29 novembre 2019

A Public Higher Ed Primer for Politicians

By Matt Reed. Note to my local politicians: no, this isn’t about you. You are all, without fail, brilliant, well meaning, wise, devastatingly handsome/pretty and farsighted. This is about all of those other politicians. #notallpoliticians. More...

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Periscopes

By Matt Reed. As family members, longtime readers and close friends know, I enjoy the occasional metaphor. One hit me this week that I can’t quite get out of my head. More...

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Attack of the Asterisks

By Matt Reed. "Full need*"
I spent some time this weekend scrutinizing ways to save money on cellphone plans. You’d think it would be relatively straightforward, but I had to break out a spreadsheet because each plan comes with its own qualifiers, asterisks, bonuses and unknowns. “Plus taxes and fees” appeared a lot, meaning something different in nearly every case. Sales tax was clear enough: New Jersey charges a nice, round 6.625 percent. But some providers charge other taxes and fees on top of that, and some don’t. Add “switch and get a free(ish) phone, except for sales tax, and you get it back in installments” calculations, and varying levels of compatibility between our current phones and various carriers, and it got far more complicated than it should have been. More...

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Other Minds

By Matt Reed. When we know individually what we forget collectively. More...

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"College Ready"

By Matt Reed. I was as struck as everyone else by the juxtaposition of two stories at Inside Higher Ed on Wednesday. One of them described a potential lawsuit against the University of California for using the SAT and ACT, on the grounds that the tests are discriminatory. The other used ACT results to claim that high school students are less college ready than they used to be; the usual hand-wringing followed in the comments. More...

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"Hypercompetitive and Resource Limited"

By Matt Reed. Obstacles to culture change. More...

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On Wokeness and Power

The most interesting insight, for me: that talking about identity in terms of power, privilege and oppression is no longer the woke insurgency, but rather the cultural establishment. If you talk in this way, you are not showing your subaltern stripes -- you are flashing the badge of insider dominance. More...

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7 Ways of Looking at Diversity

There are all kinds of ways that people talk about identity and diversity these days. I’ve been trying to organize them into approaches. Here’s my first crack. More...

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I’d Rather Learn How to Create Than to Criticize

As much as I loved my own college experience, and as grateful as I am to my professors, I wish I had spent more time learning how to be a creator rather than a critic. More...

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A Diversity Program Every Campus Can Do

I’ve been writing a lot about potlucks as a metaphor for America’s diverse democracy. I love the Stone Soup fable as an inspiring tale of a mythical potluck. More...

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