According to an article found on the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2016, approximately 75 of every 100 full-time faculty members are Caucasian, about 5 are Black, and fewer are Hispanic. On this episode, we are joined by Vanessa Gutierrez, a newly minted adjunct faculty member involved in sociological and research themes, in an engaging conversation about teaching, mentoring and contributing to students’ academic experience.
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the number of working men without a college degree has been on the decline (from 95% in 1960s to 85% in 2015), leading some economists to worry. Ariel Binder and John Bound of The University of Michigan has a new theory as to why: the shifting family dynamics, women taking on leadership roles, among the few reasons. Today we discuss on their research.
Bullying in grade school is a well-researched topic. There are tons of campaigns aimed at reducing bullying at schools, creating a safe and welcoming environment, and ensuring that the adverse consequences of bullying are avoided. On this episode, Kacey and Carl talk about an interesting project the team at Ology is currently working on, which will be presented through the New York State Public Health Association’s Best Practices & Innovations Webinar Series on November 20th of this year. In this conversation, they discuss their motivations behind choosing the topic, statistical methods and what’s desired as they contribute the study to the fields of public health and education, research and practice.
According to the website YouthMentor.org, 1 in 4 public school children drop out before finishing high school, and African-American and Hispanic students have a 65% likelihood of finishing high school on time. The website also states that 76% of at-risk youth who had a mentor aspire to enroll in college, have lower rates of depression symptoms, are 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to use illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. On this episode, we want to take a moment to acknowledge mentors during National Mentoring Month (January) and discuss the importance of mentorship in improving individuals and our neighborhoods.
According to the Federal Reserve Bank, American students amassed $1.5 trillion in student loans through the second quarter of 2018, marking the second-largest consumer debt segment in the country after mortgages...and the number just keeps growing! On this episode, we discuss this social, economic, and psychological phenomenon.
On this episode, we wanted to take a moment and test our debate skills and answer the question - should college be mandatory? Is there sufficient sociological, economic and personal evidence to suggest that we should all be required to attend college?
Have you ever wondered why workweeks are usually 40-hours? In 1890, the government tracked worker’s hours and found that manufacturing laborers worked about 100 hours a week! In 1916, congress passed the Adamson Act, which established an 8 hour workday for railroad workers. Ten years later, Ford Motor Companies implemented a 5-day, 40 hour workweek. An amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act went into effect in October of 1940, which limited the workweek to 40 hours, down from 44 hours when it was first passed in 1938. Fast-forwarding to our current day, almost 80 years later... how’s our 40-hour workweek going? Does the Fair Labor Standards Act need a little more...amending?
In 2016, a researcher from Columbia University’s Teachers College published a study which discovered that high-school students’ science grades improved after they learned about the struggles of renowned scientists, such as Einstein and Marie Curie, while students who only knew about scientists’ successes, experienced declines in their grades. On this episode, we explore the concepts of goal setting and failures, setbacks and achievements, and how struggling has helped us in our professional and personal endeavors.
With over 1.86 billion monthly active users, Facebook is increasingly expected take on the social responsibilities of managing cyber bullying, censoring hate speech while at the same time ensuring that free speech is protected. As an example, 87% of cyber bullying among teenagers occurs on Facebook, while over 87 million people may have had their data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, which some experts say may have impacted the 2016 Presidential Election. There is also growing distrust among conservatives that Facebook censors their conservative voice on the social platform. Today, we discuss the nature of free speech, corporate responsibility, and the ethical concerns for placing our trust in a corporation to safeguard our constitutional rights.
According to an article found on Cheatsheet.com, there are many reasons why these days, job hunting can be an extremely difficult task. These reasons include extremely long applications, getting a job that doesn’t fit what you’re looking for, personality tests, jobs that don’t really exist, and not hearing back from hiring managers. On this episode, we share some tips on how to make your job search and interviews successful, maximize your chance of being called, and how to save something more precious than money… your time!
According to an article found on NBC News, total student loan debt is close to reaching $1.5 trillion, and is still on the rise as colleges and universities continue increasing tuition over time. These days, earning a college degree may seem like something that is totally out of reach, unless you pull out a ton of loans or get a full ride scholarship as an athlete. On this episode, we are joined by Matthew Einsohn, Co-founder of Free Education University, an organization that teaches current and prospective students and parents how they can get their education paid for, without pulling student loans!
A year ago, the team at Ology Research Group recorded an episode about the gun debate, following an shooting at the Fort Lauderdale Airport in south Florida. Today, we come back to the table, following another shooting in south Florida, this time, at a high school. On this episode, we revisit the topic of gun ownership, self-defense and the second amendment. What will it take for us to reduce these instances of innocent lives being lost?
According to the German market research company Statista, some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 included eating healthier, exercising more, saving more money, and focusing on self care and wellness. However, as we have learned from New Year’s resolution articles of previous years, most people don’t adhere to their commitments. On today’s episode, we share our resolutions for 2018, why in general, resolutions are so difficult to maintain and what you can do to stay committed!
According to an article found on Inc.com, being consistent brings many benefits, including facilitating measurement, creating accountability, establishing your reputation, making you relevant, and maintaining your message. On today’s episode, we discuss why consistency (in both your personal and professional life ) matters
According to an article published by the Associated Press in January of 2017, an advocacy group titled Young Invincibles analyzed Federal Reserve data and concluded that millennials have about half the net worth of baby boomers, low rates of home ownership and high levels of student debt. Given that wealth is usually passed down from generation to generation, did Baby Boomers Boom Selfishly? Shouldn’t subsequent generations have been better off?
A dissertation is the culmination of a doctoral students’ journey as they seek their terminal degrees. It is a long and treacherous process, which tests our research abilities, and where we are tasked with the responsibility of adding to the knowledge base of our field. In this third part of our three-segment mini-series, we wanted to take moment and recognize Jazmin Letamendi and her contributions to the fields of student affairs and social science; and have a chat about her study, which is titled:
Individual Factors, Attributes and Experiences that Influence Student Engagement: Theoretical Application of Conflict Analysis for the Enhancement of the Campus Setting
According to a 2016 article posted on the National Education Association’s website titled “It's Time to Push for Free College”, elementary and secondary education are free because it is good for the individual and for society. The authors of the article also make the argument for the need for us to have free higher education in the U.S.
Relative to the rest of the world, the way our country delivers post-secondary education to those who wish to pursue degrees certainly differs. Especially when it comes to cost… the question we’ve come to discuss on the show today is - should college be free in the U.S.?
According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, over 25% of undergraduate students (4.8 million students) are raising children. There are generalizations made about the ability of college students being able to complete a degree while raising children. The question we came to address on this episode is: can students who are also parents, still complete a college degree?