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Using Social Media to Improve Learning

By Randy Clemens

Last week, I discussed the use of social media to collect data and improve trustworthiness. In this blog, I talk about the benefits and pitfalls of social media to improve learning. I want to begin with a few underlying assumptions: First, standing still is not an appropriate strategy to improve underperforming schools and districts. The […]

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Academe 2025: Version I

By Bill Tierney

To figure out where we want to go, we first need to figure out what we want to do. For most of my academic life I have harped on Ortega y Gasset’s statement about the importance of understanding the mission of higher education and if we do not, then everything else is “love’s labor lost.” […]

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The Earth’s Plates Continue to Move—Tectonics that May Cause Education to Erupt

By Mark DeFusco

As this blog is being published, I find it amusingly coincidental that I am traveling through some of the United States’ most earthquake-prone areas to get to the USRio+2.0 Conference: Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. It is a conference that is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that […]

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Thursday is TechDay: Facebook Yourself to 21st Century Success

By Stefani Relles

Today’s Thursday is TechDay is a glimpse into understanding the academic utility of Facebook to support college success. Of course, Facebook’s academic liabilities are all too familiar discussion points. Yes, students login to Facebook during class and some spend hours cruising the network instead of writing that term paper that’s due tomorrow. But the prevalence […]

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Higher Ed’s Angle of Repose

By Bill Tierney

Peter Scott uses the metaphor of “the angle of repose” in his nice new book, Harnessing America’s Wasted Talent. The angle of repose is an engineering term, but I know it as the title of a book by one of my favorite authors, Wallace Stegner. In engineering an “angle of repose” is the angle at […]

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Using Social Media to Collect Data and Improve Trustworthiness

By Randy Clemens

This is the first of a two-part blog where I discuss the use of social media in research and practice. Today’s blog emphasizes methodological concerns. Next week, I will discuss social media in schools. As regular readers of the blog know, I am conducting an ethnography that focuses on the lives of 17- and 18-year-old […]

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The New Economics of Higher Education 101

By Bill Tierney

Recently, a friend asked us for a loan. This is someone we have known for a long time and because of the vagaries of the stock market and a downturn in the economy he has seen his savings diminish at the same time as he lost his job. The prospects in this economy for a […]

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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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