My mission is to be of meaningful help to my people. But who are “my people?”

What is your mission?

by: Brooke Allen (

My personal mission is to be of meaningful help to my people.

Who are “my people” exactly? If I were Armenian I might consider my people to be Armenians or if I were a lesbian then they might be lesbians.

I am neither of those.

I’m a 59-year-old Caucasian male with a mostly useless master’s degree.

And my people are over-educated Westerners.

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Lee Clogs (U Life)

Who Am I

by Lee Clogs

I am the pen name of people who publish on anonymously.  Although I am many people, hereafter when I say I, I mean we.

Here are the terms that all of us who publish as Lee Clogs on Q4Colleges impose on each other… oops, what I meant to say is:

Here are the terms I impose upon myself:

  • I (the contributor) own the rights to the work I submit before I submit it to be published under my name (Lee Clogs).
  • I (the contributor) grant non-exclusive rights in perpetuity to my (the contributor’s) work.
  • I (the contributor) understand that I (Lee Clogs) won’t bother keeping track of who contributed what to being me (Lee Clogs) so if later I (the contributor) wish to stake a claim to something I (Lee Clogs) has published then I (the contributor) knows I (the contributor) can forgetaboutit – it ain’t going to happen.
  • Since I need not be associated with any university (and must not in order to maintain anonymity) then I will publish all my works tagged with the institution: University of Life (U Life).

PS. Lee Clogs is an anagram of Colleges; but if you’re smart enough to be reading this then I’m sure you’re smart enough to have figured this out already.


This website was moved from its original location and most of the links are broken. Because this website is dormant we might not get around to fixing it but if it is important to you then please write to me and let me know. My name is Brooke Allen and I am at:


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How do you get the most out of college? Strow, Perry, Ramirez 
How does a poor student become a good one? Halfon
How can you write better? Toor, Elbow
How can we communicate more effectively? Jones
How can you become a better learner? Krebs
What kind of schools should students consider? Henderson  
How do you even decide to go to college or not? White
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How should you organize your life? Schlesinger
What have you learned about life? Schall, BakerOwens, LaBossiere, Coleman
What have you learned about people? Shasha
What have you learned about teaching? Kirp, Johnstun, Duneier
How does college relate to the real world? Williams
How do you teach people to do the right thing? Kittle, Allen, Pace, Goldstein  
What would you tell your teenage self? Halasz, Stroup, Rodney,
What would you tell your grandchildren? Allen
What is your mission? Adubato, Allen, Korver
What is your passion? Hall, Haag
How did you come to value what you do? Adubato
What kind of person are you? Perry
What ethical issues have you faced? (awaiting submission)
What has gotten you to change your thoughts or feelings? (awaiting submission)
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Critical Thinking

What should colleges teach? Schwartz/Sharpe, Allen 
Is higher education improving or going down hill? Wolin, Goldrick-Rab, Ramaley, Schwartz 
Is graduate school worth it? Seligman
Are students learning the best way? Poe, Jaffee, Stavans
Are we preparing students for the professional world? Shapiro, Schneider
How can students and faculty improve their interaction? Toth
Is higher education the best thing for everyone? Yaffe
Are too many students going to college? Williams
Is imitation a form of flattery – or stealing? Cohen
Do we need to pay for knowledge? Rubin 
How much do students know? Dolby
How will open online courses affect the future of education? Carey, O’Donnell
Is competition good? Potter
Where is higher education headed? Martin, Spar, Williams
Are we evaluating colleges the right way? HurtadoHauptman  
Is the admissions process a good one? Schwartz, White 
How should higher education be funded? Urgo  
What do academics do wrong? Lang, Jenkins, Goldstein 
Do we have a moral obligation to care about our students’ futures? Cassuto
Are our students the customers, the product, or something else? Schlesinger 
Who gets to be on top? Haag, Espenshade, Wilson
Are colleges doing research the right way? Schell
How should higher education be funded? Loss
Is our college here for the students or are the students here for us? (awaiting submission)
Should our college game the U. S. News rankings? (awaiting submission)
How is our reputation different from reality? (awaiting submission)
Should “caveat emptor” be the operative philosophy when we  market to students, or should we hold ourselves to a higher standard than, say, a used car dealer? Q4Colleges
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What, if anything, should a diploma from our college mean other than having passed a minimum number of courses?  (awaiting submission)
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