Saturday, May 31, 2008
ACHE South Regional and LACHE Meeting
Baton Rouge, LA
Save the Date: April 27-29, 2009.
The Planning Committee for this joint conference meets in two weeks.
Friday, May 30, 2008
The community colleges that GAO visited developed various approaches and programs for career and technical training to meet the needs of industry sectors, individual employers, and certain types of students and workers. Through a variety of outreach, relationship building, and data collection efforts, community colleges have come to understand the specific training needs of key industries in their regions and use this information to keep programs current or develop new programs to address these needs. Community college activities include providing contract or customized training to the employees of specific employers; working with small businesses; and targeting training and education programs to specific populations, such as disadvantaged adults, high-school students transitioning to college, and one-stop clients.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Military Student Bill of RightsAll military student populations have basic rights to satisfactory college marketing, admissions, and student services practices including the right to:
- Accurate information about a school’s programs, requirements, accreditation, and its potential impact on course transferability.
- Access basic college/university information and fees without disclosure of student personal information.
- Educational planning and career guidance without high-pressure registration and enrollment efforts from institutions.
- A clear and complete explanation of course/program enrollment procedures and all resulting financial obligations.
- Explore, without coercion, all financial aid options before signing up for student loans or other financial assistance.
- Accurate scholarship information, free of misleading 'scholarship' offers based on military tuition assistance.
- Appropriate academic screening and course placement based on student readiness.
- Appropriate, accessible academic and student support services.
- Clearly defined institutional “drop/add” and withdrawal policies and procedures including information about the impact of military duties (e.g., mobilization, activation, temporary duty assignments) on their academic standing and financial responsibilities.
- Clearly defined grievance/appeals processes.
See more on the new G.I. Bill at www.newgibill.org/
''We project that our electricity costs will be reduced by at leastFIU plans to cut 200 jobs and sell off much of its transportation fleet. While we're looking at significant budget reductions here, it hasn't gotten to the point of layoffs yet. Tennessee, like Florida, doesn't have a state income tax, so I hope we're not looking into the future here...
$250,000 as a result of many of our buildings being unoccupied for three consecutive days each week,'' FIU President Mitch Maidique said in a memo to staff Thursday. www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/story/536741.html
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
182 g fat
240 g carbs
But there is no empirical evidence that being immersed in instant messaging, texting, iPods, videogames and all things online impairs thinking ability. "The jury is still out on whether these technologies are positive or negative" for cognition, says Ken Kosik of the University of California, Santa Barbara, codirector of the Neuroscience Research Institute there. "But they're definitely changing how people's brains process information."
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
One of the fastest-growing uses within the virtual world, Second Life, is in the area of one-on-one and small group education. This makes sense, given the opportunities for role-play as providing on-demand streaming video, media, and simulations. . . .The future is changing, though, as virtual worlds and multiplayer role playing move from entertainment, training, and information to an actual live avatar-assisted learning encounter. . . . new services in Second Life are springing up to help students who need tutoring services and feel comfortable in a virtual world. http://elearnqueen.blogspot.com/
While you're visiting the Queen, you can also complete a survey: What's Your Favorite Use of Second Life?
The budget cut some $56 million from the state's higher education budget and included no money for pay increases for college and university officials. Moreover, the governor and the legislature warned schools not to pass the cuts along in the form of higher-than-normal tuition increases. So state officials were pleased when the University of Tennessee announced hursday that it plans just a 6 percent tuition increase in the fall — no more than the increases in recent years. Between the modest tuition increase and the budget cuts, the UT system was left with a $50 million deficit. www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008805230402
1. Postsecondary institutions serve young adults (25 to 39 year olds who only have a high school diploma) at a lower rate than the U.S. average.
2. Institutions serve older adults (40 to 64 year olds with only a high school diploma) at a lower rate than the U.S. average. www.cael.org/pdf/state_profiles/TENNESSEE.pdf
See how all states perform at www.cael.org/adultlearninginfocus.htm
Monday, May 26, 2008
Southern Wisconsin Association of Continuing Higher Education (SWACHE) www.swache.org/index.php. Their mission:
An educational resource for the Southern Wisconsin corporate community that
increases awareness of higher, continued education opportunities for working adults.
East Tennessee College Alliance (ETCA) www.discoveret.org/etca/index.html. Their mission:
The mission of East Tennessee College Alliance (ETCA), comprised of non-profit post-secondary institutions, is to identify work force development needs of the business community and to provide the appropriate educational opportunities to the non-traditional working student.The ETCA will continually assess the social and economic conditions in the East Tennessee region in order to target its resources.
