The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world where children are now less likely to receive a high school diploma than their parents were, according to an Oct. 23 report by the Education Trust, a children's advocacy group based in Washington. At the same time, two-thirds of new jobs in the U.S. require at minimum a college degree. That education gap could lead to devastating outcomes if a lack of skilled workers leads to more industries heading overseas and more Americans facing poverty and crime-ridden streets. "We are letting every other country surpass us in educating children," says Marguerite Kondracke, president and CEO of America's Promise Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to improving education. "It's a risk not only to our economy, but our national security as well." http://tinyurl.com/5mpubw
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Call for Proposals
The Conference Goal is to provide programs that specifically address the administrative and academic needs of post-secondary leaders, develop the skills required for effective leadership, and maximize the opportunity for conference participants to interact with each other.
Presentations are to be relevant, useful, and practical to the complex role of educational leaders. They are not to promote publications or other materials that involve remuneration, advertise consulting services, or endorse commercial ventures. Special consideration is given to topics relevant to the conference theme, "Soaring to New Heights through Exemplary Leadership." All sessions are participant centered, rather than lecture format, and actively involve participants through discussions and activities.
Title of Presentation � Provide a title (12 words maximum) describing the specific content of the session.
Description of Presentation � Provide a 75-word summary of the session with at least five bullet points that tells participants how they will benefit from attending your session. This description will be printed in the final conference program and should be written to interest attendees in your session.
Acceptance � You will be notified by January 2009 if your proposal has been accepted. For examples of past proposals please visit the following web address: http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/community/chair/conference/2007/papers.html
Submission Deadline: November 21, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Decreased savings. Because of higher living costs, about a third of all parents surveyed this summer said they had reduced or stopped contributing to a college savings account. Many of those who had invested their money for their children have watched in horror as their "529" accounts began to plummet. The silver lining: While most 529s haven't been keeping up with tuition inflation, at least they didn't crash as badly as the general market.
Smaller grants. Some scholarships may be cut next year. The demand for Pell grants is on a pace that will put the program about $3 billion over budget next year. If Washington doesn't scrape together enough extra money, the size of next year's Pells could fall. Many charities and corporations that in recent years have awarded a total of more than $3 billion in scholarships annually are also planning to reduce scholarships. "Unless a miracle in the market occurs by next April," the McConnell Foundation, which handed out 37 big scholarships to students from rural northern California this year, will offer only about 30 next spring, says David Tanner, the foundation's scholarship program officer.
Fewer loans. Many lenders, trying to conserve cash and limit risk, are approving applications only for federally backed education loans. They are rejecting a growing number of applications from those hoping to raise extra money by tapping their homes' equity or taking private loans. At the Vermont Student Assistance Corp., the employees who answer calls from parents hoping for private loans try to persuade parents to opt for federal loans instead. Students can borrow at least $5,500 at a maximum of 7.25 percent through the federal Stafford program. And those who need more than the Stafford maximum can ask their parents to take out a federal PLUS loan at a fixed rate of about 9 percent to cover the rest of the student's cost of attendance.
It's a sad fact of life that one usually only gets to gorge on free food and booze during the more prominent holidays. Unless, of course, you live in Philly, where - if you've the urge to stuff yourself stupid and guzzle all the beer and vodka you can stand - you need only wait until Sunday.
Every Sunday from noon to five Lucy's Hat shop hosts the Drunkin Monkey, a five-hour bacchanalian feast that brings to mind Roman excesses, minus the vomitorium.
For $20 you get free access to domestic drafts, mimosas and the make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Make sure you try my celebrated tomato-juice free Bloody Mary. They don't skimp on the food either: From noon 'til 2ish you can savor their breakfast bar with omelets made to order, sausages, fruit, pancakes, bagels and more. Then Phase Two of the feast kicks in with servings of chicken wings, spring rolls and myriad other finger foods.
During my abbreviated noon-to-three spree I managed to lay waste to seven double vodkas, a pair of mimosas, a dozen sausages, five eggs, a couple of tacos and half a dozen hot wings. Which is a helluva deal for twenty bucks.
The only thing that could have been improved upon was the music: apparently D.J Top Forty was really into his "Friends" Season Two Soundtrack CD.
Keep in mind that this event is a marathon, not a sprint. Fail to pace yourself you might not make it to the hot wings, which are well worth waiting for. And make sure you schedule a post-gorge nap: you'll mostly likely need it.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Director of Training and Continuing Education. Salary range $44,580 - $55,716. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution required, Master's preferred. Duties include supervision of continuing education activities, business, industry, and government training. Applications accepted until November 7, 2008. Cleveland State Community College application and position announcements are available from: Human Resource Office, Cleveland State Community College, P. O. Box 3570, Cleveland, Tennessee 37320-3570; call: 423-478-6203; or e-mail email@example.com. Cleveland State Community College is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA employer.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The flexibility and convenience of online degree programs have attracted minorities in droves, especially Black K-12 educators. Universities that deliver most or all of their courses online have become the leading producers of Blacks earning graduate degrees in education.
The online trend is most pronounced among Black educators receiving doctorates, according to Diverse’s Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers. In 2006-07, four of the top five producers of Black doctorates in education were universities that offer mostly online or “blended” programs that combine Internet- and campus-based learning. The overall leader, Nova Southeastern University, produced nearly 20 percent of the 957 Blacks who earned doctorates in education that year. Nova is a nonprofit, but the other three big producers are proprietary institutions — Capella University in Minneapolis and the Argosy University campuses in Sarasota, Fla., and Atlanta. Together, these institutions accounted for another 18.5 percent of education doctorates awarded to Blacks.
