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Tall people should have to pay more

for college. It's just all so unfair.

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!"

Enrollments are growing even though the economy

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Isn't. Enrollments in our adult degree programs, which include three online degrees, are up 25% over what they were this time last year. We're at 86% or our final fall 2008 enrollment with a month to go. While I don't expect that rate of increase to hold through our final census, I expect us to be up. And our summer school trend is continuing: undergraduates up, graduates down.

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 Brit…

More Tennessee students

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are turning to for-profit schools. It's a shame these folks can't be served by state institutions, but we don't even have the resources to help them all.

For-profit schools attract more students as recession drags on
Tough economic times have more students attending private for-profit institutions teaching everything from auto repair to business administration, and now more of those students are borrowing money for that 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. . . .
Last year, 73,000 students were enrolled nationwide at the institutions that range from mechanic shops to billion-dollar schools like University of Phoenix. Pressnell says he expects that number to be higher going into the fall semester.
"I think in a recession economy, typically families and students turn to higher education as a place to go …

What's up

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with The University of the South? And the University of North Dakota? Princeton Review has released its list of the top 20 party schools. While not in the top ten, the University of Tennessee and Sewanee: The University of the South made the list. My alma mater is number 12--"Party on, Hawkeyes! Aspire to the top 10!" Party schools are an Osborn tradition, evidently. I have one son at UT and another at the University of Georgia, number 4.

The Associated Press: List of top party schools by Princeton Review
1. Penn State University, State College, Pa.
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. 7. University of Texas, Austin, Texas
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.…

On the road

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Again. Heading to the Roan State Community College campus in Oak Ridge for a TACHE Planning Committee. Notice I didn't write Conference Planning Committee because this year's conference has been canceled. In its place, we will have a one-day drive in meeting in Nashville. And that's what we will be planning.

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.

Anyone read

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this book? The title sound tailor-made for a conference presentation. I've seen in mentioned in one other blog. http://tinyurl.com/n9oat6

Coming to Tennessee?

After Michigan? Allowing community colleges to offer four year degrees seems to be trending right now, and coupled with our Governor's recent comments about emphasizing those institutions, I wonder if we'll see movement here. I would imagine it would start in those areas that have a community college but no four year institution. I'm all for using resources efficiently but I worry that this is a knee-jerk reaction driven by current finances. The following article discusses the trend and, interesting enough, reveals that there is a Community College Baccalaureate Association...

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 Arizo…

Today is my birthday

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Escaping password

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hell.Slate has simple advice on creating better, easy-to-remember passwords.

Fix Your Terrible, Insecure Passwords in Five Minutes
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 …

Check out Ben Franklin

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Landmarks in Philadelphia. While you're at the ACHE Annual Meeting and Conference this fall http://www.acheinc.org/ache2009/index.html. In your free time, of course.

Independence Hall - A signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of the framers of the Constitution, Franklin spent many, many days here. Chestnut Street between 5th & 6th Streets, (215) 965-2305, www.nps.gov/inde
Franklin Court - Franklin Court, the site of Franklin's home and the printing office of his grandson, also includes an underground museum focused on Franklin's many accomplishments. Because he was postmaster general of the new nation, there is a U.S. Post Office as well. 314-322 Market Street, (215) 965-2305, www.nps.gov/inde
Christ Church - Franklin worshipped here on occasion and even had his children baptized in this historic church. He also supervised the lottery that financed the Church's tower and steeple. 2nd & Market Streets, (215) 922-1695, http://www.christchurchphila.org/
C…

The logical follow-up

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to Topless Meetings. Teaching Naked.

'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-tak…

Pell Grants still serve

adult students. 36% of recipients are older than 25.

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 a…

California cuts even deeper

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into the muscle of its colleges and universities. The cuts to higher education in California over the past two years exceed the entire higher education budgets of some states. Or so I've been told. True or not, the cuts are devastating. Continuing Education at California universities is often self-supporting, so they might be spared some initial carving. But if they make any money, you can be sure the university will take whatever it can, leaving less for innovation, planning, benchmarking, new initiatives.

