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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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Requiem for a Heavyweight

DISCLAIMER – The author is a proud alum of the University of Phoenix and the Apollo Group.  In 1994, Apollo took a chance on me and I took a chance on them.  The next 8 years proved to be the most professionally stimulating period of the author’s career.  Years later, I look back at those […]

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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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Why International Travel Changed My Life

This past winter break afforded me time to reflect on why I decided to be a higher education researcher, rather than continue my previous career in music. Immediately after completing a Masters degree in music, I “lucked” into a full-time, visiting professorship at a regional university in rural North Carolina.  The job was extremely gratifying […]

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Phyllis Schlafley and I Go Way Back

Phyllis Schlafley and I go way back. She plagued me in the late 1970s when I was a college student. I had been sexually assaulted in the first semester of my freshman year, and was struggling with feelings of shame and rage. I watched her almost single-handedly engineer the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment […]

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What’s Your Wifi?

I appreciate broadband when I remember dial-up connections. I shudder recalling the glacial pace of my family’s AOL something point O struggling to establish a connection. Most of the time, however, I accept broadband as a fact of life. When I visit friends’ houses, I don’t ask if they have Wi-Fi — I ask for the password. […]

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