Friday, March 24, 2017

law faculty and fellow positions

Singapore Management University, School of Law Research Fellow

The School of Law at the Singapore Management University (SMU) has an opening for up to two Research Fellow/Research Associate positions for its Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA).   The appointments will be on a one-year term contract basis, with the possibility of renewal for a further year subject to good performance and the needs of ARCIALA. Research support will be provided as well as a competitive salary commensurate with relevant qualifications, experience, track record and research potential.  The Research Fellow will be required to:

  • Be resident at SMU School of Law.
  • Conduct research, write research reports and publish in both mainstream media and reputable journals.
  • Assist in the administration work of ARCIALA and SOL, such as the organization of seminars and conferences or other events, and the update of ARCIALA's website.
  • Assist in the academic work of ARCIALA in general.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae, a description of research interest and direction, selected publications, a list of two referees with full contact information, and any other supporting documents to lawcv@smu.edu.sg. Please quote reference number PDF/RF-LSN-ARCIALA2017.

The closing date for the receipt of applications and references is April 30, 2017. The interviews for the position will take place during the month of May 2017 and the tentative start work date for the Research Fellow will be July 2017.  All correspondence should be addressed to Professor Kung-Chung LIU, Director, ARCIALA: kcliu@smu.edu.sg

University of Idaho Hiring Law Professor for New Campus

 The University of Idaho College of Law is doing an off-cycle search for an entry level tenure-track academic year faculty in our Boise location.  The teaching package will include Torts, Advanced Torts, Professional Responsibility and a fourth course in an area of mutual interest to the successful candidate and the College of Law. The job posting can be found at:

https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/17163

Preference will be given to applications received prior to April 7, 2017.

Barbara Cosens, Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty, University of Idaho College of Law

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

India accreditation body ties up with US' CHEA to up India best practices and standards

 “The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an assessment and accreditation body for higher education institutions in India, has signed a memorandum of affiliation with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) International Quality Group (CIQG) of the US.”  Read the full story at Hindustan Times

see CHEA website here

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Is selling or buying an essay for a university course illegal?

"University students could be fined or handed criminal records for plagiarized essays", reads the headline of a Telegraph story here.  Apparently, over 20,000 students a year have purchased such services, and PhD dissertations only go for 6,75o pounds sterling (less than $10,000).  Read the Telegraph story   Ireland is also propsoing criminal sanctions - read teh story here at the Irish Times.

Renown economist, Dr. Dan Ariely, tested the quality of these services and published some examples here.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Marco Rubio Reintroduces His Bill to Expand Accreditation

Inside Higher Ed reports that Senators Marco Rubio and Michael Bennet this week reintroduced a bill that would create an alternative accreditation pathway. The proposed legislation would give previously unaccredited institutions access to federal financial aid under a five-year pilot program. Providers, including new ones, would be eligible for aid through contracts with the U.S. Department of Education, but only if they can demonstrate quality through positive student outcomes, the two senators said in a written statement. Read the full Inside Higher Ed article

Read Senator Marco Rubio's Bill here

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Key considerations for university cross-border quality assurance

EUA has worked with four of its key partners to produce a new document that provides support and information for institutions and quality assurance agencies that engage in cross-
border quality assurance.The development of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) through the Bologna Process has contributed to an increase in cross-border exchange and cooperation in higher education and facilitates the enhancement of trust and confidence among higher education systems. In this context, there is increasing attention to cross-border quality assurance, whereby a quality assurance agency evaluates a higher education institution (or one of its programmes) that is based outside the agency’s normal area of operation. 
 

EUA has worked in cooperation with ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), ESU (European Students’ Union), EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education) and EQAR (European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education) to develop the “Key considerations for cross-border quality assurance in the EHEA”, which contains a set of questions to be taken into account to support the success of cross-border quality assurance activities.

This publication builds on previous work carried out by EUA and the partner organisations in the field of quality assurance, including as authors of the “Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the EHEA” (ESG). 


