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Once Upon a Time in America – The Over Education of Russell C. Carfagno

Play this while you read. On March 2, my mother lost her last remaining sibling.   Russell C. “Bunny” Carfagno passed quietly that morning after a short illness – a giant of a man despite his diminutive stature.  He was part of Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation.  In fact, he really played a part.  As a musician in the […]

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Measuring Culture

Measurements are important. It is how you can tell if your chicken is safe to eat (internal temperature of at least 165 degrees), if you are improving the time it takes you to run a mile (30 seconds faster!), or if your car is really getting the miles-per-gallon as advertised (Volkswagen…). Some measurements are rather […]

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Is Gamification Key to Unlocking The Holy Grail of College Access?

By Nourisha Wells and Fiona Yung For the average high school student, college is the Holy Grail of access to “the good life.” It is where teens mature into adults. It is where dreams formulate into plans. It is where students learn the world is bigger than they ever imagined and the connections they make […]

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Top Three Takeaways from First in the World

When I joined the First in the World (FITW) team this January, I brought a unique perspective. I was eager to learn about managing a big project – all of my previous projects had been small or mid-sized. I also was equipped to put this learning in context. As researcher-practitioner specializing in 21st century learning, […]

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Surviving and Thriving in Organizational Politics (Part 1)

Considering that graduation season is soon upon us, it seems like an appropriate time to remember that no matter what we do or what our current station is, most of us operate in some sort of organization. And a good time to remind ourselves that surviving and thriving in these institutions requires proactively engaging with […]

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Shouldn’t the Student Be More Important than the System?

Over the span of a thirty-seven year career in athletics, my father coached women’s and men’s basketball, baseball, and golf at several markedly-different colleges and universities. Whether the institution was a tiny liberal arts college with an NAIA affiliation or a powerhouse Division 1 NCAA program with a 90,000 seat football stadium, my dad felt […]

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Requiem for a Heavyweight

DISCLAIMER – The author is a proud alum of the University of Phoenix and the Apollo Group.  In 1994, Apollo took a chance on me and I took a chance on them.  The next 8 years proved to be the most professionally stimulating period of the author’s career.  Years later, I look back at those […]

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Why International Travel Changed My Life

This past winter break afforded me time to reflect on why I decided to be a higher education researcher, rather than continue my previous career in music. Immediately after completing a Masters degree in music, I “lucked” into a full-time, visiting professorship at a regional university in rural North Carolina.  The job was extremely gratifying […]

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India, Part One – The Beginning: Passage to More than India

“How much to National University?” “100 rupees.” “That’s too much. I paid 50 yesterday.” “80 rupees.” “60!” “80!” “70.” “Get in.” A variation of that conversation begins and ends my days as I go back and forth to the university in one of the ubiquitous auto-rickshaws that populate every road in New Delhi. Getting settled […]

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Beyond Orwell – The Chinese “Social Credit Score”

Despite abundant blunders and constant criticism over murky business practices, the credit reporting industry has remained an entrenched part of daily life in the United States.  Credit scores, for all their faults, directly impact millions of Americans’ quality of life, either facilitating or thwarting funding for higher education, home and automobile ownership, and entrepreneurial business […]

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