Tag Archives: Research

What Happens After Community College?

In my previous post, I summarized that community colleges are non-selective institutions that serve students with various educational goals. I also cited a few statistics, one of which was about how three out of five students begin their community college journey in developmental education. I also added that this rate is higher in California. Upon […]

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Stop Bashing Methods. Help Create a Better World. #BMJnoQual

1. Last year, the British Medical Journal rejected an article. Such an action does not ordinarily generate attention; editors reject articles every day. The author, however, tweeted the rejection: “Thank you for sending us your paper. We read it with interest but I am sorry to say that qualitative studies are an extremely low priority […]

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AERA Follow-up: Shoe Tales

It’s commencement season, so I could totally just write about that, but I promised that I would follow up on what happened at my AERA presentation last month. Here is what happened…..not much. I made the presentation and while people seemed “interested” in our study, they didn’t have much critique. And I really expected some. […]

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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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Addressing and Innovating Around Entrenched Challenges

Six years ago, the Pullias Center for Higher Education, along with USC’s Game Innovation Lab, launched a project to increase college access through a play-based approach. The rationale informing the project was twofold: to engage students through mediums they enjoyed — and to create a scalable college guidance tool. Over the next few years, educational […]

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Third-Level Digital Divide

Like most of the cool kids, I subscribe to Google Scholar Alerts. All of the new research about the digital divide is shipped to my email. A few days ago, I read, for the first time, about the third level digital divide. You’ve probably heard of the digital divide. It’s a buzzword for differences in […]

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Taking a Risk at the AERA Meeting

The Annual Education Research Association meeting is happening this week. I’m presenting a paper on my shoes.  Yes, that’s right, my shoes. And gender. And race. And how those things affect how I might be perceived as a professor, especially in the classroom. The paper isn’t mine alone. I co-wrote it with Araceli Espinoza-Wade, a […]

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One Forward, Two Back…

Two more, seemingly unrelated stories about sex assault caught my attention in the last few weeks. First, the Chronicle of Higher Ed reported that “Coaches must now step the heck out of sex-assault investigations of players” (3/24/2016). Second, things are blowing up at Baylor over its mishandling of sex assault, also covered by the Chronicle.   […]

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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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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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