Showing posts from 2010

God help me I do love Top 10 lists

And Happy New Year.

Ridiculously Strong Drinks

Alternatives to drinking on New Year's Eve

Hmmm.  Someone sober thought this would work?
Sorry, a boozy footbath won't get you drunk
There are a lot of ways to get drunk (especially this time of year), but according to new research published in the British Medical Journal, soaking your feet in booze is not one of them.

Still, foot drinking (sole sipping?) is a popular urban myth widely circulated in Denmark -- and elsewhere (search “drunk,” “soaking your feet” and “alcohol” and you'll get more than 17,000 hits). So much so that Danish researchers decided it was high time to put an end to it with a little scientific investigation.

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Is there such a thing as being overqualified?

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A college president looks back

On how continuing education changed his college.

Lakeland College prepares for evolving work force Green Bay Press Gazette
Lakeland in the 1970s was among the first colleges in the Fox River Valley to offer bachelor's degree programs for working adults. The move was the vision of William Kellett, former Kimberly-Clark Corp. president and member of Lakeland's board of trustees.

Gould said Kellett had been involved with the state's commission on higher learning and was concerned about challenges graduates from two-year colleges faced when trying to transfer credits to a four-year college or university.

"Back then, credits were not transferable, and Bill saw that as an inefficient and awkward system," Gould said. "A lot of people had two-year degrees, and after a certain point many wanted to complete a four-year degree, but couldn't afford the time away from work."

That ultimately paved the way for Lakeland to establish partnersh…

5 Reasons Why You Must Advertise

John Jantsch explains in Duct Tape Marketing that you must spend a little money to advertize your programs. Inexpensive, social media aren't enough. 
5 Reasons Why You Must Advertise
When done effectively advertising is an essential part of mix because:

1. Advertising is the only medium you can control – if you want your message to hit on the day a product launches or event is about to happen, this is the only vehicle you control completely.

2. Advertising allows you to target ideal customers only – when you match a very personal message to a very select audience you get far greater connection.

3. Advertising creates awareness for your content – The force that drives a great deal of conversion and trust building these days is educational content – ebooks, seminars and blog posts – advertising is a great way to help get that content found and consumed once you’ve gone to the effort to produce it.

4. Advertising adds credibility to your message – Don’t ask me why this is exactly, but …

Call for ACHE proposals

The Program Committee for the 2011 ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting invites proposals for interactive sessions to be presented at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida, October 13-15, 2011.

For more information and submission guidelines, visit the Call for Proposals Website.

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Lake effect job market

Great Lakes, Good Job Market
Companies based in the Great Lakes area expect to hire 13% more new graduates with bachelor’s degrees regionally for the 2010-2011 academic year compared with the year earlier, according to a recent survey by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. The region includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

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They aren't ranked but I like Self-Proclaimed Vampire Brings Out Seattle SWAT.

Top Headlines of 2010

Hoping for a redneck hot tub this Christmas


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“You will be visited by 69 spirits”: 23 TV episodes based on “A Christmas Carol”
1.Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962)
Often cited as the first animated Christmas special, Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol is also one of the first TV shows to place an existing character within the rough outline of Charles Dickens’ classic novella about an elderly miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and the series of ghosts who provide him with some historical perspective on his life. In this hourlong special, the nearsighted bumbler Mr. Magoo (voiced as always by Jim Backus) appears on Broadway in a musical version of Dickens’ tale, with songs by famed composers Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. After the “this is just a play” framework is established, Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol serves up a shortened but still potent take on the story, with Styne/Merrill numbers like “Alone In The World” charting Scrooge’s gradual emotional softening. The show was such a hit that it opened the floodgates for Christmas cartoons …

Nearby LMU

Experiments with recruiting practices.  Lincoln Memorial University has a bustling off-campus program that this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education doesn't even mention.

