Tag Archives: Poverty

Social Media: Academic Freedom for Whom?

One of my professors recommended that I meet with one of her undergraduate students because we shared similar research interests. I met her at a coffee shop on campus.  It seems natural– the second year PhD student sharing experiences with an undergraduate student planning to apply to a doctoral program. We indeed discussed our similar […]

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Invisible User

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me… When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me,” Ralph Ellison wrote in his Invisible Man. I am a Black man and in some spaces, because of this identity, I battle the […]

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What’s Going On?

So this blog has nothing to do with formal education, but it has everything to do about informal education and survival. I have two little kids. They play with other kids. They have conflicts, because well, they are kids, and this is a time when they are supposed to be working this stuff out. Tonight, […]

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On Academic Life: You Didn’t Really Do It On Your Own

I often wonder how fate has intervened at various times in my career to lead me to where I am today. For example, I often think about the possibility that I might have ended up working in the mines of northern Mexico in the state of Durango, where my father was born sometime around 1917. […]

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The Need for Assistance and Information

I am currently a research assistant on a game that helps high school students understand the process of applying to college. The game, Mission: Admission, which is meant to serve first-generation college attendees and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, offers a learning experience in what high school students should actually do when applying for colleges. Coming […]

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USC’s College Access Index: Sharing Information

I am among the fastest runners in my age group in the United States.  I’ve mentioned before how much I train, and how hard I work out. I attribute my speed (and agility) to my training. I’m betting even my closest friends and my greatest admirers might say something like, “Bill, I know you’re fast […]

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Considering the German Vocational Model

Proponents of vocational education often point to Germany as a model.  Germany certainly has an enviable unemployment rate (4.8% in December 2014), and its apprenticeship programs, conducted in tandem with vocational colleges, are often credited with this success.  As a result, influential business commentators like Harold Sirkin argue that the United States should emulate Germany’s […]

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Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Transitioning to College–What’s Promising? What’s Challenging?

This is my 20th year working in the field of homeless education and I’ve witnessed tremendous change. While the general public may not see the face of a child when they hear the word, “homeless,” many educators do. Gone are the days when I would offer training on homeless education and find the room nearly […]

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Homeless College Students: An Invisible Population

The first time a student told me she was homeless, I was, perhaps naively, surprised. It had not occurred to me that people who were in college and working toward a degree might have precarious housing arrangements. Since that time, I have encountered approximately one student per term who chooses to share his/her housing insecurity […]

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Homeless Students on Campus–Hidden Group

The fall of every year is the start of a new semester for college students. And while most students are adjusting to new classes, getting their school books, and studying, others have additional worries and concerns. Homelessness is not just something experienced on the street, but is a part of the reality of campus life […]

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