Archive for January, 2011

Berkeley College Appoints Marlene Doty as Vice President, Library Services

Posted on January 28th, 2011 in General | No Comments »

Berkeley College is pleased to announce the appointment of Marlene Doty as Vice President, Library Services. In this role, she leads the continued development of library resources and services that provide a contemporary means of information delivery and integration of information literacy throughout the College experience.

“Ms. Doty is aprogressive thinker who has led the Berkeley College library system to the forefront of technology,” said Glen Zeitzer, PhD, Berkeley College Provost. “She is dedicated to acquiring the resources and services our students need to excel.”

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Village Voice Reporter Fired For Fabricating Sources and Quotes

Posted on January 13th, 2011 in General | No Comments »

A member of the Association of Proprietary Colleges was the subject of a Jayson Blair-type assault from a now-former Village Voice reporter who made up sources and quotes in a recently published article about the proprietary sector of higher education. 

Rob Sgobbo, who also freelanced for the Daily News, was fired from both publications after the Village Voice determined he quoted a fictitious Berkeley College student and concocted quotes and a source from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

APC President Stephen Jerome, president of Monroe College, sent a memo to APC members, informing them that the Village Voice acknowledged Sgobbo crafted a story about a former Berkeley College student who the report claimed left school in debt and without a degree. The subject of student debt load is sensitive as the federal government has singled out proprietary colleges for the ability of their students to repay debt.

The article, “For-Profit Blues,” was an unjustified attack on Berkeley College and the entire proprietary sector, Jerome said.

“The story didn’t sit right with our colleagues at Berkeley because their representative never said the things the reporter attributed to her,” he said. “So Berkeley did some digging and was able to confirm the student didn’t exist, and that quotes in the story, including those from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, were invented. Berkeley demanded a retraction, and the newspaper quickly and rightly issued one, along with a public apology.”

Several news outlets picked up the story, recalling a similar case in 2003, when New York Times reporter Jayson Blair received international notoriety for widespread plagiarism and for manufacturing quotes and sources on several high-profile stories.

A Message from Stephen Jerome, APC President

Posted on January 13th, 2011 in General | 1 Comment »

Dear Colleagues,

We know the old saying, “don’t believe everything you read.”  It’s one that’s become increasingly relevant as stories about some of New York’s colleges are published.  Even though New York has the strongest proprietary sector in the country because of the high standards to which we all hold ourselves, as well as state regulatory standards, the story that’s been playing out in the public is much different than the one we know to be true.

But in the rush to make “for-profit” a four-letter word, and burden us with new regulations aimed at a few unscrupulous operators, the facts are being pushed aside.  The latest example came last week when the Village Voice admitted that reporter Rob Sgobbo fabricated a story about a former Berkeley College student who the report claimed left school in debt and without a degree.

The story didn’t sit right with our colleagues at Berkeley because their representative never said the things the reporter attributed to her.  So Berkeley did some digging and was able to confirm the student didn’t exist, and that quotes in the story, including those from the U.S. Government Accountability Office and Berkeley representatives, were invented. Berkeley demanded a retraction, and the newspaper quickly and rightly issued one, along with a public apology.                             

This is a win, yes, but hardly a complete victory.  How much other bad information is out there and, as of now, uncorrected?  We’re well aware of how the GAO quietly revised down its inflammatory report on the proprietary college sector, the very report that informed new federal Education Department’s regulations that unfairly target the proprietary sector.  Shame on us if we don’t take Berkeley’s lead and fight back even more vigorously – we can’t allow ourselves to become scapegoats for someone else’s political agenda and outrageous disregard for journalistic principle.

As we meet in Albany this week to discuss priorities for the upcoming year, an item that will now dominate our agenda is to redouble our efforts to set the record straight about the quality of our programs and the imbedded unfairness of proposed federal regulations targeting our colleges.  There are countless alumni and students whose futures are brighter as a result of the education they received – and are receiving – from proprietary colleges. That’s a fact we need to get on the record.

Sincerely,

Stephen Jerome

Mark Kendall Wins Movie Trailer Festival Award

Posted on January 11th, 2011 in General | No Comments »

MFA Social Documentary Film Department student Mark Kendall has been awarded the student prize for La Camioneta, his documentary about American school buses that are given new life in the highlands of Guatemala, in the 2010 International Movie Trailer Festival Competition. The IMTF honors movie trailers, both for movies that have already been completed and trailers for movies still in various stages of conception and production.

Two MFA Interaction Design Department Faculty Members Win .net Awards

Posted on January 11th, 2011 in General | No Comments »

Two MFA Interaction Design Department faculty members were named winners in the recent .net Magazine AwardsJason Santa Maria won Web Personality of the Year and Jeffrey Zeldman won Standard Champion for the third year in a row. Happy Cog, the design agency Zeldman founded, took home Design Agency of the Year, and The Big Web Show, which he hosts with Dan Benjamin, won Video Podcast of the Year.

The .net Awards celebrate the best in Web design and development and are organized by .net magazine.

SVA Alumnus Deborah Adler Honored by Industrial Designers Society of America

Posted on January 3rd, 2011 in General | No Comments »

Clear RX

Deborah Adler, Target’s ClearRx prescription system. Courtesy of the artist/School of Visual Arts

As a way of honoring design’s evolving impact on business and society the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) offers Design of the Decade awards to examples of design that remedy poor user experiences, rescue tired brands and empower developing economies. At the close of this century’s first decade, one of the awards went to alumnus Deborah Adler (MFA 2002 Design) for her ClearRx project, Adler’s thesis project that redesigned the standard prescription drug bottle and was subsequently adopted by Target.

The 2010 Design of the Decade winners’ work features a combination of brave thinking and progressive action, according to the IDSA. Adler’s ClearRx bottle addresses the communication, packaging and system deficiencies encountered by users of prescription drugs, including the elderly, and provides a solution that can reduce potential risks associated with taking medications.