A Small University Embraces a Big-Business Formula for Recruiting

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It's not fair to judge

Without knowing who these colleges serve.  Many serve urban, part-time populations who take longer to graduate.  I bet may serve first-generation college students who also take longer.

Colleges With The Lowest Graduation Rates

Today is

Christmas Adam:  The day before Christmas Eve. Since Adam was created before Eve, and the need to be equitable in the holiday season, Christmas Adam creates further anticipation of Christmas Day.

Guy 1: When is your family coming to our place?

Guy 2: On Christmas Adam and leaving New Year's Day.

Finals ended last week but in review....

see more Funny Graphs

On the other hand

Virtual meeting are increasing.

Are Virtual Office Meetings Better Than the Real Thing?
Results published by Market Media Research shows that virtual meetings and events doubled from 2008 and 2009. The industry is expected to grow to $18.6 billion by 2015, a 56 percent annual growth rate. Especially when it comes to virtual trade shows and conferences, USA Today says that companies are even turning to programs like Second Life to host their virtual meetings while other businesses are developing innovative techniques to combine social media and the virtual event to create a more personalized experience.

Maybe telecommuting isn't such a good idea after all

People might value physical, social interaction and increase the quality of their work accordingly. 

The Value of Face Time: To Work Better, Work Closely
The authors analyzed a bunch of scientific studies, looking at how far away the participating researchers labored from one another. They then looked at how often those studies were cited by other scientists, which is a measure of how influential the work becomes.

They found that the closer together researchers worked, the more often other academics cited their study. This was especially true if the researcher listed first (usually the one judged most responsible for the work) and the one listed last worked near each other. The closer they were, whether they were in the same building, on the same campus, or on different campuses of the same institution, the louder their work seemed to talk.

"Despite all of the profound advances in information technology, such as video conferencing, we found that physical proximity still matters f…

I may have mentioned something earlier about liking my iPhone

Daniel Hamermesh offers help for the climate- challenged iPhone user.  And boy have we been climate-challenged around here lately.

How to Stay Warm While Operating Your iPhone in the Cold
New technologies give rise to other new technologies and complementary goods. I love my iPhone and, living in a warm climate, I always have fingers warm enough to operate the heat-sensitive letters on its screen. But in a cold climate, I would have the same problem others have — I would have to choose between being able to operate the iPhone and having warm fingers. The two are no longer mutually exclusive: Companies are marketing mittens and gloves with fold-over buttonable fingers, so you can briefly expose your warm, functioning fingers to punch in letters and numbers on the iPhone, and keep your fingers warm when not using the device. Human ingenuity, even in a minor area like this, is truly remarkable.

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The top worst film according to The A.V. ClubThe Last Airbender.
The 15 worst films of 2010
Artistically and critically speaking, there was no bigger fiasco this year than The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan’s first foray into big-budget special-effects action-adventure. Clumsily adapting the entire first season of a terrific Nickelodeon animated series into a 103-minute live-action feature, Shyamalan coped with his time crunch by having the characters dully, dutifully explain everything they’re thinking, planning, or feeling. Flat acting and stiff directing don’t help matters, nor does the overcrowded plot; treating his world as something the characters have to constantly define for each other makes his fantasy world feel even more ludicrous and unreal. And then there’s the disastrous 3-D conversion, which make the visuals so dark and muddy that even the special effects couldn’t serve as a sop for the fans. Laughable where it’s supposed to be serious and depressing where it’s su…

The new regulation that is giving every online degree program heartburn

If we enroll out-of-state students, even in our online programs, we have to be authorized by every state involved.  I'm beginning to have sympathy for the Republican point of view concerning the fate of the Department of Education.  From the Chronicle of Higher Education.

State-Oversight Rule Draws Protests From Colleges and Congress
Under the Higher Education Act, colleges must be legally authorized to provide postsecondary education in every state where they operate.

But the law does not specify how states should approve colleges, leaving it to state lawmakers and administrators to set their own standards for approval.

