Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Fast facts from Education Pays 2007
The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society
From the College Board:
• The typical college graduate working full-time year-round pays about 134 percent more in federal taxes and almost 80 percent more in total federal, state and local taxes than the typical high school graduate.
• College graduates are more likely than others to donate blood.
• In every age group, adults with higher levels of education are more likely to vote.
• Adults with higher levels of education are more likely than others to be open to differing opinions.
• Workers with lower education levels earn more if others in the same metropolitan area are more educated.
• College graduates are much less likely than individuals with lower levels of education to be unemployed, rely on public assistance programs, or live in a poverty-level household.
• Among all racial/ethnic groups, unemployment rates are much lower for college graduates than for high school graduates.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Our Master of Professional Studies program contributes to the festival.
Coordinator, Online Student Success
Division of Cross-Disciplinary Studies
East Tennessee State University
Sunday, April 27, 2008
For the fifth consecutive year, New Hampshire has been named the Most Livable State. The Granite State excels in a number of important quality-of-life measures, boasting low crime, low poverty, and high income levels, as well as a well-educated population. Joining New Hampshire at the top of the rankings are Utah, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Iowa. At the opposite end of the Most Livable State rankings, Mississippi holds on firmly to last place. It has held this position for nine of the last ten years. Preceding Mississippi are South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas.
The rankings are contained in State Rankings 2008: A Statistical View of America. Formerly published by Morgan Quitno Press, State Rankings and the Most Livable State Award are now published by Washington-based CQ Press, the reference and textbook-publishing division of Congressional Quarterly. The content in State Rankings 2008 both replaces and expands upon the content in the State Fact Finder annual reference book that CQ Press customers have come to know. State Rankings 2008 is the flagship title in a new and improved line of state rankings books that make up the new State Fact Finder Series.
Read the entire press release at http://os.cqpress.com/PressRelease_MostLivableState2008.pdf
Purchase the report at www.cqpress.com/product/Education-State-Rankings-2007-2008.html
I spent my honeymoon in the most livable state and lived a few years in another in the top five. Didn't seem the most livable at the time.
What Is Impact?
Impact is the difference your programs are making in peoples lives. In more technical terms, impact is the quantifiable difference a research or education program makes in the quality of life for its clients and citizens.
An impact statement is a brief summary, in non-technical terms, of the economic, environmental, and/or social impact of our efforts. It states accomplishments and their payoff to society. In short, an impact statement answers two questions:
- So what?
- Who cares?
Friday, April 25, 2008
FLI is an innovative five-day leadership seminar designed for mid-level community college administrators who are ready to move into a higher level of leadership. These individuals are currently in a position that is responsible for multiple employees, including faculty, administrators and/or staff and probably have titles such as Vice President, Dean, Associate Dean or Director.
Future Leaders Institute - East
Application and Payment Deadlines
Estimated Cost and Hotel Information
Online Application -- Deadline extended to Friday, April 25
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The following findings are taken from the report:
More than three-quarters of incoming adult learners (77 percent) indicated they study hard "even for courses I don't like," compared to just over half (56 percent) of traditional-age students.
More than half of incoming adult learners (57 percent) expected to work at a full- or part-time job more than 20 hours a week while attending classes, compared to less than a quarter (21 percent) of traditional-age students.
Many more incoming adult learners than traditional-age students indicated they enjoyed reading.
One-third of incoming adult learners (35 percent) indicated interest in learning about campus clubs and social organizations, compared to more than half (57 percent) of traditional-age students.
Close to half of incoming adult learners (45 percent) indicated they had financial problems that are "very distracting and troublesome" compared to approximately a quarter (27 percent) of traditional-age students.
Questions or comments about this report may be directed to Tim Culver, Noel-Levitz vice president of consulting services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Elizabeth Herr, Ph.D., senior statistician, at email@example.com.
The Amazing Pace: Meeting Global Size Challenges in
University Conference Centers and Event Management
August 3-5, 2008
Call for Presentation Proposals Extended
Do you have useful approaches/tips in your organization you would like to share with other university and college event planning and operations professionals? Join us in exploring the issues, challenges, and opportunities in conference and event management and operations at colleges and universities.
The program committee for the Second Annual National Conference on University and College Conference Centers (NCUCCC) has extended the deadline for submitting a presentation proposal. The new deadline for emailing your submission to mailto:NCUCCC@ccs.ua.edu?subject=Presenation%20Proposal%20Submission is Thursday May 15, 2008. Individuals will be notified about proposal acceptance by email. Visit our website for additional conference information and Call for Proposal guidelines.