Quebec Association for Adult Learning (QAAL) doe.concordia.ca/qaal/index.php. Their mission:
To (1) advocate for a culture of lifelong learning, (2) raise public awareness of adult learning issues, (3) facilitate the exchange of information and resources, and (4) bring together everyone for whom a learning society is a shared a ideal.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
An adjunct English instructor ruminates on those students unprepared for higher education and their impact on institutions at In the Basement of the Ivory Tower www.theatlantic.com/doc/200806/college/2
Professor X notes:
Adult education, nontraditional education, education for returning students—whatever you want to call it—is a substantial profit center for many colleges. Like factory owners, school administrators are delighted with this idea of mounting a second shift of learning in their classrooms, in the evenings, when the full-time students are busy with such regular extracurricular pursuits of higher education as reading Facebook and playing beer pong. If colleges could find a way to mount a third, graveyard shift, as Henry Ford’s Willow Run did at the height of the Second World War, I believe that they would.We used to refer to this as the cash cow syndrome...
Friday, May 23, 2008
Coming up two weeks after Blue Plum is the 14th Annual RC and Moon Pie Festival at Bell Buckle, Tennessee. www.bellbucklechamber.com/rcmoon.html. Featuring the RC-Moon Pie 10 Mile Run ™, a wide array of clogging, synchronized wading, and the world’s largest Moon Pie, it looks like a bonanza for continuing ed. According to their website, the festival is a day of fun for young and old celebrating THREE southern traditions: RC Colas, Moon Pies and Historic Bell Buckle, Tennessee- where we are 100 years behind the times and proud of it!
Some of these are hard for colleges and universities. We tend to run conservative marketing campaigns, and don't segment as well as we should. Plus, everything we do is typically approved outside of our units before running.
1. Reorient all your messages so they are more audience-centric and less sender-centric.
2. Don't automatically look at traditional advertising. Instead, use the broadest possible definition of media and try to achieve as much integration and synergy among and between channels as possible.
3. Differentiate your school and your messages from your most consistent competitors in ways that matter to your target audiences. Remember, relevance drives response.
4. Develop a marketing/communications plan that combines your brand strategy as well as your recruiting and advancement communication strategies. This will increase efficiencies and squeeze out waste.
5. Your website is or will soon become your marketing center of gravity. The purpose of print, e-mail, and other channels is to drive traffic to the web. Position your web presence as a relationship building channel and not simply a distribution channel.
6. Do not let committees approve creative. By the time a committee approves creative, it is likely no longer creative.
7. Become comfortable with uncomfortable creative. The more edgy your materials, the more likely they will be noticed. While predictable creative is safe, the fact that it almost never gets noticed means that it is also the most expensive.
8. Use the 70/20/10 rule: Spend 70 percent of your marketing dollars on media with a demonstrated track record. Reserve 20 percent of your marketing dollars for new media that you believe will work. Finally, spend 10 percent of your marketing dollars on emerging media.
9. Remember the law of replacement. If you add "X" to the mix be prepared to discontinue "Y." Often marketing plans resemble archaeological digs. They contain a shard of every activity ever undertaken as new strategies are added to old. Seldom is anything taken away or dropped.
10. Test everything. We know that hand-addressed envelopes outpull labeled envelopes and that labeled envelopes outpull window envelopes. How do we know? Because we tested.
11. Become media agnostic. Do not fall in love with any channel or activity. Only fall in love with results.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
An old adage is that a university is a happy place if the administration provides football for the alumni, parking for the faculty, and sex for the students.
Daniel Hamermesh, Football, Sex, and Parking
Take me to my happy place. We've got no football at ETSU, and our parking fees just went up....
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
If you liked attending college, chances are you'll like working there, too. Compared with most office environments, the surroundings are beautiful, the atmosphere intellectually stimulating, and the work hours more forgiving. And things really lighten up in the summer! For better or worse, there are lots of management jobs on campus, because university bureaucracies tend to be large, from student affairs to academic affairs, physical plant to student health service. One downside: Office politics can be brutal. Political correctness also bothers some academics, who feel that holding liberal views is a litmus test for getting hired or promoted. Many campus jobs require a master's or Ph.D. Universities sell degrees, after all. They need to practice what they preach. www.usnews.com/articles/business/best-careers/2007/12/19/professor-executive-summary.html
Employers are realizing the need to protect themselves, says Garry Mathiason, chair of the corporate compliance group at the law firm Littler Mendelson in San Francisco. "The probability of a couple dating, falling in love, and living happily ever after is low," says Mathiason...