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 Calif…

Now that's what I call

an ivory tower.Ba-doom Pshh. Porn protest at the University of Maryland.

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 a…

Tennessee's governor focusing on higher education

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his last year. There seems to be some opportunities to increase efficiencies and save money, and the Governor should be commended for trying to do something. But I hope regional universities don't get left out of his priorities. And his point about making community colleges "more residential" seems odd. Building dorms on community college campuses seems like an expensive solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Maybe the state could upgrade an urban community college to one of the "no frills colleges" being discussed nationally--with a focus on teaching, no extracurriculars, and only offering a few, targeted bachelor's degrees. But that takes money and hurts existing universities.

The best thing the state of Tennessee could do for higher education is fully fund the formula. We have a reasonable funding formula that is never completely funded. As far as restructuring, my own thoughts are that we might be able to combine our Tennessee Technology Centers w…

Half off tuition

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on weekends? Maybe we'll have Happy Hour with classes two for one from 5:00 to 7:00.

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. Scienc…

Clearing the road for adult students

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Who earn the GED. These students face multiple obstacles as they pursue higher education. Like other adults, they often have job and family responsibilities that must be overcome. Then there's the expense. The technology demands alone of college study anymore (nearly every course requires Internet access) are a significant barrier. From ACE's CenterPoint:
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. Il…

This is even bigger

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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.

I don't see my colleagues

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at Tennessee community colleges too excited.

Obama Pushes for More Aid to Community Colleges
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 to…

Make your reservations today

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for the 2009 ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting

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.

The Scopes Trial Annual Festival

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Starts on Saturday in Dayton, Tennessee.

Scopes Trial
21st Annual Festival
July 18-20, 2008
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
4:4…

Why continuing education

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exists. The following is an email from a colleague.

... 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.”
Of course we helped her!

Community colleges

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and the economic recovery. Time looks at the important role community colleges can play in today's economy. On one hand, the article cites their nimbleness:

Can Community Colleges Save the U.S. Economy?
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. And on the other hand.... 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 …

Worse than everyone

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except Arkansas and Louisiana. THEC plans to tweak the state's funding formula to increase graduation rates.
Tennessee's college graduation rate is third worst 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.

Register now!

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Registration for the 2009 ACHE Annual Meeting and Conference is now open! Join ACHE colleagues in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania November 15-18, 2009 for our 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference. With four full days of speakers and events held at the Sheraton Society Hill in one of our nation's most historic cities, Philadelphia, it's a gathering you won't want to miss. To register, visit conference registration page. For more information on the 2009 ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting, visit the conference web site.

A call for

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interdisciplinarity in the Chronicle for Higher Education. Our whole division is built around interdisciplinary programs, ranging from our B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies to our M.A. in Liberal Studies. This following paragraph from Needed: a New Generation of Problem Solvers could have been lifted directly from one of our program brochures:
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. Problem Solvers Wanted

I resemble

that remark. Today I'm going to sit around the house. And when I say sit around the house...

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 …

Job interview?

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Here's some good advice from StepcaseLifehack:

Seven Great Questions to Ask at a Job Interview
If you are going for an interview as a prospective employee then you should do some research. Read the job description and requirements carefully. Browse the web site to see how the organization presents itself. Search for news items and comments about the company on news sites and blogs.
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. Som…

We had a reception last night

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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.

The Chronicle of Higher Education lists

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HOT ACADEMIC JOBS



Green chemistry * Energy * Gerontology

Education
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

The new

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New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education is out.

Social Capital and Women's Support Systems: Networking, Learning, and Surviving. Carmela R. Nanton and Mary V. Alfred, editors. Number 122. Summer 2009. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/86011352/home
Sample authors and chapters include:
Carema R. Nanton. Ties that Bind: Cultural Referent Groups and Coping Strategies of Adult Women as Learners. * Vemarie L. Albertini. Social Networks and Community Support: Sustaining Women in Need of Community-Based Adult Education Programs. * Jia Wang. Networking in the Workplace: Implication for Women's Career Development.
And Tennessee Tech's own Elizabeth D. Ojo. Support Systems and Women of the Diaspora.

