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Research Focusing of Promoting Equity

With the reversal, starting in the late 1970s, of this nation’s century-long trajectory toward economic and educational fairness, we need to rethink how to promote fairness and social justice. Given the pervasive use of market mechanisms in higher education and urban schools, this is especially urgent. In particular, the notion that there are pipelines to […]

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Globalization and Social Justice

The phrase “globalization and social justice” can be viewed as an oxymoron or a goal, but it certainly is not a true statement of interrelated facts. Over time there has been a correlation between the engagement of nations in the global economy and growth in income inequality within those nations. Thomas Piketty, Joseph Stiglitz, and […]

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Rethinking the Foundations of Higher Education

The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) has played a substantial role in developing content in the field through the publication of ASHE readers. These texts essentially reproduce noteworthy articles, papers, and chapters as textbooks that can be used in core courses. Advancing Higher Education as a Field of Study (edited by Sydney […]

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Recognizing the Trajectory Toward Inequality

In his term as president of the American Education Research Association, Bill Tierney focused on inequity in education. Recently, he edited a volume with Johns Hopkins University Press, Rethinking Education and Poverty, that will help raise the awareness of researchers that focus on inequality in K-12 and higher education. After reviewing the draft chapters, I […]

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Cross-Generation Struggle for Fairness in Academe

Court cases about affirmative action, including the Supreme Court’s recent Fisher decision, are often brought into the spotlight by researchers and the press, but the daily decisions that undermine social justice in universities frequently go uncontested. The values and prejudices embedded in academic systems have not only created barriers for minorities in admissions, hiring and […]

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Tom Hanks Loves #FreeCommunityCollege and So Do I

Is it possible for Tom Hanks to be any more lovable? Apparently, yes. Last week, the actor who made such endearing classics as “Big,” “The ‘Burbs,” and “Turner & Hooch” published an editorial about his time at Chabot Community College. After discussing his experiences, he concluded, “That place made me what I am today.” Hanks […]

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Pencils, Keyboards & Digital Citizenship

When I learned of the shooting at Charlie Hebdo, I was shocked. I turned to Facebook to find information and posted an image in solidarity with the magazine. My family and I had just spent New Year’s in Paris and I had returned to California feeling as though the City of Light had seeped into […]

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The Social Construction of Geography

I appreciate that geography can be an iffy matter.  The way we look at the world changes the way we look at the world.  Who owns those rocky islands between Japan and China?  Do we really have to list Crimea as part of Russia now? But some things are settled, even if we don’t like […]

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On the Purpose of Education – Part 1

About five years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a high school in the American midwest that prepared students for careers in the construction industry.  I found the school intriguing for a number of reasons.  In promotional brochures, the primary selling point of the school was the industry’s high earning potential for graduates.  Certified […]

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On Bargaining

Over the years lots of individuals have asked me how to negotiate for a new faculty position, a new job, a raise, or a promotion.  There are three basic rules to follow: Don’t be a doormat:  Rarely do I hear of positions where there is zero negotiation.  I know it’s nice to have a job, […]

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