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Seven Weeks In and …

Part of my responsibilities here in the Pullias Center for Higher Education is overseeing the Increasing Access via Mentoring (I AM) Program—one of the center’s two outreach programs. I AM is an action-based intensive mentoring model where USC staff and graduate students guide Los Angeles area college-ready high school seniors through the college and financial aid […]

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Killing Corinthian: Now What?

I don’t wish to rehearse the news about what has happened to Corinthian since it has been well reported in multiple outlets. (Click here, here, and here for more information.) Here’s my question: Corinthian has about 75,000 students and about 27,000 of them are in California. The students have been getting about $1.4 billion in […]

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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 postsecondary 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 likely involve fewer tenure-track faculty. The bloom is certainly off […]

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Sexual Assault on Campus—Part IV

What are we to do when we actually find a student responsible for sexually assaulting another person? I hope from the other blogs (see here, here, and here) you get how difficult it is to reach this point in the process, but let’s assume we’re there. Many folks are still ambivalent about what to do. […]

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Sexual Assault on Campus—Part III

When we compound the problem of establishing whether or not consent was secured with the presence of alcohol in an alleged sexual assault case, I imagine administrators’ eyes rolling back in their heads. First question: Is it possible for a drunk woman to have consensual sex? Sure. How could a potential sex partner be sure? […]

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Sexual Assault on Campus—Part II

Nowhere can we see the impact of a male privileged world view more clearly than in higher education’s confusion around the issue of consent and sexual assault. Recent proposed legislation suggests that colleges define consent as affirmatively hearing “yes” versus the current “prove she said ‘no’” practice. Who does “prove she said ‘no’” favor? This […]

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Sexual Assault on Campus—Part I

In this and my next three essays I discuss sexual assault on college campuses, presenting some thoughts and recommendations. The first tackles the collective misunderstanding about the perpetrators; the second, our misunderstandings about consent; the third about the role of alcohol; and the fourth, our reluctance to levy appropriate sanctions. The first barrier to higher […]

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Where Will I Send My High Achieving Latina Daughter to College?

First it’s important to note, this is not a humble brag blog entry, this is a post written out of serious worry about future educational opportunities, and not just for my kid of color. In California, if you are born after September 2, you have to attend “Transitional Kindergarten (TK)” and then begin regular Kindergarten […]

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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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Divestment, Activism, and Voice III

Unbeknownst to me, on the day that the faculty published their letter about the university’s role in sweatshops in Bangladesh the students who were concerned about the issue decided to stage a sit-down protest outside of the president’s office. They wanted to talk with the President. The university went into overdrive. Department of Public Safety […]

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