Share your knowledge and expertise in the following areas:
Sales & Marketing
Operations - Hotel, Food & Beverage, Business Administration
Conference Support Services
Trends and Issues of Collegiate Event Planning
Conference Services - Registration, Event Management, Program Planning
The conference is co-sponsored by The University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies and The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center & Hotel.
International Pre-Conference 2008 of the
Commission on International Adult Education (CIAE)
American Association for Adult & Continuing (AAACE)
Sunday, November, 9 (evening) through Tuesday, November 11 (mid-day)
Sheraton Denver Hotel, Denver, Colorado
Please provide the following information:
Name(s) of presenter(s):
Title of Paper:
Brief description (Approximately 250 word abstract, but use additional sheets if necessary):
AV Equipment needed:
Date you will arrive in Denver, CO:
Please submit your proposal (by mail or e-mail) by July 15, 2008. Full papers will be published in the CIAE Pre-Conference Proceedings. You will be informed by August 15, 2008 if your proposal has been accepted for presentation at the Pre-Conference. Send proposal to:
Marcie Boucouvalas, Ph. D. Director, Commission on International Adult Education – Virginia Tech National Capital Region, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 USA. or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fax: (703) 538-8465.
Full paper is due by September 30, 2008, in order to be included in the CIAE Pre-Conference Proceedings, which will be available in Denver to each registered participant of the Pre-Conference. Thank you.
AAACE Conference Theme: Creating Your Future within AAACE Future
Conference is Tuesday, Nov. 11 – 14
Monday, April 21, 2008
The new Journal of Continuing Higher Education has arrived. The JCHE strives to support continuing higher education by serving as a forum for the reporting and exchange of information based on research, observations, and the experience relevant to the field. Issues are published in the winter, spring, and fall.
Consider writing for the Journal. Submission and manuscript guidelines can be found at www.acheinc.org/2008%20Site/jcheguide.html
Friday, April 18, 2008
In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9, Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin' out over the line
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we're young
`Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run
From Hey, You! Pay Attention! at
One of the things we did at ETSU this year to help integrate technology into our off-campus cohort offerings was to create iPod Grants. We ordered iPod Nanos engraved with ETSU and announced that we would have a competition to award them to faculty teaching in Cohort and Cross-Disciplinary Studies programs who integrate podcasting into their courses. Instructors reported plans to use podcasting to:
Increase group participation in online courses.
Create an “audio theatre.”
Record and incorporate presentations from local entrepreneurs and performers into distance courses.
Respond to a larger variety of learning styles.
Enhance students’ information and media literacy.
Develop listening and presentation skills.
Enhance community outreach and promote non-traditional student enrollment.
We awarded 11 this year to faculty from 7 departments. Eighteen courses were influenced as a result in Knoxville, Hampton, Morristown, Cleveland, Kingsport, and online. And we're running out of iPods...
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
The traditional career path for the community college leader-start as a professor, become a department head and then dean, take on a vice presidency, and then enter the presidency-has fallen to the wayside.
Marilyn Amey, a professor of educational administration at Michigan State university, and Kim VanDerLinden, a doctoral student at the university, surveyed the leadership landscape for a research brief titled "Career Paths for Community College Leaders" (American Association of Community Colleges, 2002). The survey of 1,700 administrators provided illuminating data on where these leaders started out. Less than a quarter (22 percent) of presidents were promoted from within, while 66 percent came from other institutions. The survey also uncovered two emerging steppingstones to the presidency: through occupation and vocational education positions and through business and industry liaison positions such as workforce development. [emphasis mine]
See the entire article at www.universitybusiness.com/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=864&p=2
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Their day-long seminar teaches participants to become a SuperStripper and uses the following pitch:
Start treating your work in a strip club as just that, WORK! Create for yourself
the future you want to create! The Exotic Dancer, M.B.A. program will help you
get there! Planning on coming? Grab your stilletos! Break out your g-strings!
Put on your stripper suit (hot pink track suit, of course). Press the button to
register, or contact us through the form below.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2008
- Distinguished Program Award-Non-credit: The Auburn University Academy of Lifelong Learners. Program Coordinator--Mary Quinn Burkhart
- Outstanding Faculty Award: Russel Jacques, Florida Institute of Technology
- Joseph P. Goddard Scholarship: Victoria Culbreth, Northern Kentucky University. Victoria is working on a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University.
- Wayne Whelan Research Grant: Elizabeth Laves, Western Kentucky University. Elizabeth will "investigate online distance education courses offered as concentrated study in three or five week formats to determine if and how teaching presence as proposed in the Community of Inquiry Model impacts student perception of learning from both the students' perspective and the faculty perspective."
