September 7, 2011 by University of La Verne

University of La Verne Graduates

At a time when many colleges and universities across the nation struggle to meet the needs of their students, things have never looked more promising at the University of La Verne.

La Verne, which is enjoying record enrollment numbers as it begins its 120th year, moved up 57 spots on the most recent Forbes list of America’s Best Colleges, to 264. That places La Verne ahead of such nationally noted institutions as Brigham Young, Baylor, Texas Christian, Purdue, Michigan State, Alabama, Ohio State, Rutgers, North Carolina State and Auburn. It also ranks ahead of regional schools Azusa Pacific, Cal Poly Pomona, Chapman, Cal Lutheran and Cal State Long Beach.

“We continually strive to improve in everything we do at the University of La Verne,” President Devorah Lieberman said. “Our steady rise in the Forbes rankings over the past few years reflects a great satisfaction our students have with the quality of the La Verne Experience — from the small class sizes and high standards of our excellent professors to the rich student life enjoyed among our people and facilities outside the classroom. It also demonstrates the value of a La Verne education as an investment in the future.”

La Verne’s traditional undergraduate enrollment this fall exceeds 2,150 – highest in the university’s history. It welcomed its largest incoming class with record numbers in new traditional undergraduates, Campus Accelerated Program for Adults (CAPA) participants and within its expanding MBA program.

The Forbes ranking represents a list of what the financial publication regards as the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions, nationwide. According to Forbes’ Web site, the annual ranking “focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt.” The site states the ranking attempts to evaluate the investment in higher education as a consumer would.

Williams College in Massachusetts tops the Forbes list, which includes such academic heavyweights as Princeton, Harvard, Stanford and MIT in its top 10. The Claremont Colleges, California Institute of Technology and UCLA are among the other highly rated area institutions.

The rankings are prepared exclusively for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C., think tank founded by Ohio University economist Richard Vedder. Post-graduate success (alumni listings in Who’s Who in America, salaries of alumni from and alumni listed in Forbes/CCAP Corporate Officers List) is given the highest weighting (30%) in the ratings. Student satisfaction (27.5%) comprises evaluations from, actual freshman-to-sophomore retention rates and predicted vs. actual freshman-to-sophomore retention rates. Other factors are cumulative student debt (17.5%), four-year graduation rate (17.5%) and competitive awards won by students (7.5%).

The complete Forbes 2011 rankings and methodology report are available at

September 1, 2011 by University of La Verne

Katherine Frey was not necessarily alluding to a happy family of four with a dog and a white picket fence when she came up with the name for her latest solo exhibit, “American Dream.” More accurately, it was the possibility of those things.

“The definition is that the social ideal includes a promise for the possibility of prosperity and success,” said Frey, who noticed a common theme in the last three years of recession-era photo assignments for the Washington Post. “In each of the photographs, the subjects are striving for that dream.”

Frey, an alumna of the University of La Verne, hopes that people might see themselves in the images, on display at the university’s Irene Carlson Gallery through October 7. Admission to the gallery, located on the ground floor of Miller Hall on La Verne’s main campus, is free.

Guests can meet the artist, via satellite, during a special reception in the Carlson Gallery on Thursday Sept. 8, from 6 – 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Since joining the Washington Post in 2006, much of Frey’s assignments have dealt with, in one form or another, everyday Americans struggling to make ends meet in an area close to where the world’s most powerful leaders report to work every day.

“It’s an odd juxtaposition being in the nation’s capital where the people that represent ordinary Americans tend to be extraordinarily wealthy white men,” said Frey.

The disconnect is evident when looking at the struggles of ordinary citizens across the country in contrast to their leaders on Capitol Hill.

“I tend to become emotionally invested with a lot of the people I photograph.  I laugh with them; I cry with them. And my heart aches for what they must endure,” said Frey, whose love of photography has always centered on capturing the human condition.

