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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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TechGrrrls are people too

By Stefani Relles

Is technology gendered? I was recently struck by this question while perusing interactive panel proposals for SXSW. The proposal emerged from the assumption that technology itself is masculine territory, grouped, I assume, with the hard sciences. I suppose there’s some truth to the stereotype of technology as the domain of freaky, geeky men with horn-rimmed […]

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Hits and Misses

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney I’ve always been bothered when the talking heads on news shows state categorically what’s going to happen, but when their prognostication doesn’t turn out, they still are turned to for their sage opinions.    Dick Morris, for example, was sure that Hilary Clinton was going to face Condi Rice in the presidential election; […]

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The excitement and potential of a new school year

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Last week, I flew home for a short break before the hustle and bustle of the fall semester and my third year begins. To escape the D.C. heat and humidity, I spent a lot of time swimming with my niece and nephews. In between hurling them across the pool–to their mother and […]

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We’re Back!

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney We’re Back! The summer should be a time for respite and reflection, and I had some of that, but we also were extremely busy.  Our writing program, SummerTime, successfully concluded its 9th summer.   Gib Hentschke and I are also doing a project on privatization that has consumed more time than we envisioned […]

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Summer hiatus

By Stefani Relles

21st Century Scholar will be on break until Monday, August 23rd. We look forward to picking up where we left off then. In the meantime, enjoy the summer.

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Thursday is TechDay

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles In a previous post, I introduced Ning and the easy access this (once free) platform gives to educators and researchers who want to create (and study) a self-contained digital ecosystem for student _________________. Building the Ning social network is easy, but using it to teach is hard because technology doesn’t teach _________________ […]

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On Leadership: Part II

By Bill Tierney

By Bill Tierney I mentioned previously that Steve Sample is stepping down as president of USC in August.  Our current provost, Max Nikias, will become president. One of the interesting aspects of a private university is the difference between culture and laws.  Laws regulate from the outside in:  we do something because the law says […]

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Duncan highlights the need for parent involvement

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently said he wanted to require “parent and community input” in the reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Afterwards, National Journal’s Education Experts, a blog featuring an array of education professionals, posed the question “Can Communities and Parents Help Turn Around Schools?” The prompt elicited a […]

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On Leadership: Part I

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Quick quiz.  Who said this: Courage! What makes a king out of a slave?  Courage!  What makes the mast on the flag to wave?  Courage!  What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk?  What makes the muskrat guard his musk?  Courage!  What makes the Hottentot […]

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