Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Going Global Newsletter

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of the Going Global e-newsletter with the latest information on a variety of international employment issues, legal requirements, work permit changes, cultural advice, and more.

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More than one million students depend on Going Global to locate employment opportunities both at home and abroad.

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This edition of Global Career Update takes on topics the world over including working in Australia, living in Vietnam and recruiting veterans in the U.S. It also explores the economic outlook of the United Arab Emirates and U.S. immigration reform. Read on for more!
Outlook positive for expats and economy in UAE despite "Arab Spring"

Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai

According to Mary Anne Thompson, founder and president of Going Global Inc., the current business outlook in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is widely regarded as positive even if there are still some risks to the country’s economy after the global recession and pro-democracy movements in the region. The country also continues to attract multinational companies and expats. Read more
U.S. study abroad participation projected to increase by six percent in 2010-2011

A new survey reports that U.S. study abroad participation is projected to increase by six percent in 2010-2011 indicating that international education is considered valuable despite current economic conditions. Read more
One in five U.S. employers to recruit veterans in coming year

A recent survey has indicated that 20 percent of U.S. employers are actively recruiting veterans to work in their organizations during the next twelve months. These companies want to utilize veterans’ technical and communication skills as well as leadership abilities. Read more
Norway, Australia, the Netherlands lead Human Development Index world rankings

The United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index measures national achievement in health, education and income. The 2011 Human Development Index ranks Norway, Australia and the Netherlands at the top of the list. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is at the bottom. Read more
Australian employers turn to foreign workers to fill skills shortages

Increasing skill shortages in Australia have caused some employers to hire more foreign workers in order to fill the skills gaps. Four out of five employers in the Australian state of Western Australia plan to hire foreign workers in order to ease shortages. Read more
Foreign companies quietly return to Libya

While some companies are reluctant to return to Libya due to various security concerns, some foreign businesses are returning to work in the oil fields. Even with various issues to overcome, hopes are high for a speedy recovery. Read more
Coping with reverse culture shock

While the idea of “culture shock” is familiar to many expats, “reverse culture shock” may not be. Heading home isn’t always easy for expats, and the experience can involve many unexpected and daunting situations. Read more
Cost of living in Vietnam

It is possible to live either cheaply or luxuriously in Vietnam. In general, the cost of living is less than in Tokyo, Singapore or Beijing. Salaries are generally competitive, and benefits can make living in Vietnam a satisfying experience. Read more
NAFSA urges Obama to lead conversation on U.S. immigration reform

NAFSA: Association of International Educators has called on President Obama to lead the national conversation on immigration reform and expressed concern about the current tone and direction of the debate. NAFSA has long had a special interest in immigration laws – especially those that impede movement of people for educational purposes. Read more
Hong Kong: Cultural Advice

While the population of Hong Kong is predominantly Chinese, the locals see themselves differently from Chinese elsewhere in the world. The West has influenced Hong Kong culture, and business in Hong Kong is a mixture of both East and West. Tradition and culture are important in business and may contribute to a company’s success. Read more
Denmark: Economic and Employment Outlook

Denmark maintained a budget surplus for many years prior to 2008, but the recent global crisis caused a deficit in 2009. Despite this, Denmark’s fiscal position is one of the strongest in the EU. Denmark is one of the few European countries that has retained its own currency and not adopted the euro. Read more

Online Education in the USA, 2011

Dear Educator,

The 2011 online learning survey report Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011 has just been released. We invite you to download your copy (available as a PDF and in multiple eBook formats).

As you may know, the reports are conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group in partnership with the College Board. They are the most current, comprehensive, and widely quoted sources of information on the numbers, attitudes, and trends in online learning. Sponsorship from Pearson, Kaplan University, Inside Higher Ed, and The Sloan Consortium allows all reports to be distributed without charge.

We welcome comments. Please let us know how we can improve the reports at

Best Regards,
I. Elaine Allen, PhD
Jeff Seaman, PhD
Co-Directors, The Babson Survey Research Group
Babson College
Babson Park, MA 02457-9985

Managing disruptive classroom behavior: a Webnar

Managing Disruptive Classroom Behavior
Wednesday, January 18 & Thursday, February 23
Recording Included!

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Helpful Resources ~ Managing Disruptive Classroom Behavior

Reducing Incivility in the College Classroom
Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom
Managing Classroom Conflict
Classroom Management
Antidote for Entitled "Customers"
Disruptive Student Behavior
Handling Student Frustration
How to Manage a College Classroom
Webinar Description

If you experience any of these disruptive behaviors in your classroom, this webinar is for you:

arguing over test scores, bringing a child to class, talking or texting during class, loud debate, swearing, back-talking, misuse of laptop, phones ringing, smelling of alcohol and drugs on a student, comments about professor's teaching style, leaving class early, eating in class, gathering up material before class ends, sleeping, routine tardiness, poor personal hygiene, speaking without being recognized, threatening students or other faculty, harassing.

Managed well, these behaviors are opportunities to teach the student appropriate skills to be academically and professionally successful. Managed poorly, these behaviors can lead to a poor learning environment for all students, potential violence in the classroom, professors being unmotivated to teach, and even low performance evaluations.

This practical session is designed for new and experienced faculty members who are looking for new tools to manage difficult student situations in their classrooms. The program will demonstrate techniques to redirect, manage, and calm the disruptive students. The presenter will focus on the techniques of motivational interviewing to offer faculty members an underlying theory and clear examples of how to effectively and appropriately address today's classroom problems.
Webinar Objectives

* This program will benefit faculty by offering them practical skills, theory, and examples of how the tools can be applied in their classrooms. After the seminar, participants will have an understanding of how to work with difficult students within the classroom setting.
* The basic concepts of motivational enhancement therapy (or motivational interviewing) will be discussed as they apply to the classroom setting. These objectives will help participants understand the theory behind working with difficult and unmotivated students, why these skills are important in the classroom, and how the professor can apply these skills to their everyday work.
* Discussion will include do's and don'ts when working with students who are frustrated and unmotivated.
* Participants will gain an understanding of how to better access university resources through referrals to counseling, academic affairs, athletics, and residential life.
* Participants will learn the importance of establishing early classroom rules and etiquette to "get out ahead" of potential violent and disruptive behaviors.

Webinar Speakers

Dr. Van Brunt has worked in the counseling field for over fifteen years and has recently begun serving as the president of the American College Counseling Association. He served as Director of Counseling at New England College from 2001-2007 and currently serves as Director of Counseling and Testing at Western Kentucky University. His counseling style draws from a variety of approaches, though primarily from the humanistic/person-centered style of treatment with its emphasis on warmth, compassion, empathy, unconditional positive regard, individual choice and personal responsibility. He is a certified QPRsuicide prevention trainer and trained in BASICS alcohol intervention. Brian is also a certified trainer in John Byrne's Aggression Management program.
Brian has presented nationally on counseling ethics, mandated counseling, and testing and assessment for the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), Association of College and University Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC). He has presented on web site design at the Georgia College Counseling Association (GCCA) conference in 2007 and was awarded the American College Health Association Innovation Grant for his work on New England College's website. He has taught graduate classes in counseling theory, ethics, testing and assessment and program evaluation. He has taught undergraduate classes in adjustment and personal growth, deviance and counseling theory.
He completed his doctorate from Argosy Universityin Sarasota Florida (formerly the University of Sarasota) in counseling psychology, finished his master's degree from Salem State Collegein counseling and psychological services and received a bachelor's in psychology from Gordon College.

