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                                                Study of Higher Education

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Inside the Winter 2008 Issue
ASHE President’s Column ............................... 1                     of service on the Board, and Estela has
                                                                              brought enormous energy and creativity to
2007 Conference Program Chair Reflections .. 2                                her responsibilities. Linda, who remains as
2008 Conference Update ................................... 4                  Past-President, has juggled her large role as
                                                                              Vice President for Academic Policy and
Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) ........... 5
                                                                              Planning for the postsecondary system of
Council on Public Policy in Higher Education7                                 Hawaii with her commitment to ASHE. As
Graduate Student News .................................... 9                  her presidential address ably demonstrated,
                                                                              we have all benefited from her ability to
ASHE Seniors ................................................. 11
                                                                              connect her roles as scholar and practitioner.
Notables ........................................................... 11       Outgoing Board members Laura Perna and
                                                                              Ashley Sieman have been superb colleagues,
                                                                              joining the many committee and council
ASHE President’s Column                                                       chairs who have contributed so generously
Linda Eisenmann                                                               to ASHE over the past year. Each new
John Carroll University                                                       president enters the role with great
                                                                              admiration for the talents and support of our
                               Happy New Year to all                          members.
                               ASHE members! May
                               the coming year bring                          Linda Johnsrud and Program Chair Vicki
                               each of us continued                           Rosser assembled a strong conference in
                               satisfaction in our work                       Louisville that challenged us to think about
                               and the appropriate                            how our work connects to the policy world
                               balance of productivity                        of higher education. Along with 2008
                               and refreshment.                               Program Chair Jay Dee (University of
                                                                              Massachusetts Boston), I hope to extend that
I must begin my term as ASHE President                                        theme to our connection with our
with expressions of thanks to those who                                       practitioner colleagues – those who manage,
have guided and supported the association                                     administer, and shape higher education
over the last year, especially outgoing                                       through their daily work. In consultation
President Linda Johnsrud and Past-President                                   with his excellent and varied program
Estela Bensimon. As you may know, the                                         committee, Jay and I have developed a
presidency commits a person to three years                                    theme for the 2008 meeting of Research and
                                                                              Practice: Embracing Connections. We hope

     ASHE Newsletter                                                      1                                  Winter 2008
that this theme gives focus to our work             2007 Conference Program
throughout the year, both in our scholarship
and in the efforts of our association to            Chair Reflections
address concerns across higher education. I         Vicki J. Rosser, Program Chair
am grateful to Jay and the program                  University of Nevada, Las Vegas
committee, who are already hard at work.
                                                    As I reflect on the 2007 ASHE program
My choice of the theme has been affected by         from my perspective as Program Chair, a
my own experience. After a dozen years as           few things come to my mind: program
a professor of higher education, including          attendance, a note of thanks to our
roles as director of a higher education             presenters, colleagues who came through in
doctoral program and a leadership in urban          an emergency, and emerging issues of
schools program, I became Dean of the               professional concern to our organization.
College of Arts and Sciences at John Carroll
University in Cleveland, Ohio, four years           Final numbers from the ASHE office
ago. My shift in perspective from scholar to        indicate that we surpassed all previous
practitioner was rapid and sharp. Since my          ASHE conference attendance records with
appointment, I have recognized – sometimes          1,147 attendees! I thank all of you who
in the strangest moments – how my                   attended and a special thanks to those of you
understanding of higher education informs           who presented your research and scholarship
my daily work. But there have also been             at the 2007 conference. Clearly the quality
times when I have realized how distant the          of your work ensures our conference
two roles are, reaching in vain for scholarly       success. I would also like to note that many
information to inform some practical                of our graduate students told me that they
decision. I will continue to think about this       were thrilled they could pack themselves
dichotomy, and plan to discuss it in my             into cars and drive to the conference to keep
presidential address in Jacksonville.               their travel costs down. I also enjoyed seeing
                                                    familiar faces that have been missing in
In later columns, I will discuss the issues         action from our professional organization
and opportunities facing ASHE.                      and was very pleased to see them return to
Meanwhile, I look forward to serving the            join us in Louisville, KY.
association, and I urge each of you to
continue thinking about how the scholarship         I would also like to comment on those
and teaching you pursue can inform,                 individuals who came through for us in a
support, and benefit from the colleagues            pinch as the program was about to go to
around you who move higher education                press, as well as those who filled important
forward. Just as Linda Johnsrud encouraged          roles at the conference when emergencies
us to consider the policy relevance of our          arose when scheduled participants were
work, I encourage our continued active              unable to attend. These individuals willingly
stance with our colleagues in practice.             stepped up to serve our members so that
                                                    sessions could continue to run smoothly. I’m
                                                    personally grateful for their support, and
                                                    more important I’m exceedingly
                                                    appreciative of them as exemplary
                                                    professional colleagues.