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Friday, February 24, 2017

Pedagogical Knowledge and the Changing Nature of the Teaching Profession

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Pedagogical Knowledge and the Changing Nature of the Teaching Profession
 

Highly qualified and competent teachers are fundamental for equitable and effective education systems. Teachers today are facing higher and more complex expectations to  help students reach their full potential and become valuable members of 21st century society. The nature and variety of these demands imply that teachers, more than ever before, must be professionals who make decisions based on a robust and updated knowledge base.

This publication presents research and ideas from multiple perspectives on pedagogical knowledge - the knowledge of teaching and learning - and the changing nature of the teaching profession. It provides a modern account of teachers’ professional competence, and how this relates to student learning. The report looks at knowledge dynamics in the teaching profession and investigates how teachers’ knowledge can be measured. It provides precious insights into 21st century demands on teacher knowledge.

This volume also offers a conceptual base for a future empirical study on teachers’ knowledge. It will be a useful resource for those interested in understanding the different factors underlying high quality teaching through examining and outlining the complexity of the teaching profession. In particular, this publication will be of interest to teacher educators, educational leaders, policy makers and the research community.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Treasury Extends Relief to (Law) Students for "Defense to Repayment” or “Closed School” discharge process

Revenue Procedure 2017-24 provides relief from discharge of indebtedness income for taxpayers whose Federal student loans, taken out to attend a school owned by the American Irs_logoCareer Institutes, Inc., are discharged by the Department of Education under the "Closed School" or "Defense to Repayment" discharge process.  The revenue procedure also provides that the IRS will not assert that the entity discharging these loans has an information reporting requirement.  This revenue procedure modifies Rev. Proc. 2015-57, 2015-51 I.R.B. 863, to provide similar reporting relief for creditors under that revenue procedure.

Revenue Procedure 2017-24 will be IRB 2017-07, dated 2/13/17.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Did Wealthy Donors Buy Admission for Non-Qualified Applicants From UT and its Law School?

Forbes reports that "Kroll issued its report on February 6, 2015. Based on an inspection of admissions records over six years, the researchers concluded that there had in fact been favoritism by president Powers towards well-connected Texans who wanted their children to get into UT as undergraduates or into its law and business schools."

"Watchdog’s Jon Cassidy calculated that 746 students (not 73 as Kroll had said) with grades and scores that would otherwise merit prompt rejection were admitted to keep legislators and wealthy university supporters happy."  

Read the investigative story here.  (Wonder if these under-qualified matriculants were reported to US News for ranking purposes?)

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

University & College Enrollments Decreasing. Smaller Potential Pool of Graduate and Professional Studies Applicants?

National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™ of the National Student Clearinghouse Full Report here

Table 1: Estimated National Enrollment by Sector (Title IV, Degree-Granting Institutions)

  Fall 2016 Fall 2015 Fall 2014
Sector Enrollment % Change from Prior Year Enrollment % Change from Prior Year Enrollment % Change from Prior Year
Total
Enrollment, All Sectors
19,010,459 -1.4% 19,280,473 -1.7% 19,619,773 -1.3%
Four-Year, Public 8,100,118 0.2% 8,086,448 0.8% 8,020,444 0.7%
Four-Year, Private Nonprofit 3,788,980 -0.6% 3,811,176 -0.3% 3,823,465 1.6%
Four-Year, For-Profit

970,267

-14.5%

1,134,974

-13.7%

1,315,167

-0.4%

Two-Year, Public

5,721,676

-2.6%

5,875,163

-2.9%

6,052,069

-4.4%

Unduplicated Student Headcount (All Sectors)

18,663,617

-1.4%

18,929,736

-1.7%

19,258,730

-1.3%

Estimated Undergraduate Enrollment at Four-Year Institutions by Classification of Instructional Program Family

