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The Council of the American Sociological Association (ASA) is concerned about the U.S. government’s declining support for the study of foreign languages as well as prominent policy leaders’ public statements downplaying the importance of American students learning languages other than English. While not all students pursuing sociology degrees in institutions of higher education are required to study foreign languages, many choose to do so.
Honorable Danny Davis, Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia,
Census and National Archives
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Ranking Member Davis:
The American Sociological Association appreciates the opportunity to share our views about the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), an innovation that has greatly benefited social science researchers, policy makers, and the communities they both serve.
The Council of the American Sociological Association (ASA) is profoundly disturbed by the possibility that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit will uphold Judge William G. Young’s recent ruling that personally identifiable research data collected as part of Boston College’s “Belfast Project” must be turned over to British law enforcement through the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Council of the American Sociological Association (ASA) unanimously endorses the 2011 American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Report and Recommendations for the Reauthorization of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and emphasizes the particular importance of two recommendations to the social science community.
In April 2010, the Arizona State Legislature approved Senate Bill 1070, ("Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act"), an anti-immigrant measure that a federal judge later ruled encourages racial profiling and violates federal law (the ruling remains under appeal and is likely headed for the U.S.
The ASA and National Science Foundation have jointly published a summary of an important workshop on the issue of climate change research. It examines a critically important dimension of earth's climate variation: Basic research on social determinants affecting global climate change.
Membership Approves Changes to the ASA Dues Structure
Secretary’s Summary of Financial and Related Information relevant to Council’s New Dues Structure Proposal
On May 12, 2011, the ASA Annual Election will open to eligible members. It will remain open until June 23. On the ballot for your approval will be Council’s proposed changes to the ASA membership dues structure.
Members of ASA Council have asked members to vote on a proposal to change the dues structure in the election beginning May 12, 2011. We are aware that the rationale for the dues proposal that was published in the March Footnotes only partially reflects our discussion of this issue, and the purpose of this statement is to provide more information and clarity.
How to Apply for a Journal/Book Series Editorship
The Committee on Publications of the American Sociological Association is charged with the selection of editors of its journals and series.
In consultation with the ASA Executive Office and with the approval of Council, the Committee on Publications issues calls, evaluates applications from potential editorial candidates, selects editors, and assists the editors-elect in the transition.