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Cogswell Life

Douglas Thomas is a professor at the Iovine-Young Academy within USC. He has been Cogswell’s commencement speaker and shares an appreciation for many of the influences at play here. This piece first appeared on his Medium blog. I have been a professor at a major institution of higher learning for almost three decades. For the past […]

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Cathy Davidson’s new book is a manifesto on teaching students — and institutions — how to survive and thrive in the digital age. This review by Colleen Flaherty first appeared via “Inside Higher Ed”. In it, the author argues that mainstream approaches to higher education have become increasingly out of touch with a rapidly changing world. At Cogswell, where […]

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What is the value of higher education, particularly in the heart of one of the most dynamic economies on earth? According to researchers Dick Scott and Mike Kirst, two emeriti Stanford faculty members, the fundamental issues facing institutions that make this area their home illustrate how challenging it is to prepare new generations to operate successfully in a […]

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In addition to her adjunct faculty role at Cogswell and writing for Teen Vogue, Tamryn Spruill looks at sports from a unique perspective. This article was originally published by Golden State of Mind | Vox Media. The following version is lightly edited… The Golden State Warriors have won two NBA Championships in three consecutive NBA Finals against […]

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Speaking to a standing room only crowd at the Santa Clara County Convention Center, Britney Thoreson treated Cogswell graduates and their families to an intimate look at what commencement means. While introducing her, Professor Dave Perry set the stage by noting that Britney’s journey of exploration and discovery took her from her home in Alabama […]

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With high school graduations underway or just around the corner, many students are considering their next step – where they’ll go to college. If you’re one of the many students still weighing their options, a college visit can be the critical, deciding factor in where you’ll go. The ultimate aim of college visits is to […]

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Traditional classroom interactions aren’t obsolete, but they can be augmented by embracing the personal communications now available to students through new mechanisms like hackathons, jams and meetups. Hackathons, jams and meetups exist on the premise that participants will self-organize their efforts and develop meaningful projects through structured interactions and communications. Studying how hackathons work promises to […]

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