Showing posts from February, 2010

And in a related story

Bomb threat

A snapshot

of funding issues in California. They are planning protests for next week in support of education.

I have a California colleague who tells me that the budget cuts higher education faces in his state are larger that many of the entire higher ed budgets of other states. I can believe it. Here's an example::

$2.6 billion

Amount of current state payments to the University of California.$20 billion
The University of California’s total budget, which includes multiple revenue sources, like student fees, state financing, grants and private donations.$637 million
Cut in state support for the University of California’s campuses for 2009-10, compared with the previous year.California Education: Tallying Cuts and Costs

Santa Claus stops after three ho's

Ah, the fast-moving iPhone App universe comes up with a solution to the Tiger Woods dilemma.  A text message that disappears after a certain time limit!  Named after Tiger, no less.  This could be the solution to all my drunk texts--that is, ahem, the drunk texts I receive....

TigerText: An iPhone App for Cheating Spouses? - TIME
Tiger Woods, if you're reading this, remember that you've been through what mothers call a "valuable learning experience" and you're probably a "better man for it" and so on. Having said that, an iPhone app that launched on Feb. 25 could totally have saved your hide.Called, coincidentally enough, TigerText, it allows users to set a time limit on how long a text that they send will hang around after it has been read. When that lifespan has been exceeded, the message will disappear, say the developers, from the recipient's phone, the sender's phone and any servers. The message cannot be forwarded anywhere, stored anywhere o…

More CE jobs from

Image Adult and Continuing Education Programs.
Columbia College, Columbia, MO:Assistant Dean for Adult Higher Education & Online Campus
Grace Bible College, Grand Rapids, MI:Vice President, Adult and Online Studies
Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN:Director, Academic Outreach and Contract Training
Kaplan Higher Education Campus, Sacramento, CA:Director of Education
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL: Conference Coordinator

Today is

what would have been the 78th birthday of Johnny Cash.  And it's Wear Black for Johnny Cash Day. Wear black for Johnny Cash

God help me I do love Top 10 lists

Where have all the young men

Gone?  Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers ask this in today's Freakonomics Blog.  Tennessee is changing its formula funding to reflect retention and degree completion.  I'm at a committee looking a student success, and one of things we'll be looking at is how to retain male students.

Why Do so Few Men Graduate College in Their Early Twenties?
Among 22-year-olds, there are 185 female college graduates for every 100 male graduates. It’s an amazing statistic, and one we saw courtesy of a recent column by David Brooks. We know that the gender balance at colleges has definitely swung toward women—but could it have swung this far? Yes and no. Yes—Brooks is directly citing a recent BLS report. But no—this isn’t really representative of what’s happening on campus. According to the American Council on Education, the college student body has been 43% male annually since 2000. If you are too lazy to do the math, this yields 133 women per 100 men; a skewed ratio for sure, but nowhere n…

Snow day!

All that's missing is the snow!  After all the recent criticism from students, I think ETSU is a little gun shy.  Not I blame them....

Is a college education overrated?

Ramesh Ponnuru makes a case against college education.  Of course, he ignores some of the other benefits of a college degree while focusing just on job preparation.  Take unemployment, for instance.  I believe the unemployment rate of college graduates is about half that of non-graduates.  We could infer that a college education makes you more valuable to an employer, or that college graduates take jobs that are more essential to an employer.  As I wrote that, I had a "duh" moment...

College Education, Good Jobs: Why Degrees Are Overrated - TIME
The benefits of putting more people in college are also oversold. Part of the college wage premium is an illusion. People who go to college are, on average, smarter than people who don't. In an economy that increasingly rewards intelligence, you'd expect college grads to pull ahead of the pack even if their diplomas signified nothing but their smarts. College must make many students more productive workers. But at least some of…

And, oh yeah, college enrollments

Go up.
The Egg McMuffin-Unemployment Connection - It's Your Money -
So, if you're scoring at home, unemployment and economic strife has brought with it an increase in cheap liquor sales and domestic violence, a decrease in  sales of men's underwear and cemetery plots, and an overall rise in fast food meals at the same time that fast food breakfast sales have fallen.

College students give Kindle


The for-profits in Tennessee

Get some help from the stimulus.
For-profit colleges reap stimulus cash

Like most other places

Budgets are tight at my university.  Just today, we had to start using redneck coffee filters....

