Posts Tagged ‘ huffington post ’

The Lake Wobegon Effect at Cal State

September 30, 2013
The Lake Wobegon Effect at Cal State

WILLIAM G. TIERNEY, professor of higher education, USC's Pullias Center.

This op-ed originally appeared at the Huffington Post on Sept. 27.

Garrison Keillor has long told stories about Lake Wobegon, his mythical home out there on the edge of the prairie "where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average." California State University is inventing its own Lake Wobegon in dealing with entering freshmen who need to take remedial classes...

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How Community Colleges Can Keep Sacramento Pols Off Their Backs

May 1, 2013
How Community Colleges Can Keep Sacramento Pols Off Their Backs

ALICIA DOWD, associate professor, Rossier School of Education, and co-director for Center for Urban Education, and ESTELA MARA BENSIMON, professor of education, Rossier, and co-director of CUE.

This op-ed originally appeared at the Huffington Post on April 30.

The recently released California community college system's Student Success Scorecard has rightly drawn praise. The web-based scorecards contain comprehensive information on students' performance at each of the state's 112 community colleges, making details about student outcomes the most easily accessible in...

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The Fourth Science Domain

March 25, 2013
The Fourth Science Domain

PAUL S. ROSENBLOOM, professor of computer science, Institute of Creative Technologies, Viterbi.

This op-ed originally appeared at the Huffington Post.

Introductory science courses, whether in physics, biology or psychology, typically span the discipline's core ideas, along with glimpses of its past and future. Not so with computer science. Students either learn how to use basic applications -- browsers, text editors, drawing programs -- or acquire beginning programming skills. They may also be introduced to some key components of working computer...

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Making Universities and Colleges More Military Friendly

October 12, 2012
Making Universities and Colleges More Military Friendly

RON AVI ASTOR, professor of urban social development, Schools of Education and Social Work

This op-ed originally appeared at the Huffington Post.

Relations between academia and the military services are not known for their cordiality. The flash point was the Vietnam War. Campuses across the country were incubators of the anti-war movement and arenas for major protests. Many units of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps were shut down, especially at the Ivies. More recently, the government's "Don't-Ask-Don't Tell" policy for...

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Heredity, Diet Driving Health Crisis in Hispanic Community

September 14, 2012
Heredity, Diet Driving Health Crisis in Hispanic Community

MICHAEL GORAN, director of the USC Childhood Obesity Research Center, Keck School of Medicine, and EMILY VENTURA, fellow, UCLA Department of Cancer Prevention and Control Research.

This op-ed originally appeared at the Huffington Post.

A combination of heredity and diet is driving a potential health crisis of liver disease in the Hispanic community. Obesity is a growing problem among Hispanics, especially children and adolescents. In Los Angeles County, obesity levels among Hispanics are among the highest (25.5 percent), especially...

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How to Save the Euro: A Little More Inflation in Germany, Please

July 18, 2012
How to Save the Euro: A Little More Inflation in Germany, Please

ARIS PROTOPAPADAKIS, professor of business and finance, USC Marshall School of Business.

This op-ed originally appeared at the Huffington Post.

Euro zone leaders' latest plan to rescue the euro, agreed to late last month, focuses on two crises: the continent's ailing banks and the sovereign-debt woes of Europe's southern peripheral economies. Unfortunately, their blueprint neglects a third crisis that continues to grow and could bring down the euro zone: Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain are becoming increasingly uncompetitive economically...

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The Price of College Affordability

June 19, 2012
The Price of College Affordability

WILLIAM G. TIERNEY, university professor, USC Pullias Center for Higher Education.

This op-ed originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

The political standoff in Washington over extending low interest rates on student loans would have been unimaginable a generation ago. Back then, there was an unwritten compact between government and higher education. Everyone largely assumed that if government -- that is, taxpayers -- financially helped more people attend and graduate from college, we would all be better off in the end....

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Political Ads Are Hazardous to Your Mental Health

May 1, 2012
Political Ads Are Hazardous to Your Mental Health

MARTY KAPLAN, professor of entertainment, media and society, USC Annenberg

This op-ed originally appeared at the Huffington Post.

This is the disclaimer that Britain's Public Interest Research Centre recently proposed for inclusion on billboards:

"This advertisement may influence you in ways of which you are not consciously aware. Buying consumer goods is unlikely to improve your wellbeing, and borrowing to buy consumer goods may be unwise; debt can enslave."
For this buy-buy-buy holiday season, those words are a spritz of...

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How to Prevent Another Titantic

April 13, 2012
How to Prevent Another Titantic

COSTAS SYNOLAKIS, professor of civil and environmental engineering, USC Viterbi.

his op-ed originally appeared at the HuffingtonPost.

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is now with us. Dozens of events have been planned and the story keeps enthralling us, despite the fact that so few of us travel by large ocean liners anymore. For the record, the beginning of our fascination with disasters of titanic proportions started with the great Lisbon tsunami of 1755, which changed the...

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The Night Anita Hill Changed America

October 13, 2011
The Night Anita Hill Changed America

CINNY KENNARD, senior fellow, Annenberg Center at USC: “After Clarence Thomas was narrowly confirmed, I knocked on the door again. Anita Hill finally opened it and came outside. I begged her to say something. America’s women, I said, wanted to hear from her on this historic night. “Do you have anything to say to Justice Thomas?” I asked.” For full article, see the Huffington Post.

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