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Is Gamification Key to Unlocking The Holy Grail of College Access?

By Nourisha Wells and Fiona Yung For the average high school student, college is the Holy Grail of access to “the good life.” It is where teens mature into adults. It is where dreams formulate into plans. It is where students learn the world is bigger than they ever imagined and the connections they make […]

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The Challenge of Platform

For the First In The World challenge, the team at the USC Game Innovation Lab took Mission: Admission, a game that was developed several years ago for Facebook, and redesigned it to work on modern platforms and devices. We had already solved a lot of hard problems related to games in classrooms when we originally […]

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Third-Level Digital Divide

Like most of the cool kids, I subscribe to Google Scholar Alerts. All of the new research about the digital divide is shipped to my email. A few days ago, I read, for the first time, about the third level digital divide. You’ve probably heard of the digital divide. It’s a buzzword for differences in […]

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Qualitative Research as Public Scholarship

At this year’s AERA conference, Bill Tierney and I presented a paper, “The Role of Ethnography as Ethical and Policy-Relevant Public Scholarship.” We had a great panel, including Rob Rhoads, Jessica Lester, Laurence Parker, and Yvonna Lincoln. Fellow blogger Antar chaired. Michelle Fine acted as discussant, providing great commentary. The idea for the symposium developed […]

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Surviving and Thriving in Organizational Politics (Part 1)

Considering that graduation season is soon upon us, it seems like an appropriate time to remember that no matter what we do or what our current station is, most of us operate in some sort of organization. And a good time to remind ourselves that surviving and thriving in these institutions requires proactively engaging with […]

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Thoughts While Ranking Universities

A week or so ago, I opened my email and discovered an “invitation to influence the outcome” of one of the numerous university rankings that are proliferating at a seemingly endless pace. Although I have criticized rankings in the past, I’ll admit that I was internally thrilled.  For years, I have looked through college and […]

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“Bilingual” Universities: Is this English or is this Fraud?

The race for globalization concerns higher education as much as any other segment of the national economy. Acquiring English skills and introducing the language in many facets of economic and social life is part of globalization. According to a Dutch-based organization, StudyPortals, the proportion of English-taught courses in the Netherlands is 30 percent, Sweden 24 […]

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What’s Up With Cal? (Psst: Not as Much as We’d Like)

If you’ve been following the LA Times or the Chronicle of Higher Education, you may have lost count: in the past months, at least four faculty and staff at UC Berkeley have left their positions after being accused of sexual harassment.  Among the body count: the law school dean, a vice chancellor, an astronomer and, […]

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Going Off-Campus: How We Measure Success

Almost every organization has a mission. How we measure success toward that mission is a challenge. How do we, in the USC Rossier School, for example, know we’ve improved urban education, and how much improvement is “enough?” For my current, adopted home, CDER, what does “helping to ensure” access to safe and effective drugs mean? […]

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Today is International Women’s Day

Thursday, February 25, 2016 was the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surf contest at Waimea Bay, North Shore Oahu. “The Eddie” as it is known, is a big wave surfing competition that is only held when waves in Waimea Bay top 20 feet and that hasn’t happened since 2009. The Eddie is held to […]

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