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TechDay: What’s a Creative Commons license?

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles Creative Commons is a non-profit organization which has become synonymous with “getting copyright law out of the way” (at least in terms of public Internet use). The principle is simple. Creative Commons allows a user to exercise the option NOT to restrict blanket copyright over digital materials, and thereby facilitates the sharing […]

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Accountability, Texas-Style by Yvonna Lincoln

By Yvonna Lincoln

Today’s post is by our esteemed guest scholar, Dr. Yvonna S. Lincoln. About the author: Yvonna S. Lincoln is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Educational Administration at Texas A & M University. She is author, coauthor, or editor of such books as Naturalistic Inquiry and Fourth Generation Evaluation (both with Egon G. Guba), and […]

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Community and the purpose of education, part II

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens The seeds of market-driven reforms planted during the 1980′s are now beginning to blossom. Although some scholars have voiced concern about the failed promise of privatization and competition (see Diane Ravitch’s new book), the results are more complex. While it is true the achievement gap remains unconscionable, it is also true that the […]

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Debt Burden: Part I

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney How much debt is too much debt? Let’s say you’re an assistant professor, you have $30,000 in student loans and make $65,000 and live in Seattle. You don’t have a rich uncle, haven’t won the lottery, and although you hope you can turn your dissertation into a top-of-the-charts best seller (with movie […]

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First Fridays: A monthly blog post by Dr. Mark DeFusco

By Stefani Relles

21st Century Scholar introduces our newest guest contributor, Dr. Mark DeFusco who will be joining us on the first Friday of each month during the coming academic year. About the author: Mark DeFusco joined Berkery Noyes with long and varied experience in higher education management. He served as chief executive officer/president at Vatterott Education Holdings, a private equity-held, for-profit […]

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Thursday is TechDay: “What’s cloud computing anyway?”

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles If you love new technology, you probably also love learning new technology terms. If you don’t love technology, then the vocabulary of technological innovation can be a barrier to understanding what are often simple concepts. For those of you who were afraid to ask, “What’s cloud computing anyway?” Today is your lucky […]

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Boycotts and Associations

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney I have been vice president of Division J of AERA, and most recently a member-at-large.  In between those stints, I was president of ASHE. During my first term on the AERA Council the citizens of California passed Proposition187.  I was one of the more outspoken voices on the Council that we should […]

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Community and the purpose of education, part I

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens The teachers’ lounge is an interesting place to listen. Depending on the assortment of individuals, conversation topics range from (very) personal to (sort of) professional. As a teacher around this time of the year–when instructors are bombarded with new policies and directives from administrators–I often heard colleagues ask, “How much should schools do?” […]

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The Emmys and Academics

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney The Emmys were last night, and I’d like to weigh in on one TV series.  I do, after all, live in Los Angeles.  I’ve been catching up on various programs over the last year (thank god for Tivo!) and currently the best show on television, hands-down, is HBO’s Treme.   The writing is […]

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Blog by numbers

By Stefani Relles

This academic year, we’ve decided to let the numbers blog/speak for themselves on certain Fridays. To this end, we will be posting various tables and charts that pertain to the research we are conducting at the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis (CHEPA). If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email us. […]

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