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SOURCE Scholars
Clarence Center, NY
Interests: The SOURCE Scholars group blog features blog posts from professional educators who have volunteered to provide their knowledge, concerns, and opinions about community college issues, trends & strategies.
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by George Lorenzo One of the newer National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers is The National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education (SCTE), established in August 2011 under a four-year $3.5 million NSF grant. SCTE is being led by Norco College of the Riverside Community College District... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2013 at SOURCE Scholars
By George Lorenzo Dan Hull, executive director of the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education and writer/compiler of “Career Pathways for STEM Technicians,” is very passionate about getting more people interested in careers as STEM technicians. Last year, in September, I had the pleasure of talking with him about... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at SOURCE Scholars
by George Lorenzo My summer reading list started early this year with “Academic Advising: The Key to Student Success,” published by the American Association of Community Colleges, edited by Terry O’Banion, a SOURCE editorial board member. In addition to a chapter by O’Banion, president emeritus of the League for Innovation,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2013 at SOURCE Scholars
by George Lorenzo In the many years (over a decade and more than 1,000 interviews) I have been writing about higher education, there are a good number of issues that come up repeatedly and seem to never really get resolved. One is in the workforce development arena where the emphasis... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at SOURCE Scholars
By George Lorenzo Innovative educators like to make thought-provoking or debate-provoking statements. Consider the following: “Too many people with college degrees can’t write or do quantitative problem solving, and they can’t get in front of a room and present.” “When we talk about adult learners, we are encumbered by a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2013 at SOURCE Scholars
by George Lorenzo Way back when I was a self-supporting college student trying to make ends meet as best as I could, I experienced two fortuitous events. First, I was awarded a journalism scholarship because I had worked very hard on the student newspaper and had accumulated a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at SOURCE Scholars
by George Lorenzo If you are in the business of workforce development, you have probably heard about relatively new technologies available today that mine and “spider” projected job openings that are listed online and then analyze and aggregate such mined data to determine where job demands are located in any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at SOURCE Scholars
by George Lorenzo This post is based on a conversation I had several months ago with Keith Bird, Senior Policy Fellow for Workforce and Postsecondary Education at the Corporation for A Skilled Workforce located in Ann Arbor, MI. Keith served as chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2013 at SOURCE Scholars
by George Lorenzo, Senior Writer, Editor and Publisher of The SOURCE on Community College Issues, Trends & Strategies This is the start of a series of in-depth feature articles on the topic of philanthropic foundations and their relationship to postsecondary education reform. The series begins with a piece on a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2012 at SOURCE Scholars
by George Lorenzo Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of my close friends and colleagues talk about their upcoming retirement years, and my response has always been the same: I tell them how much I dislike the word “retire” because, to me, it has a word-defining connotation that emphasizes... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2012 at SOURCE Scholars
The 1st anniversary of The SOURCE was officially celebrated on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. It came two days after publishing our ninth report in The SOURCE Library – “A Systems Approach: Expanding Access and Achieving Student Success through Support Services at Rio Salado College.” To celebrate the 1st anniversary, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at SOURCE Scholars
By George Lorenzo Editor’s Note: This is a reprint from an Educational Pathways article published in the summer of 2008 that is still relevant today. Perhaps the most concrete, and redundant, statement that can be made about Information Technology Governance (ITG) in higher education is that its time has come... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at SOURCE Scholars
by George Lorenzo Last week The SOURCE published a relatively brief report titled “What Community Colleges Need to Know About Advertising & Marketing Online Programs.” It generated hundreds of downloads and some very interesting comments. For example, please see the email below I received from a community college director of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2011 at SOURCE Scholars
by President of Shoreline Community College and SOURCE Editorial Board Member Lee Lambert reprinted from President's Blog/Lee Lambert: Sustaining Shoreline for Student Success In “Only The Paranoid Survive,” Andy Grove, co-founder and chairman of the board of Intel Corporation wrote, “a strategic inflection point is a time in the life... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at SOURCE Scholars
by George Lorenzo, Editor of the SOURCE on Community College Issues, Trends & Strategies For a great story about how someone beat the odds and pulled himself up from poverty through higher education and sheer hard work and determination, beginning with community college attendance, see SOURCE Editorial Board member Terry... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2011 at SOURCE Scholars
SOURCE Scholars is a blog published by the SOURCE on Community College Issues Trends & Strategies. Blog posts and comments are welcome from anyone who has an interest in community colleges. If you would like to submit a blog post(s) to SOURCE Scholars, please email your post along with your... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2011 at SOURCE Scholars
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Posted Jan 2, 2011 at Surfing Through Noise
FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at Surfing Through Noise
"Memory, which depends on the capacity to absorb ideas and information through exposition and to connect new information to an established edifice of knowledge, is one of the first victims of video culture." from "The Age of American Unreason," by Susan Jacoby Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Surfing Through Noise
I don't know how effective this really is, but in Delaware "no teacher will be rated 'effective' who does not meet targets connected to student test-score improvement (as well as other subjective measures like evaluations of leson plans and classroom management) over the school year, and teachers could be removed... Continue reading
"There is no consensus about what skills are needed to be college ready or how to assess if a student is college ready. Students who pass placement assessments may still lack skills and knowledge needed for college success. Scores do little to reveal what help students might need." from CRC... Continue reading
"I have an iPhone in my pocket, and sure enough, the thing has what is essentially UNIX in it. An unnerving element of this gadget is that it is haunted by a weird set of unpredictable user interface delays. One's mind waits for the response to the press of a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at Surfing Through Noise
Below is the Preface to “The State of Online Graduate Programs in Education with Concentrations in Leadership and/or Technology. The entire report can be downloaded from - COMMENTS ARE WELCOME! Online graduate-level degree programs in the field of education come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. At... Continue reading
I joined a local Toastmasters club a few months ago. Here’s the speech I gave this morning: I love to read about our Digital Age, and I have a blog that I started in July, called “Surfing Through Noise,” which is the working title of a book that I have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at Surfing Through Noise