Category Archives: research topics

Americans’ religious beliefs in transformation: new research

How is religious belief changing, and what does this mean for the future? The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) has published new findings about American religious behavior, and the results are fascinating.  “Religion and Congregations in a Time of Social … Continue reading

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Americans often estimate other Americans inaccurately, it turns out

How many people do we think belong to a certain group? Contemporary American politics has a tendency to focus on identity, as commentators and politicians assure us. Yet we may be thinking about this pretty badly, according to a new … Continue reading

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Omicron and higher education: a tale of two nations in January 2022

In December the Omicron COVID-19 strain was rapidly rising. Colleges and universities had to plan for the upcoming month. How should they react? In that same December I and some friends started tracking those plans with an eye towards those … Continue reading

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A survey is open: lessons from higher ed’s COVID-19 response

I’d like to share a new survey with my readers. It just opened up and concerns what higher education has learned from COVID-19. I’m sharing it for two reasons.  First, some of you know this is a topic I’m focused … Continue reading

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The little spreadsheet that could, and did: crowdsourcing COVID-19, higher education, data, and stories

I’ve been tracking the global coronavirus since early February, with a focus on how it impacts higher education worldwide.  That tracking has meant blogging here, tweeting, and creating a resource post. Then I made something new, and now I have … Continue reading

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What does COVID-19 mean for higher education? Looking ahead.

Today I was planning on responding to Eddie Maloney and Joshua Kim’s thoughtful column about what powers change in academia. But circumstances urge me instead to post about COVID-19* and higher education instead.  I’ve been tracking this so far in … Continue reading

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How I track the coronavirus

UPDATED January 8, 2022 How can we best stay informed about the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak? I’ve been tracking it carefully for weeks, and have built up an online search strategy.  I’d like to share a description of it here, partly in … Continue reading

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Today’s grim higher education indicators

Today I’ll take a break from blogging and tweeting about the growing COVID-19 outbreak and return to the state of American higher ed. (Note to self: really try harder to get more cheerful topics) I’d like to share several stories … Continue reading

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Pandemic and academic possibilities: the coronavirus outbreak continues

I blogged about possible futures for the coronavirus on February 12th, then followed up by looking into possibilities for academia two days later.  How have things changed since? In this post I’ll begin with a quick update on COVID-19 according … Continue reading

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More queen sacrifices in Michigan, Texas, and Arkansas

American higher education continues to exercise the queen sacrifice strategy.  Here I’ll share three recent examples from across the country. (If you’re new to the term, it’s one I’ve been using to describe a college or university strategy of cutting … Continue reading

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