Tag Archives: Research

Changing the Narrative

Last week, Antar shared a compelling post about Ahmed Mohamed – the high school student who was arrested for bringing a clock to school because authorities mistakenly thought it was a bomb. I was outraged when I initially head the story – for many of the same reasons that Antar outlined so well in his […]

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What’s in a Name?: On Noncognitive College Readiness and Navigational Capital

Days after a new study on default rates at for-profits and community colleges made a splash, President Obama revealed his college scorecard, a website compiling information such as graduation rates, loan repayment, and average alumni salaries on individual colleges and universities. Since the reveal, there have been tweets, blog posts, and op-eds aplenty. My concern […]

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Going Off Campus: Working in a Secured Environment

In the next few blogs, I’d like to share some observations about the environment and the work within CDER (Center for Drug Evaluation and Research). For a quick explanation about what CDER does, please see HERE. For a history of the agency, including some unusual early practices like the “Poison Squad,” see THIS. In this blog, I […]

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Remembering A Feeling–Being the New Kid on the First Day of School

The last time I contributed to this blog I was Amanda Ochsner, grad student. Today I write to you as Amanda Ochsner, PhD. If I’m being honest, I’m still getting used to the new title. Forgoing jargon, “weird” is the best word I have to describe the feeling. Finishing your PhD is like many other […]

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Back-to-school: Gearing up the FITW grant

September brings the new school year and all that comes with it– back to school sale shopping, new folders, pens, calculators, new schools, friendships, and projects. We’re doing things a little differently this year on Thursdays at 21stcenturyscholar. We’re almost in our second year of the First in the World Grant (FITW)and we’re getting started with the […]

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Hot Days in Hawaii

As I sit here in an air conditioned coffee house sipping a refreshingly cool iced tea, I think of all of the K-12 teachers and students right now who don’t find themselves in such comfortable working conditions. The weather is hot right now, really hot! The air temperature is 90 degrees, but with high humidity […]

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Going off Campus: A First Glimpse at Life in a Federal Agency

Some people assert that if professors had more “real world” experience, they might be better teachers and better researchers. I agree. Having worked in student affairs for about 15 years before I started teaching, I found that experience to be central to any ability I might have to help students connect theory to practice. When […]

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Digital Identity

We had a desktop in the den of our house. In the year 2000, the Y2k hysteria slowly wearing off, laptops were not as accessible as they are now. We all shared the one desktop—my mother, grandparents, sister, and me. My grandfather bought an extra phone line so we could use the dial-up connection and […]

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And We’re Back!

The 21st Century Scholar began in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. Bill Tierney and the Pullias Center.  As Dr. Tierney said in his last blog, the 21st Century Scholar has now moved over to the USC Rossier Office of Research and Faculty Affairs.  We hope to compliment the work of Dr. Tierney and the Pullias Center.  At […]

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Transitioning to the Postdoc

As of July 1st this year I said goodbye to USC after having been there for almost 5 years and started my new position as a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside.  I’ll be focusing on the governance of public higher education and fusing that with my interests in access, equity, and inclusion in […]

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