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2006 - The Midwest Political Science Association Pages: 22 pages || Words: 8153 words || 
1. Marichal, Jose. "You Call This Service? The Effect of Project Type on Deficiency Paradigms in a Service Learning Project" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Apr 20, 2006 <Not Available>. 2018-10-17 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This paper reports on research that investigates the effect of different types of service learning activities on student's attitudes towards the communities they are serving (Mcknight 1996).

2. Williams, Charlie., Cowling, Otto., Stringer, Fred., Barker, Lori., Rogers, Mike. and Drewry, Richard. "Biomass Medium-BTU Hydrocarbon Fuel Gas Generator Application Project. (Poultry Litter Energy Conversion Project)" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, Saddlebrook Resort, Tampa, Florida, Jul 21, 2007 <Not Available>. 2018-10-17 <>
Publication Type: Poster Presentation
Abstract: The purpose of this Conservation Innovation Grant Project is to convert biomass, specifically chicken litter, into an energy source that can be easily used by producers. This addresses the CIG component concerns of Natural Resources, Atmospheric Resources, and Bio-based energy opportunities. It accomplishes this by providing a renewable source of energy for the producer, reducing the country’s use of and dependence on fossil fuels (foreign petroleum), reducing the producer’s energy expenses, and demonstrating a method to protect water resources by reducing the amount of nutrients applied in nutrient surplus watersheds.
An innovative technology has recently been developed that will help address the natural resource concern of foreign petroleum consumption as well as air and water quality and agricultural practices. This new technology has been incorporated into a unique patented device called a “Noah” unit. The “Noah” unit accepts biomass and agricultural waste as input which it converts to a medium-BTU (over 600 BTUs per cubic foot) hydrocarbon fuel gas suitable for most uses similar to natural gas. The unit produces only one other output besides the fuel gas, which is an ash that, when using chicken litter, is equivalent to a 3-3.5-7 non-toxic fertilizer, suitable for vegetables and pasture. This project is to install 4 “Noah” units on poultry farms in the major poultry producing areas in Arkansas. The NOAH units convert chicken litter to fuel for generators that will supply the electrical needs of four to six broiler houses. Excess electricity may be supplied into the grid.

2011 - RSA Annual Meeting Words: 105 words || 
3. Meyer, Paul Ernest. "Emblematica Online Project : A Joint Digitization Project of The Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada, <Not Available>. 2018-10-17 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Starting in Fall of 2009 The Emblematica Online project, a joint venture between the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been digitizing the combined early modern emblem collections of both libraries. The size of the resulting combined digital collection is approximately 800 emblem books. A particular focus of this project has been the German emblem database consisting of roughly 200 emblem books of German origin. This paper is a discussion of the various processes involved in the creation of these new instruments for the study of emblems along with a description of how they can be utilized.

2012 - Southern Political Science Association Words: 296 words || 
4. Aitalieva, Nurgul. "Cooperative Benchmarking Projects: The Case of the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel InterContinental, New Orleans, Louisiana, <Not Available>. 2018-10-17 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: In this research, I am examining what effect the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project (TMBP) has had on performance of their participating cities. The goal of the TMBP is to evaluate the performance of a group of Tennessee (TN) cities by comparing the efficiency and effectiveness of a set of common services and to begin the long process of identifying and sharing the “best practices” of the participant cities with other local governments. Most of the practitioners believe that if applied properly, benchmarking gives participants a stimulus for improvement.
As of today, there is a lack of systematic study of the effectiveness of benchmarking programs in the public sector. Most of the studies rely on survey results and reflect respondents’ perceptions of the effectiveness of the program. Two studies developed by Mark C. William (2005) and David N. Ammons (2009) are examples of some efforts to discern data patterns of the North Carolina (NC) municipal benchmarking project over time.
This study uses the methods developed by Ammons (2009) in his study of the NC Benchmarking Project. Particular focus in this research involves assessing how service quality levels and local service delivery conditions affect service performance and costs across participating cities. The research questions guiding this analysis are similar to Ammon’s study: Did participants as a whole improve performance over time? Were gains in efficiency offset by losses in the quality and effectiveness of service, and vice versa? Did performance variance among participants on a given measure decline over time? Do data suggest that some participants improved performance more than others? The objective of this paper is to conduct a longitudinal analysis of the types, uses, and decision applications of benchmarking data in residential refuse collection and disposal, police services, and fire services of the TN Benchmarking project.

2013 - 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society Words: 418 words || 
5. Liu, Baocun. "From Project 211 to Project 2011: A Policy Analysis of the Higher Education Reform in China" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans, LA, Mar 10, 2013 <Not Available>. 2018-10-17 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: From Project 211 to Project 2011: A Policy Analysis of the Higher Education Reform in China

Higher education in China has been undergoing dramatic changes during the past 20 years. On the one hand, China has established the largest higher education system in the world, providing more higher education opportunities to senior high school graduates. On the other hand, China launched Project 211, Project 985 and Project 2011 to build world class universities and promote the quality of higher education as well as the transition from a country of huge human resources to a country of strong human resources.
Project 211, started from 1993, aims to build 100 universities and key disciplines in the 21st century, with key disciplines, public service system and overall conditions as its priorities. Project 985 , started from 1998, aims to build some world-class universities and high-level universities , with mechanism innovation, faculty development, research centers construction, supporting resources , international exchange and cooperation as its main tasks. Project 2011, started in 2012, aims to promote mechanism reform of higher education institutions and improve their innovation competence in education, research and discipline. Project 2011 is the expansion and development of Project 211 and Project 985. Project 211 and Project 985 give more priority to disciplines, talents training and research centers construction to promote the development within the campuses while Project 2011 gives more priority to mechanism reform of the universities to promote the collaborative innovation among the university, research institution and enterprises. The three projects are different but connected. The development from Project 211, Project 985 to Project 2011 reflects the different demands and strategies at different stages of higher education in China.
The goal of the research is to examine the development of the higher education reform policy in China, focusing on the three important projects, analyze the differences and relationship among them. The research will be based on the government documents, data from Ministry of Education. Policy analysis and comparative study will be used in the research. The data will be analyzed from the view of the Triple Helix Theory of Henry Etzkowitz and Loet Leydesdoff.
The development from Project 211, Project 985 to Project 2011, reflects the characteristics of higher education reform in China. At different stages of higher education development, China makes different policies to solve different problems and achieve different goals. At the beginning of Project 2011, China is facing with some challenges and problems. Thus the research will also put forward some suggestions to the governments and the universities.

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