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Don’t Chuck Remedial Education Out the Window Just Yet

November 11, 2013
Don’t Chuck Remedial Education Out the Window Just Yet

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

This op-ed originally appeared in Inside Higher Education on Nov. 8.

Remedial education in higher education has become a target for reformers. Lawmakers in Florida have made remedial classes in math, reading and English optional for students entering community colleges in fall 2014. The placement tests to assess these skills will be optional as well. Meantime, Tennessee and Connecticut have passed legislation making it easier for students to bypass remediation and...

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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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Privatizing the Public University

October 16, 2012
Privatizing the Public University

WILLIAM TIERNEY, director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education, USC's Rossier School of Education.

This op-ed originally appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Recently a committee of the University of California’s Academic Senate effectively threw cold water on the plans of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management to take its M.B.A. program private. The plan was for the program to give up state funds and, in return, for the state to give the school more leeway in issues...

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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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How to Make Remedial English a Success

November 2, 2011
How to Make Remedial English a Success

WILLIAM G. TIERNEY, professor of higher education and director of the Center of Higher Education Policy Analysis, and STEFANI RELLES, former community college instructor: “Every summer for the past decade, we have conducted a writing program for college-bound, low-income minority students. More than 80 percent of them have never written a formal five-page paper. Instead, they’ve churned out short essay after short essay after short essay. When asked to develop an idea or argument beyond two or three pages,...

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Saving the U.S. Research University

October 31, 2011
Saving the U.S. Research University

C.L. MAX NIKIAS, president of USC, and WILLIAM G. TIERNEY, professor of higher education and director of the USC Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis: “The problems that confront American higher education today are arguably the greatest in more than a generation. Both public and private institutions have faced significant budget cuts, decreased money for research from federal and state governments, and the specter of a decline in giving because of uncertainty in financial markets. One response, which unfortunately...

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Why the Patriot Act Must Go

September 7, 2011
Why the Patriot Act Must Go

SHAFIQA AHMADI, assistant professor of clinical education at USC Rossier School of Education:   “The fear of government surveillance under the law has chilled international intellectual exchange and alienated many foreign students seeking to study at U.S. campuses. That’s too high a price to pay for a dubious gain in security. …Consider the experiences of Muslim students. Once an avenue to extracurricular activities, Muslim student organizations are now wide shunned. The membership rolls of the Muslim Students Association and...

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