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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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Recognizing the Trajectory Toward Inequality

In his term as president of the American Education Research Association, Bill Tierney focused on inequity in education. Recently, he edited a volume with Johns Hopkins University Press, Rethinking Education and Poverty, that will help raise the awareness of researchers that focus on inequality in K-12 and higher education. After reviewing the draft chapters, I […]

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On the Purpose of Education – Part 1

About five years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a high school in the American midwest that prepared students for careers in the construction industry.  I found the school intriguing for a number of reasons.  In promotional brochures, the primary selling point of the school was the industry’s high earning potential for graduates.  Certified […]

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

I had the great honor this week to be asked by the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics to participate in their technical review panel to develop an alternate measure of income for for-profit colleges and non-degree certificate programs at community colleges who fail the department’s Gainful Employment Eligibility criterion. I felt like […]

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I AM Mentoring Program Update

It’s November again and the college application season is in full swing. We (Carlos Galan, Michelle Cadena, and 50 volunteer mentors) have been helping 175 high school seniors apply to college. For California public universities (the University of California [UC] and the California State University [CSU]), the applications are due on Sunday, November 30. This […]

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Paying for College

Over the last several years we have rightfully been obsessing about student debt. Many students are taking on too much debt. The cost of college can also be a turnoff for poor students who understand debt but don’t necessarily understand foregone earnings. Why go to school for four years, incur debt, and end up with […]

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Making a Living or Making a Life

For the last several months, I have been serving as the interim CEO for the National Institute of Training and Employment (NITE). It is a very interesting company that is owned by leaders in the higher education private equity sector, Hamilton White and Linden Education. This is a company that focuses on jobs and gets […]

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Transferring Athletic Discipline into Academic Discipline

Any athlete over the long haul has to be disciplined. Some natural athletes can perform at a peak level for a time (think Babe Ruth), but as your body ages it betrays you (think Joe Namath). I’m not a natural athlete but I enjoy physical activity—whether it’s hiking, working out, or running. I enjoy the […]

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Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Transitioning to College–What’s Promising? What’s Challenging?

This is my 20th year working in the field of homeless education and I’ve witnessed tremendous change. While the general public may not see the face of a child when they hear the word, “homeless,” many educators do. Gone are the days when I would offer training on homeless education and find the room nearly […]

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Homeless College Students: An Invisible Population

The first time a student told me she was homeless, I was, perhaps naively, surprised. It had not occurred to me that people who were in college and working toward a degree might have precarious housing arrangements. Since that time, I have encountered approximately one student per term who chooses to share his/her housing insecurity […]

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