This Lupine Field is Across the Road on a June Sunrise
For a description of our Lupine
Festival, go to
There is a fantastic spot in northern New
Hampshire for wildflowers with mountains on the horizon (though not
usually covered in snow at that time of the year). Go to Sugar Hill, NH
in mid-June for the lupine festival. From about June 10th to 17th there
are fields of lupines that bloom beneath the White Mountains. In Sugar
Hill on Sunset Road there is a 12 acre field completely filled lupines
that has Cannon Mountain and Mt. Washington in the background. These
lupines come in shades of blue, purple, white and pink. The attached
image was taken at sunrise in the lupine field on Sunset Hill Road in
Sugar Hill. The back roads around Sugar Hill contain a number of spots
where there are large concentrations of lupines, some strategically
located near red barns and white churches. This spot is not only great
for grand landscape shots, but is also macro photography heaven, the dew
drops and little insects on the lupines also make great subjects. But be
careful, one morning at sunrise I was intently photgraphing the sunrise
and moved towards a tree to include it in my shot. I startled a mother
moose and calf who I did not realize were on the other side of the tree
and they ran right in front of me. Of course having a 17-35mm lens on my
camera with an ND grad and polarizing filter made it a little tough to
get a good shot of the moose.
About 5 miles away is Franconia Notch state
park where there are lots of nice waterfall opportunities, my favorites
include The Basin, the Falling Waters Trail (Stair Falls and Cloudland
Falls are both wonderful)and the Flume.
This area in early to mid-June can't be beat.
To do grand landscape photography in New England requires a little more
work than in the national parks out west, but Sugar Hill is one of the
better locations in New England for the kind of photography you are
Ed McGuirk , April 06, 2002; 06:15 A.M. Eastern
I live in New Hampshire and have done a good
amount of hiking in the Whites and know of some good places. In
particular one place that comes to mind is on Mt. Garfield - there is a
pond, a short way from the summitt which is beautiful. I hiked up Mt.
Eisenhower in the spring in early june/ late may (I can't remember
exactly when) on a cloudy day and it was spectacular (with 70 mph
winds). Additionally, there is one trail that I myself have not been on
- The Alpine Garden Trail on Mt. Washington, which is known for its
alpine flowers which bloom in June (I'm hoping I'll get up there for
that). Good luck. I too, am very much looking forward to spring photos
in the Whites.
Doug Seigars , April 06, 2002; 08:35 P.M. Eastern
June 12, 2007
message from Bob Jensen to David Johnstone at Sidney University in regard to an
offer to spend a year in a think tank. I am invited to spend a year in a
new think tank called the
Center at Sydney University. It's a great honor, and Erika is bugging me to
I request that I be reconsidered after a couple of
My wife's medical condition following her latest
spine surgeries requires that I help her during her year-long healing
process. At the moment she's unable to travel. You can read about her ordeal
In her heart she pleaded with me to accept this
opportunity, but she just was not listening to her brain's refusal to face
up to the reality of such a trip for her at this time.
I consider it a great honor to be considered for
this visiting opportunity. I spent two outstanding years in a think tank on
the Stanford University campus called The Center for Advanced Study in the
Behavioral Sciences ---
Thank you for doing me this honor. Perhaps it might
work out when my wife is able to travel once again.
Tidbits on June 20, 2007
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Online Video, Slide Shows, and Audio
In the past I've provided links to various types of music and video available
free on the Web.
I created a page that summarizes those various links ---
Remember Me ---
Link forwarded by Linda Kidwell
Awesome Photos from Outer Space (Turn up your speakers)
Somewhere in Time ---
http://www.trdaniel.com/somewhere in time/index.htm
Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible
Media --- http://ncam.wgbh.org/
How Bad Guys Can "Bump the Lock" on Your Apartment or Home
Jeff Dunham (ventriloquist) & Walter (that's not so nice
Jay Leno introduces Boo Boo the Chicken to Terry Bradshaw on
the Tonight Show ---
(Bob Jensen once spent a forgettable night in Adelphia)
Surface Computing Videos ---
Power of Observation (a test) ---
Auditors and Fraud Inquiries ---
Dan Stone forwarded the link below:
Jeremy Parker's Accountant Film Reviews Podcast ---
Promo Chess Videos
June 8, 2007 message from Ben Portman
HI Bob, great site, I just ran across it
for the first time today. It is always cool to see a site like yours that
goes back to the "good ole days" of the internet when yahoo had almost no
graphics on it and the internet was in its infancy...
I'm a chess fanatic and I thought you'd be
interested in this guy's (Chad Kimball)
You have to give your email address to get
the videos, which sort of a bummer, but it is still a great resource.
This guy has taken a chess book by edward
lasker and created a bunch of videos out of it, and is offering them for
I've checked out the videos and they're
Could you add that site for me?
Ben Portman's connection with Chad Kimball is unknown to me. I'm really not
a serious chess player and have not signed up for the above free videos. I
pass this information along for those of you who want to take up the offer
of these free videos. Apparently this is a promo for personalized training
and sales of Chad's other chess videos and books ---
Chad sells at least 14 books on chess ---
Other references include the following:
"How to Use the Internet to Dramatically Improve Your Chess Strategy," by
Chad Kimball , Selfgrowth.com ---
Ranges Chess Club ---
Free music downloads ---
Tchaikovsky's 'The Maid of Orleans' From the
Washington National Opera ---
Andre Previn: Musical Polymath Goes Solo
Operatic Pop Singer Rufus Wainwright in Concert
Great Lake Swimmers in Concert (folk music) ---
Slavic Soul Party: Heart and Feet Music ---
Pacha Massive: Latin Music Gets Big ---
Photographs and Art
Online Books, Poems, References, and Other Literature
In the past I've provided links to various
types electronic literature available free on the Web.
I created a page that summarizes those various links ---
Darwin’s evolving thoughts and private communications on the
boundaries of science and religion ---
Complete Work of Charles Darwin ---
The Death Of The Lion by Henry
Love of Life and other Stories by
Jack London ---
The Battle Of The Books And Other Short Pieces
by Jonathan Swift ---
From the University of Illinois Issues in Scholarly
Communication Blog on June 7, 2007 ---
Internet Archive Texts - a part of the broader Internet Archive, an non-profit
organization founded with the purpose of offering permanent access for
researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in
digital format. The Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and
software as well as archived web pages
Microsoft's Live Search Books
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announces the
availability of a newly-digitized collection of Abraham Lincoln books accessible
through the Open Content Alliance and displayed on the University Library's own
web site, as the first step of a digitization project of Lincoln books from its
collection. View the first set of books digitized at:
Abraham Lincoln The Lincoln Institute ---
G8 Summit ---
It's time to fuse humans and mice into humice
David Ewing, MIT's Technology
Review, June 8, 2007 ---
This is something not foreseen in John Steinbeck's
Of Mice and Men
Caution! Vehicle may be hauling political promises.
Sign painted on the back of a septic pumping tank
truck more popularly known as a "honey wagon."
Here's an example ---
Here's an example of the "Harry Wagon" that invoked a heavy price on
millions in his political gaming
The Bush-Backed Immigration Bill Was Killed by Senate Majority Leader
in Alleged Fear That Passage Might Favor Republicans in the 2008 Election
Mr. Reid said he favors the immigration bill and indeed
he may. But he also has political interests. These include enlarging the
Democratic majority (now 51-49) in the Senate and the election of a Democratic
president. And it's here that Mr. Reid's Bush-bashing language is most
revealing. For Democrats in 2008, running against Mr. Bush as a failed president
would be ideal, just as it was in 2006. The normal political pattern is that
unpopular presidents with minimal accomplishments are succeeded by presidents of
the other party. The passage of sweeping and generous immigration legislation on
Mr. Bush's watch might jeopardize that. The president might not look so much of
a failure. Moreover, the passage of that legislation would also take an issue
that bitterly divides Republicans off the table.
Fred Barnes, "Who Killed the
Immigration Bill?" The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2007; Page A13 ---
First, let me say that I really enjoy blogging. It's
a brilliant format for keeping readers up to date on the things I care
about--and for exchanging information with them . . . And that is precisely the
danger here. Fury begets fury. Poison from the right-wing talk shows seeped into
the Republican Party's bloodstream and sent that party off the deep end.
Limbaugh's show--where Dick Cheney frequently expatiates --has become the voice
of the Republican establishment. The same could happen to the Democrats. The
spitballs aimed at me (by leftists extremists on
don't matter much. The spitballs aimed at Harman, Clinton and Obama are another
story. Despite their votes, each of those politicians believes the war must be
funded. (Obama even said so in his statement explaining his vote.) Each knows,
as Senator Jim Webb has said repeatedly, that we must be more careful getting
out of Iraq than we were getting in. But they allowed themselves to be bullied
into a more simplistic, more extreme position. Why? Partly because they fear the
power of the bloggers to set the debate and raise money against them. They may
be right--in the short (primary election) term; Harman faced a challenge from
the left in 2006. In the long term, however, kowtowing to extremists is exactly
the opposite of what this country is looking for after the lethal radicalism of
the Bush Administration.