The result has been a patchwork of policies at the state level. Some states, like Hawaii and Wyoming, allow colleges to operate with only a business license. Others, including New York and Ohio, send teams of reviewers to scrutinize applicants. A number of states, including California, defer their decision to accreditors, deeming institutions "authorized"…

This alone could stave off tuition increases

Appy State has its own brewery  and wants to profit from it.  Meanwhile, in Tennessee, we can't even possess alcohol on state property.
ASU brews hops, hopes to sell beer
Ivory Tower Brewery, in the basement of the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, is a small nonprofit brewery operated by university professors who taught an honors class in beer brewing to 12 students last spring.

The class covered the chemical, biological and production process of brewing malted beverages, including the science of how to combine hops, malt and yeast to produce styles and flavors of beer.

Since that beer was used for research and educational purposes by a university, it was legal. But selling beer is another matter.

"The university is authorized to sell products that are incidental to instructional and laboratory work already," said Dayton Cole, ASU's attorney. "But because alcoholic beverages are so heavily regulated, we need to get permits."

Extending continuing education to the high school

We do some of this with dual enrollment, but we haven't had much luck with high school students attending summer school.  And I'm sure we could register students as young as 10 in any credit class.  But it may be time to look at it again. 
I think the DoSC mission is interesting.  It seems broader than most in continuing education.  How does yours compare?
Rutgers Continuing Studies and HEROES offer $2,700 in Talent Search Scholarships
Rutgers University's Division of Continuing Studies (“DoCS”) and Higher Education, Resources and Opportunities for Exceptional Scholars (“HEROES”) today announced that they will award $2,700 in scholarships in conjunction with a Talent Search. The Talent Search is designed to identify exceptionally gifted middle school and high school students, recognize them for their exceptional academic aptitude and help them access academic opportunities designed for exceptionally able students.

Elizabeth Beasley, Director, New Brunswick Summer & Speci…

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Continuing education job openings

Even in tough times, colleges and universities are still hiring.Here are some continuing education jobs from the Chronicle of Higher Education and Dominican University:  Assistant Provost for Continuing Education & Special Initiatives Kansas State University:  Assistant Professor of Adult Education Garrett College:  Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Missouri State University: Associate Provost for Access and Outreach Tarrant County College District: Vice President of Continuing Education Park University: Associate Provost for Distance Learning & Academic Outreach

The most educated county in the country

Eighty-seven percent is amazing....
Carlisle is tops in rate of college graduates
According to the American Community Survey, released yesterday, about 87 percent of Carlisle residents over 25 years of age have an undergraduate degree or higher, while more than 50 percent over 25 have a graduate degree or higher. The national average for a bachelor’s degree is about 27 percent, and the statewide average was 38 percent.

Leslie Thomas, 52, said she moved to this town northwest of Boston because of Carlisle’s rural quality and because she thinks the residents are more educated.

“There’s a lot of emphasis on education in Carlisle, and the parents are very involved,’’ said Thomas, who has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northeastern University. “People are more open to different things.’’

Retreat 101

I'm a big believer in retreats.  And in getting us away and planning the future.  While I'm not sure about all of these (I'm not big into skits, and my retreats end at the end of the workday.), Seth Godin has some interesting advice.  Tell me what works for you.

How to organize a retreat
•Must be off site, with no access to electronic interruption

•Should be intense. Save the rest and relaxation for afterwards

•Create a dossier on each attendee in advance, with a photo and a non-humble CV of who they are and what they do and what their goals are

•Never (never) have people go around a circle and say their name and what they do and their favorite kind of vegetable or whatever. The problem? People spend the whole time trying to think of what to say, not listening to those in front of them (I once had to witness 600 people do this!!)

•Instead, a week ahead of time, give each person an assignment for a presentation at the event. It might be the answer to a question like, "wh…

Now I understand

The reference to ACHE in the Higher Reach report on the LERN Conference.  I missed this earlier posting by Charles Mehl and Josh Pennino.

