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Thursday is TechDay: Have you Crowd-Sourced Your Conference Proposal Process Lately?

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles AERA proposals are due. Word regarding ASHE proposals is imminent. And I’ve been thinking a lot about peer review. Today’s blog is not about waxing poetic on the merits of peer review, nor is it waning the defects of a system that certainly serves the publishing process with theoretical rigor. But conference […]

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Educational reform is based on singles, not homeruns

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Educational reformers, whether they are Bill and Melinda Gates or big-city mayors such as Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, frequently swing for the fences when they attempt educational reform. The Gates Foundation poured hundreds of millions of dollars into a “small schools” movement that ultimately went nowhere. “Our goal is to transform […]

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Thirty days to qualify: How does neighborhood poverty affect education outcomes?

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens No Child Left Behind has led to our current focus on accountability. Since the law’s passage, test scores have reigned supreme as the measure of academic success or failure. A school underperforms when the standardized test scores stagnate or decrease. A school receives acclaim when scores increase. This singular focus on one […]

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The Schools We Work In

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney The Center has worked with nine schools for a decade. We also have kept the rates for the schools that pertain to the number of graduates who are UC/CSU eligible and the percentage of students who end up going to a UC or CSU. Here are the rates for one school since […]

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Collegeology Games Update

By Zoe B. Corwin

by Zoe Corwin As many of you know, CHEPA is engaged in an exciting collaboration with the USC Game Innovation Lab.  We’re developing a suite of college access tools called Collegeology Games. Over the past few weeks, we have been playing the Pathfinder card game with high school students in three LAUSD schools.  Our goal […]

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The Thursday Pop with Kristan Venegas

By Kristan Venegas

David Bowie & Queen remind me to calm down—it’s SummerTIME I volunteer with this really cool program called SummerTIME run by the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at USC. I work with the recently graduated high school seniors who will become college freshmen in just a few short weeks. The program helps them focuses […]

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AERA Meetings: The More Things Change …

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney This is my third term on the AERA board. I was vice president of Division J about 13 years ago and then about five years ago I was at-large. Now I am President Elect. The Council meets three times a year—once in June, again in February, and then at the annual meeting. […]

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Part II: Heroes, villains, and democratic action

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens The day after July 4th is a fitting time to finish a two-part blog about heroes and villains among education reformers and democratic action within local neighborhoods. Last week, I discussed the current trend of leaders who characterize people and reforms as either good or bad. I also discussed some of the […]

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First Friday with Mark DeFusco

By Mark DeFusco

What is Gainful Employment? Why Should Universities Care? by Mark DeFusco, Ph.D. Recently, for-profit colleges and universities have been rocked by allegations of impropriety and their valuations have plummeted in the wake of hearings and Qui Tam investigations. The fear has been that these for-profit institutions have taken advantage of uninformed consumers who flock to […]

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Thursday is TechDay: Peter Thiel is Boring

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles I’m not a fan of Peter Thiel’s 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship or the notion that we are serving young minds and technology innovation by incentivizing anyone to drop out of college. For those of you who don’t know: Mr. Thiel, co-founder of Pay-Pal, has given 20 promising undergraduates $100,000 each to […]

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