National Govs Association predicts continued hard times for states

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International Center for Academic Integrity: reduced membership fee

Greetings Everyone -

Recently ICAI announced changes to our membership rates that were set to go into effect on December 1, 2011. After careful consideration, we have decided to delay the rate changes until January 15, 2012. We would like to give our members one less thing to worry about as we near the end of the Fall Semester and enter the busy holiday season.

For those members and institutions who are due for renewal at the end of November and December and have already received invoices with 2012 rates, please disregard those invoices. You may renew through our website or by mail at the 2011 rates at any time before January 15. If necessary, you can also be issued a new invoice with 2011 rates by emailing

If you have any questions about membership or membership rates, please do not hesitate to contact ICAI! We look forward to working with you in 2012 and beyond!
Aaron Monson
Membership Services
International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI)
Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics
Clemson University
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Clemson, SC 29634-5138

Negotiation Skills: A workshop in New Jersey


I thought you might be interested in a negotiation seminar that I am presenting for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Thursday, December 22, 2011. While it will be similar to ones you may have attended, you might want to refresh your skills and/or recommend it to friends, colleagues, and clients.

Below is information on the seminar and how you can register.

Marty Latz, Latz Negotiation Institute (LNI)
Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers
Featuring MARTIN E. LATZ, national negotiation expert and author of Gain the Edge! Negotiating to Get What You Want.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
New Jersey Law Center
One Constitution Square
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Do you know the latest research-based negotiation strategies that work - and don’t work?

Has your opposing counsel attended a negotiation course recently and picked up new skills?
How do you really know you’re getting the best deal or settlement?

Find out from one of the nation’s leading negotiation experts - and then achieve more success with perhaps your most important skill as a lawyer.

Even if you’ve been negotiating for years, you’ll leave this seminar with new strategies you can use in your next negotiation. Adding that one new tactic may be the difference between winning and walking away empty-handed.

Participants in over 40 states and 4 provinces have given Marty a thumbs up - way up!

"Wonderful speaker, both engaging and informative. Look forward to additional opportunities to learn from Marty’s experience."
Jim Arsenault, Office of County Counsel, Cape May

15 Skills You’ll Learn

1. Latz’s 5 Golden Rules of Negotiations
2. Strategies to get past "No" - if all appears lost
3. 1st offer dynamics - when to make it and when to wait
4. Ways to gain leverage when seemingly powerless
5. Secrets to success in emotionally charged negotiations
6. Powerful agenda control techniques
7. Deadline and timing tips - manage them to maximize success
8. Competitive techniques vs. problem solving strategies
9. Tactics to generate creative solutions
10. Powerful information gathering methods
11. When to share information - and when to keep it
12. When to hold - and when to fold
13. Ways to deal with untrustworthy adversaries
14. How to keep options open while building future relationships
15. The difference between "puffery" and unacceptable lying

About Martin Latz

Martin E. Latz, Founder of Latz Negotiation Institute, is one of the nation’s leading experts on negotiating techniques. Since 1995, Latz has taught over 70,000 lawyers and business professionals how to more effectively negotiate and has consistently received the highest praise for his seminars and customized training programs.

An Adjunct Professor - Negotiation at Arizona State University College of Law since 1995, Latz also advises and negotiates on behalf of a wide range of private and public entities. From 1993-1995, he negotiated for The White House nationally and internationally on The White House Advance Teams.

Latz is the author of Gain the Edge! Negotiating to Get What You Want, and has appeared as a negotiation expert on CBS’ The Early Show and such national business shows as Your Money and Fox Business. He also writes a monthly negotiation column for The Arizona Republic.

For more on Latz and to check out his negotiation columns, visit

Fees: $269 General Tuition

Phone: 732-214-8500

Fax: 732-249-0383

One Constitution Square
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Retaining Minority Faculty: A workshop in Atlanta

* Creating Your Own Institutional Model for Retention
* Developing a System to Track Data on Retention
* Enhancing Diversity Sensitivity on Campus
* Developing a Retention Task Force
* Increasing Internal Research Support and Funding for Faculty Retention
* Establishing a Mentor Program on Internal and External Issues
* Reviewing Selection for Promotion and Tenure Committees
* Providing Academic Incentives for Retention

Cost: $225 per person. To register, click here.

For more information about this workshop, please contact us at

Export Compliance: A NAFSA Webnar

5 Steps to Ensuring Export Control Compliance at Your Institution

December 7, 2011
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (EST)
$145 NAFSA member; $185 nonmember

Registration Deadline: December 2, 2011

Export control carries legal implications for your institution. If you or others on your campus travel overseas, export items, collaborate with foreign scholars, or conduct export controlled research, you won't want to miss this opportunity to revisit what is and is not allowable under export control law.

In this webinar, you will learn about how fundamental research is defined under the law and how to determine what qualifies as fundamental research; ancillary issues pertaining to fundamental research; elements of a technology control plan; what requires licensing; and the policies and procedures you should have in place to address export controls. Join the presenters as they highlight legal implications and ways for universities to protect themselves.

Webinar Objectives:

* Build your institution's capacity to protect itself from export control violations.
* Determine what does and does not classify as fundamental research.
* Establish a process for handling export control issues.

Gather Your Colleagues to Participate!

NAFSA's webinars are a very cost-effective method of staying abreast of the hottest topics facing the field today. With one computer, a projection screen, and a speaker phone, you can invite as many attendees as will fit in a room!

Register and Reserve Your Space Today!

Doreen Edelman
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Doreen Edelman has more than 20 years of experience counseling companies on import and export matters and global expansion. Ms. Edelman advises clients on their export, import, and compliance obligations related to defense articles, services, and technologies and dual-use goods and technologies through different branches of the U.S. government.

David Ivey, JD
The University of Texas-Austin

David Ivey serves as the export control officer at UT-Austin and has partnered with Baker & Hostetler in Houston where he advised clients on matters concerning the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the Export Administration Regulations, the regulations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Abigail C. Walsh
True Compliance Group

Abby Walsh has practiced law for more than 15 years and is the founder and CEO of True Compliance Group. She was general counsel, secretary, and chief compliance officer for CBOL Corporation, an international aerospace distributor and contract manufacturer, where she was responsible for all legal affairs, export compliance, and related operations.

LIBERAL EDUCATION, SUmmer/Fall 2011 Issue

Liberal Education, Summer/Fall 2011, Vol. 97, No. 3/4
Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of US Degrees

This issue of Liberal Education presents highlights of the 2011 AAC&U annual meeting, “Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of US Degrees.” Also included are articles on broadening involvement in undergraduate writing instruction, fostering faculty agency, and using mathematics inquiry for non-STEM majors.

