July 26, 2011

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MAT@USC Mobile App Featured in Wired
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MAT@USC's new mobile app was the centerpiece of the Wired story, "An iPad University: Giving It The Old College Try."

The article quotes Dr. Melora Sundt, and states that the MAT@USC is different from the stereotypical online program because the interactivity and accessibility is so similar to a real-life classroom experience.

Read the article here.
Alumna to Leave Dept. of Ed. for Santa Ana District
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The Santa Ana Unified school board on Friday announced the appointment of Dr. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana (PhD '95) as superintendent of Orange County's largest school district.

Dr. Melendez  de Santa Ana has been serving for the past two years as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education under Secretary Arne Duncan in the U.S. Department of Education. She will officially become superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District on Aug. 8.

Dr. Melendez de Santa Ana was also Superintendent of the Pomona Unified School District before becoming the principal adviser to Secretary Duncan.

Read the OC Register article.
Faculty Forefront
Tierney Quoted About Middle-Class College Crunch

wgtierney The Press-Enterprise
quoted Dr. William G. Tierney about a report that shows many middle-class families are not poor enough to qualify for some types of financial aid and not rich enough to afford the University of California system's ever-increasing tuition.


"We're in a real crisis here," Tierney said in the article. "The basic assumption was that if you qualify for post-secondary education in California, you would have a space... It didn't say, 'Unless you're from the middle class.'"



Read the article.
Marsh Report on Bonuses Continues to Make Headlines
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Fast Company featured the new report by Dr. Julie Marsh and the RAND Corporation, which found that a New York program which distributed $56 million in schoolwide performance bonuses had no positive effect on student performance or teachers' attitudes toward their jobs.

"We did not find improvements in student achievement at any of the grade levels," Marsh said.

The report was also featured by Associated Press , The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , The Huffington Post , New York Post , The News Journal , NY1 , Gothamist and ABC News Jacksonville, Fla., affiliate WJXX-TV.
...Marsh Also Quoted on Students Being Held Back 

The Los Angeles Daily News also sought out Dr. Marsh for a story about a RAND study in which she participated, showing that students who were held back in school didn't experience any negative socio-emotional impact.

Read the article .
Wohlstetter Talks to LAT about High Charter Turnovers
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Dr. Penny Wohlstetter was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about the high turnover of teachers in charter schools.

In the story, Wohlstetter called the turnover rate "not surprising."

"Charter high schools are usually considerably smaller than traditional high schools, which translates into teachers wearing many hats, serving on lots of committees and taking on way more responsibilities," she said.

Read the article.
Robles to Speak about Preparing Students for Careers
Darline Robles

Downtown Gazette reported that Dr. Darline Robles will speak at the Academic Up Rise Education Symposium on how to better prepare students for careers.

Read the article.
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Purdue University Partners with CUE to Improve Equity

Purdue University has retained the Center for Urban Education (CUE) to carry out an Equity Scorecard ™ process for its West Lafayette campus. Using CUE's data and inquiry tools, a team of practitioners will examine what is and is not working for underrepresented students and begin taking steps to improve equity in student outcomes.

Purdue University is a major research institution known for its competitive science, technology, engineering, and math programs. Purdue will join more than 50 institutions nationwide that have partnered with CUE in implementing the Equity Scorecard™ to produce equitable outcomes in higher education.
Rueda and Alum Publish in British Journal
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Rossier's Dr. Robert Rueda and  Dr. Jerry Sun (EdD '09), currently Assistant Professor at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, have co-authored a paper that will be published in the British Journal of Educational Technology (2010 impact factor: 2.139).

In the paper,  they  investigate possible relationships among motivational factors, learning variables, and student engagement in a distance education setting. Participants were from USC's Schools of Gerontology and Engineering.

Read the paper here.
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New Program Director for CERPP
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Emily Chung is the new Program Director for the Center for Enrollment Research, Practice and Policy (CERPP),  led by Dr. Jerry Lucido.

Previously, she was Associate Program Officer at the Japan Foundation in New York, where she managed and evaluated a large grant portfolio focused on education and international exchange, conducted research, and organized round tables, workshops, and other events. Prior to the Foundation, as a Development Associate at Urban Solutions in San Francisco, she secured grants and established foundation relations in support of community development programs.

Emily earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a master's at Yale University, and completed coursework for a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.
SummerTIME Students Blog on 21st Century Scholar

This week, CHEPA's 21st Century Scholar focuses on its SummerTIME program, in which 90 LAUSD graduates have spent the last month preparing for college with intensive writing and college knowledge courses.  Students Julie Aguilar, Jules Berg, Brenda Manzo and Lewis Todd are posting blogs.

Check out CHEPA's 21st Century Scholar blog now.
Student Presents in South Africa Han Nee Wester

Ed.D. Candidate Han Nee C. Wester with the Hawaii cohort was a delegate and presenter at the 11th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, which was held at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town, from June 20-22.

She presented a paper on 'Preventing Harassment towards Students in High School who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning', which evaluates the effectiveness of intervention methods used to prevent harassment towards LGBTQ students in American high schools.

Wester was selected as one of the 2011 Graduate Scholar Award recipients at the conference.
Alumnus Presents on LGBT Students in Higher Ed
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Dr. Vincent Vigil (PASA '04, EdD '07), Director of the USC LGBT Resource Center, presented a training session for the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention Training Institute on July 13-14. It was the Dept. of Ed's Higher Education Center's first such training session. Vigil presented on how to strengthen admission protocols to support LGBT students and their families. About 80 participants attended the conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Two Alums Quoted in NYT about Women in Athletics

The New York Times featured an Ed.D. alumnus and a Ph.D. candidate in an article about athletics in community colleges, and the underrepresentation of women in sports and violation of Title IX. jaime lester

Dr. Jaime Lester (PASA '04, PhD '05) pictured right, Assistant Professor at George Mason University and current Ph.D. candidate, and Dr. fharrisFrank Harris, (EdD '06) Associate Professor at San Diego State and former Associate Director of CUE, were quoted in the story.

Read the article.
In Other NEws
Commerce Releases STEM Jobs Report
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The U.S. Department of Commerce released a report last week highlighting the importance of jobs that rely on workers with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) training.

According to STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future , the growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs over the last 10 years and is projected to grow by 17% in 2018.
Rossier's upcoming issue of FUTURES in Urban Ed will focus on the School's commitment to STEM research, teacher preparation and professional development.
In This Issue
MAT@USC App Featured in Wired
Alumna Appointed Superintendent of Santa Ana
Tierney Quoted About Middle-Class Crunc
Marsh Report on Bonuses in the News
Marsh Quoted in Story about LAUSD Social Promotion
Wohlstetter Talks to LAT about High Charter Turnovers
Robles to Speak about Preparing Students for Careers
Purdue University Partners with CUE to Improve Equity
Alum and Prof Publish Paper in Journal
New Program Director for CERPP
SummerTIME Students Blog on 21st Century Scholar
Student Presents in South Africa & Named Graduate Scholar
Alumnus Presents on LGBT Students in Higher Ed
Two Alums Quoted in NYT about Women in Athletics
Commerce Releases STEM Jobs Report






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