Featured News Posts

Recent News

Appointing Professors

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney I have two regrettable worries here, both signs of the current times, and both likely to decrease the quality of academic life.  Both stories revolve around academic appointments. Case #1: Who appoints professors? Ultimately, the Board and President do, just as they are responsible for everything else at the institution.  But it […]

Continue Reading →

PC University!

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Many years ago a friend came over to my house shaking his head about his parenting skills.  His 5 year old son had been hitting his four year old sister.  In turn, my friend had spanked his son as a way to teach him not to hit his sister.  “Somehow I think […]

Continue Reading →

Secretary Duncan and education as social justice

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently received a service award from Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House Association, a student-directed social service organization. During his speech, he rightly stated that education is the civil rights issue of our generation. Secretary Duncan’s speech is a necessary piece–the acknowledgement of inequitable opportunities and resources–to completing […]

Continue Reading →

Retirement Planning and Pension Reform 101

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney A great many decisions for me at base are philosophical statements about how we think we should live our lives.  Social security to me is a belief that we are all connected and that in our later years we should enable individuals to receive some economic benefit so they are not reduced […]

Continue Reading →

Blog by Numbers: College Graduation Rates

By Stefani Relles

We continue our Blog by Numbers series where we let the statistics do the talking. This one chart shows graduate rates for the UC and CSU.  There are many reasons why so few students graduate in 4 years. But at a time when many are saying students should graduate in less than 4 years, what does […]

Continue Reading →

Human subjects and righteous dopefiends

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Philippe Bourgois wrote In Search of Respect over a decade ago and I have used it repeatedly in my classes and in my writing.  His latest book, Righteous Dopefiend, written with Jeff Schonberg, is a fitting follow-up.  They spent ten years with a group of homeless people addicted to heroin.  The book […]

Continue Reading →

Sell the team, Frank

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney I commented in an earlier blog that I’d prefer to keep these posts related to higher education.   So what I’m going to say here is a stretch, but give me some leeway. I love baseball.  I grew up following the Dodgers and hating the Yankees.  When I went to Boston to study […]

Continue Reading →

Trick or treat? Teachers and professional development at the haunted schoolhouse of horrors

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens My sisters and I used to trick or treat, collecting our candy in sleeping bags. A successful Halloween night ended with tired legs and a mound of sugary confections to sort through. A good bounty included quality stuff like full-sized candy bars and hand-fulls of Sweetarts. Pennies, candy corn, tootsie rolls, and […]

Continue Reading →

The decline of the culture of teaching: Part II

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Call me crazy, but I have long enjoyed reading the writing of students.   Every now and then someone puts together a nifty sentence, paragraph or paper, and I still get a rush of excitement at his or her accomplishment.  I also enjoy watching someone’s work improve over time. I always have offered […]

Continue Reading →

Pathfinder’s Progress

By Zoe B. Corwin

As the 2010/2011 school year unfolds, CHEPA’s Pathfinder project continues to evolve. In exciting news, the design team from USC’s Game Innovation Lab has just released the initial digital storyboards for the Facebook Application of the game.  After playtesting the card game with over 300 students and practitioners, seeing the digital mock-up for the first time was […]

Continue Reading →