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Center Program Associates

THIRTEEN MID-CAREER professionals have been selected as Program Associates by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education for 2001-2002. The Associates program, supported by the Ford Foundation, is designed to engage scholars and leaders interested in addressing current public policy issues in higher education through involvement in the work of the National Center.

The Associates will attend three policy symposia a year and will contribute in other ways to the National Center’s agenda and activities.

The group includes faculty members, postdoctoral students, graduate students and early-to-mid-career professionals in policy-related positions in state government and foundations.

Derek V. Price
Director of Higher Education Research, Lumina Foundation for Education
  Lara Couturier
Project Manager, The Futures Project: Policy for Higher Education in a Changing World, at Brown University.
  Emlei M. Kuboyama
Director of Policy Development at Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley
Jaime A. Molera
Policy Advisor for Legislative Affairs, Office of the Governor, State of Arizona
  Brian Pusser
Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
  Marlene L. Garcia Principal Consultant, California State Senate Office of Research  
Steven M. LaNasa
Assistant Director of Human Resources, George Mason University
  Christopher Morphew
Assistant Professor in the Higher Education Administration Program, University of Kansas
  Kenneth E. Redd
Director of Research and Policy Analysis, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Patrick Kelly
Senior Associate for Information and Research, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
  Michael K. McLendon
Assistant Professor of Higher Education Policy, Vanderbilt University
  Karen Paulson
Research Associate, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
Scott L. Thomas Assistant Professor of Higher Education, University of Hawaii, Manoa          

National Center Seeks Suggestions

THE NATIONAL CENTER for Public Policy and Higher Education is reviewing the data and methodology to be used in the next edition of the state-by-state report card —Measuring Up 2002— and invites suggestions for improvements.

The Center has commissioned a special committee, headed by David Breneman, dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, to guide the review. Other committee members include Margaret Miller, of the University of Virginia; Richard Wagner, former executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education; Emerson Elliott, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education; Dennis Jones and Peter Ewell of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems; and Susan Hodges Moore, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. The review begins immediately.

Suggestions should be sent to Patrick M. Callan or Joni E. Finney at the National Center, 152 North Third Street, Suite 705, San Jose, CA, 95112; phone: (408) 271-2699; fax: (408) 271-2697; e-mail:

Letters To The Editor

On behalf of DeVry, thank you for profiling our institution in the winter issue of National CrossTalk. We appreciate the thorough effort made by the writer, Alexander Russo, in researching and examining various facts of our institution, as he talked with numerous faculty, staff, students and educational experts in order to understand DeVry.

In his profile of our school, Alexander accurately described DeVry as an institution that has been successful in providing technology education with an emphasis on the needs of students. As a multi-faceted educational system, our goal is to provide high-quality, career-oriented bachelor’s degree programs in business and technology to a diverse student population.

Regarding Alexander’s characterization of DeVry’s 70-year history as a “roller coaster ride,” however, I must disagree. Since our founding as a single campus in 1931, DeVry has slowly and consistently evolved into an international higher education system, recognized as a leader in business and technology-based education. The expansion of our campus locations, curricula, degree offerings and delivery methods has been very deliberate, designed to meet the needs of students and employers. Our success, best measured by the success of our students, has grown dramatically over the past 70 years.

The article also referenced a student lawsuit recently filed by three former DeVry students who allege that DeVry graduates do not have appropriate skills for employability in the computer information systems field. Given that this class-action student complaint represents the opinions of only three of the institution’s more than 200,000 graduates, we believe that the lawsuit was overemphasized in the article. Lawsuits that represent students’ complaints are no longer unusual in higher education, and many colleges and universities find themselves having to respond to similar complaints.

Sharon Thomas Parrott
Vice President of External Relations and Student Finance,
DeVry, Inc.

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