From my Urban Dictionary

Desk calendar:

Shuffle shame: When your mp3 music player is playing on speakers in shuffle mode, and somebody enters the room at the exact moment the worst song of your collection is being played.  I felt shuffle shame when Tony came to the office today--my iPod was playing Paris Hilton's single!

Leanover.  A small-sized hangover, usually comes with a mild headache, a vague fatigue, and little or no sense of regret and/or shame.  I really didn't drink that much last night, but I think I've got a leanover.  wtf!

Urban Dictionary

As a former college English

Instructor, I still have nightmares about the five paragraph theme. And the difference between principle and principal (The Principal of the school is your pal.) A Return to the 5-Paragraph Theme - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Thanks to online enrollments

Liberty University enrollment explodes.  From Daniel de Vise's College, Inc. blog:
When the late Rev. Jerry Falwell founded Liberty University in 1971, he set a goal of enrolling 50,000 students and building "the greatest Christian school in the world."

Twenty-nine years later, that goal has been met, although not perhaps in the way Falwell envisioned.

At the start of the spring semester last month, enrollment totaled 57,371 at the Lynchburg school. The twist: 45,000 of those students are learning online.

Jerry Falwell Jr., chancellor and president, said his father's dying vision for Liberty in spring 2007 was to enroll 25,000 students on campus and 25,000 online.

"He revised the vision slightly due to technological advances in education delivery methods," the younger Falwell said in a release.

Enrollment at Liberty has nearly doubled since May 2008, with most of the growth in online students. To gather them all in once place, Falwell said, "we'd ha…

An online course primer

Protesting future budget cuts

Tennessee continuing educator

Chris Lefler turns 60 today.  Dr. Lefler has been a Tennessee leader in continuing education, having served as president of the Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education as well as several statewide committees for TBR.
Since I am much too young to have a friend who is 60; henceforth, he shall be known as my colleague Chris Lefler.

More CE jobs from

Image Adult and Continuing Education Programs
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN:Director of Continuing Education 1347
Penn State - Mont Alto, Mont Alto, PA:  Director of Continuing Education
Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR:Adult Education Coordinator

New international student scholarships available at ETSU

International Students Academic Merit Scholarship


The International Students Academic Merit Scholarship is open to new international students seeking a graduate or undergraduate degree. The scholarship covers 50 percent of the total of in and out-of-state tuition and maintenance fees; additional fees are not covered. The award is available for:

•Eight semesters for undergraduate recipients.
•Five semesters for recipients seeking a Master’s degree.
•Eight semesters for doctoral students, or commensurate with the length of the program (see ETSU graduate catalog).
•Scholarship can be applied to summer semesters.

There is a minimum of 50 scholarships available.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants Must:

1.Be admitted to ETSU as full-time, degree-seeking students (undergraduate admissions, graduate admissions).
2.Have or plan to have an F-1 or J-1 (student) visa.
3.Have a demonstrated record of academic achievement.
4.Fill out the scholarship application form.
5.Students are encouraged…

Monitoring Facebook

It's interesting that colleges can now purchase this type of social network monitoring.  I've been considering the inverse--hiring someone to keep updating social networks as a marketing tool.  I figured it was a Millennial's dream job: getting paid to be on Facebook and Twitter.

How colleges are dodging Facebook embarrassment

Tennessee gal



Am I noticing more Apple backlash

Than ever before?  Or have I just been drinking the Kool-Aid for too long now?  For Valentine's Day, I got my wife the iTouch, basically so she'd quit playing solitaire on my iPhone.  Perhaps I'm becoming part of the evil empire.  On the other hand, I may have mentioned that I love my iPhone...

In the's A.D.D. Men:
I’m talking about Apple. No other company has been so secretive, so high-handed, so almost authoritarian in its treatment of its customers. (How’s that removable iPhone battery coming along, Mr. Jobs?) And no brand is as universally recognized as cool. “It shows that if you’ve got the right product and the confidence in that product to say, ‘This is something you should want,’ that can still work,” says Jonah Bloom, CEO of Breaking Media and former editor in chief of Advertising Age.And there's's 5 Reasons You Should be Scared of Apple.
But there's an unfortunate catch with Apple products. Even after you spend your hard ear…

A community college puts its money

Where its mouth is.  The devil is surely in the details.

