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The Thursday Pop with Kristan Venegas

By Kristan Venegas

David Bowie & Queen remind me to calm down—it’s SummerTIME I volunteer with this really cool program called SummerTIME run by the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at USC. I work with the recently graduated high school seniors who will become college freshmen in just a few short weeks. The program helps them focuses […]

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AERA Meetings: The More Things Change …

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney This is my third term on the AERA board. I was vice president of Division J about 13 years ago and then about five years ago I was at-large. Now I am President Elect. The Council meets three times a year—once in June, again in February, and then at the annual meeting. […]

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Part II: Heroes, villains, and democratic action

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens The day after July 4th is a fitting time to finish a two-part blog about heroes and villains among education reformers and democratic action within local neighborhoods. Last week, I discussed the current trend of leaders who characterize people and reforms as either good or bad. I also discussed some of the […]

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First Friday with Mark DeFusco

By Mark DeFusco

What is Gainful Employment? Why Should Universities Care? by Mark DeFusco, Ph.D. Recently, for-profit colleges and universities have been rocked by allegations of impropriety and their valuations have plummeted in the wake of hearings and Qui Tam investigations. The fear has been that these for-profit institutions have taken advantage of uninformed consumers who flock to […]

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Thursday is TechDay: Peter Thiel is Boring

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles I’m not a fan of Peter Thiel’s 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship or the notion that we are serving young minds and technology innovation by incentivizing anyone to drop out of college. For those of you who don’t know: Mr. Thiel, co-founder of Pay-Pal, has given 20 promising undergraduates $100,000 each to […]

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Dealing with Reporters: 5 Points to Keep in Mind

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Deadlines:  Many reporters are on deadline. When they say they need to talk to you today, they mean “today”—not when you get around to calling them back. You know how Woody Allen said, “80% of success is just showing up.” Well, 80% of being successful with reporters is being cognizant of their […]

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Part I: Heroes, villains, and democratic action

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens In the comic book universe, identifying superheroes and supervillains is relatively easy. For instance, if you can’t tell by the ominous outfit or menacing scowl, you can certainly recognize villains by their evil machinations to takeover and/or destroy the world. In the education reform universe, the task is not so simple. First, […]

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Transfer Inefficiencies

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney In a recent study, the Los Rios Community College District reported that most of their students now transfer to a private non- or for-profit institution rather than a UC or CSU. One might think that the logical point of transfer for a community college student is the CSU but the report indicates […]

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On Siblings

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney I thought I may as well finish this week out with two educational memories of my brothers. Both are older than me, and both are entirely different from one another. Although they both graduated from the University of Notre Dame and both were in the Peace Corps, Paul has been an extremely […]

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The Thursday Pop with Kristan Venegas

By Kristan Venegas

Communicating financial aid and financial literacy: Why are we still holding on to our radio star status? Do you remember Buggles? I had to smile as I wrote that! Some of you might know their big hit song from the video game GTA Vice City, but I have always associated Video Killed the Radio Star […]

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