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Studying teens and neighborhoods and writing a dissertation proposal

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Last week, I discussed my qualifying exam. This week, I discuss my dissertation proposal. I’ve talked before (and will talk again) about my dissertation topic. In general, I am interested in how living in a low-income neighborhood in South Los Angeles influences the education outcomes of teenagers. In particular, I want to […]

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CHEPA receives Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant

By Lisa Garcia

CHEPA was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The money will be used to help develop two games aimed at helping middle and high schoolers hone their college knowledge.

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Part I: John Henry Newman and The Idea of the University

By Bill Tierney

I recently read John Cornwell’s Newman’s Unquiet Grave: The Reluctant Saint which tells the life story of Cardinal Newman of England. Newman wrote an epic book about higher education, The Idea of the University, which I will discuss at length in the next blog. For now, however, I would like to consider his life. I […]

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Check it out … CHEPA’s SummerTIME Program!

By Lisa Garcia

CHEPA’s SummerTIME program is featured on the USC Rossier School of Education’s homepage. Check out our awesome students!

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College Access and Success for Urban High School Students: Challenges and Opportunities of Early College High Schools (ECHSs)

By Jonathan Mathis

by Jonathan Mathis When my mom and I had conversations about college, the content focused on where I would enroll, not if I would attend. We talked about what courses I would take, what majors I would consider, but most importantly, what I would do in high school to ensure that I was prepared for […]

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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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