TURNING POINTS—Gone Fishin’

That’s a photo of a young woman who inspires me by her ability to fish and to, well, inspire. I wrote about Deidrah Stanchfield earlier this year. https://nedbachus.com/2019/02/20/turning-points-healing-pillars-for-programs-and-for-people/ They used to call the legendary James Brown the “hardest working man in show business,” and Deidrah earns that sort of title in several categories, including but … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Gone Fishin’

TURNING POINTS—The Changing Face (And Focus) of Philanthropy

Earlier this year, we looked at contributions to higher education. Each year, individuals and organizations donate enormous amounts of money to colleges and universities—sometimes with the intention of benefiting nontraditional students. The problem, as Malcolm Gladwell has pointed out https://www.huffpost.com/entry/malcolm-gladwell-revisionist-history_n_578d2c6fe4b0c53d5cfa79e0 is that little of the money gets to the colleges (and cutting edge faculty) who … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—The Changing Face (And Focus) of Philanthropy

TURNING POINTS—Postsecondary Options, Not Stigmas

Last week, we met a young woman whose future lies in higher education. Anysaa El Manfaa is off to a fine liberal arts college after getting a fantastic start at community college. As a community college student and teacher, I saw this kind of story time and time again. It’s cause for honoring and celebrating … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Postsecondary Options, Not Stigmas

TURNING POINTS—“The Privileged Poor?”

Elite universities pride themselves on their efforts to accept and encourage economically poor students at their schools. Students from low-income families do benefit from these efforts to diversify student population at highly selective universities; however, Harvard professor Anthony Abraham Jack’s The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students introduces readers to the disturbing … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—“The Privileged Poor?”

TURNING POINTS—“Winning By Surrendering Our Turf”

  After last week’s post about the Thriving in Academe article (http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/1901eAdvocate_ThrivingFinal.pdf) I heard from my old friend and teaching partner, Paul McGarvey, who spun story after story about collaborative teaching and how it energized dozens of faculty members at Community College of Philadelphia over the years. Professors from various disciplines came together and learned … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—“Winning By Surrendering Our Turf”