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Thoughts While Ranking Universities

By Michael Lanford

A week or so ago, I opened my email and discovered an “invitation to influence the outcome” of one of the numerous university rankings that are proliferating at a seemingly endless pace. Although I have criticized rankings in the past, I’ll admit that I was internally thrilled.  For years, I have looked through college and […]

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One Forward, Two Back…

By Melora Sundt

Two more, seemingly unrelated stories about sex assault caught my attention in the last few weeks. First, the Chronicle of Higher Ed reported that “Coaches must now step the heck out of sex-assault investigations of players” (3/24/2016). Second, things are blowing up at Baylor over its mishandling of sex assault, also covered by the Chronicle.   […]

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Taking my 6th March Madness Blog Personally

By Mark DeFusco

My April blogs each year are my favorites. My first piece in 2011 talked about how few colleges most of us really know.  When we think of college, our archetypal view are of the 337 Division I schools large enough to field a team. I introduced a game that challenged you to consider some of the […]

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“Bilingual” Universities: Is this English or is this Fraud?

By Ararat L. Osipian

The race for globalization concerns higher education as much as any other segment of the national economy. Acquiring English skills and introducing the language in many facets of economic and social life is part of globalization. According to a Dutch-based organization, StudyPortals, the proportion of English-taught courses in the Netherlands is 30 percent, Sweden 24 […]

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Public K-12 and Higher Education Boards: Different Students, Same Issues?

By Raquel Rall

I do research on higher education boards. This week though I actually attended a K-12 school board meeting.  It got me to thinking, or really questioning some of the similarities between the two different types of boards.  There are some components of boards that might be cause for pause—I take up 3 here. First, as […]

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Thank You, Don Nakanishi! RIP

By Noel Alumit

A good portion of my adult years was working in the Asian Pacific American community.  From 1992 through 2014, I worked or volunteered for:  Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, API Equality-LA, East West Players, Gay Asian Pacific Support Network, API Pride Council, Barangay and the California Commission on API Affairs.  Through that time, Don Nakanishi’s […]

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What’s Up With Cal? (Psst: Not as Much as We’d Like)

By Melora Sundt

If you’ve been following the LA Times or the Chronicle of Higher Education, you may have lost count: in the past months, at least four faculty and staff at UC Berkeley have left their positions after being accused of sexual harassment.  Among the body count: the law school dean, a vice chancellor, an astronomer and, […]

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First 8 days of March: More Journaling Race

By Kristan Venegas

Hello Diary, Just as I documented in my blog last month, race is salient and ever present in my academic life. I don’t have to look for it, it finds me. My motivation for sharing this is to show how one can make daily decisions to advocate for racial equity and cultural differences (or not). […]

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Going Off-Campus: How We Measure Success

By Melora Sundt

Almost every organization has a mission. How we measure success toward that mission is a challenge. How do we, in the USC Rossier School, for example, know we’ve improved urban education, and how much improvement is “enough?” For my current, adopted home, CDER, what does “helping to ensure” access to safe and effective drugs mean? […]

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Today is International Women’s Day

By Monique Datta

Thursday, February 25, 2016 was the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surf contest at Waimea Bay, North Shore Oahu. “The Eddie” as it is known, is a big wave surfing competition that is only held when waves in Waimea Bay top 20 feet and that hasn’t happened since 2009. The Eddie is held to […]

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