Please feel free to pass this e-mail along to others. The table of contents is below. If you would like to order multiple copies for a faculty workshop or campus office, we offer bulk discounts for purchases of eleven or more copies.

2012 AAC&U Annual Meeting—Highlights of AAC&U's 2012 Annual Meeting program—SHARED FUTURES / DIFFICULT CHOICES: Reclaiming a Democratic Vision for College Learning, Global Engagement, and Success—are now online. Registration is also available online. Register by December 16 for reduced meeting rates. The meeting will be held January 25–28, 2012, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC.

President's Message

Deepening the Connections: Liberal Education and Global Learning
By Carol Geary Schneider
Higher education today is simultaneously experiencing a crisis of confidence and an explosion of innovation. Both situations create opportunities to rethink and remap students' educational pathways through college, using global learning as an integrative theme.

From the Editor

News and Information

Featured Topic

It Ain’t What You Do, It’s How You Do It: Global Education for Gender Justice
By Kavita N. Ramdas
At a moment in history when we have no choice but to consider the world as a whole as the only appropriate unit of analysis, education alone offers real hope of meeting and overcoming the global challenges we face.

Preparing Students for Ethical Complexity at the Intersection Where Worlds Collide: The Quest for Character, Civility, and Community
By Walter Fluker
Ethical leaders come into being through the development of character, civility, and a sense of community. This triune of virtues, values, and virtuosities is the bedrock for genuine human development, productivity, and peaceful coexistence.

“I Aim at Being Useful”: How Useful Have We Been? What More Must We Do?
By Catharine R. Stimpson
Because of the work of the Program on the Status and Education of Women, its friends, and its partners, there is more justice in education today and more justice through education.

Learning How to Learn: Metacognition in Liberal Education
By John Ottenhoff
Participants in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest–Teagle Collegium on Student Learning examined recent work in the cognitive sciences, tested the theories through classroom interventions and experiments, and sought to improve student learning through the application of metacognitive practices.

How Colleges Can Influence the Development of a Global Perspective
By Larry A. Braskamp and Mark E. Engberg
What environmental conditions—curricular and cocurricular activities as well as the ethos of a campus community—are catalysts for spurring students’ global learning and development? And in what ways can educators intentionally structure campus environments and learning opportunities to help students integrate multiple dimensions of self?


Leaving Western Civ Behind
By William H. McNeill
An esteemed historian surveys his lifelong effort to understand human history by examining his own reception, alteration, and elaboration of the worldviews proffered by influential teachers.

The Duke Reader Project: Engaging the University Community in Undergraduate Writing Instruction
By Cary Moskovitz
Duke University is experimenting with a new approach to writing in the disciplines that matches undergraduates with alumni and employee volunteers who serve as members of the target audience for particular writing assignments.

Assuming Agency: The Power of Strategy and Networks in the Professional Lives of Faculty
By Aimee LaPointe Terosky and KerryAnn O’Meara
Case-study data of hundreds of faculty members in various institutional types and career stages reveal that faculty can assume agency in their professional lives—and, thereby, improve their well-being and the quality of their work environment—through strategic career management efforts and the development of relationships and networks.

My View

Should Liberal Arts Math Courses Be Taught through Mathematics Inquiry?
By Carmen Latterell
The bottom line about liberal arts math courses for the non-STEM major is that these majors really do not need to know mathematics content for their future, but mathematical processes offer an opportunity that is essential for their future.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

No bull: a crappy sequel to our recent "tattoo" column

Guy tattoo's a pile of poop on his cheating girlfriend's back. TV judge awards her $100,000:

Call this story a double underline of our points in our recent "Generation Gasp" column:

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Fallout from recent college scandals and student dissatisfaction

Student input at California Regents's meeting underline divisions on the campuses:

Questionable decisions put college leaders in a bad light:

Poll shows PSU scandal raised questions about big-time college athletics:

CUNY tuition-hike protests ended in arrests:

Nearly 20 law schools are subjects of suits by dissatisfied alums:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Latest edition of "Higher Education Highlights" from the law firm where I once worked

And here's the story of last big case I handled at Saul Ewing:

I fictionalized the story in:

Available at:

Hot off the press: a sequel to my "Inside Job" post on Saturday

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Monday struck down a $285 million settlement that Citigroup reached with the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying he couldn't tell whether the deal was fair and criticizing regulators for shielding the public from the details of what the firm did wrong.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff said the public has a right to know what happens in cases that touch on "the transparency of financial markets whose gyrations have so depressed our economy and debilitated our lives." In such cases, the SEC has a responsibility to ensure that the truth emerges, he wrote.


A factoid from my Bro about Don McLean's American Pie

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Bye, Bye: McLean Clears up 'American Pie' Origins

Text Size- / +SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. November 28, 2011 (AP)
Don McLean says "American Pie" was written in Philadelphia, not the upstate New York bar that has long laid claim to it.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls ( ) says the 66-year-old singer and songwriter tells the newspaper that contrary to local lore, he didn't write the song on cocktail napkins at the Tin and Lint in Saratoga Springs. He also says the first time he performed the song wasn't at Caffe Lena (LEE'-nuh), a famous coffeehouse around the corner from the bar.

McLean says he wrote "American Pie" in Philadelphia and performed it for the first time at Temple University.

"American Pie" hit No. 1 in the Billboard charts in late 1971.

Thank You
Leo Castagnera – Vice President
BSA Officer, Security Officer
The First National Bank of Palmerton

And here's the tune:

An Online Course on Bioterrorism

Dear Colleague:

The Heartland Centers for Public Health & Community Capacity Development are inviting you to participate in our online course, Emergency Preparedness Including Bioterrorism: An All Hazards Course for local Boards of Health. Material in this course is taken directly from the document “Emergency Preparedness Including Bioterrorism: An All Hazards Guide for Local Boards of Health” published by the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH).

The mission of NALBOH is to strengthen local boards of health, enabling them to promote and protect the health of their communities, through education, technical assistance, and advocacy.

Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

Please click the link below to access this course on the HETC and HCPHP's Learning Management System (LMS):

(*Please note: if the link above does not work, copy and paste it into your browser.)

Attached are detailed guides on how to create a free account and how to register for a course in our LMS. After you have had the chance to review this course, please feel free to explore the LMS for other public health education and training courses and programs.

If you should have any questions about this course or other HETC or HCPHP courses, please contact Cathy Harris at or 314-977-8274.


The Staff Members of the Heartland Public Health Education & Training Center (HETC) and the Heartland Center for Public Health Preparedness (HCPHP)

Catherine Harris
Administrative Assistant
St. Louis University School of Public Health
Heartland Public Health Education & Training Center
314-977-8274 (Voice)
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New issue of LEGAL ISSUES IN COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS (and, boy, are there plenty these days)

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Managing Editor

Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics

Guest Article: seven things you should know about online passwords

My name is Dollie from Just wanted to drop you a line as a new fan of “Castagnera's Education & Employment Watch”. It's great finding a blog with such informative resources and creative insights. On a related note, we recently published an article that deals with Computer and Internet, so we thought you might want to share it with your readers. It's called “7 Things You Should Know About Online Passwords” and you can find it here: (

Thanks for your time, and keep up the great work!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Dollie Todd

Is accreditation in the fight of its life?