Joe Klein (one of the more liberal
columnists for Time Magazine), "Beware the Bloggers' Bile," Time
Magazine, June 18, 2007, Page 25 ---
As families on Canadian Forces Base Valcartier
prepare for the departure beginning next month of 2,300 soldiers to Afghanistan,
anti-war groups have sent letters to soldiers' homes comparing Canada's military
activities to war crimes and urging them to refuse deployment. The letters from
a coalition of Quebec groups prompted angry reactions when they began arriving
in mailboxes yesterday on the base outside Quebec City, home to the Royal 22nd
Regiment, or Vandoos. "I read the headlines and threw it in the trash," said
Master Corporal Pierre Calve, a father of three set to deploy to Afghanistan in
Graeme Hamilton, "Anti-war letter
angers troops, National Post, June 11, 2007 ---
I wonder how long it will be until extremists begin to stalk and terrorize
families of soldiers.
Some educators think they’ve found the perfect metaphor for political
deadlock in Washington: university governance.
"A More Deliberative Democracy," by Andy Guess, Inside Higher Ed, June 12, 2007
renowned for deliberations that take a long, long time,” pointed out Bruce
Mallory, provost of the University of New Hampshire. Committees, task
forces, the student government, the faculty senate, the board of trustees:
Academe is full of representative bodies with mandates that sometimes
conflict and competing interests that can lead to contentious disputes,
bitter debates and long, drawn-out proceedings.
Mallory and others
believe that divisive, adversarial politics are also being played out on the
national stage, at an unprecedented level of intensity. He is a proponent of
what is being called “deliberative democracy,” a process of informed and
civil political discourse that ideally leads to a greater consensus and more
rational collective decisions.
sometimes, civilized political behavior needs to be learned.
And that’s where universities come in, Mallory suggested, as
nascent laboratories of democratic engagement.
think ... the fundamental principles are [a commitment] to
civil discourse, and listening, and speaking. Oppositional
or special-interest democracy degenerates to adversarial
[politics], in the sense that there’s a win-lose kind of
goal,” he explained. “A university is a good place to
experiment with that.”
The university held a conference last
week that established a
national network focusing on the
role of higher education in fostering deliberative democracy
— working to improve the political discourse and, in the
process, changing the decision-making culture in academe.
The conference, “The Democracy Imperative: Mobilizing Higher
Education for Deliberative Democracy,” included
representatives from institutions such as the University of
Maryland and University of Michigan, which are on the
network’s advisory board.
“Common political discourse today tends to be polarized and
positional, rather than being deliberative,” Mallory said,
while deliberative democracy leads to “considering multiple
points of view in a sustained fashion over a period of time,
so that we don’t make decisions impulsively and without
sufficient data.... Deliberative democracy aims to be sure
that all parties are represented at the table and come with
an equal voice.”
New Hampshire, Mallory said, campus-level efforts are
already paying off. The Democracy Imperative, as the project
is called, has helped to organize “study circles” of
concerned students, faculty members and others to discuss
and deliberate over key issues — alcohol and drug use, free
speech, making a safe environment on campus.
Continued in article
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but
not enough to make us love one another.
Jonathan Swift ---
Perhaps the aim nowadays is not to discover what we
are, but to refute what we are.
Michel Foucault ---
So much of what we call management consists of
making it difficult for people to work.
Peter Drucker ---
For a sickening example see
Not that they're unrealistic. They're not. One of
the reasons the show (Sopranos) was so popular -- one of the reasons it
resonated -- is that it captured a widespread feeling that our institutions are
failing, all of them, the church, the media, the law, the government, that
there's no one to trust, that Mighty Mouse will not save the day. In Mr. Chase's
world, everyone's a gangster as long as he can find a gang. Those who don't are
Peggy Noonan, "Old Jersey Real," The
Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2007; Page P9 ---
When I was younger I could remember anything,
whether it happened or not.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910) ---
Brig. Gen. Yosi Baidatz reported Monday, June 4,
that Hizballah is busy restoring its fortified positions south of the Litani in
villages and open ground under the very noses of UNIFIL international observers.
"IDF intelligence confirms Hizballah is rebuilding strongholds
and preparing for a summer war," DebkaFile, June 4, 2007 ---
Immediately following 9-11, an anthrax attack
originating from letters containing anthrax spores infected 22 people, killing
five. After almost six years, the case has not been solved. Intelligence
analysts and academics report that North Korea has developed anthrax, plague,
and botulism toxin and conducted extensive research on smallpox, typhoid and
cholera. A world-renowned bioweapons expert has confirmed that Syria has weapons
grade smallpox resistant to all current vaccines developed under the cover of
legitimate veterinary research on camelpox, a very closely related virus. The
researcher further reports that Syria is suspected of testing the pathogen on
prison populations and possibly...
Janet Ellen Levy, "The Threat of
Bioweapons," American Thinker, June 8, 2007 ---
In February, hackers laid siege to six of the 13
"root servers" that form the backbone of the Internet. Had they succeeded in
disabling these servers, the Internet would have ceased to function.
Fortunately, only two of the root servers were severely affected, causing only
some localized slowdowns. The emerging threat of cyberattacks against vital
parts of the global economy highlights the urgent need to protect the Net from
Aaron Mannes and James Hendler, "Net
Attack," The Wall Street Journal, June 5, 2007 ---
...even if one understands commodity pricing,
electricity is a very special type of commodity and obeys rules different even
than other those of other commodities, due to its special feature of being
considered to be absolutely essential....if the price of electricity spikes on a
hot summer weekday afternoon in New York City, even if consumers are aware of
the spike, their refrigerators will cycle as normal, their air conditioning will
still be on and office buildings will not shut off either their air conditioning
nor shut down their elevators, the subways will continue to run, etc. And
moreover, with the current system, the consumers of electricity are blissfully
unaware of price spikes in real time.
Philip Protter, "Deregulation and
Power," Financial Engineering News, June 2007 ---
As quoted in Jim Mahar's blog on June 5, 2007 ---
Ultimately, business ethics requires that we rethink
the business curriculum. Business is not a closed system with its own set of
values, motivations, and rules. The curriculum should reflect this fact. First,
students must be able to think deeply and critically about conflicts between
wealth and other values. Second, students should know more about ordinary human
psychology, especially the tendency to overestimate our own importance and the
importance our goals. Third, students need a greater awareness of the
interdependence of business and the rest of civil society. Unfortunately,
students cannot get this kind of education from a curriculum that focuses only
on the business “fundamentals.”
Terry L. Price, "How to Teach
Business Ethics," Inside Higher Ed, June 4, 2007 ---
Time Magazine, June 7, 2007, in exceptionally rare agreement with
President Bush, attempts to make a case for illegal immigrant amnesty ---
Sunni insurgents remain willing and able to blow
themselves up in crowded public places. The story of a 29-year-old man with a
degree in accounting shows a suicide bomber in the making.
Anne Garrels, "Portrait of a Suicide
Bomber," NPR, June 11, 2007 ---
Russia is not the only post-Communist country with a
In Poland, authorities have recently undertaken an
initiative to outlaw all discussion of homosexuality in schools, and a
high-level official in charge of children's rights, Ewa Sowinska, followed in
the footsteps of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell by expressing concern about the
sexuality of purse-carrying purple Teletubby Tinky Winky and its possible
effects on young viewers. A few days before his personal experience with
homophobia in Moscow,
Tatchell wrote about the problem of anti-gay
bigotry in Eastern Europe on the blog of the British newspaper, The Guardian.
"With the demise of communism," Tatchell noted, "religious fundamentalism and
ultra-nationalism are filling the void. Homophobia is the hallmark of these
Cathy Young , "Anti-Gay Russia Why
is a former Communist country so homophobic?" Reason Magazine, June 8,
Harvard's most famous dropout returns for his
diploma, 30 years late. His final exam: Can he save the world?
Lev Grossman, Time Magazine,
June 7, 2007 ---
Now that he's officially among Harvard's alumni, and the richest member by far,
could it be that Harvard had some ulterior motives in granting Bill Gates a
When enormously wealthy individuals give millions to
enormously wealthy universities, it’s time to stop calling it philanthropy,
Walter M. Kimbrough, Inside
Higher Ed, June 12, 2007 ---
Harvard's ROTC, founded in 1916, was banned from
campus in 1969; and aside from the brief interregnum of Mr. Summers, who was a
vigorous advocate for its return, it has since been mostly spurned by the
school's administration. Cadets must commute across town to MIT for its program,
and receive no course credit -- or really, credit -- for their efforts. In this
Harvard echoes most of America's elite institutions of higher learning,
particularly in the Ivy League. Faculties now say they object to the military's
"don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays, but the anti-ROTC hostility seems more
owing to the sentiments of the "antiwar" movement and other ideological academic
causes. Chastened by Mr. Summers's toppling, Ms. Faust is no doubt wary of
upsetting this constituency, if she is not a part of it herself . . . As for the
graduating members of Harvard's ROTC class of 2007, and the many others across
the country: They entered college in the midst of a war for civilization, and
after the onset of the conflict in Iraq, where many of them may be deployed.
Every one among them is a volunteer, and their honor and service deserve better
from their academic tutors.
"Faustian Bargain," The Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2007;
Page A16 ---
One exception among the Ivy League schools as far as ROTC is concerned is
The failure by editors of supposedly impartial and
respected newspapers to correct inaccuracies in media articles regarding the
West Bank and Gaza prior to their publication, gives continuing credence to
total Arab denial of any Jewish rights in those areas - and also seriously
misleads and misinforms their trusting readers as to the nature of the conflict
that is taking place.
