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On “Useless” Liberal and Fine Arts Degrees

Recently, I was entombed with approximately 100 people in a swelteringly hot Boeing 737 that was languishing on a runway for what seemed like hours. As time slowly and miserably progressed, I could sense the tensions of the passengers running high.  With each new bead of sweat, my patience was certainly wearing thin.  Normally, in […]

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Graduation Season – Can There be the Predicted Unbundling when there Really is no Integration?

It is graduation season again.  Around the country, families are celebrating their young men and women who parade in colors of the ancient regalia signifying academic achievement.  This regalia and the degrees and diplomas which accompany them signal to the community at large certain qualities and skills obtained by the recent graduate.  There has been many arguments […]

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Graduation Season!

What’s the next best thing after the holidays and vacation? Graduation season! At some schools there are even kindergarten and 8th grade graduations, which are both festive and cute. Then there are high school graduations which most secondary students across the country dream about for 4 years. Ultimately, it is important to recognize these milestones […]

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Qualitative Research as Public Scholarship

At this year’s AERA conference, Bill Tierney and I presented a paper, “The Role of Ethnography as Ethical and Policy-Relevant Public Scholarship.” We had a great panel, including Rob Rhoads, Jessica Lester, Laurence Parker, and Yvonna Lincoln. Fellow blogger Antar chaired. Michelle Fine acted as discussant, providing great commentary. The idea for the symposium developed […]

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“Bilingual” Universities: Is this English or is this Fraud?

The race for globalization concerns higher education as much as any other segment of the national economy. Acquiring English skills and introducing the language in many facets of economic and social life is part of globalization. According to a Dutch-based organization, StudyPortals, the proportion of English-taught courses in the Netherlands is 30 percent, Sweden 24 […]

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Thank You, Don Nakanishi! RIP

A good portion of my adult years was working in the Asian Pacific American community.  From 1992 through 2014, I worked or volunteered for:  Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, API Equality-LA, East West Players, Gay Asian Pacific Support Network, API Pride Council, Barangay and the California Commission on API Affairs.  Through that time, Don Nakanishi’s […]

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What’s Up With Cal? (Psst: Not as Much as We’d Like)

If you’ve been following the LA Times or the Chronicle of Higher Education, you may have lost count: in the past months, at least four faculty and staff at UC Berkeley have left their positions after being accused of sexual harassment.  Among the body count: the law school dean, a vice chancellor, an astronomer and, […]

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Self-Restraint on Social Media

The past couple of weeks have had at least a couple of events within the field of higher education that have drawn my attention. Xi Jinping, the President of China, continues to cajole, if not threaten, the Chinese press to “protect the party’s authority and unity,” albeit with a grandfatherly wave and a smile.  Concurrently, […]

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

I entered into the UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship with the goal to write, research, and ultimately bolster my CV. The endgame was to obtain a tenure track position (in California).  Now as I write, I am deciding between offers that will start this summer and so in the event it might prove useful, I want […]

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The E in STEM

In addition to my Ph.D. from Rossier this past year, I also earned my M.A. in economics. I’ve become more and more interested in learning more about the representation of students of color and women of color in economics degree programs. The national focus on increasing the number of underrepresented minorities (URM) in STEM (Science, […]

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