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Lessons Learned V: Penn State and the President (and Board and Associations)

By Bill Tierney

The proverbial buck stops with the President. More than any other lesson learned here is that the President and Board failed. If the President was not fully briefed and informed about the events then he managed a slipshod operation and should have been removed. If he did know what was going on and engaged in […]

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Lessons Learned IV: The Administrators

By Bill Tierney

When the athletic director and the vice president heard from Paterno about the alleged rape, they certainly did not appear to act with determination or forceful deliberation. The concerns about Mr. Sandusky also had surfaced prior to Paterno’s meeting with them. We are in a litigious environment and I suspect that one hesitation may have […]

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Lessons Learned III: Penn State and the Football Coach

By Bill Tierney

Recall that before I was at ‘SC I earned tenure and promotion at Penn State. During my first year there I went to lunch at the Nittany Lion Inn, a faculty club of sorts that always made me feel as if I was sitting at the adults’ table. One day I was in the outer […]

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Lessons Learned II: Penn State and the Graduate Student

By Bill Tierney

Let me begin with the 28-year-old graduate student who supposedly saw Mr. Sandusky violating a young boy in the showers late at night. This incident was the easiest for commentators to state what they would have done. Whether it was MSNBC or Fox, The Washington Post or The New York Time, we had everyone claiming […]

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Lessons Learned I: Penn State—Overview

By Bill Tierney

I have refrained from writing or speaking about the events at Penn State because I needed time to process what we might learn from such a tragedy. When the events were unfolding a bunch of reporters called me for a quick quote and I declined saying anything in large part because there was too much […]

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Playing with Soul

By Zoe B. Corwin

In late December, Collegeology Games designers Elizabeth Swensen, Sean Bouchard and I traveled to Texas  to conduct a case study at a Houston area high school. Our goal was to playtest the card game (Application Crunch) and soon-to-be launched online game (Mission:Admission) with a group of predominately African American, low-income students. We arrived right before […]

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Don’t Let a Lack of Financial Aid Choices Keep You at the Gates …

By Kristan Venegas

The Thursday Pop One of my favorite quotes from the reality prison show Lockup on MSNBC is from an inmate who said: “We control everything but the gates.” I thought that was a powerful quote because this inmate really did believe (or at least wanted the viewer to believe) that he had an immense power […]

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Club College: Why So Many Universities Look Like Resorts

By Bill Tierney

Andrew Rosen has penned Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy which in some respects is a typical text that talks about the need for new kinds of postsecondary institutions. It’s a breezy easy-to-read book and for those who are not in higher ed there’s nothing wrong with reading it to learn about the changes […]

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Governor Brown Sends the Wrong Message about Education

Governor Brown Sends the Wrong Message about Education

By Randy Clemens

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown described his 2012 budget proposal, which included a $5.2 billion cut in education if voters do not approve a tax increase on the ballot this November. Of the total, Brown plans to cut $4.8 billion in K–12 public school funding—the equivalent of three weeks of schooling—and $200 million to the […]

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Negotiating Reciprocity through College Readiness Efforts

Negotiating Reciprocity through College Readiness Efforts

By Jonathan Mathis

My interest in college readiness includes organizations and individual actors; therefore, the case study methodology is an appropriate research tradition. After receiving approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and gaining entrée and access to the respective case, the data collection begins. However, one of the first elements established for my projects is determining reciprocity: […]

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