If it's not, it certainly should be, as I've argued in the past:

Are accrediting organizations in tune with their times?

Jim Castagnera

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is making the rounds with a series of regional meetings. I recently attended one conducted at the College of New Jersey (formerly known as Trenton State). The unabashed motive of this road show is to stave off efforts by higher education’s critics to shift accreditation standards into the clutches of a Washington bureaucracy.

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The 100-plus attendees from numerous regional institutions were told that standards will be grounded in “student learning outcomes” assessment. The accreditors said that they seek to demonstrate the “value added” aspects of a college education, but the also contended that measuring student achievement in terms of subsequent employment and earnings should be resisted as “too hard to prove.”
Does recently released data support the Middle States contention? On February 1st UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute released the results of its 35th annual college student survey. (Greentree Gazette editor Tom Robinson discussed this survey in an e-Series recently.)

Fifty-two percent of the respondents listed “graduates get good jobs” as a top reason for choosing the college they are attending. This data point suggests two things. First, the information about where alumni are working must not be “too hard to prove.” Second, our industry’s undergraduate consumers care very much about this piece of intelligence.

Proponents of measuring student learning outcomes in lieu of tracking subsequent student achievement may counter that 63 percent of the freshmen surveyed cited “a very good academic reputation” as a leading motive for choosing their respective schools.

Meanwhile, the substitution of a school's financial viability as a proxy for academic quality is a questionable practice. Senior Fellow Jon Fuller of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities points out that “both federal government and accreditation standards use financial stability as a place-holder for quality education, perhaps because the latter is difficult to measure.” Directly addressing the tiny, religiously affiliated colleges that dot the Deep South, Fuller added, “Many of these schools have been around 100 or 150 years. I doubt that they were ever any less [financially] fragile than they are today. Yet they always have a hard time meeting such standards.”

So student learning outcomes are a clear improvement over at least one other measure - financial stability. But aren't they merely a halfway house between financial stability and subsequent student achievement?

Is there not considerable overlap among the 63 percent of freshman respondents who cited “good academic reputation” and the 52 percent who ticked off “good jobs?”

Is it not logical - and inevitable - that accrediting agencies will be measuring alumni employment and earnings data?

College Debt Protests in the Big Apple

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

The whole Mid-East mess was set in motion on this date --- Nov. 27th ---more than 900 years ago

On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II makes perhaps the most influential speech of the Middle Ages, giving rise to the Crusades by calling all Christians in Europe to war against Muslims in order to reclaim the Holy Land, with a cry of "Deus vult!" or "God wills it!"


To this day, the word "Crusader" is anathema to Arabs. Of course, even in the absence of this centuries-old animosity, the West's insatiable thirst for oil insured a collision course. Still, as Princeton historian Bernard Lewis explained in WHAT WENT WRONG?, endemic failings within the Arab world are arguably as much to blame for the situation today, as are either the long-standing military rivalry between West and Middle-East or the Western thirst for Arab oil. Concluded Lewis in his 2002 book, "If the people of the Middle East continue on their present path, the suicide bomber may become a metaphor for the whole region...."

Perhaps the Arab Spring will break that cycle. Perhaps not.

My new heroine: A professor who can bench-press her own weight (wish I could do as well)


Mrs. Gaddafi wants to hire me as her lawyer... this email is too funny not to share


Assalamu alaikum!

I am Safiya Farkash, Late Gaddafi's wife. Libyans are celebrating the fall of my husband’s regime, his rights and rule of law. It’s heart breaking that he died fighting. The grisly public displayed his decomposing bodies in a Misrata meat locker. What an insult for a 42years leader and a major contributor of Africa's growth and wealth. My heart bleeds so much on this matter. My sons got killed in this same fight and others captured. Those caught are right now they are facing the international criminal court. The western military power, NATO, the BRITISH and AMERICANS can now have peace and steal the oil they have been eyeing since.

My family is now being tortured. We are bent on getting all we could lay our hands on to make sure that our future wherever we go to is being protected. The international community wants everything confiscated but we have these few funds in some security companies in four different locations that were deposited without the family’s name. This is where we want to partner with you. We are so scared of who to trust and who to talk to on this matter.

We can negotiate what your take home will be but we are proposing 20% in each transaction performed. This is risk free and proceedings outlines perfectly. If you don't want to assist us, please keep this email with you only. It took us a lot of time to even get in touch with you.

Get back to me for further clarification.

Safiya Gaddafi

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Call me paranoid: what's at issue in 2012

Last night I watched "Inside Job," the Oscar-winning documentary about the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession.

Before you dismiss this blog, see the film.

2012: Democrats v. Republicans ?

Or do the sides look something like this?

On the one side:

1. the Financial Industry

2. the Federal Government

3. Multi-national corporations

4. Elite universities

5. Mega Law Firms

6. Multi-national Private Security Firms

On the other:

1. Higher Education below the "elite" level

2. Organized Labor

3. The Blogosphere

4. The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street

Yes, I list them together. If the federal government and Wall Street form a seamless web (the thesis of "Inside Job"), then the Tea Party's demand for less central government and OWS's demands directed at Wall Street are of a piece... if only the two sides will see that.

5. Lawyers, below the multi-national mega-firms

6. State and Local Government

Yes, where the five categories immediately above still have the resources to amass countervailing power... where it's even possible to launch and sustain viable third-party movements.

Friday, November 25, 2011

NCAA will investigate shenanigans at Penn State

er 18, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State has learned via letter from NCAA President Mark Emmert that the governing body of collegiate sports will launch an inquiry of the University's athletic programs in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse by a former assistant coach and charges of perjury against to two senior University officials.
"I am writing to notify you that the NCAA will examine Penn State's exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs, as well as the actions, and inactions, of relevant responsible personnel," Emmert wrote. "We recognize that there are ongoing federal and state investigations and the NCAA does not intend to interfere with those probes."
Emmert set out several questions that University officials must be prepared to answer as part of the probe. Responses to this NCAA inquiry are expected by Dec. 16 in order for the NCAA to determine next steps.
To view the letter and the specific areas that will be covered in this inquiry, go to:

Campus policing falls under scrutiny --- what a surprise

Image: Tom Curtis /

And yet, campus policing has gotten so much better since my college days, to wit:

Legal liability for the Virginia Tech massacre: Have reforms birthed by the U of Texas tower shootings made a difference?

Jim Castagnera

In August 1981, just out of law school and fresh from a bar exam, I reported for duty as an assistant professor of business law at the University of Texas, Austin. Not long into the fall semester, I learned that when the Texas Longhorns won, the 307-foot tower dominating the campus glowed burnt-orange. As attractive as the tower was, I also soon learned that it was closed to visitors. By contrast, in 1966 the 28th floor observation deck hosted some 20,000 tourists annually. Here's why.

