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Do Teachers Ever Really Get Time Off?

By Monique Datta

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” This is one of my all-time favorite quotes by American writer, Henry James. I often think of these words on the Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer, which is the longest day of the year in the […]

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Thinking through the Relationship between Diversity and Innovation

By Michael Lanford

Recently, I had the fantastic opportunity to help out with an online diversity class for the USC Rossier Ed.D. program. Although the students were mostly from the United States, they had life experiences from various parts of the world and were currently working in Singapore.  Hence, their views on diversity were inevitably shaped by the […]

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Graduation Season – Can There be the Predicted Unbundling when there Really is no Integration?

By Mark DeFusco

It is graduation season again.  Around the country, families are celebrating their young men and women who parade in colors of the ancient regalia signifying academic achievement.  This regalia and the degrees and diplomas which accompany them signal to the community at large certain qualities and skills obtained by the recent graduate.  There has been many arguments […]

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Notes from an Active Shooter Training

By Noel Alumit

A few months ago, staff at USC Rossier was asked to attend an active shooter training–what should we do if a gunman (or woman) came to campus and started shooting at people.  The instructor of the training said this scenario is not a question of “if” but “when.” With the shooting at UCLA yesterday, the […]

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What Happens After Community College?

By Elizabeth S. Park

In my previous post, I summarized that community colleges are non-selective institutions that serve students with various educational goals. I also cited a few statistics, one of which was about how three out of five students begin their community college journey in developmental education. I also added that this rate is higher in California. Upon […]

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Getting on (Tenure) Track

By Raquel Rall

Effective June 30th, I’ll be a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Higher Education at UC Riverside.  As I prepare for this reality, I’ve started receiving and sorting through a lot of advice.  Here I share 5 points that I plan to adhere to in no particular order. 1. To write is right The most popular […]

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If California Were to Act Like the Ukraine: Higher Education Budget Constraints and Privatization

By Ararat L. Osipian

When it comes to studies in comparative education, comparisons are traditionally drawn between two or more countries, or, to be more precise, national educational systems. However, it does not have to be that way and there is no need to uphold to this seemingly natural tradition. In many instances, country–state rather than country–country comparison appears […]

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Stop Bashing Methods. Help Create a Better World. #BMJnoQual

By Randy Clemens

1. Last year, the British Medical Journal rejected an article. Such an action does not ordinarily generate attention; editors reject articles every day. The author, however, tweeted the rejection: “Thank you for sending us your paper. We read it with interest but I am sorry to say that qualitative studies are an extremely low priority […]

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The Problem of the Whiteness of Sexual Assault Research

By Melora Sundt

I hosted a roundtable at AERA recently (thank you, Kristan Venegas!) to discuss the state of research about sexual assault on college campuses. Two important things happened. First, the table was full. I was encouraged by the number of doctoral students, male and female, representing a diversity of racial backgrounds and institutions, who are thinking […]

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AERA Follow-up: Shoe Tales

By Kristan Venegas

It’s commencement season, so I could totally just write about that, but I promised that I would follow up on what happened at my AERA presentation last month. Here is what happened…..not much. I made the presentation and while people seemed “interested” in our study, they didn’t have much critique. And I really expected some. […]

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