Higher Education Financial Aid Policy – Lessons Unlearned

In 2003, Edward P. St. John wrote Refinancing the College Dream: Access, Equal Opportunity, and Justice for Taxpayers, an ambitious work explaining the failures and challenges of United States higher education financial aid policy. St. John, a distinguished professor education at the University of Michigan, charted at a macro-level the coalitions and thinking that led to shifting…

Being in/Being and Technology

As I write this on a laptop connected to a local wi-fi, I am sitting in a coffee shop, listening to global house music through a streaming site (Spotify). When I look around, I see other people focused on their phones, tablets, a laptops. People may be enjoying themselves, but they are not idle. The…

Failed College Presidencies – What Have You Done For Us Lately?

One of my favorite books around the age of twelve was True Tales of Terror. A nonfiction account of murders, mayhem, and disasters, it mixed gore and goth, leading to a fascination with unhappy stories. While I eventually I tired of reading about catastrophes, every now and then the sentiment returns and I catch the…