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 will be closing. In late August, the U.S. Department of Education barred ITT from enrolling new students who depend on federal aid and required the company to warn current studentsRead More “Lower Ed, A Series: Part II”

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 academics. Five years ago I started a dissertation that became, “Becoming Real Colleges in the Financialized Era of U.S. Higher Education: The Expansion and LegitimationRead More “Lower Ed: A Series”

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 education but I know for a fact that it’s small money that can derail one’s educational ambitions. I was a student in a doctoral preparationRead More “The $20 Principle”

When is a Real College A Real College?

Does college promise you a job? That’s the gist of recent Borrower Repayment Defense Rule, covered today in the Washington Post by Jeffrey Selingo: A little-known rule called Borrower Defense to Repayment, which is making its way through the regulatory process in Washington, initially was aimed at cracking down on the fraudulent behavior of for-profit colleges.Read More “When is a Real College A Real College?”

What Now?

That’s the question. What now? As in, what has happened NOW? What do we DO now? We are in the middle of a long, hot summer in a series of hard, complicated days. I do not have much else to say about police violence, race, racism, bias, and inequality that I haven’t said before. TheRead More “What Now?”

I Went To A Trump Rally

I went to a Trump rally last week in Richmond, VA. Here are some comments and thoughts from my live tweeting/ field notes: https://storify.com/tressiemcphd/that-time-i-went-to-a-trump-rally That Time I Went To A Trump Rally https://t.co/nIksM6l3QX via @tressiemcphd — Tressie Mc (@tressiemcphd) June 15, 2016 Trump appeals to many of the “beautiful people” even though the narrative isRead More “I Went To A Trump Rally”