- Mini-Grant Award: C. Keith Young, Northeast State Community College at Elizabethton. Keith will "identify models for public-private partnerships between community colleges and the public sector."
Not sure if you all have seen this article from SREB but it is something
that as an Adult Continuing Association in TN we may want to look into
supporting this interesting approach. It is about who are our students and
who we may have missed . The article points out that 20 million
25- to 55-year-olds in 16 southern states have enrolled at a college but left
without a degree, may it be an Associate or a BA. In the article
Chaloux of the SREB states that: “Some institutions have reached out to
them, but it hasn’t been a broad effort. We’re making the argument
that this is your work force, and you need to craft programs that allow adults
to complete their degrees.”
Here is the link to read the article: www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/04/08/adult
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Looking at the April issue of the Nontraditional Students Report. ACHE got some mention in "Focus on your Needs When Selecting Conferences, Sessions: NSR Board Members Discuss Making the Most of Conferences."
Esther Powell, Winston-Salem State University; Ruth Freiburger, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; and Carol Aslanian, Aslanian Group, were all featured in the article discussing the conferences they attend. Here's a sample:
For both person and professional development reasons, Freiburger likes the conferences sponsored by CAEL, the Association for Continuing Higher Education and the American Association for Adult and Continuing Eduction. She typically attends about two conferences a year. Powell attends both the regional and national ACHE conference. "ACHE has always been a very good resource and has been conducive to my needs an an adult educator," she said. . . . Aslanian likes to attend ACHE conferences and is planning to head to more graduate-level conference in the future. [emphasis mine]
The article isn't available online.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
The AGLSP website is at http://www.aglsp.org/
CALL FOR PAPERS
Culture, Consciousness and Nature
A Context for Climate Change
The organizers are looking for broad interpretations of the theme, to include philosophic, aesthetic, spiritual and cultural perpsectives as well as technical, scientific and policy discourse.
Deadline for submission of proposals has been extended to May 15, 2008. Submit by email to Stephen Duguid, Chair, Graduate Liberal Studies, Simon Fraser University, email@example.com.
Terry Ratcliff, Executive Director, Adult and Extended Education
Dominican University of California - West
Clare Quigley, Academic Adviser
Arcadia University - Mid-Atlantic
Patricia Brinegar, Educational Consultant and Facilitator
Stonehill College - New England
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne - Great Lakes
Susan Deason, Director, Extended Learning
Illinois State University - Great Lakes
Robert Wagner, Assistant Vice Provost
Utah State University-West
Linda F. Fonte, Associate Dean, School of Professional and Graduate Studies
St. Joseph's College - Northeast
Robin Redmon Wright, Assistant Professor of Adult Learning and Teaching
University of Texas at San Antonio - South
Carol Vallett , Dean of Continuing Education
University of Vermont - New England
Plagiarism is a problem in the age of online content and cut-and-pastability. Read an interview with Caroline Eisner and Martha Vicinus, the authors of Originality, Imitation and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age at www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/04/03/writing
Purchase the book at www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do;jsessionid=E3CB41654C287867C48A2B5FDAC5DFFE?id=287891
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I just received Adult Education the Rural Context: People Place, and Change, the Spring 2008 Volume of the New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education series. Edited by Jeffery A. Ritchey, a partial list of contents includes:
- "Extension and Community: The Practice of Popular and Progressive Education" (Jeff Zacharakis)
- "Rural Adult Literacy in a Community Context: From the Margin to the Mainstream" (Mary F. Ziegler, Dent C. Davis)
- "Rural Education for Older Adults" (Vivian W. Mott)
- "Workforce Learning in Rural Contexts" (Robert F. Reardon, Ann K. Brooks)
To purchase, go to http://www.josseybass.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-ACE.html
A topic like this always brings to mind Kevin Grisham's classic: The Rural Juror....
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Just reviewing the agenda of the ACHE South Regional Conference that I'll be attending next week. Formerly known as ACHE Region VII, we'll be celebrating our 5oth meeting. The conference is hosted by the University of Mississippi, and they have done a wonderful job of marketing the meeting. There's definitely a taste of Tennessee in the offerings, and here are some those homestate program highlights:
The conference website is http://www.outreach.olemiss.edu/ACHE/ACHE_conference.html
At the EDUCAUSE Website, you can read the most popular EDUCAUSE Review articles of 2007, beginning with the following:
1. Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs! Oh, My! What Is a Faculty Member Supposed to Do? Patricia McGee and Veronica Diaz
See the rest at http://connect.educause.edu/blog/cluckett/readthemostpopulareducaus/46437
See the complete ranking at http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2006-06-20-dropout-rates_x.htm