Issue Number 16
October 2016
In This Issue
Of Note:Note
CPS Professor Weighs In on Privacy vs. Security

Connie Uthoff, Assistant Director of Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management program, published an article entitled "Technology and the Tension between Security and Privacy" in the Spring 2016 issue of United States Cybersecurity Magazine. Using the example of Apple vs. the FBI in which the two iconic organizations were pitted against each other over the encrypted iPhone of the San Bernardino terrorist, Ms. Uthoff examines the tension between security and privacy that exists in the world today. "On one hand, the ability for bad actors to utilize technology to communicate, plan, and execute attacks against U.S. interests is advancing rapidly. Equally concerning, as divulged through the Snowden leaks, is the robust data collection capabilities the United States has developed, which, if used improperly, could threaten civil liberties and the very security we seek to protect."

Professor Uthoff reviews the legal case which has wider societal implications and concludes by arguing for continued and thoughtful dialogue in order to secure a future which provides both security and privacy in equal measure. 
Video of GSPM Professor on the Third Presidential Debate

Gary Nordlinger, faculty of Political Management and Advocacy in the Global Environment programs, appeared on Fox9 channel and analyzed the third and final presidential debate. Nordlinger identifies this debate as the most important one because it focused on issues more than the first two.

CPS Landscapes

Two CPS programs, Sustainable Landscapes and Landscape Design, publish a joint newsletter with interesting articles and eye-catching photos. In the most recent issue of this occasional publication we read news and updates about the programs, including the following: 

Read the CPS Landscapes newsletter and view at the photos

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Last month, the Sustainable Urban Planning Student Organization (SUPSO) participated in their first ever Park(ing) Day event hosted by the District's Department of Transportation (DDOT)! Park(ing) Day is an annual event celebrated by cities around the world.  Held every third Friday in September, cities transform parking spaces into green parks, advocating the importance of green space in urban cities and the need for more green and less concrete.


Capitol Hill Bound? GSPM Alumni's Advice to Job Seekerstwo
GSPM alumna Jamie Gahun chief of staff to Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), speaks with an attendee Thursday after a lunch event on Capitol Hill.
Photo Credit: William Atkins,  GW Today
Graduate School of Political Management alumni working on the Hill say the key for students to make it on Capitol Hill is careful job research, networking and a positive attitude.

As current and former House of Representatives chiefs of staff, these four alumni have seen hundreds of well-educated internship candidates and entry-level job seekers make common mistakes.

"You would be surprised how many candidates for a position don't even research the member himself," said Bill Zito, a George Washington University alumnus and chief of staff to Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas). "Everybody just wants to get their foot in the door, but you really have to sell to me why you want to work for that member and that district."

Mr. Zito was joined Thursday by other alumni from GW's Legislative Affairs degree program , including Hannah Kim, chief of staff to Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.); Jamie Gahun, chief of staff to Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas); and Alex Harman, former chief of staff to then-Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.).

Prospective and current students, faculty and staff attended the lunch program at the Rayburn House Office Building to learn about the legislative affairs program and to hear how the panelists launched their careers in government.

Ms. Gahun was already working on Capitol Hill as a deputy chief of staff when she started her master's program. While it didn't help her get her start, her GW education has helped her immensely since then.

All the panelists agreed that networking is the key to moving up in politics, and that it's important for students to make connections where they can. Most people working in legislative affairs will follow a nontraditional path-making a career in politics through several different jobs over time.

Letter from an Alumnusthree

Hey Frederic! [Professor Frederic Lemieux, Director of Homeland Security (formerly Security & Safety Leadership) program]

I hope all is well with you and the SSL program! I think it has been about 2 years since we last talked and almost 6 years since I graduated from the very first SSL cohort. It was at a GW alumni/networking event we talked about my career, and you really helped out with some ideas and leads for me. At that time, I took a job as an OPM federal background investigator. I served in that capacity for 2 years. 

Recently, I moved back to DC to accept a position in homeland security consulting. I'd have to say I'm in the perfect job for someone with a SSL master's degree. I really love the company I work for because they provide a lot of opportunities for people to try management consulting in different aspects of DHS (and they hire heavily from GWU). It's been a great opportunity to apply some of the concepts from the SSL Strategic Change Leadership, management and budgeting, and homeland security classes. Currently I'm on an ICE project in the DC area. 

I'm emailing you to say THANK YOU for your help over the years, in creating the SSL program, in teaching, and in offering career advice and outside-the-box thinking. 

Ben Volpe
M.P.S. Security and Safety Leadership '10

Violent Extremism and Cybersecurity: A CPS Panel Discussionfour
Submission and Photo by Tony Harvin, Executive Director, CPS Office of Alumni Relations
Dr. Frederic Lemieux, Director of Homeland Security program (Left)
and Guest Speakers at the Event
Is cyber espionage between states a hostile act or simply a legitimate and accepted government activity? 