Top Ten Things Overheard at ACHE
10) Budgets are shrinking (again…?) and we need to do more with less. New technologies are part of the solution.

9) A tough fiscal environment requires more diligent strategic planning.

8) Why isn’t Destiny Solutions at ACHE this year?

7) Think like Google by applying Google business principles to continuing education: Innovate, measure, capture, and then innovate again.

6) America’s workforce needs to be rebuilt and we need to do it. Let’s stay ahead of the curve and be there for the future.

5) Did you know that the new president of ACHE is a Jenzabar client?

4) Effective grant writing can make a huge difference in funding growth. Don’t overlook the importance of this capability.

3) Adult learners come in various forms and fashions, but most require the same “academic triage” services.

2) McCain and Palin aren’t the …

Today is

Mmmm. Chocolate...
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
December 16th is yet another of those days that celebrate specific food items. The history of national chocolate covered anything day will involve a lot of research as it is not particularly well known. However, it is certainly a day for all you chocolaholics out there! You need not feel guilty about eating the addictive stuff on chocolate covered anything day.

National chocolate covered anything day is literally a day for binging. While you can definitely have your fill of chocolate chip encrusted cookies, cakes and pies on the national chocolate covered anything day, you are also at liberty to slather the yummy chocolate over anything and everything that takes your fancy.

Do they even call them albums anymore?

Whatever you call them, Paste Magazine names The 25 Best Album Covers of 2010.  Here's number nine:

I just read this

On the Higher Reach blog. Josh Pennino reports on the LERN conference held last month.  I wonder what number five means?  Maybe someone can help interpret? 
Top Ten Things Overheard At LERN
10. The times have changed… why haven’t your course offerings? (And simply rewriting course titles won’t get you there). 9. You really don’t use ratios to measure the success of your offerings? So how do you know if you’re doing well or not?

8. Highlight career opportunities at the beginning of the process, not at the end. Linking a program to an actual outcome makes selling much easier.

7. Chicago is my kind of town!

6. Does your staff have the tools they need to be successful? And if so, do they know what to do with them?

5. Remember number 8 from our ACHE learnings…?

4. Is Lumens / LERN one company? Are you sure?

3. I don’t understand twitter either, but that’s not the point. The next generation of learners needs you to figure it out. Quickly.

2. 50% of every promotion dollar is wasted, the diff…

Cover letter update

But what do you do if you're an entrepreneurial, innovative, results-orientated team player with extensive experience and a proven track record like me?
Buzzwords To Avoid When Looking For A New Job 1. Extensive experience 2. Innovative 3. Motivated 4. Results-oriented 5. Dynamic 6. Proven track record 7. Team player 8. Fast-paced 9. Problem solver 10. Entrepreneurial

Thank God it's not our fault

Poll: Public blames grad rates on college students
The public pins most of the blame for poor college graduation rates on students and their parents and gives a pass to colleges, government officials and others, a new Associated Press-Stanford University poll shows.

All sectors of American higher education received high marks for quality. That extends to for-profit colleges, despite recent criticism of dubious recruiting tactics, high student loan default rates and other problems at some schools.

The belief that students are most at fault for graduation rates is a troubling sign for reformers who have elevated college completion to the forefront of higher education policy debates and pushed colleges to fix the problem, said Michael Kirst, professor emeritus of education and business administration at Stanford.

"The message is, 'Students, you had your shot at college and failed and it's your fault, not the college,'" Kirst said.

Want that MBA?

Some things to consider before taking the plunge.  Penelope Trunk offers alternatives.

Thinking of Getting an MBA? Here Are Five Reasons Not To
If you got into a top-ten business school, go. You will earn $150,000 when you get out, you will have a good-housekeeping seal of approval for your business IQ, and you will have a great network. Also, the top business schools have such a wide range of applicants that the schools themselves are great at sifting through who should be in business school and who shouldn’t.

If you did not get into a top ten school, then you’re making a mistake if you attend. Really. People go to business school for the wrong reasons.