Saturday, May 17, 2008
ETSU Renaissance Child Camps are available for four weeks in June and four weeks in July.
Science and Forensics Ages 12 and up June 2-6, 2008
Renaissance Child Camp for Ages 6-12 June 9-13, 2008
Computer Camp for Teens Ages 12 and up June 16-20, 2008
Renaissance Child Camp for Ages 6-12 June 23-27, 2008
Renaissance Child Camp for Ages 6-12 July 7-11, 2008
Art, Music and Drama Camp (Two weeks) July 7-18, 2008
Digital Media Camp for Highschool Age (Commuter) July 14-18, 2008
Science and Forensics Ages 11 and up July 21-25, 2008
Renaissance Child Camp for Ages 6-12 July 28-August 1, 2008
The camps combine academic, creative and fun activities throughout each day.
Of the summer offerings, all except the overnight camp operate from 8-5 daily, and discounts are offered for those who register for more than one camp or families with more than one child in attendance.
For further information, visit the Web site at www.etsu.edu/scs/renaissancechild.htm or call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (800) 222-3878.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I did not. On the surface, it seems absurd. Credit and noncredit courses have difference audiences. Workforce development noncredit courses are focused, fast, immediate, and have direct application—designed to meet an industry need or fill a gap in a worker’s skills. Credit courses tend to be the opposite. The academic folks at this community college cited SACS (our regional accrediting agency) concerns over these noncredit offerings. But SACS is mostly silent on non-credit. If a college’s workforce development noncredit courses were suddenly converted to credit, then there would indeed be SACS concerns. Many of them.
Tennessee’s shaky economy and higher education cuts may be at the heart of that meeting. The credit side of the house is concerned that the noncredit side is hurting credit enrollment. And additional credit hours mean additional money in the funding formula (in theory). The thought may be that eliminating noncredit will drive those students into credit. Or converting those noncredit courses to credit will increase enrollments.
It won’t work. Credit is too slow, too inflexible. Semesters are too long. Businesses don’t need credit classes; they need workforce development. While some credit offerings meet this need, most do not. And even if the college’s own noncredit workforce development offerings stopped, there would still be competition from other—outside—providers. Even other colleges might step in. The competition for workforce development is too great.
I did hear a while back of a community college that tried to boost enrollment by converting much of its workforce development noncredit courses into credit. And I heard they got into a mess of trouble over it….
The ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting will be in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from November 15 - 18, at the Sheraton Society Hill. I just found out that Philadelphia, due to expensive liquor licenses and a state monopoly on wine sales, encourages brown bagging.
According to Justin Wolfers http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/:
Philly’s diners are invited to Bring Your Own. While B.Y.O. is common elsewhereDon't get those bags out right away. It's a year and a half off...
(such as in my native Australia), the unique thing about Philly is that unlicensed restaurants aren’t allowed to make any money from liquor-related sales — and as such, they do not charge a corkage fee. Moreover, this isn’t offset by a decline in quality: Philly has an outstanding set of B.Y.O. restaurants.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
According to Newsweek, research shows that regular sex (with all due precautions taken) provides a host of surprising health benefits. http://www.newsweek.com/id/74575
Sex is good for adults. Indulging on a regular basis—at least once a week—is even better. Research links sex (with all safer-sex precautions taken) to an astonishing array of physiological benefits, from longevity to pain relief. Many studies don't address whether the health bonus comes from the act itself or from the corresponding emotional intimacy, but the bottom line is that getting physical has some great side effects—especially for women.
2. Dressing like a slut. Until search committees are exclusively male, this is a mistake. It has cost a couple of highly qualified people a job with me because it shows such poor judgment. Plus over 60% of people in continuing education are women; they are seldom impressed by cleavage.
3. Interviewing for this job because the job you really want is unavailable. I don’t know how many times search committees have said—“she really wants to be a teacher.” Sometimes the candidates say this. They stay candidates.
6. Not asking questions. You always, always, always have to ask questions to indicate your interest in the job. *
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Scheduled May 17-Sept. 7, the interactive travelling exhibit, based on the popular book by Dr. Wayne Lynch, is produced by Peeling Productions, the exhibit arm of Reptiland, a specialized zoological park in Allenwood, Pa. And, although fish do it, frogs do it, and pythons, eagles and elephants do it, poop is just one of those subjects most people find difficult to talk about with a straight face. So, this peek at poop uses colorful graphics, artifacts, models and interaction to treat the subject with a tactful blend of good science and fun.