Is a cyber intrusion a cyber attack? 

Is government data understood to be fair game to other state actors but industry trade secrets off limits? 

Are terrorist organizations really concerned with promotion, branding and market share?

These are just some of the questions asked of and topics explored by guest speakers at the panel discussion and reception, National Security Threat Convergence: Violent Extremism and Cybersecurity, held Wednesday evening, October 12 at the GW Media & Public Affairs building.

And the timeliness of this topic cannot be overlooked in the wake of alleged Russian-backed cyber hacks and WikiLeaks releases, perhaps designed to influence the US presidential election.

The panel discussion and reception was co-hosted by the CPS Office of Alumni Relations and the Security and Safety Leadership and the Cybersecurity programs for alumni and students.
The guest speakers presented the following topics:
  • Terrorism and Radicalization, presented by John Perren, Adjunct Professor, CPS and former Assistant Director, FBI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate
  • Challenges of Modern Cyber Warfare, presented by Lieutenant Colonel Scott Applegate, Strategic Planner, J5, Cyber Policy Division, Joint Chiefs of Staff and CPS Adjunct Professor
  • US Critical Infrastructure Sectors as Targets, presented by Charles Brooks, Vice President, Government Relations & Marketing, Sutherland Government Solutions and Chairman of the CompTIA New and Emerging Technologies Committee
The presentations were followed by a robust Q&A and a reception.

Why Continuing Education Programs Are Poised to Become Hubs of Innovationfive
By Michael B. Horn

Enrollment in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, 
by age: Fall 1970 through fall 2024

As more adults than ever before enroll in postsecondary education programs and a variety of players-from bootcamps to online and mobile course providers-offer options tailored to match adults' work and family circumstance, traditional colleges and universities have struggled to keep pace.

Yet there's no reason why traditional schools can't catch up. Those with a continuing education program have a valuable asset they should leverage as their hub of innovation to improve opportunities not just for adults but for all students.

Because of their mission and relative autonomy on university campuses, continuing education programs-in the form of extension schools and schools of continuing and professional education-are well-positioned to experiment with different student-centered learning models, create innovative programs that generate new revenue streams, and build bridges with industry partners.

Continuing education programs arose in the 19th century to meet the critical workforce and social needs of the time. As my colleagues Amber Laxton, Yury Lifshits and I write in a new report, 10 Trends Ahead for Continuing Education , continuing education programs are an ideal place to not only test new ideas, but also launch new programs. Most continuing education programs remain relatively autonomous from the existing processes and priorities that govern the traditional university.

In particular, continuing education programs are less regulated, more responsive to industry and consumer needs, have less restrictive budget policies and procurement systems, operate under lower political pressure, and are often infused with the "startup mentality" that is critical for responding to and pioneering disruptive innovations.

In the report we discuss ten trends and opportunities that will define the leading continuing education programs of the future-from supporting on-demand learning to offering creative financing options, from adopting competency-based learning models to partnering with companies to create custom employee training programs, improve career services, and even establish a new credentialing system.

And just as universities have seen international students as a key way to maintain revenues and bolster their global brand, so too will continuing education programs find future growth overseas. Adult international students, in particular, are attracted to non-degree programs because they are cheaper and shorter. They offer comprehensive visa support, particularly for Optional Practical Training (OPT) opportunities, which have increased in importance as the H1B route has become more competitive. Even as universities work through turbulent times, continuing education programs sit in an enviable position on their campuses. There's a growing constituency of adult learners hungry to acquire new skills through new programs, which gives schools a license to innovate. Now it's time for universities to seize that initiative and invest accordingly in the efforts at their continuing education programs.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Are MicroMasters the Future of Professional Education? six

Colleges and universities in the United States and other countries have signed up with edX  [ Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering courses from the world's best universities and institutions ]
to offer MicroMasters: small-scale credentialing programs that can be completed in months and can apply earned credit towards a master's degree. These online programs are offered in supply chain management, hospitality and business and social work, among dozens of other emerging professional fields and credentials can be earned at a fraction of the cost of a full master's degree, which can spur savings in student loans of out-of-pocket expenses for a full degree. 

Research indicates that interest and pursuit of master's degrees is increasing, and programs like these are certain to accelerate that interest for many working professionals.
According to some higher education experts, from an industry and financial perspective, all institutions should prioritize job training and skills development at the undergraduate level, with an eye towards promoting advanced degrees as a high level certification that can accentuate certain credentials earned through the first four years. This places graduates in a position of bartering for higher salaries and competitive opportunities beyond entry-level work.

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