Any retention effort works a little bit, some of the time

And now some evidence that smaller class size doesn't help retain students.  But replacing adjuncts with full-time faculty does.
Unconventional Wisdom
Sara Goldrick-Rab, who co-authored the report, notes with some irony that her home institution of Wisconsin has actually made reducing class size a key initiative.

“The things they are putting their stock in right now are not necessarily the most cost-effective,” said Goldrick-Rab, an assistant professor of educational policy studies and sociology. “The problem here is we have leaders without good information.”

“There’s not much evidence to suggest that reducing class size is going to do much of anything, and there is some evidence that it’s an expensive thing to do,” she added.

So what does improve degree completion productivity? Apart from using more full-time faculty, there’s evidence to suggest that something as basic as picking up a phone and calling students who’ve missed class makes a big difference at relatively little cost,…

Snow day! Final exams scheduled today and tonight are rescheduled to Friday. The day before Commencement.


Going mobile

Some tips to keep in mind as you plan your mobile presence.

Practicing good mobile habits
Is your website content ready for mobile devices? Forecasters predict that by 2013 there will be 1.7 billion mobile internet users. You can be sure that many of those users will be prospective students (and their parents) doing college research through their mobile devices.

For-profits and the G.I. Bill

Where the money takes you.
Colleges That Recruit Veterans Garner Profits and Scrutiny
More than 36 percent of the tuition payments made in the first year of the program — a total of $640 million in tuition and fees — went to for-profit colleges, like the University of Phoenix, according to data compiled by the Department of Veterans Affairs, even though these colleges serve only about 9 percent of the overall population at higher education institutions nationwide.

As the money flows to the for-profit university industry, questions are being raised in Congress and elsewhere about their recruitment practices, and whether they really deliver on their education promises. Some members say they want to place tighter limits on how much these colleges can collect in military benefits, a move certain federal officials say they would welcome.

These questions come as the for-profit education industry is under increased scrutiny, with the Department of Education proposing regulations that would c…

If video killed the radio star

What hath the interweb slain?
What the Internet Killed
It’s hard to imagine life without some of the technological innovations of the last decade. But in a world where connectivity is everywhere, there are some traditions, values, and just plain ways of life that we no longer adhere to. Here’s a sampling of casualties due to our constant mobile and Internet connections.

Continuing education job openings

Even in tough times, colleges and universities are still hiring.Here are some continuing education jobs from the Chronicle of Higher Education and . Garrett CollegeDean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Northern State UniversityDirector, Office of Extended Studies Rice UniversityProgram Coordinator University of Central FloridaAssistant Director, Education/Training Programs Champlain CollegeAssistant Dean for General Education Online and Adult Education Chatham College: Dean of the College for Continuing and Professional Studies The College of New RochelleCoordinator of Off-Site Graduate Programs Arizona State UniversityCoordinator, Outreach and Education

Complete college

Four things to try.  I think it's particularly true that we don't focus on logistical issues such as the scheduling of courses and the number of course sections offered.  Students can't graduate if the courses aren't there.  From the Chronicle of Higher Education.
4 Ways to Raise Graduation Rates Focus on Likely Dropouts Build Up Advising Services Involve Diverse Voices Make Logistical Changes

Continuing education 101

Adult and nontraditional students fuel growth at North Carolina college. 

Guilford Grows Up
With plush green lawns, colonial architecture and roots in the Quaker faith, Guilford College rests comfortably in the long tradition of liberal arts institutions. Contemplating the culture of a college like Guilford, one might readily imagine groups of young people diving into Yeats or Wordsworth beneath a canopy of shady oaks. And while there’s surely some truth to that stereotype, Guilford’s last decade of growth has been largely tied to a significant increase in nontraditional students, making the college one where you’re just as likely to see a mother of two in her mid-30s as an 18-year-old freshman.

