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The “Ikea” Degree? A Value Proposition

I have five minutes before I wax poetic on qualitative interviewing in class. This is a serious drive-by post. Matt Yglesias over at Slate has an interesting blurb today about … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · 4 Comments

How For-Profit Colleges Are Rebuilding The Middle Class?

That’s the title of this infographic using statistics from the professional organization that represents most of the country’s for-profit colleges and institutes: It is truly hard for me to know … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

HigherEd Prestige Cartels: My Latest on MOOCs, 4profits in Inside Higher Ed

Last week when I asked a classroom full of Georgia State University students why they didn’t apply to Everest College, I got a range of giggles and choruses of “I … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

When You Are The Demographic You Study: Interrogation of Self versus Going Native

One of my least favorite academic concepts is the anthropological “going native“. This idea that one can become so immersed in the culture or phenomena one is studying that they … Continue reading

March 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

How “Admissions” Works Differently At For-Profit Colleges: Sorting and Signaling

In the dominant discourse you hear two lines about for-profit colleges. They are either the solution to expansion and access problems in the traditional college sector, which has ignored non-traditional … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · 23 Comments

On White Women’s Anger

I once wrote an article calling Barack Obama a fraud for his treatment of Shirley Sherrod. I may or may not have cussed him out, actually. That post got fewer … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · 13 Comments