On August 1, 1966, a 25-year-old ex-marine named Charles Joseph Whitman, having murdered wife and mother the night before, climbed the University of Texas tower and shot some 45 passers-by. He managed to kill 14, before being shot to death himself.

Addressing what went wrong before and during the tower massacre changed the way not only the University of Texas, but all of higher education, thinks about and tries to deal with dangerous people on our campuses.

Identifying and treating the mentally ill student

On March 29, 1966, Whitman - who was then a student at U.T. - was referred to Dr. M.D. Heatly on the university’s health center staff.the university’s health center staff. Dr. Heatly opened his report, “This massive , muscular youth seemed to be oozing with hostility.” Whitman admitted “that he had on two occasions assaulted his wife physically.” He told Heatly that in the marines he’d been court-martialed for fighting. Most remarkably, Heatly recorded, “Repeated inquiries attempting to analyze his exact experiences were not too successful with the exception of his vivid reference to ‘thinking about going up on the tower with a deer rifle and start shooting people.’” The good doctor’s solution? “No medication was given to this youth at this time and he was told to make an appointment for the same day next week; and should he feel that he needs to talk to this therapist, he could call me at any time during the interval.”

Within days of the August 1 shootings, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, founded decades earlier on the U.T. campus, ramped up efforts to improve availability of services for psychologically troubled members of the campus community. Student-counseling services were expanded, including services aimed specifically at patients in “crisis situations.”

The university closed the tower for two years, then closed it again in 1975 following a series of sporadic suicide jumps from its heights.

Today, every campus has its counseling center and its policies on threats of violence and suicide. Yet costly, high profile lawsuits involving students’ violence toward themselves and others abound. Universities still struggle with responsibility for campus safety and the individual rights of students, specifically whether to treat or expel such students. And, as the VTU tragedy demonstrates, identification and prevention remain elusive goals.

From Keystone Kops to campus police departments

According to author Gary Lavergne, who wrote a book about the tower shootings, “The university (in 1966) had no real police department, only a few unarmed men who spent most of their time issuing parking permits.” Today, the U.T. System Police website states, “Our official creation as a police agency occurred in 1967 and was largely the result of a sniping incident on August 1, 1966 on the U.T. Austin campus.

During the 1967 session of the Texas Legislature, authorized the Lone Star State’s public colleges and universities to commission their security personnel as “peace officers.” Countless campuses across the country followed suit. For example, Philadelphia’s Temple University on the city’s dangerous north side boasts one of Pennsylvania’s largest police forces. Meanwhile, most U.S. cities similarly taking their lead from Austin, Texas have created SWAT teams.

Nonetheless, as the VTU tragedy bitterly attests, campus police and city SWAT teams are no magic shield, when pitted against a determined mass killer.

Texas tower redux

The U.T. Tower was once again reopened in late 1998, following $500,000-worth of renovations to prevent jumping. Tours today are sadly by appointment only.

Webnar: Impact of Healthcare Reform on Your Bottom Line - The Lessons of Masschusetts

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– What Can We Learn From Massachusetts?
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Foundation for Defense of Democracies Washington Forum scheduled

November 21, 2011

FDD's Washington Forum, our most important annual gathering of government officials, the intelligence community, scholars, media, think tankers, and the broader policy community is just around the corner. We have limited spots remaining.

We’d be glad to have you join us. The invitation is below and the full list of speakers - with new names added recently - can be found at

If you have any questions or need help with your registration, please contact my colleague Annie Fixler at or 202.250.6144.


Cliff May,

Killam Fellowships webnar

Dear Dr. Castagnera,

With only one more day to go, I wanted to write to each of you to remind you
of tomorrow’s webinar to discuss the Killam Fellowships Program.

If you have undergraduate students at your school who are considering Killam
for an exchange experience in Canada during 2012-13 academic year, please
note that on Tuesday, November 22nd the Killam Fellowships Program will be
hosting a LIVE webinar for:

· All prospective American applicants at 12:00pm EST (9:00am PST)

This LIVE webinar will review the many opportunities available to American
undergraduate students through the Killam Fellowships Program. The webinar
will also allow prospective applicants from across the United States to pose
their questions directly to representatives of the program.

All American students interested in participating in this webinar are
encouraged to register here.

Registration takes less than one minute. Once registered, students will
receive a notice with full information on how to join the webinar on
November 22nd.

It is also possible to join the live webinar without going through the
registration process. If you have not had the opportunity to register, you
may find instructions on how to join the live webinar on our website,

We encourage you to share this webinar information with all of your students
who may be interested in learning more about the Killam Fellowships Program,
through your campus listserv, using social media outlets such as Twitter and
Facebook, or in other forums you have for sharing scholarship and exchange
opportunities. We also encourage advisers and university faculty and
administration to participate, to learn more about the program and how
students from your school can apply.

We look forward to meeting the prospective Killam Fellows from your school
on November 22nd!


Jesse Schell
Program Officer, Recruitment, Outreach and Alumni Relations
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A plea for college presidents to exercise moral leadership (Don't hold your breath, woman.)

November 21, 2011
A Plea to College Presidents: Exercise Your Moral Leadership

By Cathy N. Davidson
On Saturday, November 18, I was shocked and saddened to watch the video of police breaking up a peaceful student protest at the University of California at Davis. I'd just given a lecture in the Chancellor's Colloquium series a few weeks before. I love this campus. I admire the brilliant students and faculty, the gracious staff, and the administrators and alumni and supporters I met during three days of energetic hospitality.



There aren't too many Woodrow Wilsons (prez of Princeton, in case you didn't know) occupying the top slots these days, I fear. Mostly entrepreneurs and fund raisers, looking to catch up with private-sector CEOs, salary-wsie, I suspect.

A message from Penn State's Academic Leadership Academy (There's just so much I could say.)

Dear JamesCastagnera,
The current economic situation requires institutions to be effective and efficient in the delivery of academic programs. The Academic Leadership Academy at Penn State (Onsite Sessions June 24 to June 28, 2012 and 6 virtual sessions during the 2012-2013 academic year) provides a valuable professional development experience for academic leaders at Rider University. There is clearly a need to hone the leadership and management skills of mid level academic leaders who bridge the gulf between faculty and administration. Department heads, associate deans, deans, and chief academic administrators must hone management and leadership skills to maintain faculty and staff morale, retain good faculty and continue to foster quality educational programs.
To achieve these professional development goals we have brought together a team of successful administrators and faculty for the onsite session. Stanley Ikenberry, President Emeritus of the University of Illinois will present on assessment and learning outcomes. M. Christopher Brown, President of Alcon State University will keynote the academy. Other Faculty include Mary Lou Higgerson, V.P. for Academic Affairs at Baldwin Wallace College; Jo Allen, President Meredith College; Rodney Erickson, President at Penn State, Jason Lane, Associate Professor of Education and Fellow of the Rockefeller Institute of Government at SUNY Albany; Mike Dooris, Director of Planning Research and Assessment at Penn State; and Robert Hendrickson, Professor of Education Interim Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education and former Department Head and Associate Dean for Research.
Six virtual sessions during the next academic year 2012-2013 will be scheduled on topics selected for their mutual importance by the participants. In the past some examples of topics have included "managing moral and crisis management", "enrollment management", "faculty development", "collaboration across units" among others. The virtual sessions provide a network of academic leaders able to share information and what worked at their institution.
We encourage you to visit the Academy website: and nominate academic leaders from your institution to the Academy. The cost for the full year of the Academy is $3245/ individual and $2,995/individual in a team of 3 or more. Admission to the academy is competitive; based on demand thus far, we expect the available spots to fill early and encourage you to act quickly.
We look forward to working with members of your academic leadership team through Penn State's Academic Leadership Academy.