David Singer, "The West Bank and
Gaza, Fairy Tales and the Media," New Media Journal, June 9, 2007 ---
Unlike the Presidential candidates, at least
Swampland is talking about Social Security. Social Security is not a “poor,
little, teeny-tiny” program. It takes almost 15 percent of our income and is a
$12 trillion unfunded liability. Right now, we receive a paltry single digit
rate of return on Social Security, and our children will receive a negative rate
of return, according to the Cato Institute. Unfortunately, this issue is
dominated by Republicans who don’t dare and Democrats that don’t care.
Dick Armey, "Why Do Liberals So
Stridently Oppose Choice and Ownership?" Time Magazine, June 7, 2007 ---
How do the candidates stand on social security?
Hizbullah has amassed an undisclosed number of
Fatah-110 rockets, which could theoretically be fired at Tel Aviv, according to
a report in Britain's Sunday Times. The projectile, an upgraded Chinese assault
rocket, has a 500-lb warhead and a range of 200 kilometers. According to the
report, close to the Israel-Lebanon border, under the noses of United Nations
peacekeeping forces in southern Lebanon, the guerrilla group has built a network
of underground military bunkers that can withstand air strikes. The Times said
that Hizbullah had replenished its weaponry and cited IDF intelligence estimates
that it had stockpiled a total of 20,000...
"Report: Tel Aviv within Hizbullah range," JPost, June 11,
Contrary to What You Hear in Cocktail and Dinner Party Conversations
In a review article in the Journal of Social Issues
last year, sociologist David Finkelhor and clinical psychologist Lisa Jones
document that rates of crime have dropped by as much as 70%, depending on the
nature of the offense. The authors conclude: "the era of continually rising
numbers of child maltreatment and crime victimization cases is probably over."
Consider these facts. Youngsters are far less likely to be murdered today than
they were in the early 1990s, according to U.S. Justice Department statistics.
Since 1993, the juvenile homicide rate dropped by 50%, and the drop was even
steeper for kids between the ages of 14 and 17. The improvement is not confined
to homicide. Things have improved since 1990 for nearly every category of child
victimization . . .
Richard J. McNally, "Kids Today,"
The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2007; Page A12 ---
What are some of the features of UserView from TechSmith, including features
that facilitate testing online and teaching of handicapped students?
Some of the reviews of the revised “free” Sound Recorder in Windows Vista are
negative. It’s good to learn that Richard Campbell is having a good experience
with it when recording audio and when translating the audio into text files ---
For those of you on older systems as well as Vista there is a free recorder
called Audacity that I like ---
I really like Audacity. There are some Wiki tutorials at
Some video tutorials are linked at
I have some dated threads on speech recognition at
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/speech.htm Mac users can find options
In addition, I like Camtasia (recording screen shots and camera video) and
Dubit (for recording audio and editing audio) from TechSmith ---
TechSmith products are very good, but they are not free downloads.
TechSmith has a newer product called UserView that really sounds exciting,
although I’ve not yet tried it. It allows you to view and record what is
happening on someone else’s computer like a student’s computer. Multiple
computers can be viewed at the same time. Images and text can be recorded.
Pop-up comments can be inserted by the instructor to text written by students.
UserView can be used for remote testing ---
Userview offers great hope for teaching disabled students such as sight
and/or hearing impaired students ---
June 10, 2007 reply from Richard J. Campbell
Actually, the “Sound Recorder” is an entirely
different utility from the speech-to-text utility in Vista. The Sound
Recorder converts your speech into a wav file and is quite limited in
comparison to the more full-featured software editors on the market like
Audacity, Sound Forge, and Audition.
Richard J. Campbell
It seems to me that the university crossed the line for this professor
pleading for our help!
AECM (Worldwide Accounting Educator ListServ)
Can you help our AECM friend with helpful thoughts or useful references?
June 10, 2006 plea from an anonymous friend
Bob, for the AECM,
I swear that trouble keeps following me around.
There is no need for me to look for it. It is always there and eager to zap
The computer that my university provides is four or
five years old. After the hard drive went out for the second time this year
(it had gone out at least two times previously), after the zip drive fried
my disks, after the usb port fried my flash drives, after the computer
inexplicably turned itself off again and again and again, I turned in the
computer and bought my own so I could get my work done.
I thought everything was great. I now had a
wireless card that worked, I now had a battery with more than 15 minutes of
power, and the programs I used hummed along at a nice pace.
I took this computer with me when I proctored a
final exam in May. Somehow, a student walked away with my flash drive. OK, I
had recent backups of everything. Since it had some current and older grade
files on it (I was working on grades during the exam), I decided to report
it to Information Technology Services. Isn't that what you are supposed to
What I've learned so far. There is a data breach on
several levels. I am solely and personally responsible for this data breach,
and will be publicly identified as so, when my university makes its
announcement. The university attorney says that what I did was illegal. My
university has exercised its right of ownership over anything and everything
I have written during my 17 years of university employment. I am no longer
allowed to have a copy of any document/file I've produced during this
period, or any document in any way related to the university. IOW, nothing
university related or my work as a professor can be in my possession at all.
They took my personal laptop, home desktop, old home desktop, old floppy
disks, papers at home, papers in the office and my personal cell phone (it
has some voice mails related to university business). My wife begged and
they didn't take my son's desktop (even though I have occasionally used it
for backup). Since I'm out of town now for the next ten weeks, they have my
laptop, desktops and cell phone for an extended period of time. Could any
AECMer go ten weeks without a computer? Or a cell phone?
Obviously, my university has adopted a policy of
razing everything--burn it now and ask questions later. I'm loyal to the
university, I'm cooperating. My 110 page syllabus for second semester
intermediate (and the genesis for a new textbook)--gone. My web site--gone.
My e-mails and their attachments--gone. I think that any software involved
in creating a document or file related to the university is also gone.
Certainly the business computer games that I'm studying for a paper are
gone. My complete and work-in-process papers-- gone.
I wonder what this means for my family and myself.
I reason that the university wants every scrap of my intellectual creations
so that when they turn me out, I have nothing to take with me. I reason that
since I've been informed that I've done illegal activities, I better get a
lawyer. If I'm out of a job (or suspended at the U), the university's
tuition waiver program will be unavailable to them for continuing their
education. And of course, my bill paying ecological system is very fragile.
My hoped-for-benefits from the university pension plan are now frozen. How
much is this going to affect me during retirement?
Lessons for the future.
My university does not provide any means for
backing up a professor's work files, hence my use of floppy, zip and flash
drives. It now recognizes that it better have something in place (either
automated or at least a policy).
Where is the internal control over grade files that
a professor creates and uses? I suspect that the university's external
auditor will be taking a look at this next year (and this should be done so
for all colleges and universities).
Professors still have a need for having files in
their possession. Since thefts/losses can occur at any time (and should be
expected), perhaps the university should have some sort of centralized file
storage that professors can access whenever they have a need for the file.
If the university truly owns any intellectual
property that I create, is it responsible for getting my papers published?
After all, if I seek a particular journal outlet for a paper, can I be held
responsible if later on an administrator thinks I should have submitted it
to a better or different journal? What If I seek and get publication for a
junk paper, and the university is embarrassed by its low quality? What about
a textbook? Will the author royalties now go to the university? If I use a
syllabus one semester, what permission do I need in order to use any verbage
from it again? Do I now need permission for working on any project?
The university still won't give me a computer for
the coming year (it had already been decided prior to the start of this
mess). I won't be allowed to use my personal machine for work (if I get to
keep my job). How does a professor survive in 2007 without any technology?
The investigation and remedy for this data breach
are in its early stages. I may have misunderstood something, and anyone of
the several individuals could have told me something in error.
Turning yourself in is like pissing into the wind.
Oh yeah, how do I get a job for 2007-2008 at this
I'll try to mooch some computer time off someone so
I can read the AECM archives.
ADF State University
June 10, 2007 reply from Richard Campbell
That is a terrible story. I would have recommended
contacting his own personal attorney first, who could have contacted the
university authorities under an attorney-client privilege and made a deal
for him as an anonymous professor..
On a practical note, it encouraged me to buy the
following product for my flash drives ---
And on a related note in respect to
About 7 years ago our university attorney (from Baker and Hostetler) gave us
our annual mandatory seminar on avoiding sexual harassment. The attorney
ended the session in discussing what would happen if a faculty member was
accused of sexual harassment. Her statement was that “We fire the faculty
person first and worry about a wrongful termination suit later!”
I like remind my colleagues about that
statement on occasion, particularly when we are negotiating a contract.
So the next thing your friend should do is
get a LABOR attorney.
Richard J. Campbell
School of Business
218 N. College Ave.
University of Rio Grande
Rio Grande, OH 45674
June 10, 2007 reply from J. S. Gangolly
It is a sad, but quite prevalent situation.
I used to store most of my important stuff on my
university provided unix workstation. Once, while applying a security patch,
a novice IT person by mistake reformatted my hard drive, and I lost close to
a few gigabytes of valuable research data, drafts of papers, grades,
rosters,... The university asked me is they should retrieve them from
backups. Since I am fairly close to retirement, I told them that it was ok.
The poor culprit lost his job even though I, in some way, pleaded leniency
The lesson is: if you are doing official work use
official media for storage. When you sign a contract as a professor you do
not sign also to serve as a sys admin, sys security admin, ... We are
teachers, not systems people.
