Brian Clark

Brian Clark


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Published on Aug 27, 2016

Land Ho!

Well, I’m a doctor. I handed over my dissertation to my committee on July 30th, defended it August 17th, and I just uploaded the revised, final copy to ProQuest today. On Monday, I’...

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Published on Jul 11, 2016

The hatches are battened

Hello Backers! Brian and I have been thinking about you. He is consumed with data analysis and writing. I had not previously witnessed first-hand such a feat, a mental marathon if you will. Brian’...

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Published on Dec 18, 2015

Longitudinal Research on Humans is Hard

With the close of the first followup wave of surveying, rates of participation by the panels established by the prematriculation survey were 61% (n = 121) on the experimental end of the project and...

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Published on Nov 04, 2015

Between the Devil and the Deep Sea

Well, folks, I thought it would be plain sailing before now, but I’ve been on my beam's end, what with some bureaucratic narrows through which to steer this dissertation ship while simultaneously g...

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Published on Sep 24, 2015

SS Dissertation has launched!

Apologies for the radio silence since the end of the campaign. I've been caught up in getting this thing to go. Recruiting for panel-discussion workshops and surveying finally got going at the begi...

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Published on Sep 11, 2015


Well, folks, you did it. You funded this thing. With a surprise contribution from my in-laws, who apparently just couldn't stand the suspense for one final day of the campaign, as a...

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Published on Sep 09, 2015

75% Funded! 3 Days Left to Cover $1,637!

Y’all have funded 75% of the goal amount! 3 days to go - the campaign ends Saturday at 11:59 pm Pacific time. We have had recent success with a silent auction and gifts for backers ...

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Published on Sep 01, 2015

Gifts for Backers: Etched Steins in Limited Supply

The next 18 contributions of $50+ receive a stein etched with one of my Grampy’s mantras: “Everybody’s gotta be somewhere.” My Grampy used to say, “Everybody’s gotta be somewhere,” expressing some...

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Published on Aug 19, 2015

Should financial aid only go to college students in need? Pt 3 of PBS Newshour's series, Rethinking College

I’ll let the interviewees make most of the main points of the story. Here’s a high-and-tight summary of the situation at Franklin & Marshall College:THE PROBLEM:"A concept of using financial ai...

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Published on Aug 19, 2015

Part 2: Observational Examination of Residential Communities

To investigate whether residential communities confer benefits to students similar to those hypothesized to be conferred by the difference-education intervention, comparisons will b...

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Published on Aug 18, 2015

Does early college for high school students pave a path to graduation? Pt 2 of PBS Newshour's series, Rethinking College

Guest Post by Sara ClarkBrian and I have lots of conversations about our respective areas of work and research. I thought I'd weigh in tonight on the second installation of the PBS Newshour report:...

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Published on Aug 17, 2015

PBS Newshour: Why poor students drop out even when financial aid covers the cost.

PBS Newshour is doing a week-long series that kicked off with covering precisely what I'm studying: the importance of low-income students' sense of belonging for their success in college. Here's th...

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Aug 22, 2015
Is Belongingness the Key to Increasing College Student Wellness and Success?
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