem with vocational colleges, are often credited with this success.  As a result, influential business commentators like Harold Sirkin argue that the United States should emulate Germany’s […]

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Because It Is Where the Books Are

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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On the Purpose of Education – Part 2

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

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

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

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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