Tag Archives: Academe

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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Selective Silence

About two weeks ago, I shut down my Facebook to the bare minimum. I use Facebook as a means to communicate with friends and family, but also with the academic community that I am a part of. Between the terrorist attacks globally, the ongoing murders of men of color in the US, and the ongoing […]

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Why I Study Access to Higher Education

When I was a senior in high school, I felt lost. I knew I wanted to go to college to do better and make money—I uncritically believed in the bootstrapping narrative of social mobility, long before I opened a book by Bourdieu, Marx, or Freire. I would go to my neighborhood library and read books […]

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Don’t Knock #SafeSpace

Images like this one have been circulating on Twitter, mocking Safe Space.  It is in response to the thousands of students across the country who are trying to create room for themselves on college campuses across the country. Of course, these students are being depicted as cry babies. Or seen as those unwilling to hear differing opinions. […]

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Dr. Brevity: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Conference Presentation

During the first week of November, I gave three presentations at the annual Association for the Study of Higher Education conference in Denver, Colorado.  For several years, I have given presentations at a variety of academic conferences, ranging in scope from musicology to American studies to education.  Each disciplinary society has its own peculiar set […]

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India, Part One – The Beginning: Higher Education and Cricket

A generation or so ago, it was relatively easy to understand a country’s system of higher education. Most countries had a publicly funded national system of higher education.  A microscopic number of private non-profit institutions existed and there were an even smaller number of for-profit institutions.  One of the few places where there were significant […]

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Where Will the Next School Shooting Be?

It’s unfortunate that this question “Where will the next school shooting be?” is a legitimate question.  From Sandy Hook, where 26 people were massacred–20 of them children, to Virginia Tech, where 32 college students and faculty were destroyed by bullets, asking “Where will the next school shooting be?” is as common a question as “Do […]

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