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Finding Hope in a Loveless Place

By January 2016 I had made peace with the idea of a President Donald Trump.   It was a strange statement for a black woman, a sociologist, a professor. I … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 42 Comments

Racism With No Racists: The President Trump Conundrum

President-elect Donald Trump ran on a fundamentally racist platform. President-elect Donald Trump promulgated the idea that Mexicans are rapists, blacks are trapped in inner cities, Muslims are terrorists and that … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · 29 Comments

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work

I was in the middle of a series on the theory of credentialism and Lower Ed when it became time to decorate around here for the book releases. The next … Continue reading

October 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Homegirl Reflecting on Charlotte Uprising

I have watched many cities burn over the past two years. I cried over Ferguson. I cried over Baltimore. But there’s nothing like seeing your hometown on social media with … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Lower Ed, A Series: Part II

ITT Technical Institutes is gone, just like that. A summary: In the wake of devastating federal sanctions, officials from Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc. announced Tuesday that all ITT Technical Institute campuses … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lower Ed: A Series

Twelve years ago I was working in a for-profit college. Seven years ago I was ashamed of having worked in a for-profit college because I was suddenly surrounded by real … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

The $20 Principle

I have written before about how $20 can change a student’s life. The $20 is slightly euphemistic but not entirely so. We talk a lot about big money in higher … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · 11 Comments