    Fall 2016 Fall 2015
CIP Family Code CIP Family Title Enrollment % Change from Prior Year Enrollment
52 Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support 1,639,373 -1.2% 1,659,647
24 Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities (includes undeclared) 1,289,296 4.7% 1,231,558
51 Health Professions and Related Programs 1,142,636 -0.6% 1,149,576
26 Biological and Biomedical Sciences 601,572 1.6% 592,175
14 Engineering 601,119 4.0% 578,127
13 Education 481,740 -3.2% 497,775
42 Psychology 438,391 -3.2% 452,941
45 Social Sciences 427,572 -1.5% 434,159
11 Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 406,889 -0.2% 407,834
50 Visual and Performing Arts 394,347 -3.9% 410,464
09 Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 325,973 -2.9% 335,815
43 Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Services 300,666 -6.0% 319,872
30 Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 245,247 -3.0%  252,876
31 Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 234,763 -0.6% 236,219
40 Physical Sciences 153,082 -1.6%  155,605
23 English Language and Literature/Letters 146,898 -3.9% 152,822
44 Public Administration and Social Service Professions 144,546 -0.8% 145,750
15 Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields 108,420 -14.5% 126,768
19 Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 100,552 -7.0% 108,103
01 Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences 93,442 1.2% 92,358
27 Mathematics and Statistics 87,164 1.4% 85,958
54 History 85,302 -3.3%  88,243
03 Natural Resources and Conservation 77,542 2.5% 75,647
16 Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 54,919 -6.1% 58,503
04 Architecture and Related Services 39,253 4.1% 37,725
38 Philosophy and Religious Studies 33,056 -5.6%  35,017
39 Theology and Religious Vocations 30,335 -4.8% 31,858
49 Transportation and Materials Moving 26,571 -2.6% 27,279
22 Legal Professions and Studies 24,793 -10.9% 27,824
12 Personal and Culinary Services 23,651 -17.8% 28,774
05 Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 23,083 -2.7% 23,729
10 Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 18,296 -8.2% 19,930
47 Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 17,226 -8.4% 18,810
46 Construction Trades 7,418 -0.6% 7,465
41 Science Technologies/Technicians 7,316 15.9%  6,310
48 Precision Production 5,663 -1.6%

5,755

 

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Monday, January 2, 2017

College Accreditor ACICS Files in Court in Last Ditch Attempt To Keep Its Accrediting Power Over 320,000 students

Politico reports that "Lawyers for the accreditor filed nearly 1,000 pages of court documents and exhibits, outlining why they believe the department’s decision was unfair and inappropriately politicized. But the documents also lay out in stark terms the existential threat to the accreditor of losing its federal recognition. And they underscore the messy and unprecedented process of possibly shutting down an accreditor that says it currently oversees nearly 690 branch and main campuses that collectively enroll some 320,000 students.  — Read the full ACICS court filings here and here."    

(Read the full story at Politico by  with help from Kimberly Hefling and Caitlin Emma).

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas for DeVry Students - University Agrees to $100 Million Refunds and Student Loan Repayment

DeVry University and its parent company have agreed to a $100 million settlement of a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit Devry_infographicalleging that they misled prospective students with ads that touted high employment success rates and income levels upon graduation. The FTC settlement secures significant financial redress for tens of thousands of students harmed by DeVry’s conduct.

Under the settlement resolving the FTC charges, DeVry will pay $49.4 million in cash to be distributed to qualifying students who were harmed by the deceptive ads, as well as $50.6 million in debt relief. The debt being forgiven includes the full balance owed—$30.35 million—on all private unpaid student loans that DeVry issued to undergraduates between September 2008 and September 2015, and $20.25 million in student debts for items such as tuition, books and lab fees.

“When people are making important decisions about their education and their future, they should not be misled by deceptive employment and earnings claims,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “The FTC has secured compensation for the many students who were harmed, and I am pleased that DeVry is changing its practices.”

The FTC’s complaint charged that DeVry misled consumers in violation of the FTC Act by claiming that 90 percent of graduates actively seeking employment landed jobs in their field within six months of graduation. Advertisements making these claims appeared on television and radio, as well as online and in print and other media.

The complaint further alleges that DeVry misled students by claiming that graduates with bachelor’s degrees, on average, had 15 percent higher incomes one year after graduation than the graduates with bachelor’s degrees from all other colleges or universities.

The proposed federal court order requires DeVry to notify the students who will receive debt relief, and to inform the credit bureaus and collection agencies of the debt forgiveness. All loan and debt forgiveness will occur automatically. DeVry will also release transcripts and diplomas previously withheld from students because of outstanding debt and will cooperate with future requests for diplomas and transcripts and related enrollment or graduation information.

