21st Century Scholar is the newest undertaking by the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education to contribute to the conversation about the pressing issues facing education. Pullias began 17 years ago, and we have focused on three broad issues—how to increase access to college for low-income youth; how to improve academic governance and decision-making; and what the implications of globalization are for education. Our website and our print publications have covered topics from the challenges homeless youth face in school to how governing boards of public colleges and universities might improve.

Our intent here is to broaden the dialogue about educational issues in a provocative and timely manner. We will still maintain the three foci of the Center, but we also will comment on hot topics of the day, such as privatization, and evolving interests of ours, such as entrepreneurialism and the changing meaning of the public good. We will have guest bloggers on a regular basis, and we encourage readers to post their own commentaries on what someone has written. We hope the blog is provocative, and we encourage lively, respectful critique of one another’s ideas. —Bill Tierney