Visitors are invited to listen to an animal’s digestive system, learn the language of poop in countries around the world, examine fecal samples in a veterinarian’s lab, compete in dung beetle races, track wild animals by clues left in scat, see how long it takes for an elephant to poop its body weight, improve their No. 2 IQ in stool school, and meet a dinosaur dung detective.
The exhibit is sponsored in part by Bill Gatton of Johnson City: Saturn, Acura & Mazda. And, live animals for the exhibit are provided by Rob Cole, Bays Mountain Park; Dr. Karl Joplin, ETSU Department of Biological Sciences; and Dr. Greg Hanley, ETSU Division of Laboratory Animal Resources.
The ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum, located on State Route 75 less than two miles from Gray Exit 13 on I-26, is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.grayfossilmuseum.com/ or call toll free 866-202-6223.
I know there are colleges on Second Life so this may be our next continuing education market. I can't wait to create my avatar...
There's an interesting piece on how Second Life influences real life at www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1739601,00.html
1. Misspelling my name. It’s not like my last name is Mxyzptlk or anything (obscure Superman reference), but people want to put an “e” on the end of my last name. When you’re making the first cut of the pool, a mistake like that makes it easy.
2. Sending in an application but no letter of application. I want both— and I penalize those who just fill out an application. And a hand-written application tells me that the person doesn’t care enough to take the time to properly complete it.
3. Using an all-purpose template for a letter. I want to know that you are at least interested enough and possess sufficient word processing skills to personalize a letter of application to the job I’m advertising.
5. Not going the extra. It doesn't have to be a mile. I may be filling an entry-level job with a crappy salary, but we always have a lot of candidates for these positions. A person who is hard to accommodate for an interview, or slow to return a phone call, or is hard to locate--that person is showing me that he/she really doesn't want the job.
Other tips can be found at http://content.mycareer.com.au/advice-research/resume/cover-letter-mistakes-to-avoid.aspx and some general advice at http://chronicle.com/jobs/2000/03/2000030302c.htm
Thursday, June 19, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Business Boot Camp for aspiring and new business owners. Learn how to develop and present a business plan. Participants will present their plan before a panel of judges who will determine its loan worthiness. The team with the best plan will be awarded $600. Participation is limited to the first 30 registrants. Complete the section on the registration form to reserve your space for this valuable session.
Thursday, June 19, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
WBOOC Opportunities Room. The place for existing business owners to meet with corporate and government representatives to discuss contracting and procurement opportunities. Information on bidding procedures and requirements will also be provided. No appointment is necessary.
Friday, June 20, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Business News You Can Use. Hear presentations by leading business owners, business development agencies, and business lenders on how to grow, expand, market and finance your business and give good service to your customers. Sessions on creating balance between your personal and business life will also be offered.
Power Luncheon. Lynn Norment, managing editor of world-renown Ebony magazine, is the speaker. The luncheon will be held from 12:30 – 2:15 p.m. on Friday, June 20th.
Registration for both days is $50.
Exhibit space is available for an additional fee. For information call Deborah Reed at (901) 333-4592.
The numbers are shocking. Among white men who did not graduate from high school, there were 837 deaths per 100,000 of them in 1993; that same year, only 285 white men with college degrees died per 100,000 in this age group. But it gets worse. In 2001, those respective rates were 931 and 213—the death rate for less-educated white men had risen, while that for college grads had fallen. Do the math: white men who did not graduate from high school were dying at a rate 2.9 times that of college grads in 1993—and at a rate 4.4 times higher in 2001. For black men, the comparable mortality rates were 2.1 times higher in 1993 and 3.4 times higher in 2001.
Find the whole list at www.cracked.com/article_16236_p2.html
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
July 6-12, to be taught by nationally recognized aerial dance choreographer Jayne Bernasconi.
This workshop is open to anyone ages 12 and up. This is the type of aerial dance that is often seen in Cirque du Soleil productions, and recently on the television show Dancing with the Stars.
More information on this workshop can be found at www.etsu.edu/theatre/aerialdance.htm.
Contact Dr. Delbert Hall for (email@example.com) for more information on this workshop.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Every year, we invite graduating seniors from our Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science, B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, B.S. in Professional Studies, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, and Master of Professional Studies to a picnic following graduation rehearsal. Since they are adults with busy lives, attendance is spotty. We give each person who attends an ETSU Alumni tee shirt. Here are some shots from Friday's picnic.
by Boudleax and Felice Bryant