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Dialoguing on Post-Secondary Access

By Elizabeth S. Park

Growing emphasis on the need for college-educated workers have placed the spotlight on higher education in recent decades. For example, recent reports from the Center on the Education and the Workforce tout the need for increased college-educated workers given the rise in information technology and the need for higher levels of cognitive competencies, all of […]

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Graduation Season!

By Monique Datta

What’s the next best thing after the holidays and vacation? Graduation season! At some schools there are even kindergarten and 8th grade graduations, which are both festive and cute. Then there are high school graduations which most secondary students across the country dream about for 4 years. Ultimately, it is important to recognize these milestones […]

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Once Upon a Time in America – The Over Education of Russell C. Carfagno

By Mark DeFusco

Play this while you read. On March 2, my mother lost her last remaining sibling.   Russell C. “Bunny” Carfagno passed quietly that morning after a short illness – a giant of a man despite his diminutive stature.  He was part of Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation.  In fact, he really played a part.  As a musician in the […]

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Measuring Culture

By Robert W. Danielson

Measurements are important. It is how you can tell if your chicken is safe to eat (internal temperature of at least 165 degrees), if you are improving the time it takes you to run a mile (30 seconds faster!), or if your car is really getting the miles-per-gallon as advertised (Volkswagen…). Some measurements are rather […]

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The Centrality of Due Process in Sexual Assault Adjudication

By Melora Sundt

The news last month hit very close to home. USC lost on appeal its suspension of a student accused of sexual assault. There are two reasons a decision could be overturned—procedural errors or a determination about the evidence. For this blog, I’ll focus on the issue of procedural errors, an element in the decision against USC […]

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The Role of an Evaluator

By Robert Reichardt

Working with the Mission Admission team is a great pleasure.  The team is a fantastic group of smart, hardworking people who are passionate about education and equity.  The team is full of people who are growing professionally within the education sector.  In the future many people on this project will work with or as an […]

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Is Gamification Key to Unlocking The Holy Grail of College Access?

By Get Schooled

By Nourisha Wells and Fiona Yung For the average high school student, college is the Holy Grail of access to “the good life.” It is where teens mature into adults. It is where dreams formulate into plans. It is where students learn the world is bigger than they ever imagined and the connections they make […]

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The Challenge of Platform

By Elizabeth Swensen

For the First In The World challenge, the team at the USC Game Innovation Lab took Mission: Admission, a game that was developed several years ago for Facebook, and redesigned it to work on modern platforms and devices. We had already solved a lot of hard problems related to games in classrooms when we originally […]

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The Onerous Process of Technology Acquisition

By Suneal Kolluri

I proudly and regularly share in my PhD classes that I was a teacher for ten years in inner-city public schools. I draw on my teaching experiences to analyze articles in educational research journals, and I remember my classroom as a fun and inspiring place for me to be. I do not, however, often remember […]

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Getting to College Through Screen

By Carlos Galan

I remember the first time I saw a computer—or at least what I thought was a computer. I was living in El Salvador. My father had gone to work for several days to San Salvador, El Salvador’s capital. This was very unusual. My father was a country man. We lived in the countryside. He never […]

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