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In Reponse to Paul Krugman

Today I want to talk about power, or more specifically, the role of power in perpetuating and increasing inequality in the United States. I wasn’t planning on talking about this topic, well not so directly anyway. When I started this series of posts my intention was to limit my musings to the way we collectively […]

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The Purpose of Research: On ROI and DARPA

I have had funded research throughout my academic career.  Even when I worked at Fort Berthold Community College, and long before my doctorate, I wrote grants that advanced the mission of the tribally controlled college.  As a postdoc at the National Center we survived on federal funding by what is now called the Institute of […]

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The Experience Economy: On Leadership

Amy Gutmann, President of Penn, accumulated all sorts of flack when she followed her students by  falling to the floor at a die-in at her Christmas party this past December. The students were demonstrating in support of those who have been murdered by police in the last several years, and Gutmann supported their protest.  I […]

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Because It Is Where the Books Are

A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.  Benjamin Disraeli, House of Commons, 11 March 1873 In order to truly understand the role of faculty in the modern University, one must have a feel for the roots from which this role has developed.    In a world that has evolved at […]

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More Than A Game

What do we want to learn from our research (funded by the First in the World Grant) on the game-based intervention for college-going? We have in Mission Admission a colorful, interactive online game that could potentially influence students’ college identities.  It’s easy to get sucked into the game.  After all, it is the central component […]

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On the Purpose of Education – Part 2

In my last post, I asked if the primary purpose of education is to find a job.  Since then, at least two developments have engendered a considerable amount of discussion around that very topic.  On January 26, an article entitled “The Day the Purpose of College Changed” by Dan Barrett from the Chronicle of Higher […]

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Research Focusing of Promoting Equity

With the reversal, starting in the late 1970s, of this nation’s century-long trajectory toward economic and educational fairness, we need to rethink how to promote fairness and social justice. Given the pervasive use of market mechanisms in higher education and urban schools, this is especially urgent. In particular, the notion that there are pipelines to […]

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Cross-Generation Struggle for Fairness in Academe

Court cases about affirmative action, including the Supreme Court’s recent Fisher decision, are often brought into the spotlight by researchers and the press, but the daily decisions that undermine social justice in universities frequently go uncontested. The values and prejudices embedded in academic systems have not only created barriers for minorities in admissions, hiring and […]

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Why Free College Tuition is a Bad Idea: Water and College

President Obama has come out for what Tennessee has put forward, which is free college tuition at the community college level.  If we skim over the idea, it sounds terrific – go to college for free.  Who can be against that? Let’s recognize nothing is free.  Colleges have to get money from somewhere, so all […]

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The Small Liberal Arts, and Not-So-Liberal Arts, College: RIP

A conundrum exists in postsecondary enrollment. I have written repeatedly that we need more students participating in the post-secondary sector. At the same time, most of public higher education seems reluctant to consider alternative models of offering degrees that would be cheaper and of consequence. This would likely involve fewer tenure track faculty. The bloom […]

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