I think there are ways we teachers can protect
ourselves, and there are things universities should be doing:
WHAT WE CAN DO:
1. Use encryption on drives if possible
2. Put as much info as possible on university
servers; that way, if there are breaches due to their negligence we can tell
to hang themselves
3. ALWAYS use secure flash drives and use complex
passwords (with special characters, upper and lower case letters, numbers)
WHAT THE SCHOOLS CAN DO:
1. Provide physical security by locking down
computers (a bunch of laptops were stolen on our campus last week, but
fortunately most of sensitive data resides on mainframes and servers))
2. Insist that faculty use only secure flash drives
3. Encourage awareness of vulnerabilities and
threats by faculty
4. Hang those who are caught violating university
5. PROVIDE MASS STORAGE TO FACULTY FOR BACKUP OF
ALL THEIR OFFICIAL WORK AND INSIST THAT THEY WORK EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH
UNIVERSITY VPN AND SAVE ALL WORK ON SUCH STORAGE WHEN EVER THEY WORK OFF
I am lucky that my university does everything above
except 2 and 5.
I have been complaining about 5 for years, but the
solutions are very expensive.
It is precisely this clamour for "personal"
computing that started this whole thing. It is like a cute little rabid
puppy that bites you when you least expect it.
Shame on the university that hung out a Professor
out to dry.
I really would like to know the name of the school.
Unless irresponsible schools are flogged in public
they will continue to shirk their responsibility, or worse, pass them on to
June 10, 2007 reply from Bob Jensen
I've never heard of anything like this. It's truly absurd. Your
university is apparently running very scared of being sued for not doing
enough to protect student privacy information, but it seems they've gone a
bit overboard in this respect. It's more like the university is on a hunt to
find some added reason to terminate you.
I suggest that you carefully read the ITS policy statements and the
Faculty Handbook. If faculty were never warned about what has happened to
you I think you have the makings of a very good lawsuit.
I seriously doubt that ADF State University has the right to your
family's own privacy information that is not on the university's hardware. I
think that only the courts have a right to issue a search warrant your family's private
property, and I doubt very much that the courts would issue a search warrant in
this instance if there is no highly criminal suspicion such as child porn
suspicion. Your university might claim that you did something illegal, but
ADF State University did not ask the courts to issue a search warrant your private
property. My guess is that the courts would've refused to issue a search
in this instance.
If it came down to it, your attorney would have a lot of fun with this
one. My guess the threat of being sued by you would wake your university up
to what this might cost them due to damages to your family and your
reputation and mental stress. But hopefully it will not come to that.
Even if you voluntarily allowed ADF State University to take over you
family's private property, you volunteered under duress (e.g., fear of job
loss). Once again your attorney would have a field day. At a minimum, ADF
State University should've provided you and your family with computers to
use while they investigated your property.
The first thing I would do is consult representatives in your Faculty
Senate (or union although I doubt that ADF
State University has a union). I
would also ask for a private appointment with your Provost (Academic VP) or
even the President of the university. You should investigate what ITS did in
previous instances of lost grade files such as files on lost laptop
computers. Are they making an exception out of you? At all times stay
informed, firm, calm, and cool.
You might also consider taking your case to the
friend/acquaintance on campus who is active in the AAUP might also be able
to help. What happened to you could happen to any other faculty member at
ADF State University. AAUP would be most interested in such circumstances.
You could certainly post this message in your own name, but it may be a
bit too sensitive at this early stage of your negotiations with your
I do suggest that you commence looking for the best attorney you can
find, I mean a labor attorney who eats nails for breakfast. Whether or not
you actually use such an attorney depends a great deal on how soon ADF State
University returns your computers.
By the way, it would seem that, if ADF State University has such
restrictive policies regarding grade file storage, ADF
should provide faculty with storage space on the ADF State University
network combined with a policy that grades and other personal information
about students not be stored in university computers, especially laptop
computers that are typically taken off campus for various reasons. If this
policy is not already in writing then you have a pretty good case.
Most universities provide faculty with private space on the university
computing network. This space is password protected and usually backed up
daily or in real time by a RAID or comparable system in case the network
ADF State University may have the right to share in the royalties of
intellectual property you created, but ADF State University has no right to
deprive you of access to your intellectual property. Also there is not even
a right to share in the royalties of all your intellectual property. Rarely,
for example, does a university claim a right to share royalties for
textbooks. (There are some exceptions like the University of South Dakota.)
Generally, universities exercise the rights to royalties only on patents and
not copyrights. If ADF State University claimed a right to all your
intellectual property then ADF State University would probably have to show
precedent and/or written policy in this regard.
I think it's time to bring pressures to bear on ITS. But don't do
anything that would make it easier for ADF
State University to fire a tenured professor. Thus far it would seem
you've not done anything that constitutes grounds for dismissal. At all
times stay informed, firm, calm, and cool. If it comes down to it, let your
attorney turn up the heat.
June 10, 2007 reply from J. S. Gangolly
Unfortunately, in case of most state
schools, you are a sort of officer of the state. When things go wrong, the
book that is thrown at you is a lot heavier.
As to family private information, we are
not so lucky. Each year, I am FORCED to divulge all my (and my spouse's)
assets to the state. One year that I delayed, I was threatened that my pay
would be stopped and also fined unless I divulged the information by a
Only a sense of public service can entice
a person to state schools.
The university and their state police
probably got a court order for the search & seizure in the case you posted..
June 10, 2007 reply from David Fordham, James Madison University
This situation serves to illustrate
several points which I've made before. I hate to say "I told you so", but by
our own stubborn inaction (lack of open rebellion) against public opinion,
we are complacent co-conspirators and thus must share in the guilt of
fostering the sad experience of our unfortunate colleague.
1. Information is nothing more than
2. Knowledge should not be subject to
restriction, especially restriction to just a few elite individuals. (This
lesson was supposed to have been learned by the problems of the Dark Ages.)
3. There is no such thing as privacy when
it comes to knowledge (information). Nor should there be.
4. We accountants are partially at fault
for the current social morass. (If we would design accounting systems
properly -- to accurately and reliably capture the data we need: resource
identity, event identity and AGENT identity --then a criminal could not
engage in fraud merely by obtaining information, and thus the public would
be far less interested in trying to restrict knowledge.)
5. Fear about public disclosure of
performance measures (e.g., grades) is irrational and indefensible in a
civilized society. There should be a difference between ego and injury,
especially in a society which pays lip service to liberty in expression.
6. Using knowledge to commit a crime or
tort should be treated the same as using a baseball bat, a knife, or a sock
with a rock in it to commit a crime or tort. (The commission of the tort or
injury should be illegal, not possession of the instrument used to engage in
the action. In this case, theft of the flash drive should be the only theft
which has occurred. If the thief uses the information to commit further tort
or crimes, those should be prosecuted. The whining that "it is too hard to
find and prosecute perpetrators so therefore we outlaw possession of
knowledge" is as ridiculous as the whine "it is too difficult to find and
prosecute perpetrators so therefore we outlaw possession of socks". Most
important of all, in this case, the university seems to be punishing the
owner of the socks which were stolen, even though they haven't yet been used
to commit injury or tort. How rational is this?
Under point 6, it sounds like someone at
the ADF State University has terribly overreacted. I had a school laptop
stolen while in my possession, and none of the draconian measures described
were even contemplated, let alone implemented. The laptop was later
recovered, and the perpetrators are presently serving jail time. I am still
trusted with school computers, school information, etc. Is there any
possibility of some other reason existing for the seemingly-irrational
actions of the university authorities?
(For newcomers to the list, this post
should introduce me as being one who is thought of (by some on the list) as
the purveyor of the some of the most outlandish controversial tripe found on
the Internet. Enjoy...)
PBGH Faculty Fellow
Professor of Information Security
James Madison University
Need for Increased Protection of Laptops and Less
Protection from the ACLU
Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been
meeting with university officials in the Boston area, warning them that
foreigners may be trying to steal research and offering to train faculty members
on how to protect their work,
The Boston Globe reported. Among the FBI
suggestions are that professors never leave laptops in hotel rooms unless they
are in safes, and that researchers report “unnatural or unexplained interest” in
their work. An official of the American Civil Liberties Union questioned the
campaign, telling the Globe that students or researchers might hesitate to ask
legitimate questions if they fear that their queries could get them reported to
Inside Higher Ed, June 12, 2007 ---
"IRS Draws Lines for Political Advocacy," Doug Lederman, Inside
Higher Ed, June 12, 2007 ---
As the 2008
campaign begins to heat up, the Internal Revenue Service —
which is responsible for carrying out federal tax law that
restricts political activity by nonprofit organizations —
has issued guidelines aimed at giving colleges and other
tax-exempt organizations practical advice about where the
lines are and how not to cross them.
The guidance, which comes in the form of a revenue ruling
that has formal legal standing, lays
out 21 actual situations, in areas such as voter education
efforts, candidate appearances and issue advocacy — that
raised questions about whether the activity a charitable
organization engaged in should be considered inappropriate
participation in a political campaign. Although the
underlying laws and regulations are longstanding, the IRS
document is an effort to formalize what have been “pretty
subjective” standards about what’s allowable (or not), said
Bertrand M. Harding Jr., a tax lawyer who specializes in
nonprofit issues. “These offer insight into the question of
‘Does this cross the line or not cross the line?’ in fairly
helpful fashion,” Harding said.
