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Selecting a dissertation topic

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Since the start of 21st Century Scholar, our entries have covered an array of education topics. My contributions have centered around public education reform and policy as well as life as a burgeoning researcher. The blog has provided a forum for both policy and research interests. It has even served as a […]

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We’re Back!

By Lorraine Solaegui

21st Century Scholar is back for another year of blogging on key education issues! Our line-up for the new year includes Bill Tierney writing on Mondays and Wednesdays, Randy Clemens blogging on Tuesdays, and Kristan Venegas and Stefani Relles trading off Thursday posts.  On Fridays we will have a round robin of blogs by Mark DeFusco […]

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Happy Holidays!!

By Stefani Relles

21st Century Scholar is taking a break. We invite you to peruse our archives and we’ll see you online in 2011.

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Harnessing technology

By Zoe B. Corwin

by Zoe Corwin The principal at Woodside High in Silicon Valley was tired of spending inordinate amounts of time every single day confiscating cell phones and pagers from his students.  So he changed his approach.  Instead of fighting technology, he decided to harness it in order to engage students.  Read the New York Times article […]

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The cost of higher education: Eat your spinach

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Bruce Johnstone has been a model academic and an insightful author for a long time for many of us.  He’s funny, erudite, and well-informed.  For many years he has been studying how different countries finance higher education and he has finally come out with his magnum opus – a book penned with […]

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Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice in 2010

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney It’s that time of year to see who should get coal in the stocking and who should get a present. Here goes: Naughty UC administrators and faculty:  Sorry guys, but you are in deep, deep denial.  The system is in fiscal meltdown and the administration seems to act like a little nip here […]

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A holiday gift for that special ed historian in your life

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens David Labaree dedicates his newest book–Someone Has to Fail: The Zero-Sum Game of Public Schooling–to David Tyack and Larry Cuban, two prominent education historians. The dedication serves as a guidepost. Labaree, like the two authors of Tinkering toward Utopia, is a skeptic of education reform, and he uses the same critical lens […]

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First Fridays with Mark DeFusco

By Stefani Relles

We’re joined on the first Friday of each month by Dr. Mark B. DeFusco, Mark B. DeFusco, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis. On Gainful Employment by Mark DeFusco Two recent articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education got me thinking about the controversial new “Gainful employment” rules that are anticipated as the Department […]

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Blog by Numbers: Community College Transfer

By Stefani Relles

We let the numbers do the blogging in today’s installment of our “Blog by Numbers” series featuring community college transfer statistics. This data, from the California Postsecondary Education Commission, represents the number of all Fall transfer students from a California Community College to a California four-year public institution and private institution from 2004-08. This data, from the […]

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I did(n’t do) it (by) myself! – Higher education in the 21st century

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney A week or so ago I read a draft of a paper a mentee who is a sophomore is writing on the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. I sent another email to a student who is at my alma mater – Tufts University  – to see how he’s doing and encourage […]

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