Guilford’s adult bachelor’s degree programs date to the 1950s, but it was only in the last decade that the adult population began to rival that of traditional students on the residential campus. While college officials say that serving adults is part of Guilford's community-oriented philo…

Want to make college cheaper?

Reduce athletic departments.  I love college sports but I'm just saying....  Gregg Easterbrook follows the money.
Tuesday Morning Quarterback: College athletic departments are bloated and priorities are askew Bowl season is nearly upon us, and college football conferences are reshuffling like mad, with bowl invites, television rights and media exposure the motives. College marketers know that in 2008 the University of Texas had $88 million in football revenue while Ohio State had $68 million (Wall Street Journal figures), and football dollars are still going up. The money rush isn't confined to the top, rather it is spread broadly across the higher-education landscape. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which plans to start Division I-AA participation in 2013, is asking $2,500 per personal seat license for good seats at its new field, plus a donation of up to several thousand dollars, making the true PSL price more like $5,000. That's for a Division I-AA program…

I come back from the SACSCOC Conference

And find a couple of Tennessee universities in trouble. This is one more thing in a string of troubles for TSU.  And Fisk is still trying to sell its art.

TSU, Fisk University miss accreditation benchmarks
Two Nashville schools were warned that they've failed to meet all the standards for accredited universities in the South.

Tennessee State University has a year to meet measures of institutional effectiveness expected from accredited schools. Fisk University must report back in six months about its efforts to shore up shaky finances.

On Tuesday, TSU failed to win reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which ensures the quality and basic qualifications of public and private universities across the South. Fisk, which was reaffirmed last year, has been monitored to see whether its finances would improve. The association's board warned that Fisk's finances still were not where they should be.

Both schools remain fully accredit…

A retention GSBI

We've talked about this very thing as a way to help retention at my university.  And I have to wonder if it would work better at a university since community colleges can still be perceived as grades 13 and 14 of high school.  As far as retention goes, I'm working on a theory that says any retention effort works a little bit some of the time, but nothing has a significant effect very often.  Anyway, Dean Dad describes a research based, good sounding, bad idea.
It Made Sense on Paper... We treated a group of new students as a single cohort. They all took the same sections of every class together, and the instructors for the various sections coordinated assignments for maximum reinforcement. The idea was to bundle everything good into a package, and to see how successful we could get a given cohort to be. They got some of the best instructors, they had opportunities to bond with each other, and they even had special group exposure to various extracurriculars. In theory, they shou…

Call for presentations

ACHE MidAtlantic Region 2011 Spring Conference Innovative Curricular Practices March 24-26, 2011 Shepherdstown, WV The program committee for the 2011 Spring Conference invites proposals for concurrent session presentations. Find more information on submitting a proposal here.
Proposals should be no longer than 250 words (including a concise title) and submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Please include your name, mailing address, institutional affiliation, daytime phone number, and email address; forward to Chris Quinn byFebruary 1, 2011.

The economics of higher education

Getting your degree still pays off in the long run.

Is the Cost of College a Bargain?
For more than two decades, as the cost of college has climbed at twice the rate of inflation, critics have argued that bloated bureaucracies, overpaid faculty, and unnecessary amenities are inflating tuition. Yet in a new book—Why Does College Cost So Much?—economists Robert Archibald and David Feldman argue that college isn’t actually overpriced.

The reason: although the total cost of attending an in-state, four-year public university has nearly doubled to $16,140 since 2000, the benefits that come with it have increased considerably, too. Indeed, over the same time period, the difference in wages between those who attend college and those who don’t has climbed by 20 percent.

ACHE 2011 call for proposals

ACHE 2011 ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting Sustainable Leadership: Bold Thinking About Who We Are October 13-15, 2011 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Orlando, Florida
Instructions on submitting a proposal can be found here.  Deadline is February 11, 2011.