Three of the
case studies — which as is typical of IRS publications, do
not identify the involved parties — directly involve
colleges or universities.
In one, a
university president wrote in his monthly column in an
alumni newsletter ("My Views") that “[i]t is my personal
opinion that Candidate U should be reelected.” Although the
president used personal funds to pay for the cost of his
column in that one issue, “the newsletter is an official
publication of the university. Because the endorsement
appeared in an official publication .... it constitutes
campaign intervention” by the university, the IRS concludes.
Continued in article
Bob Jensen's tax helpers are at
"Google files antitrust complaints against Microsoft: report,"
PhysOrg, June 11, 2007 ---
Google Inc. sent a roughly 50-page white paper to
the US Justice Department and state attorneys general in April, alleging
that Microsoft Corp.'s latest version of its market-dominating operating
system violates Microsoft's antitrust settlement, the Journal reported,
citing lawyers close to the matter.
In its white paper, Google alleged that Vista makes
it difficult for consumers to use rival desktop search applications, such as
the applications provided by Google and others.
Desktop search is software that allows users to
scan the contents of their computer hard drives, emails and other data.
Internet companies view it as a key tool in building customer loyalty.
Google's allegations are under review by the
Justice Department and state attorneys general who were parties to a consent
decree that resolved the US government's antitrust case against Microsoft in
Microsoft rejected Google's allegation that the
Vista desktop search violates the settlement.
Continued in article
Kevin J. Delaney, Robert A. Guth, and John R. Wilke, "Google Intensifies
Microsoft Fight: Complaints Spur Review Over Whether Vista System Violates
'02 Antitrust Pact," The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2007; Page
2007 Update on Soaring State Taxes
"Flush States," The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2007; Page A12 ---
The Census Bureau has released data on state and
local finances for the 2005 fiscal year, and here are a few findings that
tax-happy politicos might prefer to keep under wraps.
Total state and local tax collections were $1.1
trillion in 2005, or 8.5% higher than 2004 and 2.5 times the rate of
inflation. Lucky New York led the way with a per capita state and local tax
burden of $5,770, or 56% above the national average and 7% above
second-place Connecticut. Governor Eliot Spitzer will help New York hold its
top spot with his 6.3% increase in spending.
Nationwide, personal income tax collections rose
12% in 2005, and sales and property levies were up 6.3% and 5.5%,
respectively. The problem, as usual, has been on the spending side. State
and local expenditures overall rose by 4.7%, with health care and education
outlays accounting for much of the increase.
Robert Ward, the Rockefeller Institute's director
of fiscal studies, says states can't use the common excuse that more
spending was necessary to make up for federal cuts and "mandates" like No
Child Left Behind. "Federal domestic spending has been relatively constant
in the last few years, as a share of GDP," says Mr. Ward. "In other words,
the most recent increase in state and local spending is not offsetting net
cuts at the federal level."
These columns have reported on the record receipts
to the federal Treasury in the wake of the Bush tax cut, and the states have
done nearly as well. If state budgets aren't balanced, don't blame
The Census Bureau tables are at
Excel spreadsheets by year are available.
In 2006 Maine and Vermont lost the highest honors
"Tax-friendly places 2005 Top honors go to Alaska, New Hampshire and Delaware.
Most unfriendly? Maine, New York, D.C.," by Jeanne Sahadi, CNN/Money,
February 16, 2006 ---
Academic Fraud as Usual in College Athletics
Coaches at colleges in the Maricopa
Community College District offer courses without textbooks, homework or exams,
but in which almost everyone earns an A, according to an investigation by
The East Valley Tribune. The newspaper
reported that many coaches encourage their athletes to take the courses, which
raise their averages. In at least one of these credit courses, class work
included fielding drills and pre-game stretches. After the newspaper gave its
findings to Rufus Glasper, chancellor of the Arizona system, he ordered a full
study of the classes.
Inside Higher Ed, June 12, 2007 ---
Just Don't Call It Education: Is there fraud in academic
assessment of top college athletes?
Three newspapers this weekend
explored the academic compromises universities make in the name of
The New York Times reported that an internal audit at Auburn
University revealed that an athlete’s grade had been changed without the
professor’s knowledge, to bring the athlete just over the minimum
average needed for eligibility. Auburn isn’t talking.
The Athens Banner-Herald reported that in
1999 and 2000, the University of Georgia’s president, Michael Adams,
authorized the admission of 119 athletes who did not meet academic
standards, and that 21 of them left because of academic problems. And
The San Diego Union Tribune reported on the
percentages of scholarship athletes at many Western institutions who are
“special admits” (translation: they don’t meet admissions standards).
The newspaper found that special admits are rare in the student body as
a whole at the institutions studied, but quite high (70 percent at the
University of California at Los Angeles, 65 percent at San Diego State
University) for scholarship athletes.
Inside Higher Ed, December 11, 2006 ---
Bob Jensen's threads on college athletics controversies are at
Fraud as Usual in the United Nations
"Kim's U.N. Banker," The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2007; Page A12
The case of the United Nations and North Korea gets
curiouser and curiouser. Only a week ago, the U.N. was claiming that a
preliminary audit of its programs in North Korea showed "irregularities"
that were no big deal. But now the U.S. has new evidence that U.N. funds
intended to help the people of one of the world's poorest countries were
diverted to prop up Kim Jong Il's regime.
The latest chapter in the Cash for Kim saga shows
how the United Nations Development Program operated as the North Korean
dictator's private banker. The U.N. agency facilitated Pyongyang's purchases
of high-tech equipment that could be used for military purposes, as well as
property in France, Britain and Canada. The outlines of the scam were
reported over the weekend in the Chicago Tribune and Washington Post.
The details are worth studying, however,
. . .
The U.S. has also raised concerns that North Korea
used the UNDP to cover up its counterfeiting. The UNDP often paid for
foreign travel for North Korean officials. In a number of cases, North
Korean employees of the UNDP appear to have abetted a money-laundering
scheme involving real dollars and fake dollars and the UNDP's euro account
at the Foreign Trade Bank in Pyongyang. The real dollars were pocketed by
the government, while the fake ones were distributed by North Korean
officials on their foreign travels.
We're told that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
claims to be "shocked" by these latest U.N. findings. We hope that means
he's finally motivated to buck the U.N. bureaucracy and insist on the
independent, external audit of U.N. operations in North Korea that he
promised in January. As these revelations show, there's a long way to go
before we get to the bottom of the Cash for Kim scandal.
Bob Jensen's fraud updates are at
Technology is no substitute for bad works
Podcasts are becoming popular for educational
purposes. Increasingly students in K-12 and in higher education are creating
podcasts to demonstrate what they are learning. The technology is becoming so
important that online course management systems, such as Angel Learning, are now
incorporating features enabling content providers to include podcasting.
However, many of those I've heard appear to be created by individuals
experimenting with the technology and suffer from poor quality in the audio,
content, and speaker presentation....
Patricia Deubel, "Podcasts: Where's the Learning?" T.H.E. Journal, June
Bob Jensen's threads on the dark side of education technology are at
Trends for the First Generation College Graduates in Families
Those who are the first in their families to go to
college are more likely than other students to be poor, Latino, foreign-born,
from rural areas, and to have less than optimal high school preparation or test
scores. That general picture remains accurate, but a new report provides
additional context as well as comparisons over time. “First in My Family: A
Profile of First-Generation College Students at Four-Year Institutions Since
1971″ provides a glimpse into the shifting attitudes and priorities of those on
the educational frontier, as well as how they compare with their peers from
families with a history of postgraduate education. The data come from the
well-known Cooperative Institutional Research Program Freshman Survey,
administered yearly and nationally by the University of California at Los
Angeles’s Higher Education Research Institute.
"Trends for the First in the Family," by Andy Guess, Inside Higher Ed,
June 8, 2007 ---
"Higher Ed’s Conflict of Interest Problem," by Doug Lederman, Inside
Higher Ed, June 6, 2007 ---
As revelation after revelation about real and
potential conflicts of interest wrongdoing has battered the student loan
industry in recent months, college leaders and higher education groups have
largely responded (when they have done so at all) by acknowledging problems
— and proposing possible solutions — in and around financial aid offices.
higher education associations,
of financial aid administrators
university presidents, are at work
on new codes of conduct and other policies aimed at
governing the relationships between loan providers, student
borrowers and the campus financial aid officials who are
charged with serving as objective third-party intermediaries
Overdue as such
policies may be, they may be little more than a finger in
the dike. Virtually every practice and perceived conflict of
interest that has been questioned in the unfolding student
loan controversy can be found to occur elsewhere on often
highly decentralized campuses where the interests of
corporate vendors and students increasingly intersect, with
college and university officials at the intersection.
technology companies have advisory boards of college IT
administrators that closely resemble the bank panels that
have drawn New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s
scorn. Food service and beverage companies, cellular
telephone providers and numerous other vendors seeking to
reach a campus’s students and employees sometimes offer
revenue sharing arrangements or other sweeteners (like
refurbishing a cafeteria) that primarily benefit the
colleges, much like the various “inducements” that Congress
and the Education Department are vowing to prohibit in
financial aid. Accounting and auditing firms, like banks,
often make contributions to college fund raising drives or
sponsor tables at campus events in the course of doing
many if not most higher education associations help pay for
their annual and other meetings in large part from corporate
sponsorships and memberships of the sort that has put the
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
in hot water. The American Council on Education’s corporate
offers members of the “president’s circle”
the chance to meet with college
among other benefits, for
a contribution of at least $200,000,
and provides other benefits at lesser
donation levels. The
several dozen corporate partners
of Educause, the higher education technology association,
pay anywhere from $20,000 to more than $100,000 over the
course of a year for
a series of benefits that include
the opportunity to make presentations to the association’s
members at the group’s annual meeting. And the National
Association of College and University Business Officers, for
11 “diamond” sponsors for its annual meeting next month
— technology, bookstore and other
companies that agreed to pay at least $30,000 for various
forms of visibility at the conference. (Inside Higher Ed
is among six “friends of NACUBO” that paid $1,000 each.)
