Higher education helps individuals raise themselves from the lowest economic rungs in society. While highly selective universities offer great benefits to the relatively small percentage of lower income students that they accept, it turns out that the less selective institutions that do the bulk of that important work actually do a better job of it, … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Money Well Spent: The Colleges That Best Promote Economic Mobility
Recent posts here have pointed to well-intended donor generosity with unintended consequences for the most vulnerable among us. Again, I encourage readers who care about higher education for America’s least financially stable students to listen to Malcolm Gladwell’s powerful podcast on the subject. http://dcs.megaphone.fm/PP7918990166.mp3?key=a6bc9841bdac89fbe9e7f7b9fe3b8606&listener=11ecdf14-071a-4f18-ae9b-913f49f0f993 Fortunately, some individuals and institutions ARE donating money that benefits many … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—It’s About the Resources
Yes, significant change can happen when we aren't consciously seeking new learning, such during spring break. A diversion from routine can help us gain focus. And sometimes we just get refreshed, which is never a bad thing. That's what I wish you all during this traditional spring break time. Enjoy.
The social, cultural, and physical environments in which we live play an influential role in our lives. It’s time we gave credit to a segment of higher education that makes a difference for many of our most vulnerable students—community colleges. Pictured here are students whose educational journeys have already led them to Independence (KS) and … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Useful Environments Lead to Independence
The last few posts have talked about Albert Bandura’s concept of reciprocal determinism, which explains learning in terms of changes in either one’s environment, behaviors, or cognitions (beliefs, values, ideas), which lead to changes in one or both of the other factors—a process that can go on and on, with one factor influencing the others. … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Useful Environments
Again, a column by Philadelphia Inquirer writer Susan Snyder provides useful information about learning. http://www.philly.com/education/temple-professor-failure-success-resume-20190112.html (Photography by uncredited Inquirer photographer) As usual, Snyder illustrates her points with compelling stories about memorable people. And the take-away applies to all of us. One of her most recent articles tells us that Temple professor Doug Webber has gone … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Mistakes Are Part of the Process
The first two posts of 2019 focused on one of my favorite stories from 2018, Hazim Hardeman’s journey from North Philly to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. As with so many people, his path to success has involved failure. I’ve never been to Oxford, let alone studied there, but I have attended the two … Continue reading TURNING POINTS–Looking at Success and Failure (Part 1)