College guarantees jobs – or your money back

The ACHE Great Plains Conference

Starts next week.  Here's a note from Paula Hogard:

*** Last Call for Registrations***

The ACHE 2010 Great Plains Conference
“Moving Forward: The Transformation Continues”
February 25-26, 2010
Hosted by the University of Central Missouri

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear our keynote speaker Giovanni Gallucci. Giovanni Gallucci is recognized as an award-winning new media producer, an entertaining public speaker, successful buzz marketer, author, digital media strategist, and social media expert. Read more about him at

It’s not too late to register and take advantage of the opportunity to hear Mr. Gallucci as well as other great presentations we have lined up for you. Check out the agenda attached or log onto for additional information and registration forms.

Join us for our Thursday Evening : Share Your Wares Networking Reception

“Show-and-tell” with cocktails!!! Show off your best marketing pieces and relax…

The American Association of Community Colleges

Has a nice compilation of current community college data available on their website AACC.  I find it interesting that they list noncredit enrollment data.  I don't know how well we track that nationally. Many of the students we serve in continuing education are the same students served by community colleges.

Number and Type of Colleges
Total   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,177
Public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 988
Independent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Tribal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.7 million
Credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.7 million
Noncredit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 million
Enrolled full time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40%
Enrolled part time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60%


The Winter of our discontent

Like all taxpayers, they want more services with higher quality at reduced costs. Tough to do on a shoestring. 

Study Finds Public Discontent With Colleges -

You may have heard about some snow

In Pennsylvania.  Here, a  continuing education staff poses with the white stuff.  In Tennessee, meanwhile, it continues to snow every day.  I've shoveled my driveway more this winter than in the previous 19 combined.  This is Iowa weather...

Employees take buyouts but as usual

Not the ones you really need to leave.  I thought this number was remarkably low, but not all TBR institutions offered buyouts.
A common thread of these buyouts has been the reluctance of faculty to take them.  The incentives are often not enough to make a higher paid employee take retirement.  Lower-paid staff, on the other hand, find those same incentives powerful as they constitute a greater percentage of their overall salary. And it goes without saying that the crabby, unlikeable, and disagreeable staff never leave on their own...

Regents schools have 524 staffers who accept buyouts

I can drive

Without fear.  Excessive body mass has an upside.

Will Your Spare Tire Save Your Life?
For men wearing seatbelts, a higher BMI seems to offer some protection: “For example, the probability of being killed, if involved in a fatal crash, is 22 percent lower for belted male drivers with BMI between 35 and 50 as opposed to those with BMI between 15 and 18.4.”

Interviewing at a community college?

There's not much here but common sense, but it can't hurt to review.  I find it interesting they he recommends you not wear a suit--unless you're a women.

How to Stand Out in Your Interview - Manage Your Career - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Today is


Presidents' Day

And a related Top 10 List.  It's a happy day.

Top 10 Forgettable Presidents

Tragedy and the tenure process

Those damn Millennials

And their reliance on technology!
A history of media technology scares, from the printing press to Facebook. - By Vaughan Bell - Slate Magazine A respected Swiss scientist, Conrad Gessner, might have been the first to raise the alarm about the effects of information overload. In a landmark book, he described how the modern world overwhelmed people with data and that this overabundance was both "confusing and harmful" to the mind. The media now echo his concerns with reports on the unprecedented risks of living in an "always on" digital environment. It's worth noting that Gessner, for his part, never once used e-mail and was completely ignorant about computers. That's not because he was a technophobe but because he died in 1565. His warnings referred to the seemingly unmanageable flood of information unleashed by the printing press.

Graduate them faster by making them take

More hours.  A potential mess, mixing federal full-time status and scholarships with the state lottery-funded Hope Scholarship.  This is the kind of thing we worry about when the legislature gets involved with the nitty-gritty of higher education.

Bill raises minimum for full-time student status to 14 hours The Tennessean

Today is

Chinese New
When: Chinese Year 4708, February 14, 2010. It's the year of the Tiger, a Yang (negative) year. The date of Chinese New Years changes every year. It is a 15 day celebration, beginning on the first day of the new moon, and ends on the full moon. The celebration on the15th day is called the Lantern Festival.