It can be
argued that in none of these other areas are college
officials so directly in a position to make decisions that
could negatively affect students, as Cuomo and Congressional
critics of the loan industry (from a consumer protection
standpoint) argue that financial aid officers are when they
choose a lender to which they refer prospective borrowers.
But a technology administrator who chooses one vendor over
another or a chief financial officer who has a hand in
selecting the food provider can affect what students pay and
the quality of the services they receive.
widespread existence of such perceived conflicts of interest
across campuses, college leaders risk reacting too narrowly
and ignoring the underlying problems if they limit their
response to the student loan scandal to their financial aid
offices, a broad chorus of higher education leaders and
experts on conflicts of interest say.
draft codes of conflicts that apply to financial aid
offices; ensure that colleges and universities have strong
and clear conflict of interest policies that apply broadly
to anyone with authority or influence over campus spending
decisions — and that the institutions monitor and enforce
those policies, for example. Only by acknowledging that
potential conflicts exist across many campus departments and
programs, these experts say, can higher education avoid
having today’s student loan scandal become tomorrow’s
damaging controversy elsewhere.
don’t think we serve our institutions well ... if we try to
look at this as simply a student loan issue,” says John
Lippincott, president of the Council for Advancement and
Support of Education, whose organization
has its own annual meeting sponsorships.
Continued in article
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is today
releasing a report,
“Corrupt Schools, Corrupt Universities: What Can Be Done?” The report says
that educational institutions worldwide are losing billions of dollars because
of various corrupt practices.
Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2007 ---
Bob Jensen's threads on conflict of interest
problems in higher education are at
Jensen's fraud updates are at
Percentages Versus Absolutes
"Challenging the Measures of Success," by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed,
June 6, 2007 ---
Alexander, president of California State University at Long
Beach, wants to change the way people evaluate what a
college contributes. “I like to ask people: Do you want
Princeton or Cal State Long Beach in your economy?”
To those who live by U.S. News rankings, or SAT
scores, or prestige, or Nobel Prizes, or graduation rates, the answer is a
no brainer: Princeton. But to Alexander, there’s a simple way to change the
equation. Instead of thinking about graduation rates, which are an easy
proxy for SAT scores, competitiveness, and all kinds of other factors that
relate to the wealth or prestige of an institution, he wants people to think
about how many students graduated. In other words, focus on the raw numbers,
not what percentage met the federal definition for graduating.
“We will have more graduates this year than
Princeton has students,” Alexander said. (Long Beach graduates more than
8,000 students a year, while Princeton’s total enrollment is about 6,700.)
“And we’re going to have 500 engineers who graduate this year, and 300
nurses, and 1,100 school teachers and they are all getting good strong
degrees and are getting very good jobs.”
In contrast, when you look at graduation rates,
Princeton comes out on top, with a rate of 97 percent, compared to 48
percent at Long Beach, using the federal definition, which looks at
first-time, full time enrollees who earn degrees within six years (or three
years for a community college).
While such rates mean something to many people,
Alexander said that they actually reflect a specific set of incentives,
which even if appropriate for Princeton aren’t appropriate for most places.
“If you focus on a rate, you drive public universities away from their
public missions. Everyone knows that to get your graduation rate up, the
best way to do that is turn away all the academically challenged students
and there is evidence of this all over the United States.”
As a result of his views, Alexander is working with
officials of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to
try to change federal policy and national perceptions about graduation rates
and whether they are a good measure. While the project is still in the idea
stage, it comes at a time that other groups are also considering proposals
to change the way graduation rates are calculated. And while the federal
definition has long frustrated some educators, there appears to be more
discussion now about seeking change than has been the case previously.
Continued in article
Bob Jensen's threads on higher education controversies are at
There are some huge snags in the SOX of whistle blower protection
"First whisteblower unprotected by SOX," AccountingWeb, June 8, 2007
Bob Jensen's threads on weaknesses in whistle blower protections are at
From the University of Arizona
Getting Started With Excel ---
Bob Jensen's video tutorials on Excel and MS Access ---
In particular, the videos are listed at
Introduction to C Programming ---
Is Glade (and any similar electronic air fresheners) a fire hazard?
Here' s an example of an urban legend. I was a bit suspicious since in our
litigious society, the product would've disappeared long ago ---
This is one of those e-mails that if you don't send
it, rest assured someone on your list will suffer from not reading it. The
original message was written by a lady whose brother and wife learned a hard
lesson this past week.
Their house burnt down.. nothing left but ashes.
They have good insur ance so the house will be replaced and most of the
contents. That is the good news.
However, they were sick when they found out the
cause of the fire. The insurance investigator sifted through the ashes for
several hours. He had the cause of the fire traced to the master bathroom.
He asked her sister-in-law what she had plugged in the bathroom. She listed
the normal things....curling iron, blow dryer. He kept saying to her, "No,
this would be something that would disintegrate at high temperatures". Then
her sister-in-law remembered she had a Glade Plug-In, in the bathroom.
The investigator had one of those "Aha" moments. He
said that was the cause of the fire. He said he has seen more house fires
started with the plug-in type room fresheners than anything else. He said
the plastic they are made from is THIN . He also said that in every case
there was nothing left to prove that it even existed. When the investigator
looked in the wall plug, the two prongs left from the plug-in were still in
Her sister-in-law had one of the plug-ins that had
a small night light built in it. She said she had noticed that the light
would dim and then finally go out. She would walk in to the bathroom a few
hours later, and the light would be back on again. The investigator said
that the unit was getting too hot, and would dim and go out rather than just
blow the light bulb. Once it cooled down it would come back on. That is a
warning sign .
The investigator said he personally wouldn't have
any type of plug in fragrance device anywhere in his house. He has seen too
many places that have been burned down due to them.
But it did set me to thinking. These things are pretty flimsy and when something
else is plugged into them (using the air freshener as a current bypass), it
would seem that some danger might lurk. Especially dangerous would be to
interject a cheater plug (one that has a useless grounding pin hole) so that
appliances that have ground wires are no longer grounded.
At one time there was a hoax about wireless electric power. I don't
recollect the source of the hoax, but possibly from the funny folks at Google
who like to do such things. Now it seems to be for real and not a hoax.
A Wirelessly Powered Lightbulb
"Researchers at MIT have created a revolutionary device that could remotely
charge batteries and power household appliances," MIT Technology Review,
June 8, 2007 ---
Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching
Bob Jensen's threads on free mathematics and statistics tutorials are at
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Science Podcasts ---
Bob Jensen's threads on free science and medicine tutorials are at
Irrational Investors and Imperfect Capital Markets
"At the foundation of finance is the idea that
investors and managers act rationally, so that capital market prices reflect
fundamentals and managers respond to incentives in predictable ways,"...But
investors don't act like computers in financial models. Behavioral finance
replaces these idealized decision makers with real and imperfect people who have
social, cognitive, and emotional biases. My work focuses on how the resulting
inefficiencies in the capital markets can create opportunities for investment
managers and firms.
Julia Hanna, "Behavioral Finance—Benefiting from Irrational Investors,"
Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, June 6, 2007 ---
"The Role of Small and Large Business in
Economic Development," by Kelly Edmiston, The Kansas City Federal
Reserve, June 2007 ---
Bob Jensen's small business helpers are at
My Child Doesn’t Test Well
June 4, 2007 message from Lee S. Shulman
My colleague Lloyd Bond is one of the world's most
respected experts on educational measurement and testing. He has published
widely on research issues in psychometrics, and is called upon to advise
many test developers; however, he is also one of the most persistent and
incisive critics of the testing movement. In the world of educational
testing, Lloyd Bond is unquestionably a "critical friend."
In this month's Perspectives, "My Child Doesn't
Test Well," Bond examines a variety of reasons why test performance may not
be a valid measure of a person's competence or potential. Although the
standardized test is one of the most important inventions of the past
century, it remains a special setting, fundamentally different from those
contexts in which we confront the challenges of the world. At times, it
provides an uncannily accurate portrait of individual and group capacities.
At other times, tests may distort and deceive. Lloyd Bond helps us think
Carnegie has created a forum—Carnegie
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Lee S. Shulman
President The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
The issue is not whether standardized tests are flawed measures of aptitude and
performance. The issue is that the better measures in theory (grades and
personal evaluations by instructors) have become so highly inflated and
non-comparable with other students or other school systems that they are
virtually useless in practice. The issue came to a head when high numbers of
students who could not even read or do basic arithmetic were getting high school
diplomas in the United States.
Honest evaluations by instructors are also compromised by the tort system in
the United States where unhappy students can sue instructors and schools at
will. Standardized testing has unhappily become the most popular form of
performance evaluation, although a few colleges no longer require standardized
testing for admission. The 10% rule also does away with standardized testing for
admission to state universities in Texas for students who graduate in the top
10% of their high school class.
