Data: Jails in Indian Country

Jails in Indian Country, 2013 is available at
Presents findings from the 2013 Survey of Jails in Indian Country, an enumeration of 79 jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

CFA: German-French Master of European Governance and Administration (MEGA)

In the mail. Apologies for the formatting.

Call for applications : German-French Master of European Governance and Administration (MEGA) 2015-2016 – Deadline for applications: September 30, 2014

The MEGA program has been initiated by the French and German Governments and offers postgraduate studies at leading institutions of higher education in both countries.The two-years and part-time executive program has been designed for future public and private sector leaders. Their professional experience and interests will be reflected and advanced during four two-week on-site modules in Paris, Potsdam, Strasbourg and Berlin, a nine-month internship and a project and master thesis module.

Please find more information on the curriculum structure of MEGA 2015-2016 and on the application process on

We are accepting applications until September 30, 2014.

A MEGA 8 information event will take place on August 27, 2014 at the premises of the Bundesministerium des Innern, Bonn.
Further information and the registration sheet can be found on our website.

Please do not hesitate to contact for further information:
MEGA-Konsortialbüro at the University of Potsdam /
Gesellschaft für Wissens- und Technologietransfer mbH
Ms. Marie Augère
PCPM Executive Education bei der UP Transfer GmbH
Universität Potsdam
Campus Griebnitzsee
August-Bebel-Straße 89
Haus 7, 2. Etage, Raum 225
14482 Potsdam

Telefon: 0049 / (0)331 977 4527
Fax: 0049 / (0)331 977 4617

MEGA is a cooperative project of the German Bundesministerium des Innern/Bundesakademie für öffentliche Verwaltung, the École Nationale d’Administration, the University of Potsdam, the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer.

CFP: Public Administration Review’s “Research Synthesis” Initiative

Call for Submissions
Research Synthesis

PAR publishes rigorous reviews that serve a variety of purposes, including critically assessing a body of theory and empirical research, articulating what is known about a phenomenon and ways to advance research about it, and identifying influential variables and effect sizes associated with an existing body of empirical research. The reviews should include a systematic and reproducible search strategy and clear criteria for inclusion of studies in the larger analysis. We welcome meta-analyses that statistically combine studies to determine an overall effect or effect size of one variable on another. We are also interested in research syntheses that do not use formal meta-analytic methods, although purely narrative, non-systematic literature reviews are not appropriate for this feature. Proposals and submissions should be sent to Research Synthesis Editor Michael McGuire (

Data: Drug Use Among Young American Indians

New at ICPSR:

The Drug Use Among Young Indians: Epidemiology and Prediction study is an annual surveillance effort assessing the levels and patterns of substance use among American Indian (AI) adolescents attending schools on or near reservations. In addition to annual epidemiology of substance use, data pertaining to the normative environment for adolescent substance use were also obtained. For this data collection data comes from annual in-school surveys completed between the years 2001 to 2006, and 2009 to 2013. Students completed the surveys at school during a specified class period. The dataset contains 527 variables for 16,590 students in grades 7 to 12.

Data: Indigent Defense

New from BJS:

State Government Indigent Defense Expenditures, FY 2008-2012 is available at

  • Provides data on state government indigent defense expenditures for fiscal years 2008 through 2012.

Indigent Defense Services in The United States, FY 2008-2012 is available at

  • Describes the indigent defense system for each state and the District of Columbia, including information on administration, methods of operation, and funding.

CFP: Institutional Design Futures: Higher Education

Call for Conference Papers

Institutional Design Futures: Higher Education

Center for Organization Research and Design College of Public Programs

Arizona State University

The Center for Organization Research and Design at Arizona State University is accepting proposals for conference papers for the April 2015 conference, “Institutional Design Futures: Higher Education.”

Issues of organizational theory and institutional design begin to transcend the boundary between theory and practice as the Obama administration continues its push to create a new college rating system. The stated ambition of making access to public resources contingent upon institutional performance raises a host of important considerations for the future of higher education. As new organizational forms emerge in the realm of higher education and new public policies aim to protect public investments therein, questions rise relative to the attributes of organizations that promote and stifle public value.

Conference topics include: Institutional setting and “Dimensional publicness” in higher education; public, private and for-profit sector differences in higher education and public value assessments of university performance, the evolution and future designs of universities.

Insights from all perspectives including (but not limited to) economics, public administration, organizational studies, sociology and higher education are welcomed. A special emphasis is placed on empirical contributions, both qualitative and quantitative, but conceptual papers will be considered.

The conference will feature a mix of scholarly research and practitioner experience with keynote speeches by eminent researchers but also academic administrative leaders. A moderated plenary panel will feature presidents and past-presidents of major universities discussing the conference themes, particularly future institutional designs.

An objective of the conference is to include conference papers in a special issue of a major journal and other papers will be chosen for inclusion in an edited book volume.

Proposals for papers or panels are due by October 15, 2014. Please submit proposals, not to exceed 250 words, Dr. Derrick Anderson (address below).

The conference will take place at the Scottsdale Resort ( in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 9-10, 2015.

For more information please consult the conference website ( or contact:

Dr. Barry Bozeman (
Arizona Centennial Professor of Technology Policy and Public Management Director, Center for Organization Research and Design
Arizona State University

Dr. Derrick Anderson (
Assistant Professor
School of Public Affairs & Center for Organization Research and Design Arizona State University

Is the future MPA/MPP subscription-based?

That’s the idea for MBA training from Christian Terwiesch of Wharton:

This report examines the emergence of the Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) and its impact on business schools. Business schools provide a bundle of benefits to students, only one of which is learning specific academic subjects. The focal technology relevant to business schools is not the MOOC but rather a technology embedded within the MOOC — chunked asynchronous video paired with adaptive testing, a technology we call “SuperText.” The SuperText technology opens up at least three pathways for business schools. Via one pathway, SuperText allows institutions to serve more students better and/or more efficiently. Via a second pathway, institutions can serve existing students with fewer faculty members. Along a third pathway, the functions of a business school are unbundled and business schools as we know them are substantially displaced by alternatives. These pathways can be thought of as a menu of options for a business school contemplating how to use the new technologies. Alternatively, these pathways are scenarios that could unfold with or without the active participation of an institution. Although our focus is on business schools, we believe the analysis is relevant to higher education more generally.

In an interview with the Chronicle’s Wired Campus, this is the scenario he suggested:

“A long time can elapse between learning a chunk of knowledge and applying it,” write the two professors. They compare a Wharton degree to a Swiss Army knife: “You buy it today to use one day, but you know neither when you will use it nor which part of the knife you will use first.” More often than not, they say, students experience graduate school and its benefits in this order: “learn-learn-learn-certify-wait-wait-wait-deploy.”

Buying the whole knife upfront made sense when taking courses required students to move to Philadelphia. But the professors, who are among those at Wharton who have been experimenting with MOOCs, are increasingly convinced that online courses can be sufficient to teach specific skills to capable, invested students.

Like it or not, we are all faced with these choices …