Chinese culture is amongst the oldest in the world. While the rest of the world is in the early years of but the third millennium, Chinese culture is in their fifth millennium. In Chinese astrology, every year is represented by an animal. The cycle is twelve years, with a different animal each year. This is the year of the "Rat." According to Chinese astrology, it is a "Yang" or positive year. Every person is born under one of these animals that also dictates your personality and character. To find out more about your sign, see Chinese Astrology. And oh yeah, there's this little something in the United States...

And you think your institution

I'm not so sure my iPhone would take a bullet for me

She's a little bit too selfish...

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Santa Claus stops after three ho's

More CE jobs from

Image Adult and Continuing Education Programs.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA:  Program Manager
San Jacinto College, Pasadena, TX:  Dean of Corporate Training
Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA:  Dean, School of Continuing Education, Economic and Workforce Development
Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA:  Director of Community Education-Workforce Development Center
Widener University, Chester, PA:  Director, Graduate & Special Programs School of Engineering
Bethel University, St. Paul, MN:  Vice President and Dean for Adult and Graduate Programs

I hate personality assessments

One time I walked out on one during a keynote address at a continuing education conference.  Of course, it didn't hurt that my hotel was on the beach, and I could have been spending the morning there...

The Straight Dope: Does the Myers-Briggs personality assessment really tell you anything?
First, an overview from the AK (Anal Know-it-all) Cecil: Nothing about the origin of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI, inspires much confidence. The test was developed starting in the 1940s by the mother-daughter team of Katherine Briggs and Isabel Myers with the goal of sorting people based on Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types. The best that can be said about the Swiss psychiatrist’s ideas is that they were ingenious — he made no attempt to validate them via experiment. Briggs and Myers, for their part, had no expertise in psychology other than what they picked up from Jung and in consultation with people in the testing business. Nonetheless, the MBTI began attracting profession…

California community college students

May take online Kaplan courses for credit.
The Ticker - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Community-college students California will be able to fulfill some of their associate-degree requirements by taking single online courses from Kaplan University under an agreement announced today. Local community colleges will determine which online Kaplan courses meet their requirements. The state's 110 community colleges have been hurt by steep cuts in state support, and they have been unable to accommodate the huge demand for college courses generated by the recession. For-profit colleges have stepped in to fill in some of the gaps.

Where have all the young men gone?

Long time ago.  It seems that 9th grade is particularly hard on boys.
How 9th Grade Gridlock Keeps Boys Out of College
Ninth grade is the "bulge" year, in which nationally there were 113 boys for every 100 girls in 2007, according to the Southern Regional Education Board, which tracks such statistics. Depending on race, ethnicity, and location, the ninth-grade bulge for boys gets even bigger: Among black Americans, there are 123 boys for every 100 girls; among Hispanics, 122. Geographically the bulge is larger in the 16 states covered by the board, with Florida registering 117 boys for every 100 girls. . . .
Nationally in 2006-7, approximately 250,000 male students (12 percent of all ninth-grade boys) and 178,000 female students (9 percent of the girls) repeated ninth grade, says West. So about 72,000 more boys than girls repeated ninth grade that year.
On the surface, holding back unprepared students seems logical. Perhaps, but the downside is the steep dropout numbers that res…

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Just got this notification from Jonathan Tice

From Destiny Solutions.  You may remember Johnathan from sponsorships at ACHE.  I don't know anything about this scholarship; however, and don't recall being told about it in the past. 

The Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship is an annual scholarship worth $2,500 each granted by Destiny Solutions to help two qualified students achieve their continuing education goals. Established in 2008, the scholarship is given each year to honor Mary Cone Barrie, former Director of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto, and her contributions and dedication to continuing education.

To be eligible for the Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship, students must currently be enrolled in a course or program through the continuing education division of a Canadian or American college or university. All applicants must also demonstrate the desire to improve their lives through continuing education, a dedication to learning, and the need for financial assistance.

Applications for this year’s scholarship ar…

Time to close that university in my basement?

Image has a story about proposed legislation to outlaw diploma mills.  What's a diploma mill?  Well, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission has information available at Diploma Mills.   Wikipedia has a list of unaccredited institutions, List of unaccredited institutions of higher learning, which is not the same thing as a list of diploma mills.  Here, accreditation refers to regional accreditation.  Other accreditations are available.  All diploma mills are unaccredited but not all unaccredited institutions are diploma mills. Avoid the mills and we wary of the rest.
An end to diploma mills?

