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The American Studies Association's call for a boycott of Israeli academic institu- tions is an attack on academic free- dom that we, the undersigned members of the Summit Group, believe is ill-advised and strongly oppose. Whether or not a boycott action has any effect on the ac- tions of the Israeli government is not our concern. Our concern is the American Studies Association’s encouragement of a diminished exchange of information among academicians and scientists. This is clearly neither productive nor wise. Karen M. Grabow, PhD Milton D. Hakel, PhD Douglas T. Hall, PhD George P. Hollenbeck, PhD Leaetta Hough, PhD Allen I. Kraut, PhD Abraham K. Korman, PhD Gary P. Latham, PhD William H. Macey, PhD Cynthia McCauley, PhD Morgan W. McCall, PhD Douglas McKenna, PhD William H. Mobely, PhD Joseph L. Moses, PhD The mission of the American Studies Asso- Karen B. Paul, PhD ciation is focused on the interdisciplinary Ronald F. Piccolo, PhD study of American culture and history. We Lyman W. Porter, PhD encourage the American Studies Associa- Mary Plunkett, PhD tion to return to its area of expertise. Simcha Ronen, PhD Lise M. Saari, PhD Michael Beer, PhD Benjamin Schneider, PhD Walter Borman, PhD Melvin Sorcher, PhD David P. Campbell, PhD Nancy T. Tippins, PhD Michael Frese, PhD Revisiting the Anchors Used in Supervisory Appraisals: A Brief Note on the Topic consistently serve as effective criteria in validation studies. It seems that most of the energy cen- tered at improving supervisory ratings To the Editor: has focused on the rating statements As a practicing psychologist I’ve long wres- rather than the anchors used by the raters tled with the inability of supervisory ratings to evaluate performance. Even when highly descriptive behavioral statements to provide useful knowledge that could are used, we are too often faced with the change behavior. On one level, there has been discussion in some circles to discon- dilemma of a restriction in range of re- tinue using performance ratings at all. On sponses as many ratings group near the another level, and of particular interest to center or mid-point of the scale. This is me, has been the failure of these ratings to often exacerbated by the design of the 16 April 2014 Volume 51 Issue 4