   ASHE Newsletter                              2                                  Winter 2008
   Amy Wells, University of Mississippi               Submitting multiple presentations. ASHE
   Christopher Rasmussen, Midwestern Higher           policy clearly states that you can be on the
    Education Compact                                  program four times: three as a presenter, and
   Darwin Hendel, University of Minnesota             the fourth time as a session chair or
   David Kniola, Virginia Polytechnic Institute       discussant. Some individuals exceeded the
    and State University                               policy by knowingly submitting multiple
   Deborah Carter, University of Michigan             proposals in order to have something
   Doug Dubrow, University of California-             accepted. These individuals were notified
    Berkeley                                           and withdrawn from the program, a practice
   Ellen Brier, Vanderbilt University
                                                       which will continue to ensure that ASHE
   John Braxton, Vanderbilt University
                                                       remains an inclusive organization.
   Jonathan Lew, Claremont Graduate
   Michael Smith, Portland State University
                                                       Selecting and notifying symposium
   Mimi Wolverton, University of Nevada, Las          participants. Professional protocol suggests
    Vegas                                              that when a symposium proposal is
   Scott Thomas, University of Georgia                submitted, all scholars on the proposal had
   William Zumeta, University of Washington           been notified and confirmed their
                                                       participation prior to submission. This is a
I would also like to share with you some               key point as proposals are accepted on the
issues that came to my attention as the 2007           scholarly merits and the expertise of the
program chair. These issues emerged as                 presenters. Changing symposium
matters of professional concern to our                 participants after the proposal has been
organizations’ members as some of our                  accepted is a major concern to our members.
colleagues have been remiss in their                   Moreover, those reviewing symposium
professional responsibilities as a scholar,            proposals should apply careful consideration
ASHE member, and colleague. I do hope                  regarding the number of presenters on a
that by mentioning these issues more                   symposium as to what is realistic within the
explicitly they will serve as reminders to our         75-minute allotted time frame. Too many
colleagues about the professional norms in             presenters not only decrease the amount of
which we conduct our work within ASHE.                 time each person is allotted but also
                                                       minimizes the quality and effectiveness of
Reviewing proposals. One of the most                   the discussion.
important benefits of being a member in a
scholarly organization is to propose and               Recycling work. Work presented at ASHE
present our work and receive professional              should not have been presented elsewhere.
feedback on that work. The goal is to                  ASHE and AERA have clear written
prepare our work for article submission and            policies on this topic. The research topic
publication. I would like to encourage                 may be the same or similar, but the
proposal reviewers to provide professional             substantive, theoretical, or methodological
and substantive comments regarding the                 underpinnings and research queries should
work they have reviewed. Explaining what               clearly be different.
and why you found the proposal to be
lacking will help clarify meaning to your              Submitting papers to discussants. Research
assigned scores and help guide the                     or scholarly papers should be submitted to
proposal’s author(s) on how to improve their           the session discussant two weeks prior to the
current and future research.                           conference. We need to be respectful to

