November 2012 Issue • Volume 40 • Issue 8

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Beyond One-Size-Fits-All: Sociologically Smart College Procedures to Improve Student Success

Over the last 50 years, college attendance has radically increased, with most of the gain in community colleges. Community colleges have reduced the formal barriers of time, distance, and cost with convenient locations, flexible schedules, low tuition, and, often open admissions policies.

Community colleges can provide good job opportunities. Even in the current weak economy, some industries report labor shortages for mid-skilled jobs, particularly in computer and health occupations (Holzer, et al. 2011; Acermoglu and Autor, 2010).

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Join the ASA Database of Subject Matter Experts

ASA membership is a path to media recognition. When you see sociologists quoted in mainstream news articles or interviewed on television or radio programs, there is a good chance that ASA’s Public Information Office helped facilitate the media coverage. In the past few months, ASA’s efforts have resulted in coverage of the Association, its journals, and its members in hundreds of media outlets around the country and the world including the Associated Press, the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC’s Nightline, NPR, the Daily Mail in England, the Globe and Mail in Canada, and many others.

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Gender in the Field

Do female sociologists concentrate heavily on gender and family in their scholarly work? Is their work limited to these fields and do they fail to contribute to other disciplinary subfields? A recent widely cited study by Carl Bergstrom, Jevin West, and their colleagues used the online academic archival system, JSTOR, to analyze gender differences in both the numbers and topic areas of journal articles across disciplinary fields. The principal investigators found that women’s publications were concentrated in a relatively narrow array of subfields, based on their use of a topic-area coding algorithm.

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heather gautney

Heather Gautney

Heather Gautney Is the 2012-13
ASA Congressional Fellow

The 2012 American Sociological Association (ASA) Congressional Fellowship was awarded to Heather Gautney. She began working in the office of Senator Bernard Sanders (D) from Vermont in September. “It’s a really exciting time to be in Washington, DC, because of the recent elections. As an ASA/AAAS fellow, I am on the front lines of the political process.”

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Major ASA Award Recipients
Honored in Denver

The American Sociological Association (ASA) presented the 2012 major awards at this year’s Annual Meeting on August 19 in Denver, CO. The Awards Ceremony, followed by the Presidential Address, was well attended. These awards are given to sociologists for their outstanding publications, achievements in the scholarship, teaching, and practice of sociology, as well as for their overall advancement of the discipline. Below are the profiles of the awardees.

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