UCLA loses to USC, but is Still Afraid to Challenge Chico State in College Rankings!

     It is college ranking season again, sponsored by US News and World Report.  Once again, US News left Chico State out of their ranking system, I think because the big kids thought that they would lose if it came to any measure of undergraduate education.  After all as I have long asserted, Chico State beats … Continue reading UCLA loses to USC, but is Still Afraid to Challenge Chico State in College Rankings!

Working Class, Upper Class, Community Colleges, and Harvard U.

For anyone interested in social stratification and university systems, Julie Garza-Withers has written “Is the Community College Still the Best Bet for Working Class Students?” over on the “Working Class Perspectives" Blog. This blog raises similar issues to what I wrote about in my essay here “The Sociology of Status Hierarchy and Why I Think Chico State is … Continue reading Working Class, Upper Class, Community Colleges, and Harvard U.

China and Wikipedia’s Top 100 Lists

I went to Linyi, China, in June because a chance to teach in Thailand suddenly evaporated due to the May crackdowns on “Red Shirts,” leaving me with under-utilized air tickets.  So I asked a colleague to arrange for an invitation to lecture at the University of Linyi, China, in her home town.  She has always … Continue reading China and Wikipedia’s Top 100 Lists