Bob Jensen's threads on assessment are at
Bob Jensen's threads on grade inflation are at
Bob Jensen's threads on the Texas Top 10% Law are at
Admissions Controversies ---
Restoring Prosperity: The State Role in Revitalizing America’s Older
Industrial Cities ---
Congress is weighing whether to lift a prohibition on Internet taxes, and
one senator warns an e-mail tax could happen by this fall.
The era of tax-free e-mail, Internet shopping and
broadband connections could end this fall, if recent proposals in the U.S.
Congress prove successful. State and local governments this week resumed a push
to lobby Congress for far-reaching changes on two different fronts: gaining the
ability to impose sales taxes on Net shopping, and being able to levy new
monthly taxes on DSL and other connections. One senator is even predicting taxes
on e-mail. At the moment, states and municipalities are frequently barred by
federal law from collecting both access and sales taxes. But they're hoping that
their new lobbying...
Declan McCullagh, "Net taxes could arrive by this fall, c|net, May
23, 2007 ---
Global Corruption (in legal systems) Report 2007 ---
BYU's PhD Prep Masters Degree in Accountancy
June 4, 1007 message from Glen Gray [glen.gray@CSUN.EDU]
Last Thursday was our graduation ceremony. One of
our undergraduate accounting students graduated summa cum laude with a 3.99
GPA. She was not in any of my classes, but she was introduced to me because
she wants to go on and get an accounting PhD and I was asked to give her
some advice on what she could do to improve her chances of acceptance into
PhD programs. The application deadline for the school year starting fall
2008 is essentially January 1, 2008 (about 6 months from now).
My spur-of-the-moment advice was get yourself
invited to research forums at local schools (e.g., UCLA, USC, etc) in the
fall and, in the near term, try to find a faculty member who might let you
get involved in a research project. She is not going to be doing any
statistical analysis, but I find honor students can do pretty good
What other advice should I give her?
Glen L. Gray, PhD, CPA
Dept. of Accounting & Information Systems
College of Business & Economics
California State University,
Northridge Northridge, CA 91330-8372
June 9, 2007 reply from Bob Jensen
There are many ways to prepare for most doctoral programs in accounting
that are now tantamount to social science doctoral programs that require no
accounting going in and no accounting going out ---
If she can afford it or get financial aid of some kind from Brigham Young
University, BYU has an award-winning masters of accounting program that has
two tracks. One track is for students who want to go into practice. The
other track is for students who want to prepare for a doctoral program in
accountancy. I suggest that she look into BYU’s accounting doctoral program
preparation masters degree (Called the PhD Prep Track) ---
The SOA offers a specialized PhD Prep Track as
part of the MAcc degree. The program is designed to prepare students to
enroll in a PhD program in accounting at another university after
finishing their master’s degree at BYU. Students in both the five-year
integrated program and the two-year graduate program are eligible to
apply to the program. The program involves PhD-style seminars to learn
about research and academic work, as well as other coursework in
mathematics, econometrics, and statistics. However, this track does not
require additional credits beyond those required in the MAcc program.
Students who have participated in this program have been highly
successful in placing at top PhD programs. Those who complete their PhD
in accounting are able to enter fields where there is high demand, and
it is projected that this will be the case for the foreseeable future.
Starting salaries for new professors in accounting range from two to
four times higher than starting salaries for MAcc graduates.
Next Chapter on Textbooks
In the June 5, 2007 edition of tidbits, I provided a module called "Next
Chapter on Textbooks."
These are some of the replies that followed:
June 4, 2007 reply from Glen Gray
Sorry, but I have not been following this thread
too closely, so somebody made have already mentioned this, but many of my
students are buying "foreign" paperback versions of popular textbooks. Many
of the students in my auditing class had the foreign paperback version of
the Aren's et al auditing book. I don't remember the exact numbers, but I
think the U.S. hardcover version was around $150 and the foreign paperback
was around $60. This is the first semester that I noticed a significant
number of students carrying paperback textbooks both in my audit course and
my IS course.
I asked some of book reps what are the differences
between the two versions? They kind of hem and haw and say things like the
end of chapter questions "might" be different.
Glen L. Gray, PhD, CPA
Dept. of Accounting & Information Systems
College of Business & Economics
California State University,
Northridge Northridge, CA 91330-8372
June 4, 2007 reply from J. S. Gangolly
I forgot to say in my previous message that in
almost all cases that I have examined, the books by the international
students are counterfeits and not international editions. The quality of
paper and printing is quite poor, and one finds some stuff in local
And the cost of the books are not half, but a lot
cheaper than the American editions.
June 9, 2007 reply from Bob Jensen
I think "almost all cases" is a bit too strong. It
may be the case from selected countries where some pirated copies are
But in many instances the copyright holders
themselves publish foreign editions that are virtually the same (with some
possible differences in sequencing of material) and set prices in other
nations much lower than U.S. prices. In this regard, the practice is much
like the pricing of prescription drugs in foreign nations versus the U.S.
I had students import European editions of my
textbooks, and as far as we could tell the material was identical and the
publishing quality was identical. The covers were different as I recall.
Students who do this may have more difficulty
selling the foreign editions back to U.S. bookstores and to other students.
June 5, 2007 reply from Elliot Kamlet
I am trying something new this summer and it seems
to work. The textbook I am using comes in a 3 hole punched format. The
retail price is $75 compared to $129 soft covered. A used book costs $96.
If the soft covered is sold back to the book store
the student might get (depending on the condition) as much as $65. For an
extra $10 they keep the 3 hole punched version.
When it comes to bringing the book to class, they
have always complained about the weight of books. With this version, they
only need to bring the chapter or two chapters for the day.
They can also take notes on a sheet of loose leaf
paper placed next to the page I may be talking about.
On the whole, it seems that the students really
prefer this version. They can also buy the book from a website on a chapter
by chapter basis. I didn't think that would work well but I like this 3 hole
version a lot.
June 5, 2007 reply from Alan Sangster, The Robert Gordon University
This is interesting! This is the way printed (text)books
in Pacioli's day were sold -- as unbound books. This enabled pupils/students
to take to school/university only those pages they were going to study on a
particular day. This is one reason why anyone who dismisses Summa as a
textbook on the basis of its size is incorrect. The concept of loose leaf
textbooks is so obvious, i find it hard to believe publishers have waited so
long to reintroduce it. But, then, it didn't occur to me until i read
Eliot's post so, i can hardly complain,
From the Stanford Graduate School of Business
"10 Ideas For Entrepreneurs Facing Personnel Issues" May 2007 ---
Do Free Downloads Impact Sales of
From the University of Illinois Issues in Scholarly Communication Blog
on June 3, 2007 ---
presents a case study of downloads versus sales of the book
Asterisk: The Future of Telephony, by Leif Madsen, Jared Smith,
and Jim Van Meggelen, which was released for free download under
a Creative Commons license. Read about it in his blog
O'Reilly Radar (6/1/07).
answer from this experiment is that we saw no definitive
correlation, but there is little sign that the free downloads
hurt sales. More than 180,000 copies were downloaded from
Jeremy's mirror (which is one of five!), yet the book has still
been quite successful, selling almost 19,000 copies in a year
and a half. This is quite good for a technical book these days
-- the book comes in at #23 on our lifetime-to-date sales list
for the "class of 2005" (books published in 2005) despite being
released at the end of September. You might argue that the book
would have done even better without the downloads, especially
given the success of asterisk and the importance of VoIP. But
it's also the case that the book is far and away the bestseller
in the category, far outperforming books on the same subject
from other publishers.
saw a huge spike in downloads starting at the beginning of this
year, but didn't see a corresponding drop in print book sales,
other than the continued slow erosion that's typical of books in
print (especially one that's heading towards a second edition.)
However, we did see the book's first fall from grace, dropping
from an average run rate of about a thousand copies a month to
about six hundred back in March 2006 coming at about the same
time that we start showing the free downloads, but we're not
sure whether or not that is just because we don't have earlier
download data -- we believe that the book was available online
sooner after publication even though Jeremy didn't start his
mirror till March. (Next time we do a book available for free
download, we'll be careful to collect accurate data from the
start of the project.) "
There's much more information in
From the Scout Report on June 8, 2007
Gizmo Project 188.8.131.524 ---
The Gizmo Project is another application designed
to let users make phone calls via their computers, and it has a number of
helpful additional features as well. Users can take advantage of free
voicemail and conference calls and the sound quality is quite good. This
particular version is compatible with all computers running Windows 2000 and
Opera 9.21 ---
The web-browser program Opera has been through a
number of versions, and this latest iteration offers a number of new
features that will catch users’ attention. Perhaps the most compelling new
feature is the “Speed Dial” option, which allows users to populate this
feature with their favorite sites for easy access. Additionally, this
version contains an embedded BitTorrent application for downloading large
files and advanced fraud protection. This version is compatible with all
computers running Mac OS X 10.3.9.
From The Washington Post on June 8, 2007
Which company owns a patent that is keeping
Qualcomm chips from being used in U.S. phones?
From The Washington Post on June 11, 2007
Which country recently announced it will
store digital fingerprints in new passports?
