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TQM, Bologna, and Hot Topics

By Bill Tierney

My last blog of the year was a quick summary of “the year in review.” In the short review I touched on topics that had been of concern to me, but neglected to mention anything having to do with issues beyond the border of the United States. My chum, Cliff Adelman, posted this on Facebook: […]

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Education 2012: Will Politicians Make Campaign Promises that Matter?

By Randy Clemens

“Yes, we can,” exclaimed Senator Barack Obama after winning the presidential primary in South Carolina nearly four years ago. The slogan signified hope and change for a country that desperately needed it. By alluding to Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, it also hinted at a promising new future for the working class and […]

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What’s on tap for 2012

By Bill Tierney

I ended my last blog in December with “a year in review” a day or two before I flew to Malaysia for a conference. I want to catch up on that conference in my next post, but suffice it to say, it was one heckuva long trip there and back, but worth it. We had […]

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We’ll be back …

By Lisa Garcia

We here at 21stcenturyscholar.org are taking a break for the winter holidays. Blogging will commence on January 9, 2012. We want to thank all of our bloggers and readers who supported the blog this year. You’re the best! See you in 2012!

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The 2011 higher ed world in review

By Bill Tierney

Quite a year. The most famous person in higher education exited the scene. I will write more about Joe Paterno and Penn State next year, but it was surely the most talked about and tragic event in higher education in 2011. For-profits got raked over the coals. They took a media drubbing and didn’t fare […]

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Reconsidering student borrowing … not Gaga, not pop, not cute

By Kristan Venegas

The Thursday Pop When I started out with this blog column in January, it was a lot of fun. I critiqued an MTV contest on the best new financial aid/college access idea and wrote about Lady Gaga. Later entries mentioned the Wu-Tang Clan method of understanding financial aid offers. I’m telling you, writing this blog was […]

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Fast for a world harvest—or whatever

By Bill Tierney

I cannot actually remember when I began fasting. I might have started in high school, but I know I was fasting in college. I know that reading Gandhi influenced me. When I was in college “fast for a world harvest” had started and I know I bought into that notion. Over the years I have […]

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The college hype machine

By Randy Clemens

Teenagers choose colleges based on reputations. The participants in my study often post or talk about wanting to go to universities like Columbia, University of Arizona, USC, or UCLA. Those preferences are not random; they are based on the schools’ images and the students’ reactions to those images. Columbia is an intellectual powerhouse. Arizona has […]

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Best book of the decade?

By Bill Tierney

Let me begin with a bit of hesitation since the rest of this comment will be glowing. I’m really not sure if Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom: A Novel published in 2010 is the best book of the last 10 years. How can one determine the “best” of anything over a specific time horizon? He also doesn’t […]

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A 21st Century Scholar goes to school

By Mark DeFusco

My children live in St. Louis. Sadly, like many urban school districts, St. Louis faces desperate, some say lethal problems. The condition has been so serious that the state of Missouri has been forced to take control of the district. Several superintendents later, there is no sign of improvement and although St Louis is a […]

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