Snowpocalypse now

Call for manuscripts

The Journal of Continuing Higher Education (JCHE) announces a Call for Manuscripts for its upcoming issues. For best consideration for the Fall 2010 issue, manuscripts are requested by March 17, 2010.
The JCHE considers two types of articles:

•Major articles—current research, theoretical models, conceptual treatments—of up to 7,000 words on:

◦organization and administration of continuing higher education ◦development and application of new continuing education program thrusts ◦adult and nontraditional students ◦continuing education student programs and services ◦research within continuing higher education and related fieldsManuscripts should have both theoretical and practical implications.

•“Best Practices” articles of up to 4,000 words. These “Best Practice” articles contain descriptions of new, innovative, and successful programs or practices. The programs or practices should be replicable and of significance to continuing education.

JCHE strives to support continuing higher education…

Where have all the young men gone?

We're looking at our retention efforts and services for men--among other groups, of course. It's a bit ironic... 

On College Campuses, a Shortage of Men -

North Carolina, with a student body that is nearly 60 percent female, is just one of many large universities that at times feel eerily like women’s colleges. Women have represented about 57 percent of enrollments at American colleges since at least 2000, according to a recent report by the American Council on Education. Researchers there cite several reasons: women tend to have higher grades; men tend to drop out in disproportionate numbers; and female enrollment skews higher among older students, low-income students, and black and Hispanic students. In terms of academic advancement, this is hardly the worst news for women — hoist a mug for female achievement. And certainly, women are primarily in college not because they are looking for men, but because they want to earn a degree. But surrounded by so many other …

Urban Dictionary

Being a little on the cheap side for some things, I've been waiting for calendars at Books A Million to go on clearance.  Now they're $3.00.  I pitched the free Norman Rockwell calendar I've been using in my office and hung a Spirit of the Far East calendar, featuring Chinese brush painting, not Chinese pin-up girls.  (They were out.)  I also got an Urban Dictionary desk calendar, which features street slang on a daily basis. Visit their website at Urban Dictionary.  I'll probably share good ones every once in a while, but here's few highlights that I just got caught up on from the first five weeks in 2010:

Wrap rage:  Fit of anger induced by hard-to-open plastic packaging like the kind they sell cheap consumer electronics or household items in.  May result in injury.  Ironically, he got so caught up in wrap rage that he almost sliced off his finger using a screwdriver to open the X-Axto knife package.

Wiking off: The practice of reading essentially random Wikipedia …

North Carolina's Early College program

proves successful.  As we've visited a few of our community college partners in bordering counties in North Carolina, we've asked a lot of questions about the early college.  Sometimes, it's a high school housed on the community college campus, and students are taking college courses early in their high school career.  One of our questions was whether a 10th grader was really ready for Freshman Composition.  What separates high school English from college English?    Conversely, are more students proficient in writing than we realize?  I could always write a little bit, and back in the Seventies, I got credit for three quarters of Freshman English based on the evaluation of an essay I wrote at orientation.  Still, I never really learned to write until I had to teach it five year's after that...

For Students at Risk, Early College Proves a Draw -

I hate flying too

But at least I keep my clothes on.  So far.  If it got me through security quicker, I'd consider it.

Man arrested after disrobing at Phoenix airport - U.S. news-

More job openings

From and Continuing Education Programs.  Oddly enough, I once held the job at Drury University, although it was Drury College when I worked there.

Friends University, Wichita, KS.Dean, College of Adult and Professional Studies

The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. Director, Continuing Education

Drury University, St. Robert, MO.Branch Director--Fort Leonard Wood, St. Robert Annex, & Rolla

Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC.
Director of Main Campus Evening and Weekend Curriculum Programs, Job #09-42

UCEA Marketing Seminar

February 10-12
Tampa, Florida.

Featuring Dr. Sandy Shugart as a keynote speaker. As president of Valencia Community College, Dr. Shugart is one of the nation’s foremost drivers of workforce training and continuing education. His topic will be: To Serve Authentically: The Gifts and Challenges of a Postmodern Generation.

He joins two other national keynote speakers:

Brian Schmidt, AdWords, Online Sales & Operations, Google Education,  Marketing at the Digital Edge

Paul Welty, Ph.D., CEO & Chief Strategist, Synaxis, Understanding Strategies, Tactics and Measurement

To learn more about the seminar, download the conference brochure or visit the conference Web site.

