Thursday, July 30, 2009
Why Tall People Are Happier Than Short People
Why are tall people happier? According to Deaton's analysis, the result is linked to education and income. The study found that taller people tend to have more education, and thus higher income levels, than shorter people. It follows that the smarter, richer tall people would be sunnier than their vertically challenged compatriots. "Money buys enjoyment and higher life evaluation," says Deaton. "It buys off stress, anger, worry and pain. Income is the thing!"
Jittery Economy, Relatively Low Cost Cited for Boom in Online Higher Education
While the troubled economy may be bad news for GM dealers or people selling their houses, it's creating a greater demand for online college courses. Enrollment is growing steadily, especially among older, working students.
The courses offer them a way to gain additional skills that could provide insurance if they get laid off or give them better credentials in the job market."
Students are fearful of losing their jobs and want stronger skills," said Shirley Adams, provost of Charter Oak State College in New Britain, where enrollment in online courses has soared in the past few years. "They may have been working in a field for many years, but a lot of times, employers are looking for that degree."
Charter Oak offers 200 online courses, and about 70 percent of its students take at least one online course, up from 40 percent five years ago, Adams said.
Whether inspired by the economic slowdown or the high cost of a traditional college education, online learning is growing at a much faster rate than traditional classroom learning, according to a survey of 2,500 colleges and universities conducted by the Sloan Consortium, an organization dedicated to online education.
A recent report from the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Schools Association shows an increase in students getting loans last year, with almost 90 percent of those at for-profit schools borrowing. . . .
"I think in a recession economy, typically families and students turn to higher education as a place to go while they're waiting for the job market to turn around," said Pressnell.
"They invest in a higher education to get additional credentials so when the market turns around, they're better equipped to get higher-paying jobs."
The private for-profit institutions have been under heavy scrutiny lately as THEC wrestles with ways to better monitor and track the schools' job placement for students.
2. University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
3. University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss.
4. University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
5. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
6. West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
8. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
9. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.
10. University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.
11. University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.
12. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
13. Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.
14. Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
15. DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.
16. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
17. Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.
18. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
19. Tulane University, New Orleans, La.
20. Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Then, I travel on to Nashville for a lunch meeting at Volunteer State Community College and then meet with the consultants the Regents Online Campus Collaborative (formerly RODP) is bringing in to review the online programs. My posting may be erratic. What I need is a blogger iPhone application, like the Facebook app.
Michigan Community Colleges Lobby to Offer 4-Year Degrees
So far, community colleges have won the right to offer four-year degrees in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia, the Community College Baccalaureate Association says. Legislative efforts to extend the practice could come soon in Arizona and California . . .
Tucson's Pima Community College would like to offer bachelor's degrees in business, construction and education, said Chancellor Roy Flores.
"This issue should be looked at dispassionately and objectively, with the needs of the community in mind," Flores said. "It shouldn't be based on institutional interests."
Michigan State Rep. John Walsh, a former community college administrator, says community colleges do a better job training tomorrow's workers if they're allowed to offer bachelor's degrees in some technical and vocational fields.
He has introduced a bill permitting the two-year schools to offer bachelor's degrees in nursing, culinary arts and cement technology.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Start with an original but memorable phrase. For this exercise, let's use these two sentences: I like to eat bagels at the airport and My first Cadillac was a real lemon so I bought a Toyota. The phrase can have something to do with your life or it can be a random collection of words—just make sure it's something you can remember. That's the key: Because a mnemonic is easy to remember, you don't have to write it down anywhere. (If you can't remember it without writing it down, it's not a good mnemonic.) This reduces the chance that someone will guess it if he gets into your computer or your e-mail. What's more, a relatively simple mnemonic can be turned into a fanatically difficult password.
Which brings us to Step 2: Turn your phrase into an acronym. Be sure to use some numbers and symbols and capital letters, too. I like to eat bagels at the airport becomes Ilteb@ta, and My first Cadillac was a real lemon so I bought a Toyota is M1stCwarlsIbaT. That's it—you're done. These mnemonic passwords are hard to forget, but they contain no guessable English words. You can even create pass phrases for specific sites that are coded with a hint about their purpose. A sentence like It's 20 degrees in February, so I use Gmail lets you set a new Gmail password every month and still never forget it: i90diSsIuG for September, i30diMsIuG for March, etc. (These aren't realistic temperatures; they're the month-number multiplied by 10.)
