December 2010 Issue • Volume 38 • Issue 9

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New Department of Education Rules Raise Questions about "Quality" in Higher Ed


On October 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education released 13 new rules related to program integrity and gainful employment in higher education. The new rules will go into effect on July 1, 2011. A second set of rules that further define the gainful employment regulations will be released in early 2011 and go into effect in the summer of 2012. The lengthy negotiated rule-making process that was used in preparing the new rules has, according to Insider Higher Ed, resulted in "one of the most complex sets of regulations ever to be promulgated by the U.S. Department of Education."

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The Social and Behavioral Sciences
Look to the Future at COSSA Annual Meeting

National science policy leaders provide updates to the social science community

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate is looking to the future and is considering input from the SBE community about what the directorate should be doing in 10 years and how it might frame next generation research, an NSF official recently told Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) members

Myron Gutmann, head of the SBE Sciences Directorate, made his comments at COSSA’s annual meeting in Washington, DC, on November 1, where he was one of several notable national science policy leaders who addressed the nearly 75 attendees.

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Candidates for 2011 ASA Election

The American Sociological Association is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for ASA Officers, Committee on Committees, Committee on Nominations, and Committee on Publications. Ballots for the 2011 ASA election will be mailed in early May 2010. The candidates are:

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