The settlement also includes provisions designed to prevent DeVry from misleading consumers in the future. Among other things, it prohibits DeVry from misrepresenting the likelihood that graduates will get a job as a result of their degree. It specifically prohibits DeVry from including jobs students obtained more than six months before graduating whenever DeVry advertises its graduates’ success in finding jobs near graduation. The settlement also prohibits DeVry from misrepresenting the compensation or compensation ranges that students or graduates have received or can be expected to receive.

The FTC also has a new consumer blog that describes how the refund process was developed and implemented.

The FTC would like to thank the Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs for their cooperation and collaboration.

For more information about the refund and debt forgiveness program, visit ftc.gov/devry or call 844-578-2645. Sign up to get email updates about the FTC’s DeVry refund program.

The Commission vote approving the proposed stipulated order was 3-0. The FTC filed the proposed stipulated order in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

NOTE: Stipulated orders have the force of law when approved and signed by the District Court judge.

December 23, 2016 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

AALS Jan 4 Wed in San Fran "Practical Approach to Developing and Assessing Experiential, Meaningful Placements for Incoming and Outgoing Students"

AALS 2017 Wednesday Jan 4th 13:30 16:30

A Practical Approach to Developing and Assessing Experiential, Meaningful Placements for Incoming and Outgoing Students

This ½ day panel will be a well-attended because it is a joint panel with many co-sponsors: Sections on International Legal Exchange and Post-Graduate Legal Education, Co‐ 2000px-US-DeptOfEducation-Seal.svgSponsored by Clinical Legal Education, East Asian Law & Society, and Graduate Programs for Non‐U.S. Lawyers. 

(register separately Joint Section Breakfast on Thursday Jan 5th 7:00am – 8:30am w/ Post-Grad Legal Education). 

JD Panel A 13:30 - 14:50 A practical approach to developing and assessing experiential, meaningful placements for incoming and outgoing JD law students.

Moderator: William Byrnes (Chair, International Legal Exchange): Texas A&M Law

  • Jessica Burns: Director of Operations, Global Experiences (15,000+ externship placements)
  • Gillian Dutton: Seattle University Law, Externship Program Director and Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills
  • Carole Silver: Northeastern University Law School Professor of Global Law & Practice
  • Charlotte Ku: Texas A&M Law, former director of ASIL and of Lauterpacht Center (Cambridge)

LLM Panel B 15:00:16:20 A practical approach to developing and assessing experiential, meaningful placements for incoming and outgoing LLM law students.

Moderator: Aric Short, Chair, Post Graduate Legal Education: Texas A&M Law

  • Jeff Thomas: UMKC (literature review, IDI competency index to contrast study abroad with overseas externship with outlook to develop instrument for assessment)
  • Susan Schechter: Field Placement Director and Lecturer-in-Residence, Berkeley Law
  • Sri Ragavan: Texas A&M Law, Director of South Asia programs

Synopsis

The ABA Section on Legal Education has, via its amendment of the Standards, required U.S. law schools to provide at least six credit hours of meaningful experiential opportunity for each student.  Some state bar authorities have considered adopting this new standard, have adopted it, or have adopted a rule exceeded the standard.  New York adopted §520.18 “Skills Competency Requirement for Admission” which requires applicants for the bar examination based upon having attended an ABA-approved law school or based upon their foreign legal education alone submit a certification from the applicant's approved law school confirming that the applicant enrolled in and successfully completed 15 credit hours of practice-based experiential coursework designed to foster the development of professional competencies, as defined by the ABA.

The ABA Section on Legal Education requires at least six credit hours of meaningful experiential opportunity for each student.  Some state bar authorities have considered exceeding this standard.  How are the International Legal Exchange and Post Graduate Legal Education coordinators and programs going to address these new challenges of providing meaningful experiential opportunities on a scale for all of their students?  How are these stakeholders working with the law school clinicians?

