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Marriage at the Supreme Court

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With U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage set for April 28, 2015, Dan Urman, lead faculty for the law curriculum in the Doctor of Law and Policy program, answers a few questions about how this moment has arrived, and what it means. Urman teaches about same-sex marriage litigation in his doctoral courses to illustrate how law reflects ... Read More »

Adeptly Adopting Adaptive @ SXSWedu

Kevin Bell (second from left) at the annual SXSWedu conference in Austin, TX, on March 10 with Tiffany Mfume of Morgan State University (left), Dr. Jill Biden, educator and spouse of Vice President Joe Biden (second from right), and Lawrence Morales of Seattle Central Community College (right) on a panel hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

By Kevin Bell, Executive Director of Curriculum Development and Deployment, Lecturer Last month I was happy to be back in Austin, TX, for the 5th annual SXSWedu conference. This year I felt embraced by the “little brother” nature of the event — appreciating it for what it is — the palate clearer in Austin before Lady Gaga and/or Snoop Dog/Lion swing ... Read More »

The Transnational Teaching Experience

From left to right: Current student Uyen Ha Phan, Jane Vo, a prospective student who was visiting Nancy's class, and Nancy

By Nancy Pawlyshyn, Senior Faculty Fellow, School of Education, Special Academic Officer to the Dean It is a long trip to Southeast Asia from Boston, 20 hours of flying time, but surprisingly, the time passes quickly. I alternate between sleeping and reading a history of Vietnamese culture in anticipation of the four weeks when I will be teaching in the Global ... Read More »

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Graduate Open House


Going back to school is a big decision. Not only will you need to ask yourself if you are ready to commit your time and your finances, but you’ll also need to do your due diligence to compare universities and their individual programs to make sure you select the right one for you. One way to help you make your ... Read More »

From GED to EdD: Seeing Challenge as Opportunity

When you meet Dawn Mackiewicz, you see an energetic, passionate, workhorse of a woman. You see an accomplished online instructor who not only teaches her own students, but teaches other online instructors how to be more effective in the online format. Mackiewicz current is a student in the Doctor of Education program who, in addition to working full-time in higher ... Read More »

It’s Not All About the Benjamins: Which Universities Prepare Students for “A Great Life”?

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Flying in the face of a separate college performance ranking system announced earlier this year by the Obama administration, Gallup and Purdue university announced their own plans to measure colleges’ effectiveness. The new ranking system seeks to go beyond these traditional measures like how many graduates are employed and making big salaries. It attempts to figure out which colleges provide their students the best chance ... Read More »

You are being watched: Informatics meets homeland security


We are defined digitally by attributes such as our names, addresses, birth dates, genders and telephone numbers. These data points, along with our general interests, which are logged and tracked by browsers and third-party sites every time we use the Internet, are monetizable commodities to businesses and criminals alike. We readily (if passively) offer our valuable personal information to businesses ... Read More »

Love (of Food), American Style

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Last week, we  published a post that covered some current activity regarding the channels of food production. On one end of the spectrum, there were large, industry-wide changes (new, national FDA laws); on the other end were smaller, more personal goings-on (local grassroots initiatives by Maine farmers). Now, somewhere in the middle of it all, lands a new report from ... Read More »

Passing Judgment


…or, Why joining the Shelby dissent and the Windsor majority doesn’t make you a hypocrite. What a week for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices handed down a pair of much debated and long-awaited decisions, whose controversial ramifications will be felt for years to come. In my professional role (as well as from a personal interest), I tend to perk ... Read More »

Race and college admissions in the wake of the Fisher ruling


According to Merriam-Webster, a compromise is “something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things.” In politics, it’s often defined as a result in which both sides are unhappy. By either of these standards, the U.S. Supreme Court compromised in its surprisingly narrow ruling in Fisher v. Texas. Most observers, myself included, expected a bitterly divided ruling, 5-3 or ... Read More »

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