Editor's Note
Athena Perrakis, Chief Editor
September 2000

elcome back to a new school year!  We here at Extra are starting 
the academic year off with an especially strong issue of our webzine.  
The mix of essays and articles in this month's edition are especially
eclectic, which reflects our increasing range of diversity in terms of 
authorship and readership, as well.  As always, I would like to thank our 
staff of editors, our AEQ sponsors and supporters, our faculty advisor, 
Ben Varner, and all of our loyal contributors and readers.  We continue 
this work for and because of you!

Here's what's in store for you: Linda Hagedorn frames this month's issue 
with her review of a community college leadership meeting, attended by 
many California community college administrators.  She conducted this 
meeting within the bounds of USC's higher education conference, held this 
summer at the main campus, entitled "Higher Education for a New Century."  
Attended by invitation only, the discussion that took place among 
community college presidents is transcribed in Linda's piece for your 
enjoyment and enrichment.  

Also included in this month's issue are several pieces that deal with 
the craft of writing.  First, we must apologize to our own Meredith 
Larson, whose article on grammar pedagogy was mistakenly omitted from 
the July/August issue.  We wish you a happy birthday this month, 
Meredith, and promise to avoid such errors and miscommunications in 
the future.  Ah, the perils of conducting and managing an entire 
scholarly publication on-line!  Peg Tittle is once again featured this 
month with a very informative article on writing and its relationship 
to teaching and learning.  Ronda Wood reviews the CAT nursing exam and 
its benefits/drawbacks for potential students.  Our own Justin Ober 
articulates the tensions between public and private education.  Maureen 
has written a lively review of Angela's Ashes, a book that has made its 
way into many classrooms of late.  A USC undergraduate, Sarah Kelly, 
poignantly declares that students should explore many career options 
before deciding on a life's purpose.  Sister Janet Duffy of Mount St. 
Mary's College includes her syllabus on college management.  And last, 
but perhaps not least, I have included my own musings on teaching 8th 
grade for the first time this summer as part of a school-to-college 
program at a local community college (where I was once a student, not 
so many years ago).

Take care, relax, and get ready to greet many new and familiar faces 
as the semester begins and we all return to the task of teaching, 
learning and researching.  May this month's issue inspire you to recall 
why you entered this profession in the first place.

All the best for a rewarding semester or quarter,