Thursday, July 23, 2009
'Teach Naked' Effort Strips Computers From Classrooms
College leaders usually brag about their tech-filled "smart" classrooms, but a dean at Southern Methodist University is proudly removing computers from lecture halls. José A. Bowen, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts, has challenged his colleagues to "teach naked"—by which he means, sans machines.
More than any thing else, Mr. Bowen wants to discourage professors from using PowerPoint, because they often lean on the slide-display program as a crutch rather using it as a creative tool. Class time should be reserved for discussion, he contends, especially now that students can download lectures online and find libraries of information on the Web. When students reflect on their college years later in life, they're going to remember challenging debates and talks with their professors. Lively interactions are what teaching is all about, he says, but those give-and-takes are discouraged by preset collections of slides.
He's not the only one raising questions about PowerPoint, which on many campuses is the state of the art in classroom teaching. A study published in the April issue of British Educational Research Journal found that 59 percent of students in a new survey reported that at least half of their lectures were boring, and that PowerPoint was one of the dullest methods they saw. The survey consisted of 211 students at a university in England and was conducted by researchers at the University of Central Lancashire.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Who Are Pell Grant Recipients?
A report released Tuesday by the National Center for Education Statistics details what is known about Pell Grant recipients by taking a close look at data from 1999-2000 bachelor's degree recipients, a group in which about 36 percent of people received at least one Pell Grant while in college. Generally, the report found that Pell Grant recipients are more likely than others to have "risk" characteristics (such as delaying postsecondary enrollment after high school graduation) that suggest statistically greater chances of dropping out of college.
At the same time, the report found that when controlling for these and other factors (such as parents' educational levels), Pell Grant recipients graduate in shorter time frames than others.
[The] . . . demographics of Pell Grant recipients . . . [show] them to be older on average, more likely to be female and first-generation college students and less likely to be white than those who don't receive the grants.
Editorial: Short-term cuts, long-term worry for California colleges
But all Californians should be worried about the long-term implications of budget cuts. The state will bear a heavy price for rationing and retreating from a commitment to higher education.
The Public Policy Institute of California has projected a shortage of a million college graduates by 2025 to fill jobs in California requiring at least a bachelor's degree. Not only is the dropout rate too high, but California ranks near the bottom, among large states, in the percentage of high school graduates who go on to college — 56 percent, compared with 74 percent in New York.
Meeting that need would require that California immediately award 60,000 more undergraduate degrees a year. Instead, over the next two years, the California State University system alone will reduce enrollment by 40,000 students, largely by denying admission in the spring semester, when community college graduates normally would enroll. . . .
The budget that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders have wrangled over will cut $2 billion for community colleges and four-year universities on top of cuts last year. If this were a two-year problem, the institutions could still emerge relatively unscathed. But the long-term outlook is equally bleak. And the economy alone isn't to blame; it's a matter of priorities. In 1980, 17 percent of the state budget went to higher education. By 2007, that had fallen to 10 percent — the same as prisons and parole.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Pirates XXX: One University's Battle over Porn
But before undergraduates could settle the debate, state senator Andrew Harris threatened on April 2 to get the legislature to strip all $400 million in state funding from the campus if Pirates were screened in a nonacademic setting. Administrators canceled the showing that day.
Undeterred, a group of students and rogue professors held a "Pirates Screening Teach-In" on Monday night, drawing some 200 attendees. Before a 30-min. excerpt — which included two threesomes and copious shots of corset-clad blondes — students, professors, lawyers and ACLU representatives stood up to defend porn on principle. English professor Martha Nell Smith, who noted that literature from Shakespeare to Dickinson includes pornographic elements, said it's a student's choice whether to study erotica and "our job together to contextualize it." (Read about porn and the iPhone.)
Bredesen said he has begun talking with experts in higher education and business inside and outside the state about what works best in public higher education.
He is focused on three areas:
"Securing the future of one or possibly two universities as real
research-oriented universities, and certainly (the University of Tennessee) Knoxville and the University of Memphis are on that list," he said.
Getting graduation rates up. "We've got way too many people coming in as freshmen and not coming out later," he said.
Making better use of community colleges. He would like to see the two-year schools better integrated into the overall higher education system because they are more financially efficient. Bredesen said he is exploring how to increase their role, including "making them more residential" for students who want more of a traditional college experience.
Friday, July 17, 2009
We had a recent conference call with Pellissippi State where they reported a projected 40% enrollment increase for fall. Which is amazing. Then I saw this notice where they are expanding their weekend program, and I was a little surprised that they were discounting their tuition on the weekends. I didn't know we could do that. This would be a great help for adults needing to return to school...