Alexander N. Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults

If you've never visited the Charters Library at Syracuse University, take a quick look here.  Dr. Charters is a past president of ACHE--way, way past--and has attended every annual conference that I know of.  If you've been to a conference, he is always introduced.  This year, ACHE created the Alex Charters Research Grant.  The purpose of the  grant is to promote the development and dissemination of new knowledge, theories, and practices in adult and continuing education. Grants up to $3,000 may be awarded.  ACHE members or doctoral students with sponsorship from ACHE are eligible to submit research grant proposals. Members of the Research Committee, national officers, and Board members are not eligible.

Blow'd up good, blow'd up real good!

I used to live in Rolla, Missouri.  I wonder if the WalMart is still closed on Sunday because of the blue laws?

Missouri university to award nation's first master's degrees in explosives
The nation's first master's degrees in explosives engineering will be handed out this month at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.

The university said the program was approved last year and is part of Missouri S&T's mining and nuclear engineering department. Fifteen graduate students are enrolled in Missouri S&T's explosives engineering program.

The degrees will be handed out to three students on Dec. 18.

Missouri S&T started offering a minor in explosives engineering at the undergraduate level in 2005.

I once turned down a job interview at UT-Martin

Because it was too close to the New Madrid Fault.  It's just a matter of time...maybe in 2012 like the Mayans predicted?
New Madrid earthquake threat worries Tenn.
Tennessee's biggest catastrophe will come without warning.

A major earthquake would destroy buildings, roads and bridges along hundreds of miles. The cascading collapse of power, communications and transportation systems would plunge Middle Tennessee into a disaster that would make the May flood seem minor.

Seismologists estimate a 25 percent to 40 percent probability of a major quake within the next 50 years in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which stretches from Memphis to southern Illinois.

Call for presentations

The 58th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) will take place on June 5 – 8, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario.

CAUCE 2011 invites Deans and Directors, CE managers, environmental researchers, business and academic leaders, marketing and communications experts, program designers, instructors and finance professionals to submit proposals for presentations at CAUCE 2011.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals must be submitted through the online form at the CAUCE 2011 conference website.

All sessions are scheduled for 1 hour blocks (except poster sessions) and should be designed with the conference theme and tracks in mind.

Submissions should be written in the proposed language of presentation (English or French). Simultaneous translation will not be available.

Presentations may be in the form of:
■Workshops ■Case studies
■Roundtable discussions
■Poster presentations
■PanelsConference Theme and Tracks

Conference theme: Sense & Sustainability

Galt House. Here for the 115th SACSCOC Annual Meeting in Louisville.


School district gives every third grader a smart phone

What will these kids expect from college in nine years when it's time for them to enroll? 

Gobles schools to give smart phones to 3rd graders to access high-speed Internet
They look like an ordinary Verizon “smart” phones.

But the $60 handheld devices have the potential to transform education in Gobles Public Schools, according to school officials.

The district is spending about $45,000 to give a Verizon smart phone and high-speed Internet service to every third-grader.

The phone and texting functions on the devices will be blocked, but the 75 children will be able to access the Internet. The mobile learning devices also will be loaded with educational software.

“It’s like a mini computer,” Gobles Superintendent Brenda Wilson said.

The expectation is that children will be able to do many of their assignments on their devices, including homework. One advantage is that teachers will be able to create more individualized worksheets and homework assignments based on each child’s abili…

Continuing education job openings

Even in tough times, colleges and universities are still hiring.Here are some continuing education jobs from the Chronicle of Higher Education and . John Brown University:  Dean, Professional Studies Colorado School of Mines:  Director Special Programs and Continuing Education Southern Utah University:  Dean of the University College Chatham University:  Dean of the College for Continuing and Professional Studies California State University, Long Beach:  Associate Dean Cerritos College:  Director of Community Advancement University of Wisconsin - Green Bay:  Advisor – Adult Degree Programs (Wausau, WI) Cheyney University of Pennsylvania:  Dean of Graduate & Continuing Studies Emmanuel College:  Associate Dean - Graduate and Professional Programs Northern State University:  Director of the Office of Extended Studies Union County College:  Director of Continuing Education Penn State - Brandywine:  Education Strategy and Planning Manager (Director of Continuing Education)

Engineering Technology, Surveying, & Digital Media Community College Visitation Day


New community college employment website

Cox, Matthews and Associates, Inc. publisher of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (formerly Black: Issues In Higher Education) has launched two new websites. and is a website aimed at those working or seeking careers in the community college environment as well as those interested in community colleges. The website has a job board dedicated to community college career opportunities as well as an e-newsletter which is disseminated twice a week.

