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Critical Issues in Higher Education

This summer I’m creating a syllabus for a course that hasn’t been taught at my institution before but has been named “Critical This summer I’m creating a syllabus for a course that hasn’t been taught at my institution before but has been named “Critical Issues in Higher Education.” Over the course of one quarter, for […]

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On “Useless” Liberal and Fine Arts Degrees

Recently, I was entombed with approximately 100 people in a swelteringly hot Boeing 737 that was languishing on a runway for what seemed like hours. As time slowly and miserably progressed, I could sense the tensions of the passengers running high.  With each new bead of sweat, my patience was certainly wearing thin.  Normally, in […]

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Graduation Season – Can There be the Predicted Unbundling when there Really is no Integration?

It is graduation season again.  Around the country, families are celebrating their young men and women who parade in colors of the ancient regalia signifying academic achievement.  This regalia and the degrees and diplomas which accompany them signal to the community at large certain qualities and skills obtained by the recent graduate.  There has been many arguments […]

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If California Were to Act Like the Ukraine: Higher Education Budget Constraints and Privatization

When it comes to studies in comparative education, comparisons are traditionally drawn between two or more countries, or, to be more precise, national educational systems. However, it does not have to be that way and there is no need to uphold to this seemingly natural tradition. In many instances, country–state rather than country–country comparison appears […]

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What’s Up With Cal? (Psst: Not as Much as We’d Like)

If you’ve been following the LA Times or the Chronicle of Higher Education, you may have lost count: in the past months, at least four faculty and staff at UC Berkeley have left their positions after being accused of sexual harassment.  Among the body count: the law school dean, a vice chancellor, an astronomer and, […]

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First 8 days of March: More Journaling Race

Hello Diary, Just as I documented in my blog last month, race is salient and ever present in my academic life. I don’t have to look for it, it finds me. My motivation for sharing this is to show how one can make daily decisions to advocate for racial equity and cultural differences (or not). […]

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Requiem for a Heavyweight

DISCLAIMER – The author is a proud alum of the University of Phoenix and the Apollo Group.  In 1994, Apollo took a chance on me and I took a chance on them.  The next 8 years proved to be the most professionally stimulating period of the author’s career.  Years later, I look back at those […]

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Phyllis Schlafley and I Go Way Back

Phyllis Schlafley and I go way back. She plagued me in the late 1970s when I was a college student. I had been sexually assaulted in the first semester of my freshman year, and was struggling with feelings of shame and rage. I watched her almost single-handedly engineer the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment […]

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What’s Your Wifi?

I appreciate broadband when I remember dial-up connections. I shudder recalling the glacial pace of my family’s AOL something point O struggling to establish a connection. Most of the time, however, I accept broadband as a fact of life. When I visit friends’ houses, I don’t ask if they have Wi-Fi — I ask for the password. […]

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Taking Responsibility

“How to fire federal employees” was the informal name of a workshop I attended a few weeks ago. The workshop wasn’t about getting rid of great or mediocre employees; it was about dealing with toxic, destructive employees. The presentation made me think – so I’m sharing two thoughts that I took away. First, it can […]

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