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Volume 56, Number 22    February 9, 2009         

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A promising education
In a Feb. 3 CBS 5 News story, President Robert A. Corrigan joined San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to unveil SF Promise, a public partnership between the city and county of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District and SF State that guarantees admission to SF State for any qualified graduate of the San Francisco Unified School District. A group of 250 sixth graders attended the event. Corrigan told the students, "You are the future workers. You are the future professionals. You are the people who are going to make the economy work."

Examining furloughs
In a Feb. 5 Arizona Republic story about the use of furloughs by leaders at Arizona State University, Professor of Management John Sullivan said using furloughs to avoid axing jobs is "the chicken's way out." Sullivan said the furlough program could cause the University to lose many of its top researchers to private universities. "Do you want to work for an organization that takes the easy way out and uses the peanut-butter approach, spreading it evenly?" Sullivan said.

Proper layoffs
In a Feb. 3 story on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation featured Assistant Professor of Management Mitchell Marks commented on workers who keep their jobs amid mass layoffs. Marks said that companies that avoid talking about downsizing only make it worse for employees who don't lose their jobs. "Rumors run rampant," Marks said. "People have an insatiable need for information and if leadership doesn't come forward with information, the void will be filled with the rumor mill and inevitably, that's worse than the reality."

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