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Paula is currently Chair the ACHE Great Plains region. Here she is on the left, pictured with ACHE Board member Charles Hickox. You can read more about her and see another picture in an early posting at http://tinyurl.com/597tny.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Abstract. Individuals who are unaware of the price do not derive more enjoyment from more expensive wine. In a sample of more than 6,000 blind tastings, we find that the correlation between price and overall rating is small and negative, suggesting that individuals on average enjoy more expensive wines slightly less. For individuals with wine training, however, we find indications of a positive relationship between price and enjoyment. Our results are robust to the inclusion of individual fixed effects, and are not driven by outliers: when omitting the top and bottom deciles of the price distribution, our qualitative results are strengthened, and the statistical significance is improved further. Our results indicate that both the prices of wines and wine recommendations by experts may be poor guides for non-expert wine consumers. www.wine-economics.org/workingpapers/AAWE_WP16.pdfWhat could be a cooler job than a wine economist?
Yet for the last decade, enrollments have been increasing faster at two-year schools than four-year schools. Today, community colleges enroll 6.5 million degree-seeking students, or nearly half (47%) of all college undergraduates. And no one documents the expanding demand nationwide for non-credit courses such as English as a Second Language and workforce training. An estimated 5 million students are enrolled in those kinds of programs, says the American Association of Community Colleges, a Washington non-profit that gets data from its 1,200 member schools. www.usatoday.com/news/education/2008-07-22-comcol-main_N.htm
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Brenda White-Wright, seen on the left speaking to the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting in Los Angeles, has successfully defended her dissertation at ETSU and can now be addressed as Dr. White-Wright. I have known Brenda since I was hired by ETSU to run the Bachelor of General Studies program. She was one of the first students in that program--hoping to get prior learning credit for public speaking while completing her undergraduate degree. Congratulations on finishing the Ed.D., Brenda!
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The prospect of more wide-awake drunks is frightening....
John Cloud writes in Time.com:If you've never heard of such things, your kid probably has. Sold in tall, narrow cans, they carry teen-friendly names such as Sparks, four maXed and Joose. As with other "flavored malt beverages" (the conspicuously boring industry name for fizzy drinks like Mike's Hard Lemonade), alcoholic energy drinks taste like cheap soda--cloyingly sweet and bubbly, with only the mildest hint of booze, all the better for callow teen palates. But alcoholic energy drinks are much more dangerous than regular alcopops like Mike's. First of all, they contain an assortment of stimulants--mainly caffeine but also ingredients like guarana and taurine that can speed the central nervous system and mask alcohol's effects. And they have more booze than other single-serving beverages. Budweiser and Mike's are both about 5% alcohol; by comparison, Sparks Plus is 7%, and four maXed and Joose are about 10%. http://tinyurl.com/5arspb
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Hard to believe that anyone could not tell the difference. For more information on the News Channel 5 investigative report (including names) see http://tinyurl.com/News-Channel-5.
Spotting diploma mills can be difficult. Below are 10 warning signs. If you see two or more of these warning signs, you may be dealing with a diploma mill.
1. You can earn degrees in significantly less time than at a traditional college or university.
2. The college places a heavy emphasis on offering college credits for life experience.
3. The college sends you a diploma if you pay a fee.
4. The college lets you "buy" a grade point average and academic honors.
5. The college charges tuition by the degree, or offers discounts if you enroll in multiple degree programs. (Traditional colleges generally charge by the credit hour, course, or semester, although some vocational schools charge tuition per program.)
6. The college's address is a post office box or suite number.
7. The college's Web site does not include information that a traditional college Web site might include, such as a mission statement, course requirements for specific programs, library resources, and faculty information.
8. The college provides only vague information about its faculty or has no faculty, only "evaluators," "mentors" or "counselors."
9. The college claims to be accredited by an association that either does not exist or is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
10.The name of a college is similar to a well-known and well-respected college. http://tinyurl.com/57c7ay
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"What really got the tax activist," according to the website, "was NewsChannel 5's discovery that professors at some state colleges actually get bonuses for Ph.D.s from unaccredited, fly-by-night schools."
The problem is that education—like any investment—is risky. It costs both time and money to enroll in college or start a job-training program. And if you get stuck in a job that unexpectedly takes a nosedive, you may not receive the payoff you expected. You can hedge your bets in case your chosen field doesn't work out—by, say, getting a more general education rather than a highly specialized course of training. But there are trade-offs to doing that, too; if you have good reason to believe that forensic science technicians are going to be in hot demand, it makes sense to spend all your time training to be a forensic science technician. Schools and colleges—who are measured much more by the students they bring in than what happens to them after they graduate—don't always provide much help navigating these trade-offs. So job seekers are left trying to divine the future on their own—and projections like the BLS' can make them overconfident about their ability to do so. www.slate.com/id/2195688/pagenum/2/
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Cindy Stuart, owner of Dollar Central in Frankfort, stands in front of the hand-painted sign at her store. In January, she said economic times forced her to start charging an extra dime per item. It's literally a sign of the economic times.
