Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series)

Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series)

Thomas Jefferson once stated that the foremost goal of American education must be to nurture the “natural aristocracy of talent and virtue.” Although in many ways American higher education has fulfilled Jefferson’s vision by achieving a widespread level of excellence, it has not achieved the objective of equity implicit in Jefferson’s statement. In Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education, William G. Bowen, Martin A. Kurzweil, and Eugene M. Tobin explore the cause for this divide. Employing historical research, examination of the most recent social science and public policy scholarship, international comparisons, and detailed empirical analysis of rich new data, the authors study the intersection between “excellence” and “equity” objectives.

Beginning with a time line tracing efforts to achieve equity and excellence in higher education from the American Revolution to the early Cold War years, this narrative reveals the halting, episodic progress in broadening access across the dividing lines of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. The authors argue that despite our rhetoric of inclusiveness, a significant number of youth from poor families do not share equal access to America’s elite colleges and universities. While America has achieved the highest level of educational attainment of any country, it runs the risk of losing this position unless it can markedly improve the precollegiate preparation of students from racial minorities and lower-income families.

After identifying the “equity” problem at the national level and studying nineteen selective colleges and universities, the authors propose a set of potential actions to be taken at federal, state, local, and institutional levels. With recommendations ranging from reform of the admissions process, to restructuring of federal financial aid and state support of public universities, to addressing the various precollegiate obstacles that disadvantaged students face at home and in school, the authors urge all selective colleges and universities to continue race-sensitive admissions policies, while urging the most selective (and privileged) institutions to enroll more well-qualified students from families with low socioeconomic status.

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The “Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch

See Randy’s book about this “Last Lecture” at www.cs.virginia.edu Randy reprised this talk on the Oprah Show in Oct 2007 (see www.cs.virginia.edu ). Randy Pausch (www.randypausch.com ) is a virtual reality pioneer, human-computer interaction researcher, co-founder of CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center (http ), and creator of the Alice (www.alice.org ) software project. Other videos by Randy, including downloadable versions of this and other talks, can be found at http
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Application and Theory of Petri Nets 1999: 20th International Conference, ICATPN’99, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, June 21-25, 1999 Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

Application and Theory of Petri Nets 1999: 20th International Conference, ICATPN’99, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, June 21-25, 1999 Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Application and Theory of Petri Nets, ICATPN’99, held in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, in June 1999. The 21 revised full papers presented were carefully selected from 45 submissions. Also included are three invited presentations. The book presents state-of-the-art research results on all current aspects of Petri nets as well as advanced applications in a variety of areas.

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WVU Business and Economics Weese Lecture presents John E. Schlifske

John E. Schlifske, president of Northwestern Mutual, speaks at West Virginia University on business leadership during the College of Business and Economics annual Samuel H. Weese Financial Services Lecture. The Weese lecture was established in honor of Dr. Samuel H. Weese, who earned an undergraduate degree and MBA from the WVU College of Business and Economics and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School. He was insurance commissioner for West Virginia from 1969-75.
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Randy Pausch reprising his “Last Lecture”

New: see Randy’s book about his “Last Lecture” at www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/Randy_Book.html Randy Pausch reprising his inspirational “Last Lecture” on the Oprah Show (Oct 22, 2007). See the full-length version of this short Oprah Show reprise at www.cs.virginia.edu/robins/Randy . Randy Pausch (www.randypausch.com) is a virtual reality pioneer, human-computer interaction researcher, co-founder of CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center (www.etc.cmu.edu), and creator of the Alice (www.alice.org) software project. High-resolution downloadable versions of Randy’s videos can be found at www.cs.virginia.edu/robins/Randy www.cs.virginia.edu/robins/Randy
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Software Engineering Education: SEI Conference 1988 Fairfax, Virginia, USA, April 28-29, 1988. Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

Software Engineering Education: SEI Conference 1988 Fairfax, Virginia, USA, April 28-29, 1988. Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

This volume contains the proceedings of the 1988 SEI Conference on Software Engineering Education. The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a United States government-funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University. Its principal responsibility is to accelerate the reduction to practice of modern software engineering techniques and methods. An annual activity of the SEI is the SEI Conference on Software Engineering Education. The purpose of the conference is to promote enhanced software engineering education in the academic, industrial, and government educational communities, and to promote interactions among educators in these three communities. The 1988 conference included refereed papers, panel discussions, reports and demonstrations from the SEI. Special emphasis was placed on master’s degree level software engineering curricula, the content of software engineering courses, and the introduction of software engineering into undergraduate computer science curricula. The proceedings contain fifteen refereed papers, the keynote address, and a report on curriculum recommendations from the SEI. This volume is particularly useful to software engineering and computer science educators in both the academic and industrial communities.

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Randy Pausch Lecture: Time Management

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch gave a lecture on Time Management at the University of Virginia in November 2007. Randy Pausch — www.randypausch.com — is a virtual reality pioneer, human-computer interaction researcher, co-founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center — http — and creator of the Alice — www.alice.org — software project. The slides for this lecture and high-res downloadable versions of this and other lectures can be found at www.cs.virginia.edu