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Political scientist to discuss education reform at NSU as part of Constitution Day
ABERDEEN, S.D. – An Aberdeen native who is a nationally respected
political scientist will discuss education reform at Northern State University as part of the university’s Constitution Day events. 
 
Kenneth J. Meier, professor of political science and the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Johnson Fine Arts Center Room 134. His speech, titled "The Politics of Education Reform," is free and open to the public.
 

Meier, a graduate of Aberdeen Central High School, also serves as director of the Project on Equity, Representation and Governance and the Carlos H. Cantu Hispanic Education and Opportunity Endowment at Texas A&M. Meier, an author, has won numerous awards in the field of public administration. His research examines the role that bureaucracy plays in the policymaking process, how public management affects the performance of organizations, the determinants of educational equity, and the interface of race and politics.
 

At NSU, Meier will discuss the role of teachers, contributions of management, and essential role of people in practical education reform, drawing from his 30 years of experience studying education policy in the U.S. and his international research in Denmark, Holland and the United Kingdom.
 

The speech is one of numerous Constitution Day events planned at NSU.
 

“The Constitution is primarily concerned with setting up institutions of government so we can make laws and rules that protect the rights of the people and enhance our well-being,” said Dr. Jon Schaff, NSU professor of political science. “Professor Meier will be discussing one aspect of this, namely how we educate our citizens and how we can do it better.” 
 

For more information about Constitution Day at NSU, contact Dr. Ric Dias at 605-626-7795 or Ric.Dias@northern.edu.