Robert M. Hendrickson
Interim Director and Senior Scientist
Center for the Study of Higher Education
Penn State University
814 865 9740 office
814 777 7434 mobile
814 865 3638 fax

Forum on Education Abroad revamps Forum News

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Government Accounting Office probe finds laxity in some online for-profit programs

For-Profit Schools: Experiences of Undercover Students Enrolled in Online Classes at Selected Colleges
GAO-12-150 October 31, 2011
Highlights Page (PDF) Full Report (PDF, 32 pages)

In Process

During the course of undercover testing, GAO documented its observations related to enrollment, cost, financial aid, course structure, substandard student performance, withdrawal, and exit counseling. Overall, GAO observed that 8 of the 15 colleges appeared to follow existing policies related to academic dishonesty, exit counseling, and course grading standards. At the 7 remaining colleges, GAO found mixed results. For example, one or more staff at these colleges appeared to act in conflict with school policies regarding academic dishonesty or course grading standards, or federal regulations pertaining to exit counseling for student loans, while other staff acted consistent with such policies. Enrollment: GAO attempted to enroll its students using fictitious evidence of high-school graduation--either a home-school diploma or a diploma from a closed high school--at all 15 colleges and successfully enrolled in 12. Two declined GAO's request for enrollment based on insufficient proof of high-school graduation. Another allowed GAO's student to begin class, but rescinded acceptance after 1 week, citing lack of high-school accreditation. Cost and Financial Aid: GAO's students took 31 classes in total at an average cost of $1,287 per class. These costs included such items as tuition, books, and technology fees. All 12 students were eligible for federal student aid, but only 10 actually received disbursements; the other students were expelled without receiving disbursements. We did not observe that a college collected federal student aid funds after the withdrawal date of any of our students (that was not fully refunded immediately). Course Structure: GAO's students were enrolled in introductory classes, such as Introduction to Computer Software and Learning Strategies and Techniques. Courses ranged in length from 4 to 11 weeks, and students took from one to four courses concurrently. Courses generally consisted of online discussion forum postings; writing assignments; multiple-choice quizzes and exams; and skills exercises, such as keyboarding tests or computer exercises. Substandard Academic Performance: GAO's students engaged in substandard academic performance by using one or more of the following tactics: failure to attend class, failure to submit assignments, submission of objectively incorrect assignments, submission of unresponsive assignments, and plagiarism. At 6 colleges, instructors acted in a manner consistent with school policies in this area, and in some cases attempted to contact students to provide help outside of class. One or more instructors at 2 colleges repeatedly noted that the students were submitting plagiarized work, but no action was taken to remove the student. One or more instructors at the 4 remaining colleges did not adhere to grading standards. For example, one student submitted photos of celebrities and political figures in lieu of essay question responses but still earned a passing grade. Withdrawal and Exit Counseling: Three of GAO's students were expelled for performance or nonattendance. Eight of the 9 students withdrew from their respective colleges without incident. At the remaining school, GAO's request to withdraw was never acknowledged and the student was eventually expelled for nonattendance. 3 students did not receive federally mandated exit counseling, advising students of repayment options and the consequences of default.

NAFSA: Paul Simon Award nominations close November 30th

The Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization nomination process closes November 30, 2011. Complete the online nomination form for your institution's chance to be recognized for its international education achievements.

Through its Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, NAFSA: Association of International Educators recognizes institutions for overall excellence in internationalization achievements as evidenced in practices, structures, philosophies, and policies. The Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award is presented to institutions with specific innovative international programs or initiatives.

Recipients of the Senator Paul Simon Award will be:

Recognized during a special ceremony in Washington, DC;
Highlighted in the 2012 edition of Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, an annual NAFSA report that is distributed nationwide; and
Featured in International Educator magazine and on NAFSA's Simon Awards recognition page.
NAFSA will award up to five institutions with the Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization and up to three campuses with the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Awards.

Visit for more information and guidance on nominating your institution for this coveted award. Then complete the online Simon Award demographics form and submit your internationalization statement by e-mail before November 30, 2011.
Questions? E-mail sim

From NACUBO: An article on "Self-Service Budgeting"

At Drew University, a new software application offers easy-to-use options for deans and department heads to calculate their respective budgets. When people select criteria and enter their own figures, errors and confusion are lower and ownership begins to take hold.
By Howard Buxbaum

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dinner with Barack? Not my cup of tea. But it might be yours (I never take the free t-shirts and tote bags either.)

Jim --

A few Thursdays ago, I had dinner with four Americans named Ken, Casey, Juanita, and Wendi -- the winners of the campaign's first Dinner with Barack contest.

I loved getting to know each of them.

We're taking names for the next dinner starting now, and this time I want to add a new feature: If you win, you can bring a guest.

Watch highlights from the last dinner, then chip in $5 or whatever you can today to be automatically entered to win a spot for you and a guest at the next dinner.

The folks who this election is all about tend to fall under the radar of the D.C. pundits and traditional news media.

They're people like Juanita, who helped put her three sons through college on a teacher's salary while saving what she could for retirement.

Like Ken, a single dad who stood by his mother as she fought insurance companies while battling two forms of cancer.

They're like Casey, whose three young kids may not yet appreciate what courage it took for their dad to take a chance and start his own business.

And Wendi, an artist and third-generation teacher who canvassed, marched, and phone banked in Indiana in 2008, the year her home state defied the traditional electoral map.

These people weren't just there for themselves -- they were representing you, this movement, and the folks I go to work for every day as president.

These dinners are important to me because I want to spend time whenever I can with the people who sent me here. They're proving wrong the conventional wisdom that says campaigns should cater to Washington lobbyists and powerful interests. And they're an important reminder that this movement -- and my presidency -- have never just been about me.

I'm proud that we're choosing to run the kind of campaign where a dinner like this isn't just possible, it's a regular thing. And next time, I don't just want to meet you -- I want to meet someone else in your life.

Donate $5 or more, and start thinking about who you'll invite to dinner:

Thanks for being part of this,


I continue to have Sixties Flashbacks, as I see these stories of campus unrest

At CUNY's Baruch College in NYC:

and at UC Davis:


University Business Webinar: Could Your School Be a Model of Efficiency

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Find out about the University Business Models of Efficiency Awards, which bring administrators and their departments national recognition for best practices and innovative achievements. This prestigious program showcases colleges and universities whose technological expertise and business savvy create effective and successful environments for students and administrators. Recent honorees will describe the initiatives that made them Models of Efficiency, and UB's managing editor will describe the application process and judging criteria.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

AAC&U/Aspen Institute: "Citizenship in the American and Global Polity" (I'm not sure there is a global polity... are you?)

