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Editor: William Byrnes
Texas A&M University
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Involving Students in Accreditation

Higher education is transforming internally and externally. The demographics of learners continue to shift drastically to be more inclusive of people of color, first generation, part-time, CHEA logoreturning and older students. Learners are more diverse than ever before. There is also an expansion of types of programs offered to students. Coding boot camps, microdegrees and MOOCs are providing exciting alternatives to learn and gain certain skills. Moreover, a shift in the character of accountability is occurring. Accreditation has been the traditional form of external evaluation of quality for the Academy, governed by the Academy and funded by the Academy. These changes call for an expansion of key stakeholders in the accreditation process – particularly employers and students.

This article focuses on the need for accreditors to engage students in fundamentally different ways in all stages of its process. Read it here.

April 26, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Burdensome Accreditation System Needs Overhaul

Voluntary, nongovernmental regulation has long been a hallmark of the American approach to quality assurance in higher education.  Unfortunately, while the concept remains valid, the CHEA logo U.S. accreditation system’s actual operations have become overly burdensome. It’s time for an overhaul. In recent years, several detrimental changes to this model have occurred.   Read the full CHEA op-ed here.

 

April 22, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? “Who will guard the guards themselves?”

All of us are accountable. Religions hold us accountable to God. Santa Claus makes a list of who has been naughty and who has been nice. Freud tells us about the super ego. Everyone has a watchdog.

Enter accreditation. These organizations are the overseers of the public yet at the same time they are often “family” — faculty and staff from one school looking into the affairs of another CHEA school, and vice-versa. It is this closeness that has drawn the attention of the public and the government. As tuition rises and the ease of employment diminishes, the public wonders what return is gained from the enormous expenditures and high debt. And entrepreneur Peter Thiel is paying young people $100,000 not to matriculate. Read the full CHEA op-ed here.

April 21, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Regulatory Relief For Accreditation

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is a national, nongovernmental membership organization of 3,000 DeptOfEducation-Sealdegree-granting colleges and universities, the only organization with the sole purpose of providing national coordination of accreditation of higher education institutions and programs.

With the advent of a new Administration and Congress, regulatory relief has become a prominent topic of discussion. The purpose of this CHEA Position Paper is to offer proposals for the reduction of federal regulation as this applies to accreditation, whether in law, regulation or sub-regulatory guidance, acknowledging that the major challenge is at the regulatory/subregulatory levels. This reduction is not intended nor should result in reduced accountability for accreditation, but can provide a more effective and efficient regulatory framework for this important work.

CHEA sees this regulatory relief as central to achieving three major goals to move accreditation forward. These goals are doing more to: • Protect students: Strengthen accreditation rigor and provide expanded, readily understandable and accessible information about institutions and programs. • Advance innovation: Encourage fresh approaches to quality review of traditional providers and expand quality review to new providers and new credentialing. • Sustain the strengths of accreditation: Maintain and enhance the academic leadership of institutions and programs, peer review and the commitment to academic freedom. The federal government maintains an extensive scrutiny of accreditation, a process known as “recognition,” because accredited status is a requirement for institutions and programs to obtain and maintain eligibility for federal funds. At present, approximately $170 billion in student grants and loans, research and program funds go to institutions and programs annually.

Accreditation activity is governed by 10 pages of law, 27 pages of regulation and 88 pages of sub-regulation. Sub-regulation is augmented by “Dear Colleague” letters and “Guidance Letters” issued by USDE. There are more than 200 separate requirements that accrediting organizations must address in order to be considered federally recognized or to have emerged successfully from the USDE recognition review that they must undergo at least every five years.  

There is considerable evidence that enormous time and effort is involved in successfully navigating this regulatory regimen.  The recognition review requires, for all practical purposes, that an accreditor must attend to actual or expected demands of the federal government on an annual basis. Although accrediting organizations are nongovernmental bodies that are financed by higher education institutions and programs themselves, they are required to operate as if they were federal contractors.  The impact on these organizations, while assuring that they operate in a given way, is also deleterious.

The federal presence is disproportionate and distorts the accreditation enterprise. It seriously crowds available space for initiative and innovation. Especially in relation to the goals presented here, accreditors are forced to operate in a culture that, however unintentionally, discourages creativity and experimentation. Unless USDE agrees, accreditors are reluctant to act. They are not going to move forward with creative efforts and are inhibited with regard to risk-taking, anticipating that this could result in the loss of recognition.

Proposal One: Relief with Regard to Federal Regulation 1. Rethink the requirements for the extent of experience in order to become a recognized accreditor. 2. Streamline what is considered “substantive change” for an institution or program in order that fewer changes are subject to this process, including the establishment of branch campuses. 3. Remove the definition of credit hour. 4. Eliminate the requirement for confidentiality such that accreditors cannot inform institutions of investigations.

Proposal Two: Relief with Regard to Sub-Regulation: Dear Colleague Letters/Guidance Communications 1. Eliminate requirement for common definitions and terms. 2. Remove USDE final oversight in posting accreditor actions and decision letters. 3. Eliminate USDE oversight of differentiated review.

Proposal Three: Relief with Regard to Federal Law 1. Retain the Rule of Construction. Oppose legislation that would further expand excessive regulation such as the WarrenDurbin-Schatz Bill introduced in the 114th Congress. 2. Rethink the role of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, including the creation of an alternative committee structure and operation. 3. Revise Negotiated Rulemaking to assure that it is a balanced, transparent and consultative process. 4. Require consultation with academics and accreditors for Dear Colleague Letters and Guidance Letters and clarify their role in federal oversight of accreditation.

April 10, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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

March 24, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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

March 23, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

March 22, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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

March 17, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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). 


February 26, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

February 24, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

January 30, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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?)

January 20, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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

 

January 4, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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).

January 2, 2017 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

December 21, 2016 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

October 7, 2016 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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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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
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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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