When owner Cindy Stuart hand-painted the ".10" during the first week of January, she said it nearly killed her. Adding the "Most" a few weeks ago was just as distressing. "It was very difficult," she said. "I really tried to keep it at a dollar. That was always the plan. Unfortunately, the economy changed that plan."
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17. Chicago (2002) There's not much left of Bob Fosse's original Broadway
choreography, and not all the John Kander-Fred Ebb songs made it, either. But that's OK, since director Rob Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon find ingenious ways to make the overtly stagy source material work as a mind's-eye musical fantasy on film. Dandy performances by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger and John C. Reilly help elevate okay work by Richard Gere, and the
cross-cutting only occasionally gets too busy. By and large, razzle-dazzling. http://tinyurl.com/5sqvow
Saturday, July 19, 2008
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Friday, July 18, 2008
The more you think about Web head shots, the more loaded a social artifact they become. Scholars have begun to examine "impression management" online. One study posits that people with attractive friends on their Facebook "wall" benefit from a halo effect and are themselves perceived to be more attractive. Researchers have also done interesting things with yearbook photos (the original Web head shot). This study found that whether a woman smiles in her photo (PDF) can predict "favorable outcomes in marriage and personal well-being up to 30 years later." Sort of cool to know, but how does it apply to me? (And could it possibly be true?)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
City leaders were cheering themselves silly last week when new census figures put Nashville in the top 25 list of the nation’s largest cities.We beat Atlanta! We beat Denver! We’re 25! There’s a reason I’ve stayed in the town I grew up in: Nashville is a terrific place to live. Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. But what would it take for us to be the best city in America? Not the biggest, but the best. Here are 25 things we need, in no particular order.See the whole list at http://tinyurl.com/5ew75j
#25 Public schools that are all so good, there’s nothing much to fight about except how high to raise teacher pay
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
EduComm 2008 Archives Now Online
The EduComm 2008 archives are now online at the EduComm website, thanks to Echo360 and Mediasite. David Pogue's opening day keynote is available here. Gary Kayye's day two keynote address is available here. Individual education sessions and workshops can be found here.
I'd love to be able to duplicate these kinds of archives for ACHE and TACHE. We may try to do some of this in the fall.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
■ Medicinal leeches
■ John McCain
■ The gold standard
■ Van Halen
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■ Mortgage-backed securities
■ High-definition pornography
■ The Hadron supercollider
■ Non-Communist Russia
■ The Wendy’s Baconator sandwich
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Monday, July 14, 2008
A witty e-mail signature. Quotes and song lyrics should be heard during toasts and karaoke performances, respectively. Don't let your electronic correspondence become the digital version of a motivational poster.
This timetable describes six major phases of the planning and development of the degree, and assumes a launch of the program in 24 months. Each of the phases describes tasks in five major areas of planning a distance-learning program:
Overall Program Design and Business Plan
Target Audience — Learners for the program
Curriculum/Program Plan (i.e., content and performance goals and attitudes)
Instructional team for the program, faculty, mentors, etc.
Environment and infrastructure for teaching and learning
Find the complete Program Planning Countdown at: http://www.designingforlearning.info/services/writing/count.htm
I don't believe I've ever had 24 months to plan a program, and I've helped initiate bachelor's and master's degrees--including our online Master of Professional Studies program. I wonder if this timeline is relevant anymore?
The matches work like this: competitors alternate between three-minute rounds of boxing and four-minute rounds of speed chess with one-minute breaks in between to get the gloves off and hunker down at the chess table. The winner is determined by knockout, checkmate, or referee decision.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
What Gandhi did—earning high school and college credits (usually from a community college) at the same time—is called dual enrollment and has long been an option for students who want more rigorous work than their high school offers. It can also help students cut down on the cost of college by transferring credits. But increasingly, more students are enrolling in dual-credit courses because they think it will help them get into a selective college. Admissions officers and guidance counselors are growing concerned about the trend.
From U.S. News and World Report's Eddy Ramírez: More High School Kids Take College Classes at http://tinyurl.com/3k34l9.
No offense to my community college colleagues, but this might provide an opportunity for universities to crash this market--one that community colleges dominate because of their lower costs and greater responsiveness. If one is aiming for Harvard, it may be better to have credit from Middle Tennessee State University instead of Nashville State Technical Community College.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Learning to Succeed – Tips for Adult Learners
We study while at school, but spend our entire lives learning lessons that are not relevant to any particular subject but apply to life as a whole. Man is remarkably adept in adjusting to changing situations and going along with the flow. But when it’s time to go back to school, especially if there’s a long time gap from the time you graduated high school to the time you felt you needed to reopen your books, most adults find that the process of slipping back into the skin of a student is not as easy as it seems.