Experiential opportunities may include by example: local clinical opportunities for foreign law students and the equivalent for US law students in foreign countries, field placements, externships, student trainee exchange programs (STEP) pursuant to the ELSA model, among a host of other creative solutions, as well as include practice-based experiential coursework within the curriculum.  Challenges faced include by examples: (a) sourcing enough meaningful externships for incoming international and post-graduate students and securing for outgoing exchange JD students, and managing these and the other placement opportunities, (b) developing field placement templates that address labor issues within and outside the U.S., (c) outcomes and assessment for placements such as rubrics and other instrument for assessment among others. The panelist of this half-day program will share their secret recipes for addressing these issues.

The moderators will solicit and then prepare several questions from the two Joint sections and from the two co-sponsoring sections.  The moderator will then, for each question, seek responses to the questions from some or all of the 4 panelists, keeping response times to about 4 minutes so that the discussion moves among the panel members.  The panel should wrap up at 80 minutes to allow swap of panelists/coffee break.  The moderators will have worked with the panel beforehand to identify who is best to respond to which questions. 

Business meeting at end.

Program Chairs

Aric Short, Vice Dean of Texas A&M University Law, oversees new degree programs, academic collaborations with other schools, and an innovative Professionalism and Leadership Program. Dean Short also established and leads the law school’s annual pro bono summer trip to Costa Rica. He expanded experiential learning and professionalism training, including a skills-based winter term, building new clinical partnerships with the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration, and helping implement an oral skills graduation requirement. Dean Short served on the ABA committee that revised distance-learning standards for legal education.  Prior to teaching, Dean Short practiced international law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C.

William Byrnes (Texas A&M University School of Law) is the author and co-author of eight Lexis law treatises, a Kluwer 10-volume company and trust law compendium, three tax books for National Underwriter, and has authored the re-issue of 16 chapters for West’s Mertens Federal Taxation treatise.  Prof. Byrnes pioneered online education in the early nineties, for which India’s National Board of Accreditation recognized him with its 2012 Education Leadership Award, the chair remarking: “Professor William Byrnes’ leadership and contribution to the field of education is well known,” calling him a "role model" for innovation.  Fulbright and the State Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) selected him to its Specialist Roster for the areas of pedagogy and comparative taxation.  

Panelists

Jessica Burns is the Global Experiences Director of Operations responsible for all day to day operations, global partnerships, and program management. Global Experiences has been providing life changing experiences for thousands of young professionals since 2001. Through our years of experience, we have crafted an international internship program that has been recognized for its innovation and high-quality programming by the higher education community.

Srividhya Ragavan is a Professor of Law at the Texas A& M University School of Law.  Prof. Ragavan’s research emphasizes issues relating to international trade law and intellectual property rights. Ragavan’s monograph Patents and Trade Disparities in Developing Countries was published by the Oxford University Press. Ragavan’s co-edited book with Irene Calboli titled Diversity in Intellectual property was published by Cambridge University Press. Ragavan has served as a Fulbright Nehru Scholar affiliated with NLSIU in Bangalore.  She was a visiting faculty of the IP program at NALSAR in Hyderabad.  She hold the LL.B. (National Law School, Bangalore), LL.M. (Kings College, University of London), and S.J.D. (George Washington School of Law).

Carole Silver is Professor of Global Law & Practice at Northwestern University Law School. Her scholarship investigates the influence of globalization on the work and structure of law firms, on legal education and on regulation of the profession.  She teaches courses on business associations, globalization and the legal profession and professional responsibility.  Professor Silver served as a member of the ABA’s Ethics 20/20 Commission from 2009 – 2013, a group created by the ABA President to study the influence of globalization and technology on lawyer regulation.

Charlotte Ku is Associate Dean for International Programs and Professor of Law at the Texas A&M University School of Law. Previously, she was the Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Legal Studies and Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law. She served as the Acting Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge following a twelve year term as Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the American Society of International Law.

Gillian Dutton is the Director of the Externship Program and Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills at Seattle University School of Law. She is a Korematsu Center Faculty Fellow and Faculty Advisor to the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project and the Access to Justice Institute Citizenship Project. She teaches four externship seminars (civil, criminal, judicial and international) and continues to work in the areas of language access, cross-cultural communication, immigrant benefits, human trafficking and refugee health. Professor Dutton has an M.A. in Chinese history and is a 1988 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. She is a recipient of the 1999 Charles A. Goldmark Award for Distinguished Service and the 2005 Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Golden Door Award. A national expert on language access on the law, she served as a consultant on the ABA Standards for Language Access in Courts. Having lived abroad a number of years, she speaks Spanish, French, German and Mandarin.