Viral marketing, Pepsi, and the Super Bowl

Pepsi Skips Super Bowl TV Advertising for Social Media - TIME

To Pepsi, and to companies around the world, the days when mass-market media is the sole vehicle to reach an audience are officially over. Instead of pouring millions of dollars into a Super Bowl commercial, Pepsi has started a social-media campaign to promote its "Pepsi Refresh" initiative. Pepsi plans to give away $20 million in grant money to fund projects in six categories: health, arts and culture, food and shelter, the planet, neighborhoods and education. People can go to the Pepsi website  — which can also be accessed through Facebook and Twitter — to both submit ideas and vote on others they find appealing. Among those on the site now: "Help free healthcare clinic expand services to uninsured in rural TN" and "Build a fitness center for all students in Hays, Kansas community." Every month, the company will offer up to 32 grants to worthy projects.

God help me I do love Top 10 lists

ACHE South Regional Conference

Registration is now open.

( Come early – stay late! Join your ACHE South colleagues and friends at the 2010 annual meeting and conference in beautiful Cocoa Beach, FL. Take advantage of this wonderful destination on Florida’s Space Coast by bringing your family for a fun-filled getaway. While in town for the conference, enjoy the beautiful beaches, great restaurants and activities galore. Early Bird Registration is Open Until March 19th!

Our host hotel, the Hilton Cocoa Beach, is situated directly on the pristine white sand along Florida’s coastline. As the closest beach to Orlando, the hotel is 45 miles from Orlando International Airport and Disney attractions. Port Canaveral is 6 miles and Melbourne Airport is 25 miles from the hotel. Make room reservations and find more hotel information on the conference website ( We’ve avoided expensive spring break prices by obtaining a guaranteed room rate of only $140. This rate will be …

Candy is dandy

But cheaper liquor is quicker.  I'll try to buy better stuff in 2010 to help boost the average.

Book that conference hotel soon

Image - The Source for Managed Travel Insight:
"The U.S. hotel industry will not experience overall increases in occupancy and average daily rate until 2011, according to STR. Smith Travel Research for 2010 projected a 3.2 percent year-over-year decline in ADR to $94.39 and flat occupancy at 55.1 percent. The firm also expects overall supply and demand each to grow by 1.8 percent. For 2011, STR predicted increases of roughly 2 percent for both ADR (to $96.28) and occupancy (to 56.3 percent). 'The high-end business travelers will drive the shape of recovery almost certainly,' according to a statement from STR president Mark Lomanno. 'Momentum will build in the second half of 2010.'"

Be a continuing education linchpin

Why it's important to be a linchpin and an artist: Church of the Customer Blog
A linchpin is the part you can't live without, the thing that makes a difference. In every organization there are one (or several) people like this. It might be the brilliant inventor who creates the impossible, but it's far more likely to be the great sales rep or customer service person who makes a connection, or the marketer who knows how to tell a story that resonates.
In a post-factory world, manning the assembly line isn't so critical. Stuffing the candies into the boxes, running the punch press, following the manual... these are easily replaced roles, ones where neither the worker nor the organization gains much on the margin. If you want real job satisfaction and security, then, you need to figure out how to do the unexpected, to do work that matters and to create human interactions.

The flip side

of using adjunct faculty. For people with jobs looking to moonlight as faculty, this might be the Golden Age....

The Search - Back to School, as an Adjunct -

A lean Tennessee budget proposal


Dying for more support

Text messages, and movie popcorn, and college textbooks


Time to switch from continuing educator

to meeting planner?  This is from 2007 data, but it probably hasn't risen during the recession.  Of course, there are probably fewer jobs.  Some other data can be found at and
2007 Meeting Planner Data
Average Salaries by Job
Based on the sample, it seems that event planning salaries vary slightly throughout the U.S. based on geographic region throughout the U.S., data from the Convene 2007 salary survey identified the average staff salary as $38,000, and management salaries averaged (mean) as follows:
North •Vice President: $112,500 •Director: $84,400 •Manager: $55,500
Central •Vice President: $83,200 •Director: $83,700 •Manager: $56,500
South •Vice President: $113,200 •Director: $75,800 •Manager: $58,800
•Vice President: $125,000
•Director: $87,200
•Manager: $57,100

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