As an undergraduate at the University of La Verne, Frey was photography editor for La Verne Magazine before graduating in 1983. Soon after she was hired as a photography intern at the Ontario Daily Report before it merged with the Pomona Progress Bulletin to become the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. She went on to work at the Orange County Register and later the Journal Newspapers in the Washington D.C. suburbs before joining the Washington Post.

Frey was born in 1961 and lived in four states by the time she was 5. She believes the early transient lifestyle instilled a sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. She now resides in Washington D.C.

The Carlson Gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday or by special appointment. For more information on the exhibit, the artist reception or the Carlson Gallery, contact Gary Colby at (909) 593-3511, ext. 4281.

For directions to the university’s main campus and parking information, visit

August 30, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Deborah Olson, Associate Professor of Management, and Dr. Jeanny Liu, Associate Professor of Marketing, published “Putting Business Students in the Shoes of an Executive…” in “Insight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching,” vol. 6 (2011).   Insight is available at

Abstract of the article:  Students often struggle with how to translate textbook concepts into real world applications that allow them to personally experience the importance of these concepts. This is an ongoing challenge within all disciplines in higher education. To address this, faculty design their courses using methods beyond traditional classroom lectures to facilitate and reinforce student learning. The authors believe that students who are given hands-on problem solving opportunities are more likely to retain such knowledge and apply it outside the classroom, in the workplace, volunteer activities, and other personal pursuits. In an attempt to engage students and provide them with meaningful opportunities to apply course concepts, the authors have initiated a number of experiential learning methods in the classroom. Since fall of 2008, elements of problem-based learning were integrated in the authors’ business courses. Specifically, real world consulting projects were introduced into their classrooms. This paper focuses on the authors’ experiences implementing problem-based learning processes and practical project assignments which actively engage students in the learning process. The experiences and the feedback gathered from students and executives who participated in the “real world” project are reported in this paper.

August 29, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Yingxia Cao, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences

Dr. Yingxia Cao, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences

Dr. Yingxia Cao, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences and former Director of Institutional Research has been elected Chair of the Oversea Chinese Association for Institutional Research (OCAIR) for 2012-2013. During 2011-2012, she will act as the chair-elect and serve on the five-member steering committee to make major decisions for the Association. After May 2012, she will take over the “OCAIR Chair” position and lead the association. OCAIR has over 300 registered members, who work in over a dozen countries. It is dominated by Chinese, but open to all. OCAIR’s main activities include member forums, a regular listserv, virtual conferences, annual face-to-face meetinga, professional development workshops, partnership with Chinese institutional research activities, and an annual newsletter. For more information about the Association, please visit its website at

August 24, 2011 by University of La Verne

In a move that reflects her passion to advance the University of La Verne in the national educational conversation, President Devorah Lieberman has accepted an invitation to become a member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Network Executive Board.

Lieberman, who was born and raised in Covina, Calif., has spent much of her time since assuming the office of the president on July 1 formulating a university strategic plan that will distinguish the institution to meet the nation’s needs in higher education.

“There has never been a time in this country when an excellent college education has been more vital than it is right now. It is one of the keys to our future, as a nation,” Lieberman said. “That means the work of the American Council on Education is more important than ever in advocating for higher education, and I am honored to be a part of that.”

Founded in 1918, ACE is the only higher education organization that represents presidents and chancellors of all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: community colleges and four-year institutions, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit colleges. ACE represents the interests of more than 1,600 campus executives, as well as 200 leaders of higher education-related associations and organizations. Together, ACE member institutions serve 80 percent of today’s college students.

As is the case with her other busy colleagues on the Board, Lieberman will participate in nine conference calls throughout the year, the first on Wednesday, August 25. Lieberman plans to attend the ACE Annual Meeting in Los Angeles on March 9, 2012.

“This is an organization that reflects the intellectual and professional goals of institutions of higher education, one whose vision and purpose are consistent with ours at the University of La Verne,” Lieberman said. “We are committed to doing everything possible to provide the highest education to our students, like thousands of other fine institutions across the country.”

