Tag Archives: Four-year College

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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The Veil of Perfection: Academic (In)Vulnerability

In light of the blog I posted last week, I started to think about constructive ways to think about talking about race, racism, and seemingly difficult topics. I want to be clear, I’m not writing this as a pundit on race or Black Studies, because I’m not—I’m writing this simply as a Black man. There […]

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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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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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Why is this Girl Crying? Non-Price Competition, Part Deux

Back in March, I promised to elaborate on the notion that small generic colleges are often the worst prepared to consider non commodity features to focus upon.   That promise came after a simple review of how commodities generally work and how for the vast majority of non-selective universities, the demographics of the market just doesn’t […]

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Sparking (Good) Debate

Much has been written about how academics have messed up via the internet.  Remember Dr. Steven Salaita who lost his job at the University of Illinois due to his “political expressions” about Israel?  Then there was Boston University’s Saida Grundy who tweeted “White masculinity isn’t a problem for America’s colleges, white masculinity is THE problem […]

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Do We Really Need More STEM Graduates?

A common assumption is that there is a desperate need for more students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Almost everyone believes it – which is why schools of engineering, for example, are experiencing a boom, and history departments are a bust.  Administrators, faculty, students, parents, and policymakers all argue that we’re throwing good […]

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Mergers and Aquisitions

It’s March 2011. California’s next governor calls a morning news conference to make a stunning announcement: The Apollo Group’s University of Phoenix will pay $2.3 billion to buy the California State University system. “The previous administration left us with few alternatives,” explains the new governor, who won election on a campaign pledge to end California’s […]

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Escaping the Digital

“What’s the Point of a Professor” was a New York Times opinion piece by Mark Bauerlein that has generated wide response and conversation about the role of the professor in the 21st century. Bauerlein argues that professors are becoming more like “accreditors” and fail to inspire and invest in students like the professors of old. Although […]

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It’s Financial Aid in the Media Season Again!

It’s financial aid in the media season again! From February to June, there will be a smattering of financial aid articles and interviews in the popular media. I typically try not to get rant-y in my blog posts, but this article from MarketWatch last month really bugged me. The story focuses on four insider tips to […]

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