Sue Schechter (Berkeley Law) for more than a decade has been teaching in and helping to administer field placement programs. She was an Adjunct/Clinical Professor at Golden Gate and is currently Boalt Hall’s first full-time Field Placement Coordinator working with students doing general field placements, judicial externships, and away placements.  Prior to her work at law schools, Schechter was the Project Director for the Public Interest Clearninghouse’s Public Interest Law Program in San Francisco; a Patients’ Rights Advocate/Attorney at the Mental Health Advocacy Project in Santa Clara County; and as a Campus Organizer/Staff Attorney with the National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL, now known as Equal Justice Works) in Washington, DC.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

One year post-BEPS: The OECD, EU, USA and Mexico perspectives - Monday, 28 November 2016, 8:00 – 13:00 (breakfast included)

Monday, 28 November 2016, 8:00 – 13:00 (breakfast included) at The University Club of Mexico - Salón Terraza, Paseo de la Reforma 150, 06600 D.F. Mexico city

http://universityclub.com.mx/ Limited seats available: RSVP required. Please email C.D.M.vandenBerg@uva.nl.

 During this morning-seminar, organized by the Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law (ACTL) of the University of Amsterdam, Texas A&M University  School of Law, IFA Mexico and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), several aspects of anti-BEPS measures of States around the world will be highlighted. The discussion will be the OECD BEPS initiatives and the resulting EU-measures, USA measures and Mexican measures.

7:45 – 8:00 Registration and Breakfast

8:00 – 8:45 Keynote Practical Tax Information Exchange and Use: CbCR software application pilot for Mexico by Dr. George Salis (Vertex) and David Deputy (Vertex)

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome by Miguel Ortiz (President IFA Mexico; Ortiz, Sosa Y Asociados, S.C.)

9:00 – 10:30 Panel 1 One year post-BEPS What’s happening around the world?

Chair: Prof. William Byrnes (Texas A&M University School of Law)

EU anti-BEPS implementation: What can we expect?  Prof. dr. Dennis Weber (ACTL, University of Amsterdam)

The EU and non-EU countries: treaty abuse, EU blacklist Dr. Bruno da Silva (ACTL, University of Amsterdam)

Impact of BEPS in practice - Jeroen Janssen (Loyens & Loeff)

USA new MAP/competent authority procedures - Melissa Muhammad (OECD & U.S. Treasury, APMA Competent Authority)

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 Panel 2 One year post-BEPS The Mexican perspective

Chair: Prof. Gabriela Rios (UNAM)

Anti-BEPS measures in Mexico Manuel E Tron (Manuel Tron, SC)

Making dispute resolution mechanisms more effective (BEPS Action 14) Armando Lara (Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa)

Disclosure of Tax Arrangements (BEPS Action 12) Jorge Correa (Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez)

Challenges for the government to implement anti-BEPS measures Juan Carlos Perez Pena (Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico)

12:30 networking until 13:00

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Friday, October 7, 2016

DOE Terminates ACICS' Accreditation Authority. 800 institutions and 800,000 Students Impacted

Founded in 1912, ACICS is the largest national accrediting organization, accrediting over 800 degree granting institutions with over 800,000 students.  These 800+ institutions must now DeptOfEducation-Seal scramble to find another accreditor or the 800,000 students will lose access to Title IV federal student loans.

The DOE (Department of Education) announced on September 22, 2016 its decision to terminate recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS on September 23, 2016 announced its decision to appeal, stating that it can mend its many deficiencies.  ACICS, if it loses its appeal, can seek appeal to the district court.  If ACICS loses its court appeal, ACICS-accredited institutions then would have 18 months to find a new accreditor and then Title IV will be withdrawn for their students. 