2012 AAC&U/Aspen Institute Seminars on “Citizenship in the American and Global Polity”

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce two Wye Seminars on "Citizenship in the American and Global Polity" to be held in the summer of 2012.

The Wye Deans' Seminar —held June 10-14, 2012, for college and university chief academic officers, academic vice presidents, provosts, and academic deans—will focus on the challenges of academic leadership and liberal education in a diverse, global world. Participants experience liberal education at its best. They have the opportunity to explore the issues and values fundamental to our civilization with administrative colleagues from different disciplines and different institutions. They sharpen their skills of cooperative conversation and collective intellectual engagement. They return to their home campuses better able and equipped to exercise leadership among their colleagues in the advancement of liberal learning and across disciplines. The application deadline is February 12, 2012.

The Wye Faculty Seminar —to be held July 21-27, 2012—is one of the premier faculty development programs in the country. The seminar seeks to address what we believe is a central need of faculty members—to exchange ideas with colleagues from other disciplines and other institutions committed to liberal education and probe ideas and values that are foundational to liberal learning in a free society. Modeled in the tradition of The Aspen Institute Executive Seminars, the Wye Faculty Seminar combines three essential goals: to gather a diverse group of thoughtful individuals in intellectually rigorous discussions; to explore great literature stretching from ancient to contemporary time; and to translate ideas into action suitable to the challenges of our age. The Wye Faculty Seminar is offered to selected faculty members who have the honor of being nominated by their presidents and deans for their distinctive contributions to the quality of liberal education. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2012.

The Wye Seminars combine vigorous intellectual exchange with time to read, reflect, exercise, and socialize on the beautiful Aspen Wye River campus in Queenstown, Maryland. They are supported jointly by the AAC&U and the Aspen Institute.

For further information, contact: Charlene Costello, senior coordinator, phone 410-820-5374, fax 410-827-9182, or e-mail

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An audio conference on trust in the workplace

Upcoming Audio Conference:

Stephen M.R. Covey on TRUST:
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Trust is hard, real, and quantifiable. It measurably affects both speed and cost. A function of character and competence, trust can be created and destroyed, effectively taught and learned. In most cases, lost trust can even be restored.

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Trust is a learnable and measurable skill that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, and teams more successful at accomplishing their key goals. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Stephen M. R. Covey live, where he'll demonstrate how trust:
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Why is Trust Important?

The root of economic and organizational challenges over the last two years has stemmed, in most cases, from a collapse of trust. Too many people don’t trust the banks, don’t trust our economic system, don’t trust the government’s ability to make things right and protect us—and our assets.

Now, as companies try to navigate this new landscape, those with low levels of trust are paying large trust taxes in the form of slower results and higher costs. Meanwhile, the most trusted organizations are earning a trust dividend. Their business continues to grow, and they are reaping the rewards of the trust they have built. Despite a plummeting market, companies who actively build trust have seen their value appreciate 24%, according to a 2009 IBM study.

How can you capitalize on trust? Sign up today for a riveting discussion with Stephen M.R. Covey on the state of trust in our lives today, with a live Q&A afterwards—so come prepared with questions!

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What is the relationship between trust and leadership?
Find out why trust is the most important leadership competency
Behaviors that build trust that you can start using immediately
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Stephen M. R. Covey is the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust—The One Thing That Changes Everything. He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which under his stewardship became the largest leadership development company in the world. Stephen personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th century, according to CEO Magazine.

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OWS: An update from Faculty Row on UC Davis events

Image: Tom Curtis /

A message to all members of FacultyRow
Police use of pepper spray to disburse “occupy” demonstrators at UC Davis has set off a firestorm of protest, the suspension of two officers, and calls for the school’s chancellor to resign...

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A call for papers: American INternational Journal of Contemporary Research

Call for Papers

American International Journal of Contemporary Research
ISSN 2162-139X (Print), ISSN 2162-142X (Online)

American International Journal of Contemporary Research (AIJCR) is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed multidisciplinary journal published by Centre for Promoting Ideas (CPI), USA. The main objective of AIJCR is to provide an intellectual platform for the research community. AIJCR aims to promote contemporary research in business, humanities, social science, science and technology and become the leading journal in the world.

The journal publishes research papers in three broad specific fields as follows:
Business and Economics
Management, marketing, finance, economics, banking, accounting, human resources management, international business, hotel and tourism, entrepreneurship development, business ethics, development studies and so on.
Humanities and Social science
Anthropology, communication studies, corporate governance, criminology, cross-cultural studies, demography, education, ethics, geography, history, industrial relations, information science, international relations, law, linguistics, library science, media studies, methodology, philosophy, political science, population Studies, psychology, public administration, sociology, social welfare, linguistics, literature, paralegal, performing arts (music, theatre & dance), religious studies, visual arts, women studies.
Science and Technology
Astronomy and astrophysics, Chemistry, Earth and atmospheric sciences, Physics, Biology in general, Agriculture, Biophysics and biochemistry, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Genetics, Horticulture, Husbandry, Neuroscience, Zoology, Computer science, Engineering, Robotics and Automation, Materials science, Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics, Health Care & Public Health, Nutrition and Food Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and so on.

The journal is published both in print and online versions.

AIJCR is indexed with and included in Cabell’s, EBSCO, Ulrich’s, Index Copernicus International, and Gale . Moreover the journal is under the indexing process with ISI, DOAJ, ERIC, Econlit and Scopus.

AIJCR publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes, and book reviews.

AIJCR is inviting papers for Vol. 1 No. 3 which is scheduled to be published on December 15, 2011.

Send your manuscript to the editor at, or

For more information, visit the official website of the journal

With thanks,

Dr. Andrew Lessard
The Chief Editor, American International Journal of Contemporary Research

Anthropologists consider a new code of ethics

The field has changed dramatically, since the days of pioneer Franz Boas:


Some have seen service in the war on terror:

James Ottavio Castagnera
Jul. 15, 2008
Anthropology’s involvement with the U.S. military and intelligence establishments began with a 2004 pilot project, the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program. The CIA and other American agencies funded the graduate educations of students, unbeknownst to their faculty and fellows students.i

Even more controversial was the appearance of anthropologists in uniforms. The controversy was jump-started early in 2004, when investigative journalist Seymour Hersch published “The Gray Zone” in The New Yorker.ii The most sensational aspect – the news peg – of the story was the shocking interrogation techniques that took place at the Abu Ghraib Prison, photos of which would soon circulate around the worldwide web.

