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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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India Part One – The Beginning: India’s Beef

In late September in a town about 40 kilometers from Delhi, a place that has had a mixed Hindu and Muslim population for decades, a rumor began that Mohammed Akhlaq and his family stored beef in their freezer and ate it. Although both groups had lived peacefully together for years and the family had Hindu […]

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India, Part One – The Beginning: Passage to More than India

“How much to National University?” “100 rupees.” “That’s too much. I paid 50 yesterday.” “80 rupees.” “60!” “80!” “70.” “Get in.” A variation of that conversation begins and ends my days as I go back and forth to the university in one of the ubiquitous auto-rickshaws that populate every road in New Delhi. Getting settled […]

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Change from the Inside

Some think that the For-Profit Higher Education Industry in the United States is on life support.  In May, Corinthian Colleges, filed for Chapter 11 protection and closed its doors, leaving thousands of students without a college to go to and millions (perhaps billions) of dollars in loans for the government to forgive.  The largest and best […]

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Summing Up III

There is certainly still a lot to write about:  Just recently I saw Happy Valley which is a documentary about the Sandusky Case at Penn State University (tragically illuminating).  I just finished Orlando Patterson’s 700 page text The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth (an epic tour de force).  This year I’ve been an expert witness […]

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Summing Up II

I noticed a few weeks back that Marquette University, to its considerable credit, has raised its minimum wage for workers to $16.00/hour.  I weighed in on this last year and suggested that USC do something similar.   I also have written about “college for all” and over time have come to see it with mixed emotions.  […]

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Summing Up – I

I’ve been doing this blog for over half a decade.  At some point what was irregular in the writing of it, became regular; rather than write a blog every now and then we put out a blog a day.  Various folks in the Pullias Center helped staff and write for it.  We cooked up special […]

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The Utility of a Sabbatical

I didn’t know it at the time, but I’m sorry to say that I think I came of age during academe’s Golden Age in the United States. I may have entered it at the tail end of the Golden Era, but I was still part of it.   My college years, certainly full of angst and […]

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The Utility of a Fulbright

In my previous blog on sabbaticals I made three points:  learning something new; extend your learning; figure out your time.  Fulbrights have allowed me to do all three.  The first time I applied for a Fulbright I didn’t know much of what I was doing.  I was not that far removed from a two year […]

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Sounding like a Broken Record

Some years ago I was speaking with a young friend whose English was his second language.  We were on the phone and I mentioned that it was “raining cats and dogs.”  He laughed and said, “I’m not sure I understand you.”  One of my nieces has married a fellow from Nepal and when I first […]

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