Lieberman, the first woman to hold the office of president in La Verne’s 120-year history, will be inaugurated on October 21. Her list of national involvement in higher education organizations includes, but is not limited to, having served as chair of the ACE International Collaborative, her work as an ACE Institute Facilitator, her position as Institutional Representative chair for the New American Colleges & Universities, and serving on the advisory board for the National Review Board for Civic Engagement.

August 23, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Omid Furutan, Assistant Professor of Management, recently published “The role of the widening gap between the rich and the poor in the recent financial crises,” in “Research in Business and Economics Journal,”

Dr. Omid Furutan, Assistant Professor of Management

vol. 4 (2011).

This paper proposes that the mainstream economists’ view of the recent financial crises and economic collapse is limited in its explanation of causality. This is due to the self-adjusting properties of the economic models that are used, and as such, these models do not allow for any kind of economic crises (Asensio and Lang, 2010). Due to the narrow properties of these models, mainstream economists provide limited guidance on possible corrective actions in order to avoid or minimize the impact of future collapses.
It is argued in this paper that economic disparity and the widening gap between the rich and the poor played an important role in the recent financial and economic crises. Such an outlook would give us additional useful insights that could be applied to personal, national and international policies. It would offer a new and a healthier perspective in the most recent tax-cut policy debates in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

August 23, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Issam Ghazzawi, Associate Professor of Management, along with Dr. Margie Wheeler, Claremont Graduate University, and Dr. Marie Palladini, California State University Dominquez Hills, published “The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority: Interest Based Bargaining as an Alternative to Collective Bargaining” as well as an instructor’s manual for it in “Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies,” vol. 17 (2011).

Dr. Issam Ghazzawi, Associate Professor of Management

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) had a history of difficult labor negotiations, often resulting in labor strikes by one or more of its unions. It is estimated that an extended strike in 2003 cost the region nearly $175 million. During the period leading up to the 2003 strike, the union-management relationship was described as poor. Ultimately, the strike in 2003 was settled by an impasse procedure voluntarily adopted by labor and management, referred to as “binding-nonbinding arbitration.” This type of arbitration requires the two parties to submit their proposals to an arbitrator who renders a decision. Different from traditional arbitration procedures, either side can reject the decision based on a super majority vote.

August 1, 2011 by academic-affairs

Reena Patel, M.S., a clinical-community psychology doctoral student, received the “Student Award” from the Division of South Asians (a Division of the Asian American Psychological Association) during the annual convention of the Asian American Psychological Association. During the 119th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Reena reported findings from her qualitative research on pathways to healing and political empowerment among youth who experienced ethno-political violence in Gujurat, India. Along with six other doctoral students, she

Ms. Reena Patel, M.S. (left) at APA Convention 2011

also presented their research findings on ethics in psychology.

August 1, 2011 by academic-affairs

Five Psychology Department faculty presented six symposia and four posters with eight doctoral students and one undergraduate student at the 119th annual convention of the American Psychological Association Washington, D.C.  Dr. Valerie Jordan, Professor of Psychology, chaired a symposium that involved six doctoral students.  Dr. Chris Liang, Associate Professor of Psychology, presented at a conversation hour and delivered three posters with an undergraduate and three doctoral students.  Dr. Rocio Rosales Mesa, Assistant Professor of Psychology, participated in two symposia as did Dr. Nadine Nakamura, Assistant Professor of Psychology.  Dr. Joan Twohey-Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and a graduate student presented a poster.  The doctoral students were Danielle Bryce, Natalie Roweiheb, Reena Patel, Sarah Tallentire, Elisabeth Knauer, Errin Price, Larissa Hul, and Nelly Amini; the undergraduate was Brianne Ballard.  Their research topics addressed masculinity issues among Latino men, Latino college student experiences, perceived discrimination and just world beliefs, acculturation experiences of immigrants, relationship satisfaction among men in romantic relationships with men, ethics, and ethno-political violence in India.