    ASHE Newsletter                                3                                  Winter 2008
others’ time commitments. While a few                I want to thank everyone for their candid
discussants may allow a later submission             input, and as many of you know I have
date and will notify those presenters                presented these and other issues to the
directly, this is not the professional norm          ASHE board prior to this newsletter. I was
within ASHE. Moreover, those discussants             honored to have served you and I wish you
that are unable to receive last minute               all my sincere best in your professional and
submissions are not and should not be                scholarly endeavors.
perceived as villains. Discussants who do
not receive a paper from the presenter are
under no professional obligation to comment
on the paper during the session.
                                                     2008 Conference Update
Providing copies. Hard copies or online
access to obtain the research paper that is or       Jay Dee, Chair
has been presented should be available to            University of Massachusetts Boston
the scholarly community, either in
                                                           Preparing for the 2008 Conference
attendance or by request. When a proposal is
                                                         Jay R. Dee, program chair (University of
submitted and accepted for presentation, the                     Massachusetts Boston)
authors are assuring the organization that the
work has been completed and a manuscript             As we prepare for the 2008 conference, it may
will be available to those who are interested        be useful to consider our goals for this annual
in the work.                                         event. Primary among those goals has been
                                                     improving the quality of research in our field.
Scheduling personal requests. Requesting             Essential to that goal are opportunities for
specific days and times to present is an             graduate students and early-career faculty to
exception to the rule and should not be              explore new lines of research and to develop
deemed as an expectation. More than 100              their own voices as emerging scholars. Equally
                                                     important are opportunities for more
personal requests were made from a range of
                                                     experienced scholars to test new ideas in the
individuals that included graduate students,         realm of critical inquiry. What may be most
and junior, mid-career, and senior scholars.         important, however, are opportunities for inter-
This created tremendous scheduling                   generational dialogue among scholars at
difficulties, particularly when multiple             different career stages. These interactions can
presenters were involved. The lack of                yield productive, new collaborations and ensure
scheduling software means all changes have           the long-term vitality of research in our field.
to be done manually.
                                                     A related goal (and one where we may be
Canceling professional commitments.                  coming up short) is to connect higher education
Emergencies are not at issue here. These             research and practice. Interactions among
                                                     researchers, policy analysts, and college leaders
cancellations were made by individuals who
                                                     can strengthen both scholarship and leadership.
volunteered to serve in a professional role          The annual conference can facilitate those
on the program or have offered to conduct            interactions and serve as a test of the relevance
proposal reviews, and subsequently changed           of our scholarship: do practitioners attending the
their mind, or failed to complete their              conference gain useful knowledge? Relevance,
assigned work.                                       however, is not our only goal. Frequently,
                                                     scholars in ASHE take a critical stance toward
                                                     current policies and practices. The findings of
                                                     our research may make some higher education

   ASHE Newsletter                               4                                     Winter 2008
leaders and policy makers uncomfortable, but            Vicente Lechuga, Texas A & M University --
those initial responses of discomfort may give
way to an understanding of the need for change
or to a desire to re-envision who higher                Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
education serves and toward what aims.                  Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas, University of
                                                             Maryland --
The 2008 program committee will take several            Tara Parker, University of Massachusetts Boston
steps to facilitate these types of scholarly            --
interactions at this year’s conference in
Jacksonville.                                           Faculty
                                                        Cheryl Daly, Western Carolina University --
   Under the leadership of ASHE president    
    Linda Eisenmann, we will convene sessions           Luis Ponjuan, University of Florida --
    that explore the nexus between research and
                                                        Context, Foundations, and Methods
   In cooperation with the Council for                 Jana Nidiffer, University of Michigan --
    International Higher Education, we will   
    incorporate an international strand into the        Steven Hubbard, New York University --
    general conference, which will provide new
    opportunities for conference participants to
    consider higher education issues from a             Policy, Finance, and Economics
    global perspective.                                 John Cheslock, University of Arizona --
   We will communicate more explicitly norms           Glenda Musoba, Florida International University
    and practices associated with ethical and           --
    responsible scholarship. As one example,
    when submitting proposals, authors will             International
    need to check a new “agree to these terms”          Fatma Nevra Seggie --
    statement, which identifies several ethical
    responsibilities (e.g., originality). We will
    also clarify and communicate more
    frequently the responsibilities of proposal
    reviewers, session chairs, and discussants.         Council on Ethnic
I thank the members of the 2008 program                 Participation (CEP)
committee, who will manage the proposal                 Barbara J. Johnson, Secretary
review process in their respective sections and         Jackson State University
lead our efforts to develop an outstanding
program for our conference in Jacksonville.             Recognition of Our Past While Moving
Robert Reason, Pennsylvania State University--
                                                        During the months leading up to ASHE                                           2007, the leadership of the Council on
Debra Bragg, University of Illinois --                  Ethnic Participation (CEP) was busy                                         establishing the infrastructure for four major
                                                        initiatives. These initiatives included the
Organization, Administration, and                       junior and senior scholar awards, mentoring
Leadership                                              program, research grant committee, and
Jason Lane, University at Albany, SUNY --
                                                        CEP group list.

