Northern Michigan University's Department of Political Science and Public Administration is sponsoring a "Great Decisions Global Discussions" lecture series with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. The weekly series addressing critical foreign policy issues runs each Monday Jan. 29-March 26, with the exception of spring break.
Lectures will be streamed online and viewed from noon to 1:40 p.m. in room 111-C of NMU's Edgar L. Harden Learning Resources Center. They are open to the public free of charge. The presenters and their topics are as follows:
Jan. 29: “Manipulating the Media: Are Dictators Getting Smarter?,” William Dobson, senior supervising editor, international desk at NPR
Feb. 5: “China in the World: The Conundrums of a Socialist Market Economy,” Badrinath Rao, associate professor of sociology and Asian studies at Kettering University
Feb. 12: “Trouble Brewing: Can the U.S. and Turkey Cooperate?,” Sinan Ciddi, executive director of the Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University
Feb. 19: “Are We Getting the Right Bang for our Bucks?: The U.S. Defense Budget,” Stephanie Young, defense budget expert, RAND Corporation
Feb. 26: “Is American Global Leadership Waning?,” Amitav Acharya, UNESCO chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and distinguished professor of international relations at the School of International Service, American University
March 5: Spring break
March 12: “Putin, Russia and the New Cold War?,” Susan B. Glasser, chief international affairs columnist, POLITICO, and co-author of Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin and the End of Revolution
March 19: “South Africa at a Crossroads: Implications for U.S.-South Africa Relations,” Desirée Cormier, senior director, Africa Practice at Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)
March 26: “Global Health: Equity, Ethics and Eradication,” Ambassador Mary Ann Peters (retired), CEO of the Carter Center in Atlanta
For more information, call 227-2019.
Northern Michigan University's College of Business has extended its accreditation through AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved AASCB accreditation. NMU initially gained the distinction in 2002.
The extension represents a multi-year continuous improvement peer review and efforts by NMU College of Business faculty and staff to ensure that academic programs and the college's strategic plan adhere to accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas related to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.
“Accreditation assures that the business education our students receive is on par with the best business schools in the world,” said David Rayome, dean of the NMU College of Business. “That education is combined with practical experiences offered by the university in cooperation with our business partners in Marquette and across the country, making for one of the best and most comprehensive educational experiences possible.”
According to a press release, AACSB is the “longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting students, educators and businesses worldwide.” It was founded in 1916.
“AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”
NMU is one of 40 schools whose accreditation in business was extended, according to the Jan. 23 AACSB International press release.