Pellissippi State Community College students will now be able to take weekend classes this fall at half the normal tuition cost.
The Weekend Scholars program is an alternative for students who are unable to attend classes during the week or take classes online, according Anthony Wise, vice president of the Learning Division for Pellissippi State.
The program include classes from the English, mathematics and history disciplines as well as classes in video production technology and music appreciation. Science labs, video-based courses and public speaking classes are already offered on Friday evenings and Saturdays.
Weekend classes are held at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.
For more information, call 865-694-6400.
More than 60 percent of General Educational Development (GED) test-takers say they intend to further their education beyond the GED program. Yet only 27 percent of nationwide GED credential earners have postsecondary experience compared with 63 percent of adults with high school diplomas. "Bridge" programs aim to ease these adult learners' transition to postsecondary education. In Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, The Joyce Foundation Shifting Gears initiative links adult education, workforce training, and higher education systems to create postsecondary pathways for low-income working adults. Illinois, for example, has set up 10 pilot bridge programs in community colleges across the state to identify policy barriers and test new ideas. Meanwhile, the GED Bridge Programs at LaGuardia Community College (LGCC) provide participants with GED test preparation through specialized curricula in business or health careers. Since April 2007, 70 percent of LGCC Bridge Program students have earned their GED credential; half of those students have enrolled in certificate or associate programs, or advanced in their careers. For more articles on GED transitions to higher education, visit the CenterPoint Archives.
than my last bar tab. From the Freakonomics blog.
Do You Owe $23 Quadrillion?
An unidentified computer glitch has led Visa to overcharge several of its cardholders for routine purchases at drug stores, gas stations, and restaurants, to the tune of $23,148,855,308,184,500.00 each. These charges, as far as we can tell, exceed the sum total of wealth accumulated in human history. Affected cardholders were assessed a $15 overdraft fee. Count this as a cautionary tale for advocates of all-digital currency. The charges have reportedly been reversed, but we’d love to hear from anyone who, through this snafu, accumulated a black hole of debt.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Poor community colleges. President Barack Obama made a historic announcement on July 14 — that he's seeking $12 billion over the next decade to beef up funding for these two-year institutions, which educate nearly half of U.S. undergrads — but you'd never know it from the crickets in medialand. CNN and Fox devoted no live airtime to the speech, which Obama delivered at Michigan's Macomb Community College, while MSNBC cut back to the Sotomayor confirmation hearings partway through. The fear of eyeballs glazing over isn't surprising: glamorous these trade schools are not. But there's a good reason why Obama calls community colleges "one of America's underappreciated assets." They set up their alumni for about a 30% earnings premium compared to high school grads, give a 16% return on every dollar state and local governments invest in them and are one of the best tools we have to pull ourselves out of the recession. In short, as Obama noted at Macomb, community colleges are an essential part of our recovery in the present and our prosperity in the future."
Community colleges have been the butt of disparaging jokes for almost as long as they've been around. The line about them being nothing more than “high schools with ashtrays” has worn thin through the years, and some educators still do not find such wisecracks funny.
This fall, a community college will not just be the punch line to a series of quirky witticisms; it will be the setting of a prime time situation comedy. . . . NBC announced its fall lineup, including “Community,” a comedy about a lovable group of "losers" at Greendale Community College, a fictional two-year institution.
The show comes from the creative minds of Joe and Anthony Russo, who won Emmy Awards for directing several episodes of the now-defunct Fox sitcom “Arrested Development.” http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/05/06/nbc
The Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia is the site of this year's conference and meeting. Located on America's most historic mile, the Sheraton Society Hill is just steps away from Independence National Historical Park, home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center and dozens of other historic buildings and museums.
The conference rate for this year's conference and meeting is $179 per night through October 20, 2009.
Visit the Sheraton Society Hill's reservation site to reserve your room.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
21st Annual Festival
Friday, July 18th
5:00PM till dark-Craft Vendors
5:00PM-7:00PM-Showing of the Award Winning film "Inherit the Truth"
8:00PM-9:30PM-Live Performance including the dramatic courtroom scene between Bryan and Darrow
Saturday, July 19th
11:00AM till dark-Craft Vendors
11:00AM till dark-Antique/Classic Car Show
12:00PM-2:00PM-Showing of the Award Winning film "Inherit the Truth"
2:00PM & 4:30PM-Music on the square by Norman & Nancy Blake featured artists on the soundtrack of "O Brother, Where Art Thou."
