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Obama’s Student Aid Bill of Rights: More than a Plea for Customer Service?

By Kristan Venegas

I guess I could be more excited about Obama’s Bill of Rights for student loan borrowers, but I’m not really sure why I should be. It kind of bugs me that these basic service expectations have to be pulled together as a “bill of rights” at all. Isn’t this just good customer service? There are […]

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Effective Bystander Interventions

By Melora Sundt

Fads are a pain in the neck. They kill a good idea. My beef with fads is that people latch on to pieces of a good idea –the quick fix–but not the whole of it, which is rarely quick. And the result is often a failure. That’s what I see happening with most bystander interventions […]

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Let’s Get Clear about Sexual Assault Prevention

By Melora Sundt

Note: This essay will make more sense if you have read the 9/22/14 blog beforehand. That blog addresses misconceptions about the perpetrators of sexual assault. In this essay, I want to extend that conversation by talking about the implications for prevention work. I’m going to oversimplify concepts here, and I am aware that I am […]

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Responding to Sexual Assault–Are Transcript Notations the Way to Go?

By Melora Sundt

One of the issues being debated in Virginia on the topic of how to address the problem of campus sexual assault revolves around the use of transcript notation. Specifically, the Virginia legislators have passed a bill requiring a notation be put on the transcript of any student who is suspended or dismissed (expelled) for a […]

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A Complex Problem

By Melora Sundt

This week I return as blogger and coincidentally, the topic of sexual assault on college campuses has returned to the news. I will use four posts this week to go deeper into the complex problem of preventing sexual assault on college campuses. The issues being debated in Congress and being acted upon in Virginia can […]

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Pricing: Commodity vs. Non-Price Competition

By Mark DeFusco

The basic law of economics is that pricing is determined by the supply and demand of a product or service.    This is bad news for the 7000 post-secondary institutions recognized by Department of Education who accept Title IV funding (there are a couple dozen additional universities who refuse to accept federal funds as a matter […]

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Why I (Still) Support Girls in Game Design

By Amanda Ochsner

I do research on girls and games. More specifically, I investigate how we can engage girls with game design, technology, and digital media. When I first started with this work, it seemed obvious how important this work is. A young woman is more likely to take AP courses and attend college than her male counterparts, […]

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Book Review: The App Generation by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis

By Bill Tierney

I read this and I suppose you should, too. The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis, is a breezy, easy to read small-sized 244 page book.  Since I’m recommending it, let me offer three quarrels I have with the authors at […]

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Thoughts on Building an Innovation State

By Michael Lanford

Last week, Janet Napolitano, the current President of the University of California system, gave the annual Pullias Lecture at USC.  The transcript of her speech, entitled “A Trifecta for the Future: Higher Education, California, and Innovation,” can be found here.  Having never seen Napolitano speak in person before, I was immediately struck by her commanding […]

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On Donations, Philanthropy, and Ice Bucket Challenges

By Bill Tierney

The ALS ‘ice bucket’ challenge has raised about 150 million since the middle of last summer, which is on top of the amount of money they raised when the challenge began.  ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is admittedly a very tough disease for anyone to have.  The fellows who thought up the ice bucket challenge […]

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