DOE has published a blog of FAQs for the 800,000 students who may lose Title IV access and the 800+ institutions who may find themselves without the minimal accreditation that ACICS provides.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Accreditation Reform Legislation Introduced in Senate

On September 22, 2016, three prominent Democrat Senators (Warren Massachusetts; Durbin Illinois; and Schatz Hawaii) announced the introduction of the Accreditation Reform and Enhanced Accountability Act of 2016.  Click here for a copy of the bill and click here for a fact sheet.  While it is too late in the political season to see any movement on the bill this year, it is a foreshadow of next year's education legislative agenda for a Clinton administration.

The provisions include:

  • Require the Department of Education to establish standards for student outcome data (e.g. loan repayment rate, loan default rate, graduation rate, retention rate, student earnings, job placement rate, etc.) that accreditors must use when evaluating colleges, including minimum baseline thresholds for select outcomes metrics that colleges must meet in order to remain accredited.

  • Safeguard access by giving accreditors the ability to evaluate college affordability and Pell student enrollment levels.

  • Strengthen consumer protections by forcing accreditors to respond quickly to federal and state investigations and lawsuits regarding fraud, and by requiring accreditors to take action to protect students in the face of other warning signs of institutional instability.

  • Increase transparency around accreditation decisions for students, families, and regulators.

  • Clean-up conflicts-of-interest in college accreditation between accreditors and the colleges they accredit.

  • Increase accountability by giving the Secretary more authority to terminate or fine accreditors that fail to do their job.

October 6, 2016 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

OECD Research on Education

 

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Educational Research and Innovation
Innovating Education and Educating for Innovation
The Power of Digital Technologies and Skills
OECD’s Innovation Strategy calls upon all sectors in the economy and society to innovate in order to foster productivity, growth and well-being. Education systems are critically important for innovation through the development of skills that nurture new ideas and technologies.
 
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Making Education Count for Development
Data Collection and Availability in Six PISA for Development Countries
This report provides a systematic review of the collection, availability and quality of metadata as well as data regarding education, at the system level, for countries participating in the PISA for Development (PISA-D) project: Cambodia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Senegal and Zambia.

 

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Education at a Glance 2016
OECD Indicators
Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators is the authoritative source for information on the state of education around the world. It provides data on the structure, finances and performance of education systems in the 35 OECD countries and a number of partner countries.
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Educational Research and Innovation
Education Governance in Action
Lessons from Case Studies
Governing multi-level education systems requires governance models that balance responsiveness to local diversity with the ability to ensure national objectives.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Admissions and Career Services Positions Avaliable

Besides new faculty positions, Texas A&M also has new staff positions that have recently been posted.  One is an Admissions Recruitment Coordinator  and the other is a Career Services Assistant Director. 

Please pass along the link to interested parties for the Admissions position "Admissions Recruitment Coordinator" https://jobpath.tamu.edu/postings/101061

September 26, 2016 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Texas A&M School of Law Seeks To Hire Several New Law Professors

These are exciting times at Texas A&M University School of Law! Since the university acquired a law school in August of 2013, the law school has embarked on a program of investment that increased its entering class credentials and financial aid budgets, while shrinking the class size; hired 20 new faculty members, including thirteen prominent lateral hires; improved its physical facility; and substantially increased its career services, admissions, and student services staff.

And now, we are again hiring additional faculty. Texas A&M University School of Law now seeks to expand its academic program and its strong commitment to scholarship by hiring TAMU-Law-lockup-stack-SQUARE (1)multiple exceptional faculty candidates for contract, tenure-track, or tenured positions, with rank dependent on qualifications and experience.  Candidates must have a J.D. degree or its equivalent.  Preference will be given to those with demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and strong classroom teaching skills.  Successful candidates will be expected to teach and engage in research and service.  While the law school welcomes applications in all subject areas, it particularly invites applications from:

1)      Candidates who are interested in expanding and building on our innovative Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic (with concentrations in both trademarks and patents), or in one of our other acclaimed clinical areas, including Family Law and Benefits Clinic, Employment Mediation Clinic, Wills & Estates Clinic, Innocence Clinic, and Immigration Law Clinic; and

2)      Candidates with an oil and gas law and/or energy law background, either domestic U.S. or international, who are interested in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and programmatic activities.

3)      Candidates with strong classroom skills and scholarly achievement interested in teaching in our exceptional Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program.