3:00PM-4:30PM-Live Performance including the dramatic courtroom scene between Bryan and Darrow
5:00PM-7:00PM-Showing of the Award Winning film "Inherit the Truth"
8:00PM-9:30PM-Live Performance including the dramatic courtroom scene between Bryan and Darrow
Sunday, July 20th
3:00PM-4:30PM-Live Performance including the dramatic courtroom scene between Bryan and Darrow
4:45PM-6:45PM-Showing of the Award Winning film "Inherit the Truth"
Please call the Dayton Chamber of Commerce at (423) 775-0361 to order tickets.
Music, crafts, exhibits on the courthouse yard.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
... is meeting with a friend of mine who called me last week and told me that she wanted to come back to school, after 20 years. My friend told me that she came to ETSU five years ago, and just gave up. She had lots of questions, and no one at admissions could/would answer them. When she called me, she just said, “Please help me and tell me who to talk to. I have to talk to a real person who understands that I have been to five different schools and I am not stupid. I can’t spend a week taking off work and trying to get the admissions office to talk to me.”
Monday, July 13, 2009
The 1,200 community colleges in the U.S. are especially suited to helping students adapt to a changing labor market. While four-year universities have the financial resources to lure top professors and students, they are by nature slow-moving. Community colleges, on the other hand, are smaller and able to tack quickly in changing winds. They often partner with local businesses and can gin up continuing-education courses midsemester in response to industry needs, getting students in and out and ready to work — fast.
Only 31% of community-college students who set out to get a degree complete it within six years, whereas 58% of students at four-year schools graduate within that time frame. Students from middle-class or wealthy families are nearly five times more likely to earn a college degree as their poorer peers are. In 2007, 66% of white Americans ages 25 to 29 had completed at least some college, compared with 50% of African Americans and 34% of Hispanics.
If 100 college freshmen enter four-year Tennessee colleges this fall but only 45 graduate within six years, what is the X factor that kept so many students from donning a cap and gown?
That's a real-life word problem the state's education leaders are trying to solve. Tennessee's overall college completion rate is so dismal that only two states, Arkansas and Louisiana, fare worse.
Citing the state's graduation rates compared with the nation's, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission will begin revamping its funding formula this fall to reward schools not only for enrolling more freshmen, but also for ultimately graduating them.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The problems are complex and interconnected, spilling across academic disciplines and often across national borders. Solutions will require theoretical knowledge and practical problem-solving skills, including the capacity to build and lead teams drawn from a variety of disciplines. They will require leaders who can cross boundaries of science, policy, geography, theory, and practice. In other words, they will require a new generation of sustainable-development practitioners.
Why Are Southerners So Fat?
So there you have it. Southerners have little access to healthy food and limited means with which to purchase it. It's hard for them to exercise outdoors, and even when they do have the opportunity, it's so hot they don't want to. To combat this affliction, some Southern states have adopted programs to combat rising obesity. In 2003, Arkansas passed a school Body Mass Index-screening program that assesses weight and sends the results home to parents. Tennessee encourages its schools to buy fresh ingredients from local growers. And in 2007, Mississippi adopted nutritional standards for school lunches. Most of these programs are relatively new, so it will be a few years before experts can determine their efficacy. "I think there's reason for optimism," says Barrett. "But it's likely that the Southeast will lag behind the rest of the country for some time to come."
For the interview itself you should dress smartly and appropriately. It is important to have some questions prepared and here are a few that could really help:
1. What exactly would my day-to-day responsibilities be? It is essential that you clearly understand your role and the tasks that you would be expected to undertake. It is easy to make assumptions and get the wrong impression of what the work would be so it is vital for both sides that there is clarity in what is expected of you. If the interviewer cannot give a clear answer then this is a worrying sign, so politely follow up with more questions. Some people even ask to see exactly where they will sit.
2. What are the opportunities for training and career advancement? This question serves two purposes. It helps you to understand where the job might lead and what skills you might acquire. It also signals that you are ambitious and thinking ahead.
4. When did you join? After the interviewer has asked a number of questions about you it can make a good change to ask a gentle question about them. People often like talking about themselves and if you can get them talking about their progress in the company you can learn useful and interesting things.
6. How do you feel that I measure up to your requirements for this position? This follows on naturally from the previous questions. It may seem a little pushy but it is a perfectly fair thing to ask. In sales parlance this is a ‘trial close’. If they say that you are a good fit then you can ask whether there is any reason you might not be offered the job. If they say that you are lacking in some key skill or attribute then you can move into objection handling mode and point out some relevant experience or a countervailing strength.
