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Nancy Foner, Hunter College and the Graduate Center
of the City University of New York
After nearly half a century of massive inflows, New York is a truly immigrant city. About one out of three New Yorkers is now foreign born. Adding the U.S.-born second generation, the figure is more than one out of two or about 4.5 million people.
Given the numbers, it is not surprising that immigration has had an impact on virtually every aspect of New York life. Not only is it a major factor fueling population growth, but the millions of new New Yorkers and their children also have been changing the sights, sounds, and tastes of the city and influencing a wide range of institutions and communities.
“If Sociology of Education is to be widely read and have broad impact, a printed journal and old-fashioned website are no longer enough.” So says John Robert “Rob” Warren, the incoming editor of Sociology of Education (SOE), whose term begins in January 2014. “Like it or not, Twitter and Facebook are becoming prominent communication media for younger scholars.” With these words, Warren will usher this 86-year-old journal into the era of fast-paced, short-stream communication to extend its reach and enhance its relevance and visibility to a broader audience.
In accordance with election policies established by the ASA Council, biographical sketches of the candidates for ASA leadership positions are published in Footnotes (see below). The candidates appear in alphabetical order by office. Biographical sketches for all candidates will be available online when ballots are sent to all current voting members in mid-April.
by Darlene Smucny and Merrily Stover, University of Maryland-University College
Military students represent a growing group of “nontraditional” students today due to the passage of the recently expanded GI Bill, which provides additional support for higher education to veterans and active-duty personnel (Jones 2010; Moon and Schwa 2011). Although military students may attend classes on traditional campus, these students (particularly active-duty personnel) are prominently served by distance education formats (both onsite classes on military installations and online classes).