Thursday, June 24, 2010

Searching for Literature and Documents from the Very Early Days of the National Security Education Program (NSEP)

My current research efforts are focusing on the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and I’m posting to IHEC Blog to see if readers have any literature or documents from the very early years of the program and the legislation that created the program (The National Security Education Act of 1991).   Do you have in your personal or office libraries old articles from publications such as the Chronicle of Higher Education or the NAFSA Newsletter or copies of associational/organizational statements and/or letters of concern that you would be willing to share?  Do you have any recommendations for books or other library accessible materials I should check out?

Examples of article clippings and copies of letters I have already been able to collect and have added to the Bury Book International Education Library and Archive include:

Chronicle of Higher Education articles
- Expanding International Study, Critics are still bothered by program’s defense and intelligence ties (November 24, 1993)
- First Winners Picked in National Security Education Program (June 1, 1994)
- Federal Fellowship Program, After Rocky Start, Enters Second Year (September 28, 1994)
- Federal Foreign-Study Program Names Scholarship, Fellowship Winners (May 12, 1995)
- National Security Education Program Changes Controversial Service Requirement (October 4, 1996)
- National Security Education Program Keeps Award Level, Despite Fall in Applications (May 30, 1997)
- Service Requirement Broadened for Federal Foreign-Study Program (October 3, 1997)

NAFSA Newsletter
- Conference inconclusive, but Boren Trust Stays Alive (November 1993)

NAFSA Government Affairs Bulletin
- NSEP Clears Another Hurdle (November 1993)

Educational Associate (the newsletter for members of the Institute of International Education)
- National Security Education Program a Reality (October-December 1993)

Associational/Organizational Letters of Concern

- Letter from Presidents of the African Studies Association, Latin American Studies Association and Middle East Studies Association of North America to Senator David L. Boren (February 14, 1992)

- American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) “ACLS Resolution concerning the National Security Education Act” (circa 1992-1993)

- Letter from the Association for Asian Studies to Senator David L. Boren (March 1, 1993)

- Letter from Social Science Research Council to The Honorable Albert Gore, Vice-President of the United States (July 19, 1993)

Institutional Letters and Policies
- Copies of several institutional letters to the National Security Education Program stating how they will handle the first pilot application cycle in 1994; copies of institutional summaries on how they handled the first pilot application cycle; institutional communications/summaries distributed to prospective NSEP applicants informing them of the concerns within the academic community about the NSEP.

- International Education: Its History and Promise for Today by Theodore M. Vestal (1994).  Vestal provides an excellent early history of the program and how Senator Boren was able to get NSEA passed in the political environment of the day.

I’m also interested in learning about institutional policies about NSEP during first few years of the program. Early SECUSS-L posts/discussions (circa 1993 and 1994), via the SECUSS-L archives, shed some light on the temperature on NSEP within the field of study abroad but I want to learn more about various institutional approaches to and perceptions of the idea of the NSEP during its first year (or two) of operation.  Additionally, the discussions are fascinating to read and I wish we had more discussions/debates in our field!

I understand that obtaining and providing literature and documents pertaining to the early years of the National Security Education Program may be challenging on many levels but if anyone has anything to share it would be greatly appreciated!

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