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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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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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Don’t Confuse Me with the Facts – Higher Education’s Next Mission

Americans don’t seem too concerned with “Exaggerations.”  Donald Trump saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City celebrating the collapse of the World Trade Center.  Ben Carson is certain that the Biblical Joseph built the pyramids to store grain.  Birthers are certain that our president was born in Africa even after he produced a birth certificate issued in Hawaii.  We […]

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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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Why I Study Boards…

Recently a colleague asked me why I study governance and boards of higher education when there are so many other topics out there to pursue. The problem with the question is that this individual didn’t really want to know why I studied governance.  The person wanted to know why I studied boards and not other, […]

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Going off Campus: A First Glimpse at Life in a Federal Agency

Some people assert that if professors had more “real world” experience, they might be better teachers and better researchers. I agree. Having worked in student affairs for about 15 years before I started teaching, I found that experience to be central to any ability I might have to help students connect theory to practice. When […]

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Is Worker Exploitation the New Disruptive Innovation?

From late-July to early-August, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a leadership institute in Taiwan organized by the Asia-Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership. Over several days, the attendees – hailing from a number of countries, including China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam – discussed the challenges facing their higher education systems, as well as their […]

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And We’re Back!

The 21st Century Scholar began in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. Bill Tierney and the Pullias Center.  As Dr. Tierney said in his last blog, the 21st Century Scholar has now moved over to the USC Rossier Office of Research and Faculty Affairs.  We hope to compliment the work of Dr. Tierney and the Pullias Center.  At […]

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Transitioning to the Postdoc

As of July 1st this year I said goodbye to USC after having been there for almost 5 years and started my new position as a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside.  I’ll be focusing on the governance of public higher education and fusing that with my interests in access, equity, and inclusion in […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 4): No One Understands Me

(This is a five part series. Read Part One here, part two here, and part three here.) I volunteered after school, during the summer, and even on the weekends for the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, and City of Anaheim’s Youth Group. I kept this up until I went to high school and there I joined […]

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