7. Would you like to hear what I could do to really help your department? If you want the job then this is a great question to ask at the end of the interview. Most interviewers will reply, ‘Yes.’ Drawing on what you have learnt in the conversation, you can give a short sales pitch on why you fit the criteria and why your strengths and ideas will significantly assist the boss to meet their objectives. Make it short, direct and clear with the emphasis on the benefits for them of having you in the team. At the end ask something like, ‘how does that sound?’
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
for our Digital Photography Computer Camp for Teens. We served refreshments, passed out certificates, and gave proud parents a chance to see their camper's photos displayed at ETSU's Slocumb Gallery. The photos were wonderful, and Angela and Darla did a great job with this camp. Hopefully, the students will return and take other non-credit courses from us in the future.
HOT ACADEMIC JOBS
Green chemistry * Energy * Gerontology
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of postsecondary educational administrators will increase by 14 percent from 2006 to 2016.
"The leadership turnover in education is going to be tremendous in the coming years," said Mark David Milliron, president and chief executive of Catalyze Learning International, an education-consulting group in Newland, N.C. "Folks are scrambling to fill the C-level pipeline; as a result, Ph.D.'s and Ed.D.'s are in high demand, and will be for some time."
Nanotechnology * Health policy * Information technology * Engineering
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
“If you don’t make higher ed accessible to that group in a different form, you’re eliminating their opportunity not only to learn, but to get ahead in their career,” said Ed Hugetz, associate vice chancellor and vice president for planning and outreach at the University of Houston.
Community colleges pioneered the idea of taking education to the people, but Lone Star College is going beyond that, providing space for four-year schools to offer upper division and graduate courses in northwest Houston.
“Our students have jobs. They’ve got families,” said Lone Star Chancellor Richard Carpenter. “The idea that, at the end of their community college experience, they can quit all that and move on to a university, that doesn’t work for them.”
Friday, July 3, 2009
When María Belén Chapur admitted to being the object of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's affections, she instantly became one of history's famous mistresses.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Networking is changing. You can’t tell me that trade shows, expos, and industry conventions [in any field] will last another 50 years. The expense of sending your employees to these conferences—along with the lack of sleep, decreased productivity, and general distractions that come from being drunk for more than 16 hours out of the day—isn’t worth it. Sure, it’s important to network. Sure, it’s important to meet people and learn from your peers. You can do the same thing in flash mobs and cheaper ‘unconference’ formats.
Don’t get me wrong. I love to see my friends (old & young) at SHRM and learn about new products and services from vendors. I also like to go have a drink at 2AM in my pajamas at a bar in New Orleans. (What? Did I really do that?)
I’m just not sure if these behaviors or ours are sustainable.
A California Dream: Saving State Universities With an Online Campus
Now, as the system grapples with a staggering budget crisis that might close institutions and forever alter what’s considered one of the crown jewels of public education, a proposal comes suggesting that salvation lies in going online.
A new cyber-campus “would have selective admissions; tuition somewhere between community college and the on-campus UC price, part-time and ‘anytime’ options and lectures by the best faculty from the entire UC system,” wrote Christopher Edley Jr., dean of the law school at the system’s Berkeley campus, in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times. “Our online students might miss the keg parties, but they would have the same world-class faculty, UC graduate student instructors, and adjunct faculty.”
With few exceptions, people are spending less nowadays. Spending is down on everything from home improvement to organic milk to Mother's Day gifts. So, obviously, the recession affects the way all sorts of people—such as an unemployed couple, a sports CEO, an ER doctor, and others profiled in a Time package—make decisions about how, what, and when to buy. But there are exceptions to the spend-less rule. What sorts of things are we actually spending more on of late?
Think escapism. Think mini-splurge. Think stress relievers. People are going out less for splashy nights on the town. They're staying in for romantic nights at home instead. Hence, condom sales are up. So are donuts, which might be considered escapist, splurge-y stress relievers all in one. Where else is business booming during the recession?
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Colorado had the lowest rate of obese adults, at 18.9 percent, followed by Massachusetts, 21.2 percent; and Connecticut, 21.3 percent.
Mississippi also had the highest rate of overweight and obese children, at 44.4 percent. It's followed by Arkansas, 37.5 percent; and Georgia, 37.3 percent.
Following Alabama, Michigan ranks No. 2 with the most obese 55- to 64-year-olds, 36 percent. Colorado has the lowest rate, 21.8 percent.