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The Rabbit, the Fox, and the Wolf

Just before I switched to my current advisor a little over halfway through my program, I received this from him in an email: The Rabbit, the Fox, and the Wolf One sunny day a rabbit came out of her hole in the ground to enjoy the fine weather. The day was so nice that she […]

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Next Steps Continued …

Here we go with the last 4 of my 8 suggestions for the job app process. The first four are here. Be patient … but don’t forget. I’ve learned that the process of hearing back from various positions in the academy can be slow (if you hear back at all). It is important to be […]

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Next Steps …

In my last post I talked about successfully defending my dissertation. In this post I turn to a discussion of what happens now. So I might be in the majority or the minority of recent dissertation completers (I am not sure) but I did not secure a job prior to finishing my dissertation. Because I […]

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The End of My Beginning …

Last Monday, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation almost four years to the day that I started my Ph.D. program. It has been quite a ride. As I entered the room with the nationally known researchers, past university presidents, and research organization heads, I couldn’t help but feel honored to be there sharing about the […]

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You’ve Written (or Are Writing) a Dissertation … So What?

We talk so much about research questions—what qualifies as a good question, whether the question implies a certain research methodology, what are the right words to use, etc. Yet, at the end of the day there’s one question that trumps even the research question(s). It is important to ask … so what? What’s significant about […]

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Graduate Students in Debt & the Money Taboo

Last month I wrote a post about the newly released documentary, Ivory Tower. My post (and the film) was primarily concerning the student debt crisis facing higher education in general with a focus on the rise in student loan debt of undergraduate students in recent decades. But, what was not addressed in the film was […]

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The Revolution is Now?

It’s summer, so that must mean that I am teaching Finance in Higher Education again. And this summer, I’m teaching it a lot. I have all three sections for the Ed.D. and Master’s programs related to higher education, which means I lead the course six hours a night, three nights a week, for six weeks. […]

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How is a Dissertation Like Falling in Love?

Even a cursory reading of pop psychology reveals that humans attempt to recreate the love they once felt from their parents in the arms of another adult later in life. Falling in love, then, is a precarious practice and—as with all hazardous yet vital life activities—there is a constant possibility of torment. So too then, […]

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Knowledge of Borrowing and Repayment–Ignorance Isn’t Always Bliss

In our work with master’s degree students, we found that many of them freely admitted to knowing very little, and, in many cases, nothing, about their student loans when they were undergraduates. Common responses were: “My parents took care of most of it.” and “They [mom and dad] sent me the information and I signed […]

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Graduate Student’s Debt Decision-Making Process—Seeking Advice and Making the Right Decision

Borrowing money to pay for college, a new home, a car, or to consolidate debt, can be a stressful experience. Not having someone to talk with about borrowing can add to the stress. In our study students described the stress they encountered, or avoided, when making financial aid decisions. One student told us, “My sister […]

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