The end of PSLF?

From The Hill:

A bill from House Republicans would end a program that forgives student loans for graduates who enter public service, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The GOP bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) on Friday, would eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which erases student debt for those who work for qualifying employers after making payments for 10 years.

The qualifying employers include government organizations and nonprofits, according to the federal student aid website. Those who volunteer for the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps are also eligible.

The Department of Education proposed eliminating the debt forgiveness program in its budget earlier this year.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has overseen the elimination or rescinding of several guidances or programs within her department.

The department has also reportedly considered ending other policies that would eliminate debt forgiveness, including an Obama administration rule that erased the debt of students defrauded by predatory for-profit programs.

Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Management

The Department of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor position with appointment to begin in August 2017. The position requires a research and teaching focus on public management; expertise and interest in one or more public management specialties is desirable. Ideal candidates will contribute to our MPA program and our Ph.D. program in public administration and policy. Evidence of high-quality research and an active research agenda along with a commitment to excellence in instruction are necessary. Candidates with demonstrated success in securing external research funding are especially encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. in public administration, public affairs, political science, or a related field is required.

Please apply using the FacultyJobs@UGA online system ( Include in your application (1) a cover letter (2) a curriculum vitae and (3) the contact information for three individuals providing reference letters. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Laura Bayne at 706-542-9660 or All applications received by September 15, 2016 are assured full consideration.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Margaret Hughes and Robert T. Golembiewski Professor of Public Administration

The University of Georgia’s School of Public & International Affairs, Department of Public Administration and Policy invites applications for The Margaret Hughes and Robert T. Golembiewski Professorship in Public Administration. Appointment begins in August 2017. The position is an endowed professorship, held by a full professor with an outstanding record of scholarship, teaching, and professional activity in public administration, including any subfield of public administration.

A Ph.D. in public administration, political science, or other appropriate discipline is required. Teaching is primarily at the graduate level and includes courses in public administration and/or subtopics in public administration. Successful candidates will contribute to both our MPA and Ph.D. programs and demonstrate national and international leadership in research, combined with excellence in teaching and public service. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vita, and contact information for three references.

Please apply using the FacultyJobs@UGA online system ( Include in your application (1) a cover letter (2) a curriculum vitae and (3) contact information for three references. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Laura Bayne at 706-542-9660 or Applications received by November 15, 2016 are guaranteed full consideration.

Unintended consequences, OPM, and higher education for federal workers

Land Grant College

Are these unintended consequences?

Federal participants have flocked to the B.S. programs in business management or cybersecurity, MBAs and the M.S. in executive leadership.

But what if the program gives feds the certifications they need to find more lucrative work in the private sector?

“If we lose some very good talent to private industry, that doesn’t bother me,” Susan Camarena told FCW. “We’re trying to make sure we’re taking care of our people no matter what.”

Excellent postdoc opportunity

From my friends in Sweden at Gothenburg University’s Quality of Government Institute:

(apologies in advance for formatting).

Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, Two years

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Political Science, Gothenburg

First day of employment: At the latest 2016-09-01

Reference number: PER 2016/97

The research program Out of Control or over Controlled? Incentives, Audits and New Public Management was established in 2015, with support from the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The purpose of the program is to study so-called New Public Management (NPM) reforms effect on the efficiency of public service delivery, corruption and human welfare. The research program is particularly interested in how different forms of ex-ante and ex-post controls influence outcomes of NPM reforms, and how such reforms are related to aspects of human welfare and economic efficiency. There are three on-going types of studies within the program: a global cross-country comparison; a within country comparison between Swedish municipalities; and a within country comparison between Russian regions.

The research program is now searching for a new Post-Doctoral fellow that will conduct research independently as well as in collaboration with other members of the research team. A description of the program can be found at the following website:–carl/out-of-control-or-over-controlled–

The research program Out of Control or over Controlled? Incentives, Audits and New Public Management is integrated in the Quality of Government Institute, which was founded in 2004 by Professor Bo Rothstein and Professor Sören Holmberg. It is an independent research institute within the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, with 30 researchers who conduct and promote research on the causes, consequences and nature of Good Governance and the Quality of Government (QoG) – that is, trustworthy, reliable, impartial, uncorrupted and competent government institutions (

The Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, is one of the leading Political Science departments in the Nordic countries. The vibrant department houses several large research institutes, in addition to the QoG Institute, such as the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute, the Media, Opinion, and Democracy project (MOD), and the National Election Studies. The department is also a key actor in the SOM Institute responsible for comprehensive annual public opinion surveys. It has 140 employees, out of which more than 70 are faculty and researchers, and it hosts about 1,400 students. The department offers education on all levels; undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate, carried out in both English and Swedish.

The Postdoc position is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the successful candidate is expected to conduct research with a focus on one or several of the main questions of the research program.

Subject area – Political Science

Specific subject description – Political science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, nation, government, and politics and policies of government on a national and international perspective.
Job assignments – The Postdoc is expected to conduct research in independently and in collaboration with the members of the Out of Control or over Controlled? Incentives, Audits and New Public Management research team. The postdoc will mainly conduct research but may be asked to teach in the department up to one fifth of full time employment.

Eligibility – The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 – 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

The PostDoc is open to candidates who have received a PhD in political science or related field. Priority will be given to candidates who have completed their degree no more than three years before the application deadline. Those who graduated earlier may also be given consideration, if there are special reasons.

We are especially interested in candidates with record of accomplishments in one or more of the following areas: 1) public administration (particularly administrative reforms); 2) bureaucratic politics; 3) comparative politics; 4) institutions (for example administrative or political); and 5) research methods (both quantitative and qualitative).

Finally, as the working language in the program as well as within the QoG Institute is English, excellence in English is required.

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 – 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

Additional information – The application should include a cover letter evidencing scholarly accomplishments in one or several areas specified above and describing current research interests and how the applicant will contribute to the program. The application must also include: curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and names and contact information of three references who may be contacted for letters of reference.

Applications are submitted online through this link.

Best regards,
The QoG Team

Bots for personnel selection

The Office of Personnel Management is piloting changes to the USAJobs website that makes users’ resumes searchable by hiring managers.

Called “resume mining,” the tool allows hiring managers at agencies participating in the pilot to search for keywords in resumes users have agreed to make searchable. Managers can then reach out to federal job applicants and invite them to apply for certain positions.

Management consultancies have used such techniques for years, though often via artificial intelligence / expert decision support applications (not rote searches).

Source: Nextgov.

For anyone interested in the rankings process for professional degree programs

Who Responds to U.S. News & World Report’s Law School Rankings?

U.S. News & World Report (USN&WR) publishes annual rankings of ABA-approved law schools. The popularity of these rankings raises the question of whether they influence the behavior of law teachers, lawyers and judges, law school applicants, employers, or law school administrators. This study explores some indicia of USN&WR influence. Using data purchased from USN&WR, we attempt to determine whether USN&WR might have influenced (1) law faculty members who respond to the USN&WR survey of law school quality, (2) lawyers who respond to USN&WR surveys, (3) law school applicants choosing a school, (4) employers who hire law school graduates, and (5) administrators who set tuition. We find significant effects on the first three groups, particularly with respect to lower-rank schools. That is, there may be “echo effects” of USN&WR rankings that are folded back into subsequent rankings and tend to stabilize them. We also find that rankings may exert some influence on tuition at law schools outside the top 40. We do not find evidence that employers hiring law graduates respond to changes in USN&WR rankings, either in median salaries paid or in employment percentages reported by law schools.