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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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On Academic Life: A Time To Look Back

I am currently a professor at USC, where I have worked for a bit over thirty years now. I grew up only a couple of miles from Keck Medical Center, which used to be known to everyone in the surrounding community as LAC/USC Medical Center – or County Hospital. It is only a few miles […]

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Boards of Higher Education–The Elephant in the Room

I wrote my dissertation on governing boards.  While I continue to be interested in the role and influence of boards in higher education, I wonder why others aren’t.  Or at least I wonder why we don’t talk more about boards and want to know more about them.  After all, Terry MacTaggart has said that no […]

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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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Thoughts on Vocational Education in Japan

A few nights ago, a program on NHK (Japan’s public television station) profiled several young Japanese students in a school-sponsored apprenticeship program.  I immediately became engrossed by the show, as it was another demonstration of the methods through which Japanese industries elevate seemingly mundane tasks into art.  Anyone who has ever seen how soba noodles […]

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The Student Loan Crisis: Up Close and Personal

Two concerns I have with the current discussion about the student loan crisis is that it is increasingly ideological in nature, and quantitative in the manner in which student financial needs are analyzed: Ideological: Students have too much debt/no they don’t.  More students should to go college/no they shouldn’t.  It’s not the government’s role to […]

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Obama’s Student Aid Bill of Rights: More than a Plea for Customer Service?

I guess I could be more excited about Obama’s Bill of Rights for student loan borrowers, but I’m not really sure why I should be. It kind of bugs me that these basic service expectations have to be pulled together as a “bill of rights” at all. Isn’t this just good customer service? There are […]

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Effective Bystander Interventions

Fads are a pain in the neck. They kill a good idea. My beef with fads is that people latch on to pieces of a good idea –the quick fix–but not the whole of it, which is rarely quick. And the result is often a failure. That’s what I see happening with most bystander interventions […]

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Responding to Sexual Assault–Are Transcript Notations the Way to Go?

One of the issues being debated in Virginia on the topic of how to address the problem of campus sexual assault revolves around the use of transcript notation. Specifically, the Virginia legislators have passed a bill requiring a notation be put on the transcript of any student who is suspended or dismissed (expelled) for a […]

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Why I (Still) Support Girls in Game Design

I do research on girls and games. More specifically, I investigate how we can engage girls with game design, technology, and digital media. When I first started with this work, it seemed obvious how important this work is. A young woman is more likely to take AP courses and attend college than her male counterparts, […]

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