Gee, I liked this better when it was called

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Continuing Education!
I once argued that deans of continuing education would go the way of deans of women because in order to survive, colleges and universities would need to become more nimble and continuing education-esque. But I figured my generation was safe because higher education moved so slowly. The recession may speed things up.
College Closer to Home as Branch Campuses Sprout “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…

Happy Independence Day

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I read the news today, oh boy

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Honoring South Carolina

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Time lists the Top Ten Mistresses. And these are just the ones we know about.
Second Squeezes
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. The list includes Marilyn Monroe, Anne Boleyn, and Amy Fisher. And of course, Ms. Chapur.

The new Northeast State president

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has a compelling life story for continuing educators. Janice Gilliam has an associate degree in cosmetology and earned all of her subsequent degrees (including her doctorate) while working full-time. She might be a good speaker at some TACHE conference.
http://tinyurl.com/l89fdc

Punk Rock Human Resources

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Considers the future of large conventions. While at one. In New Orleans. (Of course, she may be a little impaired...)

SHRM 2009: Day One 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.

Another no frills college education

This time online.

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.”

He was probably tired of paying

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That $15 checked baggage fee.

Flight diverted after man disrobes mid-flight

What sells during a recession?

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Here's a hint: smartphones and condoms. So you can multi-task, I guess.

What We're Buying More of During the Recession
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?

In Tennessee, nearly one in three adults is obese

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I've got to find two fat friends to hang with! And thank God for Mississippi, Alabama, and West Virginia (which constitutes the obesity trinity, I guess) or we'd be at the top of the list. As it is, we're one biscuit away from number one.
Some highlights from America, you’re getting (even) fatter
Obesity rates among adults rose in 23 states over the past year and didn't decline anywhere, says a new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Mississippi had the highest rate of adult obesity, 32.5 percent, for the fifth year in a row.
Three additional states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent, including Alabama, 31.2 percent; West Virginia, 31.1 percent; and Tennessee, 30.2 percent.
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 follow…

Our non-traditional graduate degree programs

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are kicking butt!

At the School of Graduate Studies' Awards Ceremony and Reception held at the end of the semester, graduates from our Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and Master of Professional Studies were recognized with honors.
Elizabeth Roe's capstone project Wilderness Therapy for Adolescents: Utilizing Nature to Effect Change in Juvenile Delinquents won the Outstanding Capstone award. It was nominated by Dr. Marie Tedesco, MALS Director.
LahlaDeakins' A Proposal for a Non-Profit Pottery Program in Appalachia won the Outstanding Thesis in Arts/Humanities award. It was also nominated by Dr. Tedesco.
And Lee Ann Davis' project Project S.L.I.C.K. for Girls, Inc. of Kingsport, TN, won the Service Projects that Enhance the Public Good award. It was nominated by Dr. Jo Lobertini, Chair, Cross-Disciplinary Studies.
The first two students in the MALS program and the third is a student in the MPS. The MALS program has won several of these awards in the past, a sure sign o…

Having a meeting?

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Slate's Gretchen Rubin's tips for a productive meeting:

Fourteen Tips for Running a Good Meeting.
1. Start on time, and end on time. 2. At the same time, remember that it’s helpful to spend a little time in chit-chat.
3. If some people hesitate to jump in, find a way to draw them out. 4. “If you’re willing to take the blame, people will give you the responsibility.” 5. Share the credit. 6. Making people feel stupid isn’t productive, and it isn’t kind. 7. Have an agenda and stick to it. 8. Never go to a meeting if you don’t know why you’re supposed to be there! 9. Standing meetings should be kept as short as possible and very structured. 10. Don't say things that will undermine or antagonize other people. 11. Be very specific about what the “action items” are. 12. If a meeting is long, schedule breaks when people can check their email and phones. 13. Meetings should stay tightly focused. 14. Here’s a radical solution: no chairs.
My next meeting will be chairless and topless!http://tinyu…

Today is Canada Day

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