    ASHE Newsletter                                 5                                   Winter 2008
Junior/Senior Scholar and Service Awards             Immediately following the business meeting
Denise Green served as the chair of the              and awards ceremony was the reception,
awards committee that recognized junior              “The Cake Walk” which was co-sponsored
and senior scholars as well as facilitated the       by the University of Pittsburgh.
naming of the awards for two CEP pioneers:
Mildred (Millie) Garcia and the late Berta           Mentoring Program
Vigil Laden. Consuella Lewis noted that the          An invitation lunch was held for the
newly elected ASHE president-elect (Jeff             protégés and mentors. Protégés and mentors
Milem) was instrumental in assisting with            were queried about their experience and
the crafting of the awards proposal to the           asked to provide feedback on how the
ASHE Board.                                          mentoring program could be improved. The
                                                     co-chairs (Consuella Lewis and V. Barbara
Lynette Danley presented the award for               Bush) urged everyone to think about the role
exemplary scholarship to Millie Garcia at            of mentors in their personal and professional
California State University, Dominguez               life and to consider becoming a mentor.
Hills. Unfortunately, Millie was not able to
attend the ceremony but Daryl Smith                  Research Grant Committee
accepted the award on her behalf and read a          The purpose of the CEP Research Grant
brief note expressing Millie’s appreciation          Committee is to support the scholarship
for the award.                                       initiatives of ASHE-CEP members who
                                                     conduct research on and about people from
The senior scholar award for exemplary               underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in
scholarship was presented to Sylvia Hurtado          higher education. One of the primary
at UCLA. She spoke of how biography is               responsibilities of this Committee is to
intermixed with our work. The junior                 identify and solicit external funding that
scholar award was presented to Joy Ann               would enable the allocation of monetary
Williams at the University of Washington.            research awards. Special consideration will
Joy commented that receiving the junior              be given to providing research support to
scholar award was great motivation to seek           tenure-track assistant and associate
the senior scholar award.                            professors in an effort to encourage and
                                                     increase their development and submission
Two members of the CEP community who                 of grant proposals related to the Committee's
have served CEP were awarded the                     purpose. This Committee will also seek
Founders’ Service Award. The first award             funding to support professional development
was posthumously awarded to Berta Vigil              workshops for CEP members. Currently,
Laden and accepted by Consuella Lewis.               this Committee is finalizing the proposal for
This award was also bestowed on Bonita               research grants.
Butner, at the University of Missouri -
Kansas City, who has had unwavering                  ASHE-CEP Yahoo Group Account
commitment to advancement of the field and           A group list for ASHE- CEP has been
our organization and has played a key role           established. All communication regarding
on several CEP committees. Bonita                    CEP will occur via the yahoo group list.
recounted attending her first CEP meeting in         Additionally, minutes of the CEP cabinet
1996 and remarked that CEP has certainly             and other pertinent information will be
grown.                                               posted to the CEP group account.

