A discussion of continuing higher education, adult education, training,and related--and some unrelated--Tennessee topics.
NAASS Director Search
North American Association of Summer Sessions
The North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS) announces a search for an Executive Director. NAASS is a vibrant, member driven association recognized as the authority in research and applications related to summer and special sessions at institutions of higher education. Through its membership activities and conferences, the NAASS provides outstanding educational activities, mentoring, and consulting services to assist its members to develop exceptionally successful summer and special sessions. The NAASS Executive Director is the association's only paid professional employee who will administer the organization's general operations and implement the directives of the Executive Committee. The Executive Director is responsible for the effective and efficient day-to-day operation of the association and is seen as the organization's "public representative".
Applicants for this position should submit their vita (resume) with a cover letter that discusses their qualifications for the position. The complete job description may be seen at: http://www.naass.org/.
Influences another state's higher education policy. Another Republican state. From Slate. Does Arkansas’ Free Community College Program Hold Promise?
...Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an act creating the Arkansas Future Grant, or ArFuture. Hutchinson is Republican, and both houses of the state’s Legislature are led by Republicans. The first grants would be available this fall.
The grant doesn’t require a minimum high school grade point average to qualify but goes to any traditional or nontraditional student—meaning recent high school graduates and adults—who enrolls in a science, technology, engineering, or math field, or another high-demand field, at any of the state’s community or technical colleges. As a last-dollar grant, ArFuture would go to students only after they’ve received federal and state aid. Grant recipients must participate in a mentor or community-service program, and after graduation, they must work full-time in Arkansas for at least three years.
Are still a thing. And I see John Bear is still kicking. My first job in continuing education was an advisor in an external degree program (Way, way before the internet--hence the term external instead of online.). Our program was favorably mentioned in Bear's book, and we got a lot of referrals from in. That was just 37 years ago. Sigh. From CBS MoneyWatch. Your MD may have a phony degree
There's little reason to doubt that sales of degrees have only become even more prevalent since a federal probe executed from 1989 to 1991. It was dubbed "DIPSCAM" for "Diploma Scam," and resulted in the dismantling of 40 phony schools, 19 federal grand jury indictments, 20 convictions and the purchase of 40 diplomas and transcripts.
"Our best guestimate is there are 5,000 diploma mills at any one time, and probably the same number of fake accrediting agencies," said Allen Ezell, a 31-year FBI veteran who helped run DIPSCAM. "I'm not paranoid, but it…