“Our objective is to reach every community college, four year institution and career college as well as associations in the United States and Canada,” said Ralph Newell, Vice President for Business Development & Technology. The site provides news and information related to community, technical and career colleges. and to those interested in providing their products and services to these institutions. Currently the e-newsletters reach over 25,000 community college professio…

Save the date

UPCEA 96th Annual Conference
University Professional & Continuing Education Association
Doing What Matters: New Knowledge & Strategies
April 6-9, 2011

For more information, visit the conference website.

Save the date

Call for proposals

August 3-5, 2011
Madison, Wisconsin

Sponsored by Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD)

Submit a proposal to present at the 27th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning.  Deadline: January 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm--CST.

Submit your proposal via the online proposal form.

Call for proposals

ACHE Great Plains Regional Conference
February 24-25, 2011
Northeastern State University
Muskogee, Oklahoma.

The conference theme is Generational Learning Styles - Models and Markets for the 21st Century.

For more information on submitting proposals, go to the conference website.

Submit proposal via email attachment no later than December 17, 2010, to Tim McElroy at   Phone: 918-683-0040.  Fax 918-458-2106.

Call for presenters

2011 CCAE COABE National Conference California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE)

Literacy to Work
April 17-21, 2011
San Francisco, California

The Call for Presentations Committee is interested in presentations that highlight outstanding and innovative practices in all aspects of adult education – including basic literacy, family literacy, adult high school diploma and GED instruction, English as a Second Language, English Language Civics education, correctional education, post-secondary-transitions and student re-entry programs, workforce development, career and technical education community education and other areas relevant to our field. The committee is looking for presentations that are based on successful implementation, current research, sound practice, and that encourage networking among providers in helping adults achieve their educational, career, and personal goals. Presenters are encouraged to actively involve participants. Style …

Taking Graduate! Philadelphia nationwide

Graduate! Philadelphia was a sponsor and helpful partner for the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting held in Philadelphia in 2009.  I was talking with ACHE President Tish Szymurski today, and she told she that the organization had received an $800,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to replicate its program in other cities.  Tish mentioned Des Moines, Chicago, and Louisville with some discussion going on with Nashville.  It's a great program and I wish it success--as long as it doesn't compete with me!

Graduate! Philadelphia gets Lumina grant to help other cities
The program was created by the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania to help the more than 300,000 people in the Philadelphia area with some college credits complete their degrees. The program has already been replicated in Connecticut and the grant will be used to help organizations in Chicago, Des Moines, Iowa, and a third city that hasn’t been selected set up similar…

Tennessee community colleges get some building relief

Nashville State Community College and Pellissippi State Community College are using the funds to purchase buildings for off-campus sites.  And Northeast State is looking at a building in downtown Johnson City.
TN community colleges to receive millions to improve campuses
Eleven Tennessee community colleges are celebrating a multimillion-dollar windfall that should give them the funds they need to build up, build out or refurbish their overcrowded campuses.

Members of the Tennessee Board of Regents voted Tuesday to divide $87 million in unexpected construction funding among the schools with the greatest need, the best plan for getting their campus improvements built quickly and matching funds from outside donors.

"This is a great day," said TBR member John Farris, who chaired the committee that combed through the colleges' applications and whittled a $227 million wish list down to $87 million, with no one college receiving more than $9 million. Pellissippi State eyes expansio…