It takes a great deal of discipline and determination for someone far removed from the academic world to enjoy success on re-entering the portals of an online or distance education program. Life has changed significantly during the transition from student to adult, from son/daughter to husband/wife and father/mother, and the responsibilities and burdens of everyday life make studying, adhering to timetables and completing assignments an onerous task.
In spite of all these hurdles, there are those who go on to enjoy success both academically and soon after, in the career field. If you are an adult learner who’s just gone back to school, here are a few pointers to help you both stay the course and come out on top:
●Even if the going seems tough initially, do not give up. Just the fact that you chose to go back to school to earn a degree speaks volumes about your determination to succeed and get ahead in life.
●Organize your time effectively according to the responsibilities you bear – if you’re working even as you earn your degree, you’re obviously going to have to burn a lot of midnight oil in order to succeed. Go to bed an hour later and get up an hour earlier than usual – you’ll find that you have more than enough time on your hands. These hours will allow you to work on your lessons free of the distractions that exist during the day.
●Make your family understand how important this degree is to you and rope them in to help you achieve your goals. Enlist your spouse’s help in taking over some of your normal tasks till you complete your degree. If you have children, make them realize that they are not to disturb you when you’re involved in school work.
●Set aside an area exclusively for your studies; this delineation will help you concentrate and get things done in a shorter time span.
●Avoid watching television while you’re studying – it’s distracting.
●Take your coursework seriously – just because you’re not attending regular classes, it doesn’t imply that your degree is any less important.
●Instead of waiting for exam dates to be announced before you hit the books, study a little everyday so that your burden is reduced at the end of term.
●There’s no shame in asking for help from people you know if you have trouble completing assignments and coursework. Very often, college students who live in the vicinity will be glad to offer a helping hand if you only ask.
● Right from the word go, show that your efforts are serious. If you demonstrate through your actions that the degree means a lot to you, you’ll find the people around you beginning to offer more support.
The road may be rough and arduous, but the goal you attain at the end of it is the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow – only here, it’s very real!
This article is contributed by Sarah Scrafford, who regularly writes on the topic of top accredited online universities. She invites your questions and writing job opportunities at her personal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, July 11, 2008
Rank: No. 3
Some highlights include:
*"Community Based Learning with Adults: Bridging Efforts in Multiple Sectors" by Barbara Holland and Gail Robinson.
"Community Colleges and Adult Service Learners: Evaluating a First Year Program to Improve Implementation" by Liz Largent and Jon B. Horinek.
*"Community Based Learning and Civic Engagement: Informal Learning among Adult Volunteers in Community Organizations" by Karsten Mundel and Daniel Schugurensky.
"Strengthening Democracy and Person Development through Community Engagement" by Arthur W. Chickering.*
You can view the entire contents (including abstracts) at www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/86011352/home
"Overcoming Barriers of Tradition Through an Effective New Graduate Admission Policy" by Laurie Dodge and Ellen Baker Derwin.
"Student Satisfaction and Performance in an Online Teacher Certification Program" by Heidi Schweizer, Carrianne Hayslett, and Sharon Chaplock.
"Educational and Employment Outcomes of a Degree Completion Program" by Jeff E. Hoyt and Ellen Allred.
"Use of Problem-Based Learning and Case Study in Continuing Professional Education" by Rosemary B. Closson.
The Journal needs your articles. Review the Submission Guidelines at www.acheinc.org/jcheguide.html
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
"This probably sounds like heresy," she says, "but if there is something so precious to you that you don't want to be disturbed, like your kid's birthday party or your 30th anniversary, shut off the phone and turn off the BlackBerry. We should safeguard those moments."
Read the whole thing at cnn.com at http://tiny.cc/6vuuE
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
My experience with the TACHE Leadership Academy was great! One of the best parts was getting to know my fellow academy members and sharing common problems/solutions. I have new contacts at several institutions across the state that I know I can call on when needed. The mentoring experience was very valuable. There is no way to measure what that was worth. Each session we attended helped me grow professionally from learning more about state government to learning about situational leadership to learning more about TACHE.Then Recey:
TACHE’s Leadership Academy was a great experience for me. I’m new to TACHE and it gave me the opportunity to learn more about the organization. I enjoyed the interaction with the other members of the Academy. We were required to have at least two mentors and I chose four. I learned a lot about my mentors’ positions and their individual institutions. If someone wants to become involved in TACHE, I highly recommend this program.