Purist or Pragmatist? Quick-and-Dirty Thoughts on Higher Education

Two articles I have read recently rev my mental engines on higher education.  Warning: a rant looms. Like getting caught in a whirlpool, two major opinions go round and round in higher education: 1.  We’re losing the liberal arts and it is a terrible thing. 2.  A college degree is about getting a job and […]

Semi-Final Thoughts: Bad Choices and Divine Revelation

(For the next few months, I have added responsibilities in my work at Southern Methodist University.  Hence, my blogging will be even more spasmodic than usual for a while.)   Fearing Moral Talk With this post I’ll bring to a close, for now, this little series on college students and what they show us about […]

Choices and Inclinations 2: Imparting a Moral Vision

This post is the third in a little series on college students and the worrisome choices they make.  I’ve been thinking about the naive anthropology (theorizing about human beings, what we’re made of, how we’re designed, what are our problems and difficulties) that drives policy in higher education. The “bad choices” mantra that I’ve been […]

Why We’re Dealing a Bad Hand

The “Why” of Bad Institutional Policy Officially, institutions of higher learning don’t care what college students do in their private lives, “after hours,” on their own time.  I say institutionally, because, of course, most people who work in higher education actually care deeply.  We love college students and want to help them become successful adults. […]

Choices and Inclinations

As I look at the title of this post, I can’t but think of Jane Austen.  Given her interest in the emotional life, that reference may be more than coincidental. In parents’, teachers’, professors’ and Student Life staffs’ conversations, it is common to hear someone say, “So and so (student) made a bad choice.”  True. […]

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