   ASHE Newsletter                               6                                 Winter 2008
What Does This All Mean?                              Council on Public Policy in
As a new generation of leaders begins to
embrace the ideals of CEP, it is imperative           Higher Education
that we recognize our past while moving               Patricia M. Yaeger, Chair
forward. This recognition can occur in a              American Education Services
number of ways but this year occurred
through the naming of awards for two                  This year’s Public Policy Forum opened
women who were integral to the                        with a presentation from Kentucky’s
establishment of CEP. CEP is appreciative             Council on Postsecondary Education,
of all of the individuals who were                    highlighting the state’s efforts on workforce
instrumental in establishing the Committee            development. Kentucky’s higher education
on Ethnic Participation which has now                 policy agenda is well articulated and serves
transitioned to a standing Council of ASHE.           as a model to other states. Presenters shared
Yet, CEP must continue to build on the                their struggles and accomplishments
foundation that has been laid to ensure the           carrying out the agenda in the areas of adult
Council continues to move forward. The                and basic education, their Double the
awards ceremony at the 2007 ASHE annual               Numbers initiative to increase degree
meeting provided an excellent illustration of         attainment, and long-term policy
an organization moving forward while                  development. Many thanks to Heidi
recognizing the past. It is only through              Hiemstra for putting together a thought-
reflecting on the significance of the past that       provoking panel discussion that helped set
we will be able to assist future leaders of           the tone for the Forum.
CEP in further building on our legacy.
                                                      The sessions that followed on state and
CEP Leadership                                        federal policy issues lived up to the same
CEP Officers: Consuella Lewis (Chair),                high standard. Topics included state funding
Terrell Strayhorn (Chair-Elect) and Barbara           of higher education, community college
J. Johnson (Secretary)                                financing, distance education, online
                                                      outreach, and accountability. Thanks to all
Advisory Committee: Dannielle Joy Davis,              the presenters and moderator/discussants
Sharon Holmes, Jerlando F.L. Jackson and              Will Doyle and Kevin Kinser who did an
Dafina Stewart                                        outstanding job involving Forum attendees
                                                      in the conversation.
Awards Committee: Denise O. Green
(Chair), Wanda B. Coneal, Lynette Danley,             Colleen O’Brien of the Pell Institute chaired
Saran Donahoo, Sharon Holmes, Eunyoung                a session on communicating research
Kim and Kimberly Rogers                               findings to legislators from the policy
                                                      institute perspective. Mike Collins of Jobs
Research Awards Committee: Pat Boyer and              for the Future, Alisa Cunningham of the
Dannielle Joy Davis (Co-Chairs), Sharon               Institute for Higher Education Policy, and
Holmes, Terrell Strayhorn, Dafina Stewart             Deborah Santiago from Excelensia in
and Eunyoung Kim                                      Education offered many helpful tips from
                                                      their personal experiences. The panel did a
Mentoring Initiative: V. Barbara Bush and             phenomenal job of connecting with the
Consuella Lewis (Co-Chairs) and John                  audience, making it clear why they are so
Michael Lee                                           effective in their work at the policy/research

