Programs, Accreditations, & Initiatives
The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education — an
independent, foundation-supported organization — has been formed to
promote constructive state and federal policy leading to increased
opportunities for those seeking education and training beyond high
The center’s founding board is being chaired by North Carolina Gov.
James B. Hunt Jr. The board will include, among others: Illinois Gov.
Jim Edgar; Garry Carruthers, president and CEO of Cimarron Health Plan
and the former governor of New Mexico; Dr. Clark Kerr, president
emeritus of the University of California; Dr. Dolores E. Cross,
president, Morris Brown College; Dr. Thomas Ehrlich of California State
University; Dr. Arturo Madrid of Trinity University in Texas; Dr.
Robert H. McCabe, senior fellow at the League for Innovation in the
Community College; Howard Rawlings of the Maryland House of Delegates;
Dr. John Brooks Slaughter, president of Occidental College in
California; Dr. Virginia B. Smith, president emeritus of Vassar
College; Dr. Uri Treisman of the University of Texas-Austin; and
Patrick M. Callan, the center’s president.
“I am gratified that such a distinguished group has come together
to stimulate a national conversation about how higher education can
continue to most effectively serve the needs of this nation,” said Hunt
in naming the new board. “Higher education is facing serious challenges
concerning cost, quality, and opportunity. We want to ensure that the
doors to our colleges and universities are open wide for the next
generation of Americans.”
St. John’s University School of Law has established the first
Master of Laws degree in Bankruptcy in the country. The program is
scheduled to begin in fall 1999.
Designed to produce attorneys who are able to handle bankruptcy
cases involving the multi-disciplinary issues associated with most
bankruptcy practices, the program’s courses will cover such areas as
Bankruptcy Accounting, Bankruptcy Taxation, Domestic Relations in
Bankruptcy, Pension Benefits in Bankruptcy, and Multi-National Case
Full- and part-time students will be required to complete 30
credits and pass the certification examination in Consumer or Business
Bankruptcy given by the American Board of Certification.
The program has already been approved by the university’s board of
trustees and the New York State Department of Education. American Bar
Association approval is pending.
The State University of New York-Empire State College’s Center for
Distance Learning has opened an International Business Online (IBOL)
Research Center. The Saratoga Springs, N.Y., college’s new resource is
a comprehensive Web site from which Internet users can access virtual
international business information in a rapid, cost-efficient way.
The IBOL Resource Center consists of a series of manageable links
to a variety of existing Web sites. The menu provides access to a
comprehensive array of resources, including sites for international
business organizations, trade statistics, cross-cultural comparisons,
legal and political information, exporting and improving, international
business travel, and general international business references and
The center’s Web address is
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