November 2010 Issue • Volume 38 • Issue 8

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SAGE to Publish Contexts Magazine in 2011

In July 2010, ASA signed an agreement with SAGE Publications to publish Contexts magazine for five years, beginning with Contexts’ 10th volume year in 2011. (The University of California Press partnered with ASA to inaugurate the magazine in 2002.)

"The American Sociological Association is pleased to be expanding its recent but already flourishing publishing partnership with SAGE," said ASA Executive Officer Sally T. Hillsman. "SAGE presently publishes the majority of ASA’s scholarly journals, including our flagship journal the American Sociological Review. With its depth in publishing the work of sociologists, SAGE is uniquely positioned to understand and augment the contributions Contexts magazine is making to sociology within the higher education community as well as to the broader public. We believe that SAGE can help ASA circulate this important social science-based magazine to inform an ever-widening audience."

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Frederique Laubepin, with ICPSR, led the
"Why Are More Girls than Boys Planning
for College?" exercise at the ASA booth
at the USA Science & Engineering Festival.

A Festival for Science Enthusiasts: Young, Old, and Historical

Imagine a science classroom covering entire city blocks and offering hundreds of hands-on activities for people of all ages. In Washington, DC, during the weekend of October 23 and 24, that "classroom" existed in the form of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. The American Sociological Association was there, along with 500 of the nation’s leading science and engineering organizations as well as almost half a million visitors interested in learning more about science.

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Rankings of More than 5,000 U.S. Doctoral Programs Was Released to Much Discussion

In late September, the National Research Council (NRC) released its long-awaited assessment of the quality of U.S. doctoral programs, which includes data on more than 5,000 programs in 62 fields at 212 universities nationwide. According to the NRC, the Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States report was designed to help universities evaluate and improve the quality of their programs and to provide prospective students with information on the nation’s doctoral programs. For the full report, including the data and illustrative rankings and characteristics for all programs, see

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The Faculty Pay Gap Between
Private and Public Institutions

Overall salary growth has slowed for everyone in recent years, but faculty at public institutions typically received smaller annual raises than at private institutions, according to findings from the National Faculty Salary Survey (NFSS), conducted by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. This widening gap may be the result of greater losses in revenue from state higher education budgets than the decline of gifts and income investment that private institutions receive, according to the faculty survey by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). NFSS reports that the salary gap between public and private institutions is most pronounced at doctoral-granting institutions, but reversed at baccalaureate-only institutions. However, salary increases were dismal for faculty at both public and private institution in AY 2009-10, with no increase and a 0.1% increase, respectively, since the prior year.

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