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Getting on (Tenure) Track

Effective June 30th, I’ll be a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Higher Education at UC Riverside.  As I prepare for this reality, I’ve started receiving and sorting through a lot of advice.  Here I share 5 points that I plan to adhere to in no particular order. 1. To write is right The most popular […]

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If California Were to Act Like the Ukraine: Higher Education Budget Constraints and Privatization

When it comes to studies in comparative education, comparisons are traditionally drawn between two or more countries, or, to be more precise, national educational systems. However, it does not have to be that way and there is no need to uphold to this seemingly natural tradition. In many instances, country–state rather than country–country comparison appears […]

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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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The Problem of the Whiteness of Sexual Assault Research

I hosted a roundtable at AERA recently (thank you, Kristan Venegas!) to discuss the state of research about sexual assault on college campuses. Two important things happened. First, the table was full. I was encouraged by the number of doctoral students, male and female, representing a diversity of racial backgrounds and institutions, who are thinking […]

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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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Dialoguing on Post-Secondary Access

Growing emphasis on the need for college-educated workers have placed the spotlight on higher education in recent decades. For example, recent reports from the Center on the Education and the Workforce tout the need for increased college-educated workers given the rise in information technology and the need for higher levels of cognitive competencies, all of […]

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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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Once Upon a Time in America – The Over Education of Russell C. Carfagno

Play this while you read. On March 2, my mother lost her last remaining sibling.   Russell C. “Bunny” Carfagno passed quietly that morning after a short illness – a giant of a man despite his diminutive stature.  He was part of Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation.  In fact, he really played a part.  As a musician in the […]

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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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The Centrality of Due Process in Sexual Assault Adjudication

The news last month hit very close to home. USC lost on appeal its suspension of a student accused of sexual assault. There are two reasons a decision could be overturned—procedural errors or a determination about the evidence. For this blog, I’ll focus on the issue of procedural errors, an element in the decision against USC […]

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