   ASHE Newsletter                                7                                  Winter 2008
This year, the ASHE/Lumina Fellows joined           know how much I appreciated their help.
Public Policy Forum and Graduate Student            Special thanks to: Susan Campbell, Alisa
Public Policy Seminar participants in a joint       Cunningham, Karen Miksch, Laura Perna,
session held Wednesday. Attendees fanned            Don Heller, Kimberly Rogers, Scott
out across sixteen tables to discuss current        Thomas, the ASHE Board, and program
policy issues including financial aid, state        committee members, including Mario
funding, accreditation, affirmative action,         Martinez and Jay Dee. Kate Shaw,
and state-level P-16 policy. Kudos to the           immediate past Chair of the Council on
roundtable facilitators (Chris Brown,               Public Policy in Higher Education, made
Michelle Cooper, Alisa Cunningham, Diane            critical recommendations on the program
Dean, Frank Harris III, Don Heller, Heidi           draft that enhanced the quality of the Forum.
Hiemstra, Pat Inman, Linda Johnsrud, Jason          It was great working with her this past year.
Lane, Karen Miksch, Chris Morphew, Erik
Ness, Kimberly Rogers, José Luis Santos,            PowerPoint presentations from the 2007
Celina Sima, Marvin Titus, and Kristan              Forum will be posted to the ASHE Council
Venegas), who did an excellent job of               Website. Next year’s Forum will continue as
keeping the conversations flowing. The              a pre-conference starting Wednesday and
roundtable format was new to the Forum              continuing until noon Thursday, November
and very likely will be back next year.             5-6. Please contact me if you have any
Thanks to Karen Paulson of NCHEMS and               suggestions or comments on the Public
Kristen Renn of Michigan State University           Policy Forum.
who worked with me on this session.
                                                    In other news, we will be sending out ballots
Many people helped make this year’s Public          to Council members in January to elect a
Policy Forum possible. In addition to her           new vice-chair, secretary, and member-at-
work on the roundtables, Karen Paulson              large. If you would like to get involved in
served as my sounding board as I put the            the Council on Public Policy in Higher
program together, and I greatly appreciate          Education, officially or unofficially, please
her guidance and suggestions. I am not sure         email me at
I could have done it without her. Patty
Farrell, ASHE Executive Director and a              Thanks again to everyone who helped make
frequent Forum participant in prior years,          the Public Policy Forum a success.
also gave me the benefit of her expertise and
went way above and beyond the call of duty
by reviewing the program and making some
great recommendations. Vicki Rosser, the
2007 program chair, did a fabulous job of
putting the conference together and she
helped me tremendously through the rough
spots. Thanks to Linda Johnsrud for
developing a policy-oriented conference
theme. I admire her vision and leadership in
tackling the tough issues.

Many others worked behind the scenes to
help make the Forum a success. I hope they

   ASHE Newsletter                              8                                  Winter 2008
Graduate Student News                                 Reflections on ASHE 2007
                                                              The ASHE 2007 conference was an
Kelly Risbey, University of Minnesota
                                                      incredible success! The graduate student
Judy Marquez Kiyama, University of
                                                      program consisted of three amazing
                                                      sessions: If Only I'd Known: Factors
                                                      Affecting Completion of Research Projects
                                                      (held on Thursday, November 8);
Welcome to another exciting ASHE year!
                                                      Transitioning from Graduate Student to New
We would like to officially welcome Judy
                                                      Professional (held on Friday, November 9);
Marquez Kiyama as the 2007-2009 graduate
                                                      and the Graduate Student Luncheon (held on
student representative to the ASHE Board of
                                                      Saturday, November 10). We had excellent
Directors. Many of you had an opportunity
                                                      attendance at all of our sessions and
to meet Judy a few weeks ago in Louisville
                                                      participants quickly connected with the topic
during our ASHE 2007 graduate student
                                                      and asked excellent questions to all of our
sessions and during Judy’s program
                                                      presenters. We want to thank all of our
sessions. Judy is a doctoral candidate in the
                                                      presenters—Cristi Ford, Wendell Hall,
Center for the Study of Higher Education at
                                                      Tonya Saddler, Beth Tankersley-Bankhead,
The University of Arizona and is currently
                                                      Shouping Hu, Diane Auer Jones, Ralph
in the final stages of her dissertation. Judy’s
                                                      Kidder, Anthony Lising Antonio, Linda
dissertation research is centered on the
                                                      Johnsrud, Linda Eisenmann, and Jeff
educational ideologies of Mexican families
                                                      Milem—for giving so generously of their
and explores the foundation of the funds of
                                                      time and effort to help create outstanding
knowledge theory as it applies to college
                                                      sessions for ASHE graduate students. As
access. Additionally, Judy currently works
                                                      always, we encourage students to contact us
as an assistant director in Undergraduate
                                                      with ideas for sessions and presenters at
Initiatives, Multicultural Affairs and Student
                                                      future conferences.
Success and focuses on retention initiatives
                                                              We would also like to recognize the
for under-represented students at The
                                                      2007 conference interns who worked to
University of Arizona. In serving on the
                                                      support the ASHE staff during the fall
ASHE Board of Directors, Judy hopes to
                                                      conference. The 2007 interns included: Tam
increase the graduate student participation in
                                                      Le (Louisiana State University), Stephanie
ASHE by bringing awareness to the many
                                                      Krusemark (Morgridge College of
opportunities already available and by
                                                      Education), Carly Fletcher (The University
making those opportunities more accessible
                                                      of Alabama), and Maura Murphy (North
to graduate students. In welcoming Judy, we
                                                      Carolina State University). Conference
also must bid a fond farewell to Ashley
                                                      interns are selected through an application
Mouberry Sieman. Ashley completed her
                                                      process that occurs early in the fall semester.
term as a graduate student representative of
                                                      Conference interns receive a fee waiver in
the ASHE board at the end of the 2007
                                                      exchange for volunteering to provide
ASHE conference. We want to thank Ashley
                                                      support for ASHE program functions (i.e.,
for her hard work, dedication, enthusiasm,
                                                      working at the registration table, hanging
and passion for graduate student issues and
                                                      posters, trouble shooting, etc.). Our four
the ASHE community at large.
                                                      interns in Louisville were incredible and we
                                                      want to thank them for all their hard work
                                                      and commitment to ASHE and the ASHE