While the law school is primarily interested in entry-level candidates for the above positions, more experienced candidates may be considered to the extent that their qualifications respond to the law school’s needs and interests.

In addition, the law school welcomes lateral and highly experienced professionals for the following positions:

1)      Candidates with experience in IP licensing and technology transfers, with relevant academic and/or professional science background, and who are interested in working and building synergies with the Texas A&M University’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

2)      Candidates in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution with a national or international reputation and stellar credentials in scholarship, teaching, and service, and with an interest in building our nationally ranked dispute resolution program;

3)      Candidates in any field with a national or international reputation and stellar credentials in scholarship, teaching, and service;

Texas A&M University is a tier one research institution and American Association of Universities member.  The university consists of 16 colleges and schools that collectively rank among the top 20 higher education institutions nationwide in terms of research and development expenditures.

Texas A&M School of Law is located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the country.  The Fort Worth/Dallas area, with a total population in excess of six million people, offers a low cost of living, a strong economy, and access to world-class museums, restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor activities.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Texas A&M welcomes applications from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals who will enhance the rich diversity of the university’s academic community. Applicants should email a résumé and cover letter indicating research and teaching interests to Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at appointments@law.tamu.edu.  Alternatively, résumés can be mailed to Professor Eckstein at Texas A&M University School of Law, 1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6509.

September 23, 2016 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Combatting Corruption of Higher Education

Absenteeism, Appropriation, Bribery, Cheating, Corruption, Deceit, Embezzlement, Extortion, Favouritism, Fraud, Graft, Harassment, Impersonation ... UNESCO

An ABC of dishonest practices – usually referred to more coyly as misconduct or misrepresentation – is undermining the quality and credibility of higher education around the world. We shall use ‘corruption’ as a general term to designate such malpractice and make the academic operations of higher education institutions (HEIs) our primary focus.

Alarmed by the increasing frequency of press reports on corrupt practices in the higher education sector, the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) and the International Quality Group of the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA/CIQG) joined forces to convene an expert meeting in Washington, DC, on 30/31 March 2016.  Corruption in higher education is a dynamic phenomenon. The Expert Group is publishing this Advisory Statement as a wake-up call to higher education to fight academic corruption more aggressively. The sector’s quality assurance systems must take a leading role in this battle.

read the Advisory Statement for Effective International Practice Download Advisory-statement-unesco-iiep here

September 16, 2016 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Seeking Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program Faculty Candidate

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW seeks a full-time faculty candidate to fill a tenure-track or contract position in its Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program. From its tenure-track positions to its expanded writing center, Texas A&M University School of Law prioritizes legal analysis, research, and writing. Our program consists of eight required credit hours of first year and upper-level specialized drafting courses.

Candidates must have a minimum J.D. degree or its equivalent. Preference will be given to those with demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and strong classroom teaching skills. Additionally, while the law school primarily is interested in entry-level candidates, more experienced candidates may be considered to the extent that their qualifications respond to the law school’s needs and interests. Texas A&M Law School has a unified tenure track system that requires all tenure-track and tenured faculty to engage in scholarship in addition to teaching and service.

Texas A&M University is a tier one research institution and American Association of Universities member. The university consists of 16 colleges and schools that collectively rank among the top 20 higher education institutions nationwide in terms of research and development expenditures. As part of its commitment to continue building on its tradition of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and public service, Texas A&M acquired the law school from Texas Wesleyan University in August of 2013. Since that time, the law school has embarked on a program of investment that increased its entering class credentials and financial aid budgets, while shrinking the class size; hired nineteen new faculty members, including thirteen prominent lateral hires; improved its physical facility; and substantially increased its career services, admissions, and student services staff. 

Texas A&M School of Law is located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the country. The Fort Worth/Dallas area, with a total population in excess of six million people, offers a low cost of living, a strong economy, and access to world-class museums, restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor activities.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Texas A&M welcomes applications from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals who will enhance the rich diversity of the university’s academic community. Applicants should email a résumé and cover letter indicating research and teaching interests to Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at appointments@law.tamu.edu. Alternatively, résumés can be mailed to Professor Eckstein at Texas A&M University School of Law, 1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6509.

August 18, 2016 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)