Reimagining Education

Welcome Dean Pedro A. Noguera

The USC Rossier School of Education welcomed its new dean, Pedro A. Noguera, on July 1, 2020. A former faculty member at Harvard, New York University and UCLA, as well as a former teacher and school board member in Berkeley, Calif., Noguera has been a champion of public education throughout his career.

Noguera succeeds Karen Symms Gallagher as the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. He is the 11th dean of the school, and the first person of color appointed to the deanship.

Shortly after Dean Noguera began his tenure he joined USC President Carol Folt for a conversation about the how Covid-19 is impacting education and how USC Rossier is playing a role in the reopening and reimagining of schools.

The University’s COVID-19 Response

USC has established four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. These funds include the USC Student Basic Needs FundKeck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response FundUSC Community Outreach Fund, and USC Employee Support Fund.

Improving Access to Higher Education

  • The USC College Advising Corps works to improve college outcomes for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students through expert guidance. During 2018-19, advisers worked in 41 Los Angeles-area schools, directly helping more than 10,000 high school seniors gain acceptance to at least one college.
  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, USC’s College Advising Corps and The California Community Foundation have launched the College Access For All hotline.The free service, offered to students within Los Angeles, is designed to provide guidance around students’ postsecondary transitions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students, parents and school staff can call to receive answers to their questions and be connected to the resources they need to succeed, the program’s leaders say.

  • Through our partnership with Ednovate, a charter school management organization, we have founded five high schools in the Greater Los Angeles area since 2012, serving primarily low-income Latino and Black students. 100 percent of our first four graduating classes have been accepted to at least one four-year college. 

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Increasing Diversity in the Field


Leading by Example

At USC Rossier the demographics of our student body and our recent faculty hires reflect our mission to advance educational equity.

  • More than 60 percent of current Rossier students represent are Hispanic/Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black or Native American 
  • 40 percent of USC Rossier current students are first-generation college students
  • 70 percent of USC Rossier’s recent faculty hires are faculty of color

Support the Next Generation of Education Leaders

We are in a unique moment in Rossier’s 100-plus year history. Never before has our mission been more imperative, more urgent.

Who better than Rossier to help innovate and guide the transformation of historical educational models that must now take place? Who better than Rossier to lead the kinds of pressing conversations on racial and educational inequity we’ve had in the last months and must continue to foster?

Rossier’s students – about 2,500 strong – are the future leaders who are being prepared to transform education in our society. We believe this transformation must happen in order for schools to become more responsive, supportive, and innovative in meeting the needs of today’s students. We also believe now is the moment such change is most achievable, and Rossier’s are the very best students for the job. These aspiring educators – many of whom must take on debt as they prepare for a career that, in turn, will pay them a traditionally low salary – deserve every bit of assistance in pursuing their dream that we can provide. Especially at this turbulent, disruptive time, please consider making a gift to our scholarship fund today. Your gift can help make it possible for the best students, no matter their personal resources, to attend USC Rossier.

Thank you for your continued and vital support! Fight On!