   ASHE Newsletter                                9                                   Winter 2008
Feedback from ASHE 2007                             Facebook Group
        Your feedback confirmed the                          We found that many students did not
overwhelmingly positive responses that this         know about our new “ASHE Graduate
year’s conference has already received. We          Student Network” Facebook group. We will
were excited to see so many graduate                be working throughout the year to make sure
students attend the graduate student                we increase our membership on Facebook
sessions, especially the luncheon. Over 100         and will use the site to keep you up to date
people attended the luncheon and it was             with future ASHE opportunities, conference
there that we collected evaluations based on        ideas, and decisions on how the graduate
the graduate student sessions. We received          student fund will be utilized. Our Facebook
97 responses and we thank you for your              site is designed as a tool for ASHE graduate
thoughtful feedback and suggestions. We             student members to connect with old
specifically asked questions about what             friends, meet new colleagues, network, share
students would like to see at next year’s           ideas about research and trends in higher
conference, how we should use the ASHE              education, share dissertation and thesis
graduate student fund, and how we can               topics, strategies, and struggles, discuss
better serve graduate student members               opportunities for funding and calls for
throughout the next year.                           proposals, find roommates for upcoming
        In general, students appreciated the        conferences, etc… The possibilities are
opportunity to network with senior scholars,        endless!
the free books at the luncheon (thank you to                 Facebook is a free service and the
our donors), and the quality of the sessions        website is easy to navigate (although
presented. Mentoring was commonly                   somewhat addictive). If you are already on
mentioned on the evaluations and many               Facebook, you can find and join our site by
students expressed an interest in connecting        searching for the “ASHE Graduate Student
with a faculty mentor at another institution        Network” under the “Groups” search option.
both during the year and at the conference.         For those who are not on Facebook yet and
Additionally, students were interested in a         want to join our group, the steps are super
graduate student social at future                   easy. All you have to do is go to
conferences. We will be working to         and register a valid
incorporate many of your suggestions for            email address. Once you are registered you
future conference sessions. Some of those           can begin to build your own Facebook page
suggestions included: the steps in getting          by joining our ASHE group. You can
published, how to navigate the PhD and              quickly find our group by searching for the
dissertation process, and transitions – into        “ASHE Graduate Student Network” under
and out of a doctoral program.                      the “Groups” search option. We hope that
    Finally, we will be considering your            you will consider joining the ASHE
suggestions to determine how the graduate           Graduate Student Network on Facebook.
student fund should be utilized. Most people
expressed that travel or conference                     We are looking forward to another
scholarships would be helpful. Suggestions          exciting ASHE year! As always, we
also included using the fund to sponsor a           encourage students to submit comments,
graduate social during the conference and to        suggestions, or questions.
help fund research projects.                        Kelly Risbey,
                                                    Judy Marquez Kiyama,