The top 10 in education master’s degrees for Blacks was dominated by universities that offer at least some online courses, including three proprietary schools whose coursework is taken entirely over the Internet. They are the University of Phoenix Online, Walden University in Minneapolis and American InterContinental University Online in suburban Chicago.
Nashville, Tennessee, October 21, 2008—Chancellor Charles Manning announced today that East Tennessee State University President Paul Stanton has withdrawn his retirement and will stay on as president at ETSU. According to Manning, “Given the difficult financial circumstances the state faces, and the impact on ETSU, Dr. Stanton came to believe, at the urging of many, that the university needs stable continuity of leadership rather than a new president at this time. Governor Bredesen, chair of the TBR, Bob Thomas, vice chair, and I all agree, and we are very pleased at Dr. Stanton’s decision. We want to issue our sincere thanks to all the presidential search committee members who have worked so hard in this process. Their service and commitment to ETSU are outstanding.”
The Tennessee Board of Regents is the nation’s sixth largest higher education system, governing 45 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 26 technology centers, providing programs in 90 of Tennessee’s 95 counties to over 180,000 students.
DISTANCE LEARNING ADMINISTRATION 2009
June 21-24, 2009
The King and Prince Resort
St. Simons Island, Georgia http://tiny.cc/cOdFj
Proposals are due December 15, 2008
The Distance Learning Administration Conference focuses on the administration and management of distance learning. The conference specifically addresses the needs of those who plan, manage, and support distance education activities.
The Planning Committee of Distance Learning Administration 2009 invites proposals from the introductory through advanced level on all topics related to the management and administration of distance learning. Topic strands include:
* Managing Growth in Distance Education
* Training & Support for Distance Instructors
* Support for Distance Students
* Budget and Cost-Benefit of Distance Education
* Marketing Distance Courses and Programs
* Distance Learning Ethics and Copyright Issues
* Organizational Issues in Distance Education
* Quality Assurance and Evaluation
* Striving for Excellence
TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL:
Proposals will include a 30 to 50-word description. Instructions for submittal can be found at the conference website. http://www.westga.edu/~distance/dla/
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
See our conference website at: http://www.westga.edu/~distance/dla/
Monday, October 20, 2008
Caffeine intoxication is not uncommon: according to a 1998 study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 7% of caffeine users have experienced it. The symptoms usually abate quickly when people quit caffeine, but in rare cases the symptoms can lead to death. http://tinyurl.com/69safh
Friday, October 17, 2008
At Broadway on the Beach. There's a replica of the Morris Island Lighthouse www.follybeach.com/lighthouse.php next to the Margaritaville http://tiny.cc/uin1Z. We've seen the real Morris Island Lighthouse on one of our trips to Charleston. Because we couldn't get very close, our pictures are not very good.
Kathy said it was the location of the 2000 ACHE Conference. I'm afraid I can't remember. I must have been really absorbed into the conference content. I do recall some of the evening activities. Does anyone recognize the hotel? It's the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort.In my defense, I've stayed at a lot of beachfront hotels since then...
Friday, October 10, 2008
MURFREESBORO — First came the fires, then the threatening e-mails that warned of "large-scale devastation" at Middle Tennessee State University. In a post-Virginia Tech world, officials were taking no chances. They shut down classes Thursday as state, local and federal authorities descended on campus to search for and arrest a 19-year-old freshman they believe is responsible. Justin Davis, of Antioch, will face terrorism and arson charges. He was arrested at 5 p.m. Thursday and is reportedly cooperating with authorities. http://tinyurl.com/3f2xc5
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
John McCain refers to himself as a "maverick."
Barack Obama rolls his eyes when John McCain refers to himself as a "maverick."
Barack Obama refers to himself as the agent of "change."
John McCain rolls his eyes when Barack Obama refers to himself as an agent of "change" and says that he's the one who represents change.
John McCain brings up the fact that he, unlike Barack Obama, "gave everything but this life" to his country while a POW in Vietnam.
Barack Obama brings up the fact that he, unlike John McCain, doesn't own more houses than he can count.
John McCain equates Barack Obama with a lack of experience.
Barack Obama equates John McCain with George Bush's eight years of experience.
John McCain refers to viewers as his "friends."
Barack Obama refers to viewers as his "brothers."
Monday, October 6, 2008
In addition, more universities are requiring online students to install equipment and software that will make it nearly impossible to cheat on tests. Troy University in Alabama encourages online students to install on their home computers a $150 anticheating package that includes a 360-degree webcam so that proctors can remotely monitor all sights and sounds in their rooms and software that locks down computers for anything but tests during exams. Other schools, such as UCF and Penn State, are installing test centers in which students sit at video-monitored desks and complete their exams using computers that have been cheat-proofed by blocking all ports and Internet access. http://tinyurl.com/4u7ttm
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Dealing with Tough Times
A one-hour webinar especially for programs with a decline in enrollments.
Thursday, October 9
3 pm Eastern Time.
There is no charge to participate.
To sign up, click here. Or, for more information, email Tammy.
This is open to anyone, not just LERN members.