Professor named to presidential advisory commission

June 3, 2011

Professor Alfredo Artiles, a recognized thought leader in the fields of special education and educational equity at Arizona State University, is one of several new appointees announced by the White House May 26 to the President's"> Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

In announcing the members of this high-profile commission President Barack Obama said, “The extraordinary dedication these men and women bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people. I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.” Download Full Image

Commissioners, appointed by the president for their relevant experience or subject matter expertise, advise President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on matters pertaining to the education attainment of the Hispanic community. They represent a variety of sectors, including the education sector, labor organizations, research institutions, corporate and financial institutions, public and private philanthropic organizations, and nonprofit and community-based organizations.  

Artiles is professor of culture, society and education in the School">">School of Social Transformation, part of ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where he co-directs the Equity">">Equity Alliance. He has published extensively in the general, special and bilingual education fields for research, policy, and practitioner audiences, and his research in the United States and other nations examines the role of cultural processes in special education identification practices and teacher learning in urban schools. 

According to the White House, the commission will play a pivotal role in meeting President Obama’s goal for the nation to have the best-educated workforce in the world by 2020. It begins its work on the heels of the release of an April report by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and the U.S. Department of Education showing that Hispanics have the lowest education attainment level overall of any group in the nation.

Hispanics are by far the largest minority group in today’s American public education system, according to a recent report by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The report noted that Hispanics number more than 12.4 million in the country’s elementary, middle and high schools. Nearly 22 percent, or slightly more than one in five, of all pre‐K-12 students enrolled in America’s public schools is Hispanic, but they face persistent obstacles to educational attainment. Less than half are enrolled in any early learning program. Only about half earn their high school diploma on time; those who do complete high school are only half as likely as their peers to be prepared for college and only 4 percent have completed graduate or professional degree programs.

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics director Juan Sepúlveda said the Commission will chart ways to increase Hispanic educational attainment, which is important for the country’s economy.

“The commission will identify ways to strengthen our country. Hispanic students have graduated at lower rates than the rest of the population for years, making America’s progress impossible if they continue to lag behind,” said Sepúlveda. “Strengthening and improving educational excellence in this community isn’t just a Hispanic problem. It’s a challenge for our entire country.”

Artiles said improving access and outcomes in education and preparation for the labor market is of pressing importance – for the future of our economy and our country.

“I'm deeply honored by the appointment,” said Artiles, “and have great respect for the approach Juan Sepúlveda is taking to meet the White House Initiative’s mandate. By engaging Hispanic communities and philanthropic, business, nonprofit, and education communities in a national dialogue and partnerships, he’s laying the groundwork for programs and policy outcomes that will have relevance and currency at a grassroots level.”

Other individuals appointed by President Obama to the Commission include Eduardo J. Padrón (chair) and César Conde of Fla.; Francisco G. Cigarroa, Ricardo Romo, Sylvia Acevedo and JoAnn Gama of Texas; Darline P. Robles and Patricia Gándara of Calif.; Alicia Abella and Marta Tienda of N.J.; Luis R. Fraga of Wash.; Maria Neira and Lisette Nieves of N.Y.; Daniel Cardinali of Va.; and Manny Sanchez of Ill.

Prior to joining ASU, Artiles was a faculty member at Vanderbilt University and at the University of California, Los Angeles. He just completed a term as vice president of the American Educational Research Association’s Division on the Social Contexts of Education and serves on editorial boards of nine national and international journals. Artiles holds a master’s of education and a doctorate from the University of Virginia.

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New W. P. Carey School degree helps in rough job market

June 3, 2011

Despite our rough economy and job market, information technology (IT) is one of the fastest-growing professional fields in the country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1.4 million IT job openings by 2018, a growth rate of more than 22 percent. The highly ranked W. P. Carey School of Business is offering a new degree option to help working professionals get ahead in this field, an online Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) program.

“We work with top employers all the time, and they are telling us they want people with an excellent understanding of both IT and business as a whole,” said Professor Michael Goul, chair of the Information Systems Department at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “The MSIM degree is designed to provide professionals in any career field with a well-rounded education in information technology and explain how to apply that knowledge to their companies overall. It doesn’t matter whether you want to move forward in your current career or just acquire skills in information management to make yourself more valuable to an employer.” Download Full Image

The new 16-month online MSIM program is the only program of its kind offered by any Arizona school. It utilizes the same world-renowned faculty who teach in the W. P. Carey School of Business’ face-to-face Master of Business Administration (MBA) and MSIM programs. Currently, the school’s evening MBA and graduate-level information-management programs are both ranked Top 20 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

American Express, Honeywell International Inc., Intel Corporation, Mayo Clinic and US Airways are among the companies that send students to the school’s face-to-face MSIM program. Many firms will reimburse students who participate in that program or the new online program.

“The implementation of an online MSIM degree program shows the commitment that Arizona State University and the W. P. Carey School have made to creating an educational delivery model that meets the demand of the current business climate,” says Todd Christy, vice president, business technology for US Airways. “The establishment of a program of this caliber also shows the dedication to attracting and developing key technical talent required to make ASU a leader in technology and innovation.”

The new MSIM program offers an online format that will be welcomed by IT professionals accustomed to working via the Internet. Materials can be accessed anytime online, and the classes cover a wide variety of cutting-edge issues in information management, including business process management, business intelligence, enterprise systems, IT valuation and project management. Courses also teach students to recognize and evaluate emerging technologies that have the potential to radically alter today’s markets and industries.

“Our graduate-level information-management programs have been ranked among the Top 20 by U.S. News & World Report for more than 20 years,” says Professor Robert St. Louis, who will run the new program. “We want to give working professionals who are unable to come to campus an opportunity to take the same courses and interact with the same world-class faculty members who make the face-to-face programs so successful. This is a big deal because IT jobs often have project cycles, and an online program offers the flexibility to accommodate those cycles, rather than requiring these busy professionals to adhere to a fixed on-campus class schedule.”

In the program, students will work in small, personalized teams with peers from other industries, and they will take five-week courses, just one at a time. The curriculum is focused on enabling students to lead and manage IT-enabled business transformation initiatives in any type of organization.

The online MSIM will be offered two times each year, starting in January and August. Applications are now being accepted for the January 2012 start date. For more information, call (480) 965-3252, e-mail onlinemsim">"> or visit">">