Tag Archives: Higher Education

Micro-Aggressions: A Form of Continued Racism

Every year we take a trip to Las Vegas with my in-laws. On one of these trips, I took my two sons to the hotel pool. After swimming for a little while I noticed that my mother-in-law and father-in-law, who are African American, were sitting at a table next to the pool. I wondered why […]

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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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Summing Up III

There is certainly still a lot to write about:  Just recently I saw Happy Valley which is a documentary about the Sandusky Case at Penn State University (tragically illuminating).  I just finished Orlando Patterson’s 700 page text The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth (an epic tour de force).  This year I’ve been an expert witness […]

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Summing Up II

I noticed a few weeks back that Marquette University, to its considerable credit, has raised its minimum wage for workers to $16.00/hour.  I weighed in on this last year and suggested that USC do something similar.   I also have written about “college for all” and over time have come to see it with mixed emotions.  […]

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Marketing the College Experience: A Problem for the Online University?

Recently, over 3,000 students who applied to the University of Florida for their undergraduate education received welcome news of their acceptance… with a single caveat: they had to take their entire first year of classes online. Back in September 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott authorized the creation of UF Online, allocating $35 million over five years […]

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Alice Goffman, Ethics, and Advising

A few years ago, as a graduate student at USC, I visited the American Sociological Association’s website. A name grabbed my attention. “Goffman,” I thought, “She can’t be related to the Goffman.” Alice Goffman, as it turns out, is the daughter of renowned sociologist Erving Goffman. I hurried to Google. She received her Ph.D. from […]

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Everything Old is New Again

Starting July 1, I am taking on a “new” administrative role in Rossier. After an exploratory year as the Dean’s Special Projects Assistant, I decided to apply for a “new” position as the Faculty Program Lead for the Master’s Programs. And I got it. And I am grateful. I keep using the term “new” in […]

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The Utility of a Fulbright

In my previous blog on sabbaticals I made three points:  learning something new; extend your learning; figure out your time.  Fulbrights have allowed me to do all three.  The first time I applied for a Fulbright I didn’t know much of what I was doing.  I was not that far removed from a two year […]

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Requiem for Tenure and Shared Governance at the University of Wisconsin?

Over the past few weeks, I have condemned the treatment of University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones by the Mississippi Board of Trustees, questioned the efficacy of standardized testing and university ranking systems, and even criticized my own university for its handling of graduate students in the Roski School MFA program.  With my advisor (Bill […]

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