Featured Publications


College Access & Financial Aid

  • The University as a Sanctuary The University as a Sanctuary
    We offer a brief overview of what the traditional understanding of a sanctuary has been and consider the current calls for colleges and universities to become sanctuaries. Possible steps for those working in higher ed are offered. ...
  • Launching the Mission Admission Challenge Launching the Mission Admission Challenge
    We share an overview of activities conducted and lessons learned from the first two years of the grant. Our intent is to provide readers with insights into the process of conceptualizing and implementing a large-scale practitioner-oriented research project.  ...
  • New Report from the USC Community College Project New Report from the USC Community College Project
    Melguizo and team have issued a new report on their findings from their U.S. Department of Education IES project....
  • FITW Project Summary FITW Project Summary
    Over four years, the Pullias Center will implement the college application game in schools across California through a Web-based platform. The role-playing game, along with an extensive student-centered social media campaign and support materials for teachers and counselors, offers schools […]...
  • Technological Innovations for College Access Technological Innovations for College Access
    Zoe Corwin, Marie Groark, and Keith Frome discuss useful online tools, challenges, and potential ways to use technological innovations to increase college-going and completion rates....
  • Financial Aid and Access: Getting the Word Out—Research Findings and Possible Practices by Mari Luna De La Rosa and Paz Oliverez

Academic Governance & Change

Equity & Diversity

Miscellaneous Publications

  • Futures in Urban Education Futures in Urban Education
    Recently, USC President C.L. Max Nikias sat down with University Professor William G. Tierney to talk about leadership....

A New Game in Town: Competitive Higher Education by Lloyd Armstrong
This paper outlines how the system of higher education faces increased competition from the for-profit sector. This competition foreshadows structural
changes in faculty work and university organization.

Creating the Inclusive Campus: The Essential Role of Faculty Diversity by John Brooks Slaughter
John Slaughter looks at the demographic changes in academe and reminds us of the importance of diversity for preparing students to live in a

The Coming Transformation of the American University by Roger Benjamin
In this paper, Roger Benjamin tracks how global changes will impact higher education. Based on these conclusions, he then looks toward redesigned mission statements that focus on K-16 education.

Developing the High Performance Organization: Impediments To Change and Innovation in Colleges and Universities by William G. Tierney
In light of recent and expected changes in higher education, this paper considers how we might create a climate for organizational change and innovation. Tierney suggests that the way to increase organizational effectiveness is through an attention to the structural and cultural processes that circumscribe organizational action.

Higher Education at a Crossroads by Arthur Levine
This paper offers a discussion of distance learning and its implications for higher education.

The University After 9/11 by William G. Tierney
This paper offers a discussion of academic freedom in the post-September 11 era and its implications for higher education

Books by Faculty

Rethinking Education and Poverty (2015)
William G. Tierney (Eds.)

Postsecondary Play: The Role of Games and Social Media in Higher Education (2014)
William G. Tierney, Zoe Corwin, Tracy Fullerton, Gisele Ragusa

New Players Different Game: Understanding the Rise of For-Profit Colleges and Universities (2007)
William G. Tierney, Guilbert C. Hentschke

Trust and the Public Good (2006)
William G. Tierney

Governance and the Public Good (Suny Series, Frontiers in Education)
William G. Tierney (Ed.)

Urban High School Students and the Challenge of Access: Many Routes, Difficult Paths

William G. Tierney, Julia E. Colyar (Eds.)

Higher Education for the Public Good: Emerging Voices from a National Movement (2005)
Adrianna Kezar, Anthony Chambers, and John Burkhardt (Eds.)

Preparing for College: Nine Elements of Effective Outreach (2004)
W G. Tierney, Zoë Corwin, Julia Colyar (Eds.)

Restructuring Shared Governance in Higher Education: New Directions for Higher Education (2004)
Vicente Lechuga, William G. Tierney (Eds.)

Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance: Negotiating the Perfect Storm (2004)
William G. Tierney (Ed.)

Taking the Reins: Institutional Transformation in Higher Education (2003)
Peter Eckel, Adrianna Kezar

Increasing Access to College: Extending Possibilities for All Students (Frontiers in Education) (2002)
William G. Tierney and Linda S. Hagedorn

Faculty Work in Schools of Education: Rethinking Roles and Rewards for the Twenty-first Century (2001)
William G. Tierney

Rethinking Promotion and Tenure: Community and Socialization in Academe
William G. Tierne and Estela M. Bensimon