Two weeks ago, I attended the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament in Indianapolis. It was not my first Final Four as I attended previously in 2001 (Minneapolis) and 2010 (Indianapolis). I was able to attend because my undergraduate alma mater, Duke University, qualified and then won its assigned bracket in the South region. As a Duke alum, it was thrilling to watch my team win and to see some old friends I hadn’t seen in a few years.
Last week’s announcement that Sweet Briar College would close in August came as a shock to many. Some alumnae have organized a fundraising campaign to keep Sweet Briar alive and others are wondering why a college with an $84 million endowment and 700 students had to close while it still had cash in the bank. The board cited an unsustainable enrollment decline as one of the reasons.
In the Fall of 2013, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators (Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Richard Burr, R-N.C. and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.) established a task force of college and university presidents to examine federal regulation of higher education and to identify and recommend potential improvements. The task force subsequently examined the process by which higher education rules are developed and implemented and also proposed changes for improvement in that area.
By Glynn Cosker Guest Contributor Managing Editor, In Homeland Security
The United States Coast Guard fielded questions from maritime security experts and officials on Jan. 15 during a Maritime Cybersecurity Standards Public Meeting held at the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Captain Andrew Tucci, of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Port & Facility Compliance opened and closed the 3-hour proceedings that featured a list of high-ranking officials from various sectors including the military, cybersecurity and other security fields.
Dr. Russell Kitchner, Vice President, Regulatory and Governmental Relations
The November 2014 elections gave the Republicans an overwhelming majority in the House and a working (but not filibuster-proof) majority in the Senate. Since then, countless pundits and political observers have speculated on the cause(s) and their implications. I will stipulate that the notion “all politics are local” does not apply when the president is generally unpopular due to issues with his Affordable Care Act initiative, how it became law and was implemented, and how the Democrats managed their related political agenda.
By Jeffrey Kuhn, Associate Vice-President, Public Safety and National Security Sectors, American Military University
On November 17-20, American Military University (AMU) hosted Together Let’s Stop Traffick, an international summit aimed at promoting collaboration in the ongoing global fight to end human trafficking. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and has been referred to as the “human rights issue of our era.” Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control a person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex or providing labor services against his or her will.
Based on historical trends, last week’s midterm election results should not have been a surprise to anyone. The party of the incumbent president has lost an average of 30 seats in the House and four in the Senate over the past 21 elections with only two elections where the president’s party has gained seats in both houses.
For the past four weeks, I’ve watched social media videos on Facebook and Instagram that relate to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The first videos that I saw were from college athletes. Then, one of my daughters challenged me (who can say no to their daughter?), and, in turn, I challenged two colleagues at the American Public University System.
Sometimes, I wonder if the sacrifices of our soldiers are forgotten because of time, the remoteness of many wars, and the volunteer status of our armed forces. Memorial Day is a national holiday and a time for remembrance of those who gave their lives in order to preserve our freedoms.
The poem below was written by one of our alums, Joe DeCree.
From time to time, I ask members of the APUS leadership team to author blog articles. Dick Pera is Dean of the School of Security and Global Studies. Our faculty in that school have worked for traditional colleges and universities as well as worked on the frontlines of intelligence, homeland security, and national security operations. Dick’s piece is a reminder about the valuable work performed by many in that area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.