Updates from WebMD ---
Test drug seen as best hope in decades for tackling Parkinson's
A drug tested on lab mice slows and may even halt the
progress of Parkinson's, offering the brightest pharmacological hope in decades
of rolling back this tragic disease, US researchers report on Sunday. Isradipine,
already licensed for treatment for high blood pressure, rejuvenated ageing
dopamine cells, the brain cells whose death causes Parkinson's, they say.
Yahoo News, June 11, 2007 ---
American Cancer Society: Life Kiosk (prevention, treatment, and cures)
Medline Plus: Mammography ---
"New Ways to Make Embryonic Stem Cells: If replicated in humans,
new procedures developed in mice could be a huge boon to the field," by Emily
Singer, MIT's Technology Review, June 6, 2007 ---
"Behind the Plots: A former prison doctor's favorite books on the
criminal mind," by Theordore Dalrymple, The Wall Street Journal,
June 9, 2007 ---
Murder" by Thomas De Quincey (Oxford, 2006).
Everyone loves a good murder, so long as it
happens at a distance. The English essayist and critic Thomas De
Quincey (1785-1859) was most likely the first person to express the
thought in print. "On Murder" collects this and many other of De
Quincey's observations about the subject. The book includes one of
the most famous essays in the English language: "On Murder
Considered as One of the Fine Arts." It was inspired by the
notorious John Williams, who claimed seven victims, from two
families, in London's East End in 1811. As De Quincey puts it:
"People begin to see that something more goes to the composition of
a fine murder than two blockheads to kill and be killed. . . .
Design, gentlemen, grouping, light and shade, poetry, sentiment, are
now deemed indispensable." If there were not something in what he
says, why would we all dote on murder mysteries?
2. "The Adversary" by Emmanuel Carrère
People kill for a variety of reasons. Some
do so for the sake of their equilibrium. One man (a prisoner I was
attending) who had just killed his girlfriend said to me: "I had to
kill her, doctor, or I don't know what I would've done." Emmanuel
Carrère, in "The Adversary," explains how a lie led a Frenchman to
kill his wife, children and parents many years later. Unable to face
his mother and father when he failed his exams at medical school, he
pretended to have passed them and then found that he had to pretend
to be a doctor to sustain the lie. He kept it up for years, marrying
and going to live with his wife near the French border with
Switzerland and commuting every day to Geneva, where he claimed to
have an important job with the World Health Organization. When
exposure finally became inevitable, he could think of no other way
to save his pride than to kill his family.
3. "Killing for Company" by Brian
Masters (Random House, 1993).
The best study of a serial killer known to
me is "Killing for Company" by Brian Masters. The serial killer was
a man called Dennis Nilsen, who used to pick up stray homosexuals in
London, take them home, strangle them and then watch television with
their corpses beside him on the sofa. As we doctors put it in our
special, technical language, he was a bit odd. He was caught because
pieces of dismembered and boiled body blocked the drains of the
house in which he was living. But Nilsen wasn't mad in any obvious
way; and Masters comes as near as it is possible to understanding
the mind of such a man. If in the end he remains a mystery--well,
perhaps that's just as well.
4. "Trial of Herbert Rowse Armstrong"
(William Hodge & Co., 1927).
For most of the first half of the 20th
century, a British publisher put out a series called Notable British
Trials. They were transcripts of all the best trials, and they read
astonishingly well. What murders people committed back then! These
days you rarely get a good poisoning of a spouse or lover--we prefer
brutality. My favorite is "Trial of Herbert Rowse Armstrong" (Hesperides
Press brought out a paperback edition last fall). A lawyer in the
market town of Hay-on-Wye (now the second-hand bookshop capital of
Britain), Armstrong was accused of murdering his wife with
weed-killer. Recently attempts have been made to prove his
innocence, but I should be sorry if he were really innocent, not
just because he was hanged in 1922--the only solicitor ever executed
in Britain--but because he uttered immortal words as he handed the
arsenic sandwiches to his wife: "'Scuse fingers."
5. "The Unspeakable Crimes of Dr.
Petiot" by Thomas Maeder (Little, Brown, 1980).
"The Unspeakable Crimes of Dr. Petiot" by
Thomas Maeder is almost as much a cultural and political history as
the record of murder. Dr. Marcel Petiot, a psychopath, qualified as
a doctor just after World War I. The Occupation during World War II
gave him his opportunity to become one of the most prolific serial
killers in French history. He offered Jews an escape to Argentina
for 25,000 francs, but when they came to his house to deliver the
money he killed them and incinerated them. After the Liberation, he
tried to pretend that his victims had been collaborators. I don't
think even opponents of the death penalty would find much to say
against his execution.
Mr. Dalrymple's most recent book is "Romancing Opiates:
Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy" (Encounter,
Forwarded by Paula
My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion and I kept
staring at a tipsy lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.
My wife asks, "Do you know her?"
"Yes," I sighed, "She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to the
bottle right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been
"My goodness!" says my wife, "Who would think a person could go on
celebrating that long?"
So you see, there really are two ways to look at everything.
From Shirley Foye
Memories, memories --- I came across this phrase yesterday "FENDER SKIRTS".
A term I haven't heard in a long time and thinking about "fender skirts" started
me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language with
hardly a notice like "curb feelers"
And "steering knobs." (AKA) suicide knob
Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first.
Any kids will probably have to find some elderly person over 50 to explain some
of these terms to you.
Remember "Continental kits?" They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire
covers that were supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental.
When did we quit calling them "emergency brakes?" At some point "parking brake"
became the proper term. But I miss the hint of drama that went with "emergency
I'm sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would call the
accelerator the "foot feed."
Didn't you ever wait at the street for your daddy to come home, so you could
ride the "running board" up to the house?
Here's a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never anymore -
"store-bought." Of course, just about everything is store-bought these days. But
once it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a store-bought bag
"Coast to coast" is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement and now
means almost nothing. Now we take the term "world wide" for granted This floors
On a smaller scale, "wall-to-wall" was once a magical term in our homes. In the
'50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, wow, wall-to-wall
carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood
floors. Go figure.
When's the last time you heard the quaint phrase "in a family way?" It's
hard to imagine that the word "pregnant" was once considered a little too
graphic, a little too clinical for use in polite company So we had all that
talk about stork visits and "being in a family way" or simply "expecting."
Apparently "brassiere" is a word no longer in usage. I said it the other day and
my daughter cracked up. I guess it's just "bra" now. "Unmentionables" probably
wouldn't be understood at all. I always loved going to the "picture show," but I
considered "movie" an affectation.
Most of these words go back to the '50s, but here's a pure-'60s word I came
across the other day - "rat fink." Ooh, what a nasty put-down!
Here's a word I miss -
"percolator." That was just a fun word to say. And what was it replaced with?
"Coffee maker." How dull. Mr. Coffee, I blame you for this.
I miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so modern and now
sound so retro. Words like "DynaFlow" and "Electrolux." Introducing the 1963
Admiral TV, now with "SpectraVision!"
Food for thought - Was there a telethon that wiped out lumbago? Nobody complains
of that anymore. Maybe that's what castor oil cured, because I never hear
mothers threatening kids with castor oil anymore.
Some words aren't gone, but are definitely on the endangered list. The one that
grieves me most "supper." Now everybody says "dinner." Save a great word. Invite
someone to supper. Discuss fender skirts.
Forwarded by Barb Hessel
Two Norwegians from Wisconsin are sittin' in a boat on Dead Lake.
Fishing and suckin' down beer, when all of a sudden Sven says,
"I think I'm going to divorce my wife. She hasn't spoken to me in over six
Ole sips his beer and after a while says, "You better think it over. Women
like that are hard to find."
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The word moodle is an acronym for "modular
object-oriented dynamic learning environment", which is quite a mouthful.
The Scout Report stated the following about Moodle 1.7. It is a
tremendously helpful opens-source e-learning platform. With Moodle,
educators can create a wide range of online courses with features that
include forums, quizzes, blogs, wikis, chat rooms, and surveys. On the
Moodle website, visitors can also learn about other features and read about
recent updates to the program. This application is compatible with computers
running Windows 98 and newer or Mac OS X and newer.
Some of Bob Jensen's Tutorials
Accountancy Discussion ListServs:
For an elaboration on the reasons you should join a
ListServ (usually for free) go to http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/ListServRoles.htm
AECM (Worldwide Accounting Educators)
AECM is an email Listserv list which
provides a forum for discussions of all hardware and software
which can be useful in any way for accounting education at the
college/university level. Hardware includes all platforms and
peripherals. Software includes spreadsheets, practice sets,
multimedia authoring and presentation packages, data base
programs, tax packages, World Wide Web applications, etc
Roles of a ListServ ---
CPAS-L provides a forum for discussions of
all aspects of the practice of accounting. It provides an
unmoderated environment where issues, questions, comments,
ideas, etc. related to accounting can be freely discussed.
Members are welcome to take an active role by posting to CPAS-L
or an inactive role by just monitoring the list. You qualify for
a free subscription if you are either a CPA or a professional
accountant in public accounting, private industry, government or
education. Others will be denied access.
This forum is for CPAs to discuss the activities of the AICPA.
This can be anything from the CPA2BIZ portal to the XYZ
initiative or anything else that relates to the AICPA.
This site hosts various discussion groups on such topics as
accounting software, consulting, financial planning, fixed
assets, payroll, human resources, profit on the Internet, and
This discussion group is headed by Randy Schostag
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