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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 1): A 2000 Mile Journey Across the Border

Nineteen-ninety marked the beginning of a new journey.  My family decided to cross the Rio Grande into the United States. I do not remember much of the journey, since I was only two years old, but my brothers were more aware of the situation at the time. Mexico was facing a recession.  Coming from a […]

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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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Melting in Summer

In the summer after high school graduation, many college-intending students often discover themselves to be without the crucial knowledge, resources and direction necessary to smoothly transition to college.  Though they’ve completed all the high school requirements, been accepted to at least one college, applied for financial aid, and indicated their plans to enroll in postsecondary […]

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Race, Terror, and Tenure – On Collective Outrage

There’s been a lot of talk, criticism, and collective outrage about the decision to weaken tenure and shared governance at University of Wisconsin at Madison. The anger is well founded. Scholars from institutions across the nation and across disciplines expressed their opinions and often harsh criticism of the decision. The widespread response is not a […]

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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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Marketing the College Experience: A Problem for the Online University?

Recently, over 3,000 students who applied to the University of Florida for their undergraduate education received welcome news of their acceptance… with a single caveat: they had to take their entire first year of classes online. Back in September 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott authorized the creation of UF Online, allocating $35 million over five years […]

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Why a Sabbatical to India that is a Fulbright

The thought of applying for a Fulbright is a fun, but time-consuming, exercise.  Where in the world would you like to go that will advance your research agenda?  One mistake colleagues make when they think about sabbaticals is that they don’t start planning about what they are going to do until a semester before it […]

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Can Academic Publishing Be Disrupted?

The proliferation of academic journals creates a problem for any scholars who want to stay up-to-date on the newest research in their fields.  Years ago, when I taught music history, it was a simple matter to walk over to the library and skim through the 15-20 journals that were central to my scholarly interests.  Today, […]

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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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Parents Use of Technology With Their Kids: Does it Matter?

“What are we reading tonight?” My sister and I would fight over which book we wanted our mom to read. We usually took turns choosing the story.  When we were feeling especially obstinate, my mom would make the executive decision and select the book herself.  Once my sister and I were both reading fluently, my […]

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