In the News: May 2013

Members of the GSE&IS community are a significant presence in national and international media.

Faculty, students, and alumni of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies have demonstrated world-class excellence in research and expertise. Here is a sampling of GSE&IS’s presence in national and international media.


Joan Herman: Tests Do Not Indicate Students’ Thinking, Communication Skills
Newsday, April 20, 2013

Joan Herman, co-director emeritus of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST) was quoted in a Newsday article on computerized testing.

“Current multiple-choice and short-answer questions “cannot get at divergent thinking or a student’s ability to actually communicate,” said Herman, who has studied testing for 30 years. and said both systems reflect major advances in student assessment. She said that essay questions in computerized tests can be scored electronically and can reflect a student’s thought process.

Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles: Suspensions of Minority, Disabled Students
NPR, April 30, 2013

Daniel Losen, a researcher with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, was interviewed Tuesday on NPR’s “Tell Me More” about his research showing that African-American and disabled students are suspended at disproportionately high rates in school districts throughout the U.S.

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco: American Universities Need Immigrants
Zócalo Public Square, May 2, 2013

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, took part in a discussion titled, “What Will 11.2 Million Legalizations Do?” at a Zócalo/Azteca America event presented in partnership with the California Community Foundation. Dean Suárez-Orozco and a panel of scholars discussed the impact of an immigration reform bill that will change the legal status of millions of immigrants who are already in the U.S. as well as possibly attract millions from all economic strata, all over the world.

Op-Ed by Carlos Alberto Torres: “The Tea Party and the Muslim Brotherhood: Twins Separated at Birth”
Truthout, May 4, 2013

Professor of education Carlos Alberto Torres wrote an op-ed titled, “The Tea Party and the Muslim Brotherhood: Twins Separated at Birth” for on the similarities between the American Tea Party and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Civil Rights Project: School Enrollment Patterns and Segregation
Dallas Morning News, May 3; Baltimore Sun, May 5, 2013

A Dallas Morning News article Friday and a Baltimore Sun article Sunday cited research by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA on racial and economic segregation in schools.

Op-Ed by Mike Rose: “Leave No Unwealthy Child Behind”
The Washington Post, May 7, 2013

Professor of education Mike Rose wrote “Leave No Unwealthy Child Behind” for The Washington Post, as a response to the New York Times editorial, “Leave No Rich Child Behind,” by Sean Reardon.

Op-Ed by Marjorie Faulstich Orellana: “The Pain of Others”
The Huffington Post, May 13, 2013

Professor of education Marjorie Faulstich Orellana wrote an op-ed for The Huffington Post on “The Pain of Others,” describing need to transcend social distance when witnessing the suffering of people around the world.

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco: Latinos in College, Changing Demographics in California
Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, May 8; NPR, May 13, 2013

Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco was interviewed for NPR’s “Code Switch,” a new forum for issues of race and identity. He discussed the increase in Hispanic high school graduates who enroll immediately in college, per a recent report by the Pew Hispanic Center.

Suárez-Orozco also spoke on the change in California’s demographics for a news program by the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE.

Tia Martinez: L.A. Schools Rethink Suspension
The Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2013

Tia Martinez, a research analyst with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the Los Angeles Unified School District ending its policy of suspending students for “willful defiance.”

Robert Teranishi: AAPI Researcher Accepts Endowed Chair Position at UCLA
Diverse Issues in Higher Education, May 21, 2013

A leading scholar in the study of disparities among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in higher education, Robert Teranishi was highlighted in Diverse Issues in Higher Education for his recent appointment to the GSE&IS faculty and a post as the inaugural Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies at UCLA.