• A Guided Pathways Toolkit for Community Colleges

    Are you looking for a fast, effective way to implement guided pathways at your institution right now? Look no further than the Guided Pathways Toolkit, a simple and free guide to getting your #1 source of information for your students updated with relevant, structured, and effective information. Increase enrollments! Increase...

  • Researching Areas Without a Lot of Research

    For a doctoral seminar I am in, one of the requirements is to compile a specific number of references in support of my research topic. Since my topic centers around how predictors of student behavior variables have not changed since we started scrutinously looking at them in the 60s and...

  • Data Science in Higher Education Book Available

    Data Science in Higher Education is now officially in print, and I couldn’t be more relieved to finally get in print all the lessons learned over the years. My research for this book has led me to a very grim picture of higher education research and its role in institutional...

  • Quantifying the Accreditation Process

    When it’s time to start preparing for accreditation, California community college administrators may be on edge because they are at a higher risk for sanction than any other community college in the nation (California State Auditor, 2014, p. 3). For institutions both large and small, getting ready for an accreditation...

  • Nginx - Proper 443 (HTTPS) and WWW Redirecting

    Recently I was working on a project that required an Nginx server to redirect all traffic to https://domain.com, and by all traffic I mean anything that did not start with https://domain.com needed to be rewritten to that. This included: http://www.domain.com and http://domain.com https://www.domain.com To do this, the configuation file on...

  • Trends in Doctoral Conferrals from 2008 to 2013

    After taking a look at some data from the NSF about doctoral recipients by major field of study (1983-2013), I noticed something very interesting: All fields have experienced growth in the number of conferred doctorates except for Education. Here’s the breakdown: Since 2008, the average doctoral conferral rate has grown...

  • Hacking TurnItIn's Originality Report

    The other day I was working with TurnItIn’s Originality Report feature because my professor wanted to see that I was using it to examine my drafts. I don’t mind using tools to help me write; I tend to go from hyper-technological to just-a-terminal and everything in between depending on how...

  • Moving Parts

    Today you’ll notice that my site looks drastically different. Okay, maybe not drastically, but definitely not the same. That’s because I’ve entirely migrated away from WordPress and am now using static files to host this site. This is 100% due to my need to eliminate controllable distractions (looking at you,...