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Rubrics make expectations transparent

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens My mom went to Catholic schools. She chose to send me to public schools. From the stories my mom has told, I understand why. Nuns, back then, liked to smack with rulers students for being difficult and asking a lot of questions. The nuns didn’t give many answers either. If a student asked “Why”, the […]

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Survival Strategies for Troubled Institutions

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney, Guilbert (Gib) Hentschke, and Mark DeFusco Arguably, higher education is facing the toughest times it has faced in the last century.  Public institutions have seen their budgets decimated.  Private institutions have seen donations decline and consumers unable to pay tuition.  Endowments are just beginning to rebound.  For-profit colleges and universities have come […]

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First Friday with Mark DeFusco

By Mark DeFusco

  Why investors like the For-Profit Higher Education Business – A lesson in architecture.  by Mark DeFusco I was recently invited by the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education to speak at their 2011 Global Forum in Vancouver.  They want me to speak about why private equity is so interested in education worldwide, and to participate […]

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The Thursday Pop by Kristan Venegas: Reno and RuPaul

By Kristan Venegas

Reno and RuPaul: What are “legitimate” minorities? Who are the “legitimate” poor?  In my last Pop blog, I mentioned my love for RuPaul’s Drag Race. There are some interesting things happening there along the lines of race—both In terms of how we perform and construct it and in terms of who “can” and “can’t” perform […]

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Do the Math (even if you’re getting a PhD in English)

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney The most expensive component of teaching is a PhD program.  Classes are generally smaller – much smaller – than undergraduate classes, and doctoral students require individualized instruction.  Doctoral students also do not pay full tuition as their undergraduate peers frequently do.  Indeed, they cost money.  Faculty like working with graduate students, however, […]

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Money matters and districts don’t have it

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens There’s a rumor going around that the country’s economy has turned a corner. The Great Recession is over. I don’t know the metrics that pundits and politicians are using, but if we consider the financial stability (or instability) of school districts, the recession is certainly not over. Consider, for instance, the case […]

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Clowns

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Given the title you might think I’m talking about one or another group in the UC system, but I am not.  I want to mention the best book I have read over the last several months – Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie.  Several years ago when I read Midnight’s Children I […]

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The Need for Research on Student “Throughput”

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney A critical need exists to investigate ways that states in general and California in particular might incentivize timely graduation and penalize the accumulation of credits unrelated to a degree.  Currently, institutional incentives are focused less on enabling students to graduate in a timely manner and more on having students spend seat-time that […]

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Thursday is TechDay: Female Science Professor

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles Today, Thursday is TechDay welcomes FemaleScienceProfessor (FSP) to the 21st Century Scholar blogroll. Her tag, “musings of a science professor at a large research university” is, like the blog, disarmingly personal and fiercely anonymous, which makes for intelligent commentary on what FSP refers to as “the more puzzling and stressful aspects of […]

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Procrastination vs. the Importance of Timing

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Sometimes people misinterpret procrastination for simply getting everything done as soon as possible.  I think that’s a mistake, too.  I don’t think every single message that I get –via email, phone or in person – has to be handled the moment I receive it.  Granted, I hit the reply button a lot […]

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