University of Rochester

Higher Education Expert to Speak as Warner School's Spring Scandling Lecturer

March 3, 2010

William Tierney, Ph.D., a national expert on college access and success for underrepresented youth, will present the Spring 2010 Scandling Lecture from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, in the Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room, on the University of Rochester's River Campus. His lecture, "From High School to College: What We Know and What We Don't Know about Increasing Access to College for Low-Income Youth," is free and open to the public.

With the United States now lagging behind other Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in college participation, President Obama's goal is to once again make the United States a leader in college participation by 2020. Such a challenge means that the country needs one million more students participating in higher education each year. During his lecture, Tierney will review the research about what high schools can do to increase college access and highlight the emerging areas of scholarship that need to be explored.

Tierney is University Professor and Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education at the University of Southern California. He also directs the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, an interdisciplinary research unit at the University that seeks to improve urban education, strengthen school-university relationships, and focus on international higher education.

Committed to informing policies and practices related to educational equity, Tierney examines college access for underrepresented youth. For more than two decades, he has conducted research on colleges and universities, the results of which have appeared in numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books. His most recent publications are The Impact of Culture on Organizational Decision-Making: Theory and Practice in Higher Education and Trust and the Public Good: Examining the Cultural Conditions of Academic Work.

Tierney, who holds advanced degrees from Harvard and Stanford universities, was the 2001-02 President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and served on the executive board of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) from 2006-09.

Hosted by the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education, the Scandling Lecture Series, named to honor the generosity of William F. Scandling, brings to campus other noted researchers, policymakers, and professional educators from throughout the world who contribute their insights and exchange ideas with faculty, students, and alumni at the Warner School, as well as colleagues in the University and the local education community.

Registration is not necessary. A sign language interpreter will be provided for the discussion. For more information about the Scandling Lecture Series, please visit the Warner Web site at

About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education offers master's and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, counseling, human development, and educational policy. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its Ed.D. programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform.