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Do the Math (even if you’re getting a PhD in English)

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney The most expensive component of teaching is a PhD program.  Classes are generally smaller – much smaller – than undergraduate classes, and doctoral students require individualized instruction.  Doctoral students also do not pay full tuition as their undergraduate peers frequently do.  Indeed, they cost money.  Faculty like working with graduate students, however, […]

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Money matters and districts don’t have it

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens There’s a rumor going around that the country’s economy has turned a corner. The Great Recession is over. I don’t know the metrics that pundits and politicians are using, but if we consider the financial stability (or instability) of school districts, the recession is certainly not over. Consider, for instance, the case […]

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Clowns

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Given the title you might think I’m talking about one or another group in the UC system, but I am not.  I want to mention the best book I have read over the last several months – Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie.  Several years ago when I read Midnight’s Children I […]

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The Need for Research on Student “Throughput”

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney A critical need exists to investigate ways that states in general and California in particular might incentivize timely graduation and penalize the accumulation of credits unrelated to a degree.  Currently, institutional incentives are focused less on enabling students to graduate in a timely manner and more on having students spend seat-time that […]

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Thursday is TechDay: Female Science Professor

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles Today, Thursday is TechDay welcomes FemaleScienceProfessor (FSP) to the 21st Century Scholar blogroll. Her tag, “musings of a science professor at a large research university” is, like the blog, disarmingly personal and fiercely anonymous, which makes for intelligent commentary on what FSP refers to as “the more puzzling and stressful aspects of […]

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Procrastination vs. the Importance of Timing

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Sometimes people misinterpret procrastination for simply getting everything done as soon as possible.  I think that’s a mistake, too.  I don’t think every single message that I get –via email, phone or in person – has to be handled the moment I receive it.  Granted, I hit the reply button a lot […]

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Technology and the Interstices of Qualitative Research and Policy

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Now is an exciting time to be a researcher. Technology and digital media allow quantitative and qualitative researchers to explore new territories. The internet allows qualitative researchers to interact with research subjects in new spaces as well as collect and present data in new ways. With new methods comes new data. But, […]

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Procrastination and the Importance of Getting It Done

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney In studies about procrastination one place that gets investigated a great deal is the college campus.  Students procrastinate and end up pulling “all-nighters” finishing a paper they should have finished weeks ago.  Professors procrastinate as well, but they tend to clean the house or read that article on-line that someone mentioned a […]

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What’s Religion Got To Do With It?

By Lorraine Solaegui

By Shafiqa Ahmadi and Darnell Cole, Guest Bloggers Shafiqa Ahmadi, JD and Darnell Cole, PhD are faculty members at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.  This week’s blogs are based on their upcoming book on Muslim Student experiences on college campuses.  They would like to thank their research assistants, Umera […]

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After All, Those Baby Mohammads Will Grow Up to Be Adult Mohammads

By Lorraine Solaegui

by Shafiqa Ahmadi and Darnell Cole, Guest Bloggers  Shafiqa Ahmadi, JD and Darnell Cole, PhD are faculty members at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.  This week’s blogs are based on their upcoming book on Muslim Student experiences on college campuses.  They would like to thank their research assistants, Umera […]

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