June 13, 2011

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New Faculty Member to Join Rossier 

brendesha tynesDr. Brendesha Tynes will be joining the school as Associate Professor of Education Psychology on January 1, 2012. 

Currently, Tynes is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on adolescent and emerging adult constructions of culture, race and identity in online settings and associations between online victimization and psychological adjustment. 

Central goals of her work are to outline the psychosocial and educational benefits of social media as well as the risk and protective factors associated with online racial discrimination. Tynes received her B.A. from Columbia University, M.A. from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. from UCLA.

Tierney Opines on Responsibilities of Colleges


Dr. Bill Tierney authored opinion pieces that were featured prominently this weekend in two key publications.


His commentary for the Sacramento Bee focused on three important ways that public and private universities can work together to produce more graduates in California.

Read the piece.  


His editorial currently running in the Chronicle of Higher Education uses the personal experience of one of Tierney's mentees to illustrate the need to create a more meaningful college experience with better learning outcomes. 

Read it here.   


The Los Angeles Times also quoted Tierney about the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing California to continue granting reduced, in-state tuition to college students who are illegal immigrants. 

Read the article. Boston Herald also quoted Tierney.

Children of Military are Focus of Astor Op-Ed  

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Education Week just published Dr. Ron Avi Astor's commentary on the need to support students from military families. "For too long military children in public schools have been overlooked...often facing a civilian education system that appears uncaring and uncompromising," he wrote. Astor is currently engaged in research with military students in the San Diego Unified School District.  


Read the article here.   


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Smith, Wohlstetter & Students on Parent Involvement  


school community journalDr. Joanna Smith, Dr. Priscilla Wohlstetter, and doctoral students Ally Kuzin and Kris de Pedro have an article appearing in the new Spring/Summer issue of The School Community Journal.

The article, which looks at innovative parent involvement strategies in urban charter schools, is available online here.  

Melguizo Shares Work with Sterling Foundation

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Dr. Tatiana Melguizo was invited to the annual grantee meeting of the Sterling Foundation to share the results of her work on community college students before an audience of foundation officers and grantees.

The title of her presentation was "The Crucial Role of Community Colleges in Increasing Degree Attainment Rates of Low-Income and Racial/Ethnic Minorities."

Picus Talks about Schools in Tough Times 


picusDr. Larry Picus recently offered a presentation titled "Strategies for High Performing Schools in Times of Fiscal Constraint."  The June 6th speech was at the invitation of the Arizona Business and Education Partnership in Phoenix.

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CUE Symposium: Community College Practitioners & Policymakers Share Thoughts on Student Success              

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(L-R: Dr. Estela Mara Bensimon, co-director of the USC Center for Urban Education and professor of higher education at the USC Rossier School of Education; Dr. David Morse, secretary for the Academic Senate and member of the Task Force on Student Success for Calfornia Community Colleges; Dr. Barry Russell, vice chancellor of academic affairs for California Community Colleges; Suzanne Reed, chief of staff for State Sen. Carol Liu)


Select faculty, staff and administrators from eleven California community colleges and key policy stakeholders shared strategies on student success at the Center for Urban Education (CUE) Equity and Student Success Symposium last Friday in downtown Los Angeles. With over forty practitioners and policymakers in attendance, the symposium bridged diverse dialogue about what constitutes student success and ways in which postsecondary education reform, despite limited resources, should incorporate indicators of equity.

A morning panel of leaders from Santa Ana College and Los Medanos College described how CUE's benchmarking workshops and BESST™ tool has provided a concrete language with which they can raise important, though contentious, issues of equity. Members of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Task Force on Student Success led a discussion during the latter half of the program, putting forth a variety of metrics and practices that will be incorporated into a statewide plan to improve student retention and completion.

CUE Changes University of Wisconsin Transfer Policy
The University of Wisconsin System (UWS) Board of Regents' Education Committee approved a revised transfer policy last Friday that incorporated recommendations made by the Center for Urban Education (CUE) in its 2010 Wisconsin Transfer Equity Study. CUE's Wisconsin Transfer Equity Study brought leaders together from the UW System, its University of Wisconsin Colleges, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and partner campuses to review practices and policies that affect equity in outcomes between students of color and their white peers. Findings from the review addressed in the revised policy include increased accountability in transfer reporting by using transfer indicators and adopting equity benchmarks to achieve parity in transfer outcomes.

View presentation to the Board of Regents' Education Committee.

Alumna Receives Two PDK Awards    


Dr. Guadalupe Simpson (Ed.D. '11) was awarded the President's Award and the Research Award by the USC Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa at the group's recent awards dinner.  


The President's Award is given to a chapter member who has demonstrated extraordinary service to the chapter in one or more unique ways and is given by the current chapter president. The Research Award goes to a member who has demonstrated the ability to conduct research and findings during the last two or three years. 

Alumna Presents Award-Winning Research   


sumun pendakurDr. Sumun Pendakur (EdD '10), recipient of the 2011 Rossier Dissertation of the Year Award, presented at the 24th Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education on June 4.


Her 75-minute session was titled "More Than Mentors: Empowerment Agents as Embodied Institutional Resistance," and based on findings from her dissertation on change agents she found within elite universities who are fighting oppression and helping low-status students.

Alumnus Tenured and Promoted


frank harrisDr. Frank Harris III (Ed.D. '06) has been tenured and promoted to associate professor at San Diego State University.  


Earlier this month he delivered a major keynote address at the 3rd National Conference on College Men, co-sponsored by the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.


Since earning his doctorate from USC, Harris has emerged as one of the most cited and celebrated experts on male students in college and university contexts. His research has been published in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Men's Studies, Journal of Negro Education, and other highly-regarded journals.  

This Week on 21st Century Scholar

Monday: Bill Tierney reviews The Cartel, a documentary about New Jersey public schools.

Tuesday: Randy Clemens talks about the PhD qualifying exam process.

Wednesday:Bill Tierney reviews The Lottery, a documentary about Harlem charter schools.

Thursday: Stefani Relles discusses technology and education issues.

Friday: Bill Tierney offers his thoughts on two classic education-themed films--Blackboard Jungle and To Sir, with Love.

Go to CHEPA's 21st Century Scholar blog.
In This Issue
New Faculty Member to Join Rossier
Tierney Opines on Responsibilities of Colleges
Children of Military are Focus of Astor Op-Ed
Smith, Wohlstetter & Students on Parent Involvement
Melguizo Shares Work with Sterling Foundation
Picus Talks about Schools in Tough Times
CUE Symposium
Alumna Receives Two PDK Awards
Alumna Presents Award-Winning Research
Alumnus Tenured and Promoted
This Week on 21st Century Scholar






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