Category: Recent Publications

Recent publications by faculty, students, and alumni.

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[Article] Maggie Fay – Public-private partnership: How and why six community colleges loved and left a for-profit partner

Maggie Fay (PhD Candidate) published a co-authored article titled “Public-private partnership: How and why six community colleges
loved and left a for-profit partner” in Innovative Higher Education, 45(3), with Farakesh, N., Smith-Jaggars, S.

ABSTRACT 

Colleges are increasingly open to partnering with private entities to implement new and innovative programs. Community colleges, in particular, may find such partnerships beneficial, given that these institutions often lack the necessary resources to invest up-front in programs that may yield strong long-term dividends.

In this article in Innovative Higher Education, the authors report on an examination of a partnership between a privately held firm and six community colleges, which had established honors programs with the goal of facilitating students’ transfer to highly selective institutions. The analysis traces the evolution of the partnership and the reasons for its eventual failure and yields insights for public institutions and privately held companies wishing to establish similar partnerships.

[Article] Elena Vesselinov and Sebastian Villamizar-Santamaria – A global community or a global waste of time? Content analysis of the Facebook site ‘Humans of New York’

Elena Vesselinov (Faculty) and Sebastian Villamizar-Santamaria (PhD Candidate) published a co-authored article titled “A global community or a global waste of time? Content analysis of the Facebook site ‘Humans of New York’” in Journal of Urban Affairs (December 27, 2019) with Charles J. Gomez (Queens College) and Eva Fernandez (Queens College) 

This paper explores how stories of everyday experiences in urban settings from around the world foster and sustain a community that seemingly transcends national borders. Given that both urban and online experiences are increasingly prevalent in modern life, surprisingly little attention is paid to how these experiences might foster a sense of community in an online setting. We use Facebook’s Humans of New York (HONY) site, analyzing over 130,000 text comments, to explore this question. We apply content analysis and text mining techniques, using the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) software and multidimensional scaling (MDS) to visualize their latent patterns. Integrating Chayko’s theoretical model of “portable communities,” we find evidence suggesting the existence of a shared social context, of positive interaction, empathy, and support, irrespective of national boundaries.