Tag Archives: Four-year College

My Higher Ed Wish List

The past year was an exciting yet troubling time for higher education. Those of us who are dedicated to making institutions more accessible and equitable places for students have a long road ahead in 2016, but we also saw some signs of progress in 2015. As we engage in the holidays and the beginning of […]

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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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India Part One – The Beginning: Indian Higher Education’s Half-Full Glass

I had the opportunity recently to review the applications of Indian academics who have applied for Fulbrights to the United States. It was one of those fun, time-consuming experiences that academics complain about because of the time commitment but actually enjoy a great deal because we get to learn a lot.  A few hundred applications […]

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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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A Strong Affinity for Los Angeles

My partner, two children, and our two dogs just moved to Los Angeles from Oakland. Our friends from home often ask how we are adjusting. The family is decidedly split. My kids love our new city and I also have a strong affinity for Los Angeles. My dogs are indifferent (they’re dogs). But my partner, […]

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Checking “Asian” Can be a Disadvantage

Recently, I was helping a young high school senior on her college applications–it’s that time of year. Her most pressing question–what race should she check? She says she “feels more” Filipina, but she’s heard checking Asian can be a disadvantage. She’s also part Hawaiian, so she wonders if she should say she is Pacific Islander. […]

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College Branding: An Oversimplification of Complex Institutional Identities?

When I was seventeen years old, I was one of approximately 150 eleventh and twelfth grade students selected to the Florida All-State Symphonic Band. During the week-long festival, a number of colleges and universities set up recruitment tables during a specified “College Night,” intending to bolster their music programs with students who had already demonstrated […]

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Words from the Project Specialist

Although “Project Specialist” is only one of the many titles I’ve held during my working career, with the First In The World project, it’s never been more accurate. Sure, I specialize in the mechanics of a project, but more so, I’ve embraced that the cross-institution collaboration necessary for a project of this scale depends on […]

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USC Goddamn

Racism, its history, and its effects are omnipresent in our society. Racism works in mysterious ways for those who benefit from it. For those more intimate with race and racism, to echo Nina Simone, “Can’t you feel it? It’s all in the air, I can’t stand the pressure much longer.” Simone sang about a different, […]

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Discussing Power, Privilege and Identity in the Classroom

I’m teaching a course this fall called “Creating Communities of Interest” in our Educational Counseling program. We’re going to talk about power, privilege and identity in our next class meeting. I’m nervous about it. I’ve prepared for the class meeting.  I have plans for how to get the discussion going.  But I’m always worried when I talk […]

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