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The Great Mismatch

The painful truth about hand-wringing over whether Affirmative Action “harms” racial minorities is that no one cares if Affirmative Action harms racial minorities. The faux concern for the well-being of … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 8 Comments


This week we have witnessed a phenomenal act of social movement-making in an era when many, myself included, have wondered if meaningful change in the U.S. still possible. Some of … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · 22 Comments

Sweeping HigherEd’s Crystal Stairs**

*A Drive-by Post* Inside Higher Ed’s Matt Reed wrote a stellar post on higher education enclosure today. Matt generally goes stellar but he was really speaking to me today. I … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Academic Cowards and Why I Don’t Write Anonymously

The short answer is that when I started writing publicly I was too stupid to choose to do so anonymously. The longer answer takes a little back fill. There is … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · 20 Comments

Wacky Weed, Tacky Racism: The HigherEd Dead End

I will live a long time and not forgive the Internet for making me read David Brooks’ New York Times weed opus. If you missed it, I apologize in advance. … Continue reading

January 3, 2014 · 12 Comments

Dude, Where’s The Race in Your Class Analysis of HigherEd?

A key status marker of any profession is engagement in fights about the state of said profession. For the past few weeks a particularly public fight about adjuncts and academia … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · 5 Comments

Crystal Ball Blogging: “Next Generation HigherEd”

Tom Vander Ark has a book called “Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World.” He also has a website, Getting Smart. Vander Ark also knows the future of … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · 5 Comments