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Summing Up – I

I’ve been doing this blog for over half a decade.  At some point what was irregular in the writing of it, became regular; rather than write a blog every now and then we put out a blog a day.  Various folks in the Pullias Center helped staff and write for it.  We cooked up special […]

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When Entrepreneurialism “Disrupts” Academic and Artistic Rigor

Imagine, for a moment, the following scenario: A department of economics, with an internationally-respected, highly-selective graduate program that provides full funding for PhD students, receives a $70 million donation from a capital venture fund.  The donation, introduced by prominent figures from the financial investment world (perhaps Robert Kraft or James Dimon), is earmarked for the […]

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On Academic Life: Figuring Out Who You Are

Identity is a crucial issue in terms of development. At some point, everyone has to ask themselves, “Who am I?” A simple question, but an exceedingly complex one at the same time. This question is relevant to any career choice, including being an academic – at least it was for me. I think it has […]

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Games—A Matter of Life and Death?

Two weeks ago we were awarded a “First in the World” grant through the Fund for Innovation in Postsecondary Education. The program “provides grants to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes, makes college more affordable for students and families, and develops an evidence base of effective practices.” When I listened to the […]

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The Academic Marketplace: Assistant Coaches and Assistant Professors

I am a taxpayer. Obviously, I am aware that paying taxes means that I only have a partial say in how the state budget gets determined. I don’t have a line item veto and that’s entirely understandable. A member of the Tea Party doesn’t get to “x” out the public monies that go for health […]

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Seven Weeks In and …

Part of my responsibilities here in the Pullias Center for Higher Education is overseeing the Increasing Access via Mentoring (I AM) Program—one of the center’s two outreach programs. I AM is an action-based intensive mentoring model where USC staff and graduate students guide Los Angeles area college-ready high school seniors through the college and financial aid […]

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Divestment, Activism, and Voice III

Unbeknownst to me, on the day that the faculty published their letter about the university’s role in sweatshops in Bangladesh the students who were concerned about the issue decided to stage a sit-down protest outside of the president’s office. They wanted to talk with the President. The university went into overdrive. Department of Public Safety […]

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Divestment, Activism, and Voice II

Last spring there was discussion about the need for ‘SC to stop doing business with companies that work in Bangladesh. I was asked by a variety of different individuals and groups to sign one or another letter. Before I sign on to things I feel that I need to do my homework and in a […]

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Where’s Rieber Hall?

Late one night last fall, I ended up driving through the UCLA campus after the LA Metro Transportation Authority, Caltrans, and Kiewit decided to reroute me and other drivers off the 405 freeway for the one-millionth time in the last five years, but I digress. I attended UCLA as an undergrad and then worked as […]

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In Honor of William B. Michael—Can We Deconstruct a College Education Statistically?

It doesn’t seem right that another September is upon us and Bill Michael (William B. Michael) is not ambling slowly through Waite Phillips Hall, ready to at once terrorize and fascinate wary graduate students required to learn something about research methods and statistics. A giant in the field, Bill would constantly regale his nervous students […]

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