   ASHE Newsletter                             10                                 Winter 2008
ASHE Seniors                                          Samuel D. Museus joined the University of
                                                      Massachusetts-Boston as an Assistant
James Bess
                                                      Professor of Higher Education in the
                                                      Graduate College of Education in Fall 2007.
Please make a note to check the day and
time of the second annual luncheon and
                                                      KerryAnn O’Meara joined the University of
address in the Harland G. Bloland lecture
                                                      Maryland as an Associate Professor of
series at the next ASHE meeting. This
                                                      Higher Education in the Department of
special gathering is open to all seniors
                                                      Education Leadership, Higher Education,
(loosely defined as about 60 years old). It is
                                                      and International Education in Fall 2007.
an opportunity to renew friendships from
years past and to engage in a lively
                                                      Michelle Pidgeon will be joining the Faculty
discussion of the views of a well-known
                                                      of Education at Simon Fraser University,
national expert on a controversial subject.
                                                      beginning May 2008.
Further details will be available in the
upcoming ASHE newsletters. Best wishes
                                                      Stephen John Quaye will join the University
for the New Year. For further information,
                                                      of Maryland as an Assistant Professor in the
please contact
                                                      College Student Personnel Program in
                                                      January 2008.

                                                      Becky Ropers-Huilman has joined the
Notables                                              faculty of the University of Minnesota as
Michelle Nilson                                       Professor of Higher Education in the
Simon Fraser University, Canada                       Department of Educational Policy and
                                                      Administration. Additionally, she has
This column is ASHE’s posting place for               recently become the editor of the National
news about people, places, publications, and          Women's Studies Association Journal.
other items of interest in higher education.
Keep your friends and colleagues apprised             Marvin A. Titus joined the University of
of your news, whereabouts,                            Maryland as an Assistant Professor of
recommendations, kudos (yours, others),               Higher Education in the Department of
new book titles, announcements, awards,               Education Leadership, Higher Education,
and website information. Please take time             and International Education in Fall 2007.
out of your busy schedule to toot your own
horn or to pay homage to others—send your             Notable Reads
articles, snippets, and photos to Michelle            Paula Myrick Short has co-authored a new
Nilson, email address:                                book, Academic Quality Work: A Handbook                                for Improvement, with William Massy and
                                                      Steve Graham available from Jossey Bass.
Notable Moves                                         Dr. Short is Vice Chancellor for Academic
Ryan J. Davis joined the Pell Institute for           Affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents,
the Study of Opportunity in Higher                    Dr. Massy is President of the Jackson Hole
Education as a Research Analyst in Fall               Higher Education Group and Professor
2007.                                                 Emeritus at Stanford University, and Dr.
                                                      Graham is Interim Vice President for

   ASHE Newsletter                               11                                 Winter 2008
Academic Affairs at the University of
Missouri System.

ASHE members David Arendale and Jeanne
Higbee, faculty members in the Department
of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning in
the College of Education and Human
Development at the University of Minnesota
received awards from the College Reading
and Learning Association (CRLA) at the
professional organization’s national
conference in Portland, Oregon on
November 2nd. Arendale was the recipient
of the Karen G. Smith Special Recognition
Award, while Higbee was recognized with
the Robert Griffin Long and Outstanding
Service Award.

   ASHE Newsletter                           12   Winter 2008

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