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First 8 Days of February: Journaling Race

February 12, 2016 Dear Diary, Race is salient and ever present in my academic life. I don’t have to look for it, it finds me. Part I. Veteranas & Rucas There is this KCET article on Facebook about an Instagram feed called Veteranas_and_Rucas, which focuses largely on the Chicano party scene in Southern California in […]

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The Most Hated Man in America

By now, you’ve probably had some exposure to the one the media calls, “the most hated man in America.”  No, they aren’t referring to a presidential candidate. They’re referring to Martin Shkreli, the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals that bought the rights to Daraprim, a drug used to treat toxoplasmosis and immediately raised the price […]

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How New Is Competency-Based Education Anyway?

Back in the mid-1990s, my family moved from Georgia to Florida between my sophomore and junior years of high school. Transferring from one state school system to another can create a number of problems for a teenager.  You enter a new school environment, without a clear knowledge of the best teachers (and the teachers to […]

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Snow days! And, Technology!

Snow days are magical events, for students and teachers. The days preceding them burst with energy and anticipation. The magic starts with murmurs. One student says to another, “Did you hear it’s supposed to snow on Thursday?” As the snowstorm strengthens, students start rearranging plans and due dates. They think, “Let’s see. If we get […]

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The Mission Admission Launch

Juniors at over 50 high schools will be beginning their Mission Admission challenge. We’ve told you a bit about the grant in our earlier blogs, but what’s going on now? I went to a couple of schools last week and I’ll give you a little insight into how the challenge will look. There are three […]

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Football and Diversity in Higher Education

The Super Bowl is next weekend, so I have football on the mind for this blog post. I’ve been thinking of two topics recently—hiring more diverse faculty and administrators and the Pacific Islander pipeline to college. Many NFL teams, including my Philadelphia Eagles, are moving past their disappointing seasons and looking to the future. After […]

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Three Less Recognized, but Critically Needed, Skills of Leadership in Higher Education

There are few organizations as complex in terms of mission, structure and stakeholders as a university. And while shared governance is clearly an operational necessity in higher education, administrative leadership is also required to produce optimum outcomes for students, faculty, staff and the broader community of an institution. Among many other duties, leaders in higher […]

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My Higher Ed Wish List

The past year was an exciting yet troubling time for higher education. Those of us who are dedicated to making institutions more accessible and equitable places for students have a long road ahead in 2016, but we also saw some signs of progress in 2015. As we engage in the holidays and the beginning of […]

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Going Off Campus: What Any Employee Wants

Part of the work I do with the FDA is helping units understand their scores on the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The process we use is a series of focus groups with different levels of employees to explore the top and bottom ten items, according to their responses, from that survey. Over the last […]

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When Bigotry Surfaces

This week’s topic is the role of an education school when bigotry surfaces in a k-12 classroom.  Tom Leahy is a middle school social studies teacher in a small community in Kansas.  He is not a Trojan, by the way.   About a month ago, he assigned his students a project that involved creating their own […]

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