However, the aspect of Hersh’s scoop which ignited an academic controversy was his assertion that,

The notion that Arabs are particularly vulnerable to sexual humiliation became a talking point among pro-war Washington conservatives in the months before the March 2003, invasion of Iraq. One book that was frequently cited was “The Arab Mind,” a study of Arab culture and psychology, first published in 1973, by Raphael Patai, a cultural anthropologist who taught at, among other universities, Columbia and Princeton, and who died in 1996. The book includes a twenty-five page chapter on Arabs and sex, depicting sex as a taboo vested with shame and repression.iii

Hersh quoted from Patai’s book.

“The segregation of the sexes, the veiling of the women… and all the other minutes rules that govern and restrict contact between men and women, have the effect of making sex a prime mental preoccupation in the Arab world. [Homosexual activity] or any indication of homosexual leanings, as with all other expressions of sexuality, is never given any publicity. These are private affairs and remain private… [T]he biggest weakness of Arabs is shame and humiliation.iv

It was not long before Hersh’s article drew responses. In fact, they were almost instantaneous.

This mention of Patai’s book (on the sole authority of “an academic [who] told me”) sent journalists scurrying to read it – and denounce it. Brian Whitaker, writing in The Guardian, called it a “classic case of orientalism which, by focusing on what Edward Said called the ‘otherness’ of Arab culture, sets up barriers that can be exploited for political purposes.” He quoted an academic saying, “The best use of the volume, if any, is for a doorstop.” Ann Marlowe, in, called it “a smear job masquerading under the merest veneer of civility.” Louis Wermer, in Al-Ahram Weekly and elsewhere, embellished Hersh’s account with a made-up detail: The Arab Mind, he wrote, “was apparently used as a field manual by U.S. Army Intelligence in Abu Ghraib prison.”… Only Lee Smith, writing in, suggested that critics had misread Patai, whom he described as “a keen and sympathetic observer of Arab society,” a “popularizer of difficult ideas, and also a serious scholar.”v

The controversy festered, then bubbled to the surface inside the walls of academia in 2007. This time it was not a dead anthropologist’s reanimated book that set the kettle boiling. This time a news story about living anthropologists was the catalyst. On September 7, 2007, a story in The Christian Science Monitor asserted,

Evidence of how far the U.S. Army’s counterinsurgency strategy has evolved can be found in the work of a uniformed anthropologist toting a gun in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Part of a Human Terrain Team (HTT) – the first ever deployed - she speaks to hundreds of Afghan men and women to learn how they think and what they

This piece was followed by one a month later in the International Herald Tribune. Datelined, “Shabok Valley, Afghanistan,” it stated,”

In this isolated Taliban stronghold in eastern Afghanistan, American paratroopers are fielding what they consider a crucial new weapon in counterinsurgency operations here: a demure civilian anthropologist named Tracy.vii

The commander of the 82nd Airborne Division was quoted as claiming, “We’re looking at this from a human perspective, from a social scientist’s perspective.… We’re focused on the enemy. We’re focused on bringing governance down to the people.” He added that combat operations had been reduced by 60 per cent since the anthropologists’ arrival.viii

Yet, the article continued, “criticism is emerging in academia.ix Such criticism is not hard to find. Just two days after the Herald Tribune piece, which also appeared in the parent New York Times, Professor Marshall Sahlius posted on the blog “Savage Minds” a piece he styled “an open letter to the New York Times.”

To the Editor:

The report (Oct. 11) of the killing of two Iraqi women by hired guns of the State Department whose mission was “to improve local government and democratic institutions” bears an interesting relation to the story of a few days earlier about the collaboration of anthropologists in just such imperious interventions in other people’s existence in the interest of extending American power around the world. It seems only pathetic that some anthropologists would criticize their colleagues’ participation in such adventures on grounds of their own disciplinary self-interest, complaining that they now will not be able to do fieldwork because the local people will suspect them of being spies. What about the victims of these military-backed intrusions, designed to prescribe how others should organize their lives at the constant risk of losing them? What is as incredible as it is reprehensible is that anthropologists should be engaged in such projects of cultural domination, that is, as willing collaborators in the forceful imposition of American values and governmental forms on people who have long known how to maintain and cherish their own ways of life.x

The open letter quickly drew dozens of replies. One of the more expansive and thoughtful responses came within hours of Sahlius’s posting.

This question is not simply about anthropologists who work with the military (although, of course, their intrusions put peoples [sic] lives in peril and are therefore much more likely to evoke emotion and passion from us). Some anthropologists who work for development organizations, non-military government agencies, conservation organizations, and the like transport Euro-American ideas about how people ought to live in the world and provide data that ends in cultural domination all the time. I keep wondering how these anthropologists working for the military are any different from anthropologists I know who work for conservation organizations that have as a goal the full-scale transformation of people’s socio-ecological ways of living and being in the world.xi

It was only a matter of weeks before the American Anthropology Association

weighed in with its own hefty report on the issue.

The AAA Commission’s Report

The final report of the American Anthropology Association’s cumbersomely christened Commission on the Engagement of Anthropology with the U.S. Security and Intelligence Communities was released on November 4, 2007.xii The report opened with candid recognition that “The longstanding habit in anthropology of making a divide between applied/practicing anthropological research and independent/academic anthropological research is challenged by their increasing meeting on the same grounds and research terrains.”xiii

Looking back over their shoulders, the commission members noted that the relationship between anthropologists and the military/intelligence services “varied, partly depending on the character of USA wars; World War II (a ‘good’ war) evoked patriotic service by anthropology while Vietnam (a ‘bad’ war) evoked condemnation by anthropology of service” by practitioners of the discipline.xiv Analogizing the War on Terror to the Cold War – both being periods of “low intensity but sustained conflict”xv--- the commission described Anthropology’s challenge as being “to define ethically defensible research in complex environments of collaboration.”xvi

The commission rightly spun off a Practitioner Subcommittee charged with ascertaining just what anthropologists working with military and intelligence organizations are doing. The subcommittee identified 35 potential subjects and interviewed 18 of these. Some of the report’s resulting recommendations are:

Encourage continued openness and civil discourse on the issue of engagement with security institutions, among AAA members. It is unacceptable to demonize people who have chosen career paths in the national security community, simply because of their political viewpoints, choice of employer, or other affiliation. In a professional academic society like the AAA, civil discourse and respectful exchange should be the norm, while closed minds are unacceptable. We encourage members to continue thoughtful and long-term public discussion of the ethical nuances of engagement in print fora; for example, by publishing articles in such venues as Anthropology News.

The concept of informed consent including multiple settings in which it may be compromised, undermined, or rendered impossible to obtain: In particular, develop specific language regarding work with vulnerable populations and contexts in which consent may not be free, voluntary, or non-coerced.

Work transparently: Everyone involved needs to know who you are, what you are doing, what your goals are, and who will have access and when to the information you are given (and what form this information will be in). Do not participate in funding programs that will not publicly disclose sources of funding.

Do no harm: Take the actions you need to take to make sure your work harms no one directly and, to the extent possible, indirectly.

Be clear about your responsibilities: Work through and communicate to all involved to whom you are primarily responsible, and for what.

Publish your work: Make sure to share the results of your work publicly to the extent possible.