The Slogan-Industrial Complex

Higher education in the United States has been pushed steadily towards the business model. One obvious example of this is the brand merchandizing of schools. In 2011, schools licensed their names
Higher education in the United States has been pushed steadily towards the business model. One obvious example of this is the brand merchandizing of schools. In 2011, schools licensed their names [More]

College Education for Prisoners

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/73979720 At one time, inmates in the United States were eligible for government Pell tuition grants and there was a college prison program. Then Congress decided
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/73979720 At one time, inmates in the United States were eligible for government Pell tuition grants and there was a college prison program. Then Congress decided [More]

Should Fraternities Be banned?

Having been in academics quite some time, I am familiar with an unfortunate pattern involving the Greek system on American campuses. Something awful will happen involving a fraternity or sorority,
Having been in academics quite some time, I am familiar with an unfortunate pattern involving the Greek system on American campuses. Something awful will happen involving a fraternity or sorority, [More]

Why You Should (Probably) Not Be A Professor

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/463246869 While I like being a professor, I am obligated to give a warning to those considering this career path. To be specific, I would warn you to reconsider.
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/463246869 While I like being a professor, I am obligated to give a warning to those considering this career path. To be specific, I would warn you to reconsider. [More]

The Corruption of Academic Research

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields are supposed to be the new darlings of the academy, so I was slightly surprised when I heard an NPR piece on how researchers are
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields are supposed to be the new darlings of the academy, so I was slightly surprised when I heard an NPR piece on how researchers are [More]

Outsourcing Education for Savings

Due to a variety of factors, such as reduced state support and ever-expanding administrations, the cost of college in the United States has increased dramatically. In Michigan, a few community
Due to a variety of factors, such as reduced state support and ever-expanding administrations, the cost of college in the United States has increased dramatically. In Michigan, a few community [More]

kNOwMORE, Sexual Violence & Brands

Florida State University, which is across the tracks from my own Florida A&M University, has had some serious problems with sexual violence involving students. One response to this has been the
Florida State University, which is across the tracks from my own Florida A&M University, has had some serious problems with sexual violence involving students. One response to this has been the [More]

Getting High for Higher Education

Two major problems faced by the United States are the war on drugs and the problems of higher education. I will make an immodest proposal intended to address both problems. In the case of higher
Two major problems faced by the United States are the war on drugs and the problems of higher education. I will make an immodest proposal intended to address both problems. In the case of higher [More]

Trouble With Harvard

What is college for? To learn about history, science, culture. If students want to build a self, says Steven Pinker, they can do it on their own…
What is college for? To learn about history, science, culture. If students want to build a self, says Steven Pinker, they can do it on their own… [More]

No Ivy League, please!

Bill Deresiewicz hears from a lot of young people. They want advice on how to avoid becoming anxious, depressed, and aimless. He tells them to avoid the Ivy League…
Bill Deresiewicz hears from a lot of young people. They want advice on how to avoid becoming anxious, depressed, and aimless. He tells them to avoid the Ivy League… [More]