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Data are Data, Analysis is Art

Most of the literature in my field comes from economists, education researchers that more often than not employ econometric models, and quantitative macro sociologists. There is nothing wrong with that. … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

More on Building a Prestigious For-Profit

I continue to think through a theoretical framework to understand how prestige and for-profit colleges interact. The first post about that project got a significant amount of interaction. I appreciated … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

“We’re Not Phoenix” Prestige, MOOCs, Etc.

In a recent talk at UC-Irvine I mentioned that MOOC purveyors had learned lessons from the trajectory of for-profit higher education. I made a passing mention to 2tor CEO saying … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 3 Comments

Profit, Poverty, and Policy: Going Back to California

I have a hankering for tying credentials to labor market processes and social policy. There, I said it. The cat is out of the bag. I’m just crazy enough to … Continue reading

May 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Profit, HigherEd and Lessons on the Prestige Cartel

My friend Aaron Bady (who may one day learn to spell my whole name!) had the foresight to publish his excellent analysis of temporality, future fetishization, and MOOC evangelism at … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · 7 Comments

Talking MOOCs and 4profits at UC Irvine

Catherine Liu was kind enough to invite me to ruminate on for-profit higher education at UC-Irvine this week. I joined my twitter friend, Aaron Bady, in a free-wheeling discussion of … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Things I’m Not Supposed To Say: Make It Cheaper To Fail

I came out of the closet on twitter today with an idea I’ve had for some time. Part of being a junior scholar is learning what ideological wars you don’t … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 6 Comments

Social Legitimacy and The University of Westfield Online

I have said before that there is something about a cultural object when it crosses over into parody. It can either signal that the object’s legitimacy is so established that … Continue reading

May 4, 2013 · 6 Comments

The SSS Paper: “Get Off Your Couch!”

Audience members asked and I promised to provide a copy of the paper I presented this week. It is a working draft.

April 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

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