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One And Done

Jul 14, 2017
Most great comedies are premised on a major problem that the heroes try to solve. In The Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood must raise enough money to save the orphanage where they were raised. Airplane requires an Air Force veteran who's sworn off flying to land a 747. Typically, the problem reflects...
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"Country Club" Hiring: It's An American Thing

Jun 30, 2017
At the end of college, I had a final interview for a job with a national consulting firm that had reserved guest rooms at a country club near campus. The rooms were tiny and - unfathomably - had no chairs. So, in the most awkward half-hour of my nascent professional life, both the interviewer and I sat uncomfortably...
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Employment Anxiety

Jun 16, 2017
I got my first real job at the age of 15, as a bus boy at Oliver's Bakery Restaurant, one of Toronto's busiest brunch spots. I have so many intense Proustian memories from the strong smells (fresh-baked rolls) and tastes...
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Out Of Control

Jun 2, 2017
Last month Purdue University captured the attention of the higher education universe by announcing it would acquire for-profit Kaplan University. One of the most interesting but overlooked elements of the story - aside from gratuitous ad hominem attacks - was the reaction...
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The Screen Is The Subject

May 19, 2017
Throughout my childhood, David Letterman was a spectral gap-toothed presence. As my bedtime was long before Late Night with David Letterman aired on NBC at 12:30 a.m., I had only a vague sense of his antics like tossing watermelons off New York buildings. In the pre-DVR era, actual glimpses...
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Real Genius

May 5, 2017
My favorite movie about education isn't The Paper Chase or High School High or even Larry Crowne, Tom Hanks' love letter to the California Community Colleges System, but rather Real Genius. A 1985 film about a group of prodigy misfits...
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Sapphire Status Symbol

Apr 21, 2017
One joke we played in college has lasted nearly a quarter century. Senior year, we decided to turn the November issue of the tabloid newspaper we founded into a parody of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People." The issue featured photos of students posing like fashion...
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A Well-Researched Prank

Apr 7, 2017
Among the many questionable things we learned in college was the art of the prank call. Because we enjoyed listening to them as much as we liked making them, my roommate Chris jerry-rigged a recording device, which also had the benefit of preserving our calls for posterity.
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Employerland

Mar 24, 2017
It's a game I play every time I attend a higher education conference. It's kind of like tracking Bigfoot, or trying to find my 11-year-old son when he's used up his allotted screen time and is hiding somewhere with his mom's iPhone. It is, of course, the Hunt for Employers.
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Make Online Education Great (For The First Time)

Mar 10, 2017
It's human nature to think things were better in the Good Old Days. Even near-death experiences of yesteryear can be gilded with nostalgia. Like the time at dinner when my mom asked me to pass the mayonnaise. Inspired by the funky 70s-era combination she wore as she headed out for a night of disco dancing, I took it upon myself to slide the giant jar...
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