Friday, July 30, 2010

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 HigherEdJobs.com.

Prairie State College:  Dean, Corporate and Continuing Professional Education

Atlanta Christian College:  Vice President for Adult and Professional Studies

ASA Institute:  Director, Division of Continuing Education

Technical College System of Georgia:   Assistant Commissioner, Office of Adult Education

California State University, Long Beach:  Associate Dean, Academic Programs

Northwest Nazarene University:  Director of the Center for Professional Development

Mississippi Valley State University:  Director - Greenwood Center

Wayne State University:  Associate Director, Off Campus Programs - Oakland Center

Social notworking

New OSU social media network helps students connect

This is what a Final Four appearance will do for you

You get cocky.

Butler University will require a little culture from students
Incoming freshmen will be required to attend at least one event per semester -- eight over four years -- in order to graduate. Students will have to swipe their ID cards before and after each event as proof of attendance.

Though she is exempt from the requirement as a Butler senior, Libby Bates said she thinks it might be a good idea -- if only to provide a break.

"I wouldn't say doing cultural things necessarily would help me with business," Bates, a business major, said, "but exposing myself to different things is a good break from my average day. It may not help on my next test, but I feel like my overall mood and outlook is improved."

New funding formula ignores community college graduation rates

I understand.  Community colleges have a hard time getting students in transfer programs to actually complete their associate degrees.  Most of our transfer students do not have associate degrees.

New college math
Community colleges will have different measures: the number of certificates and associate degrees produced, the number of dual enrollment students, job placement rates, the number of students who transfer out and work force training efforts.

Two-year schools will not, however, see their funding tied to graduation rates, which have been blasted by Gov. Phil Bredesen and lawmakers this year for being some of the lowest in the country.

The average graduation rate among state community colleges is 12 percent. Chattanooga State Community College’s rate is 9 percent, and Cleveland State Community College is 13 percent.

Still, community college presidents like Jim Catanzaro at Chattanooga State and Carl Hite at Cleveland State have argued that graduation rates aren’t the right measure for their success.

In the end, commission officials agreed and put the most weight — 20 percent — on job placement at Chattanooga State and remedial student success at Cleveland State.

Netweaving

Is Networking Dead?
Networking only works when the people you are networking with have jobs available. But the first rule of networking is: if you wait until you need a job, you’ve waited too long.

Introductions 101

10 Ways to Make a Positive Impression When Greeting People
When you greet someone who likely forgot your name—When I greet people I have not seen in a while, I always take the initiative to introduce myself by name. I could say, “Hi Paul; Todd Smith; how are you doing?” If I don’t remember the person’s name, I will introduce myself by sharing my name and hope they respond by sharing theirs. If people don’t offer their name in the greeting, I will often say something like, “Will you kindly remind me of your name?”

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Race to the top

Tennessee is number 5 in this list dominated by the Southeast.

America's laziest states
Tennessee
Time sleeping: 8 hours, 43 minutes
Time watching TV: 2 hours, 56 minutes
Time relaxing and thinking: 25 minutes
Time socializing: 42 minutes
Time working (averaged over total population ages 15 and older): 3 hours, 11 minutes
Median age: 37.5
Obesity ranking: No. 2 (31.6 percent), tied with Alabama

God help me I do love Top 10 lists

Top 10 Bad College Mascots

Rainy day fund?

Look outside.  It's pouring.

Adding Classes While Other Cut
Richard Dittbenner, director of public information and government relations, noted that the district is using reserve funds and scraping together the remaining balance from its operating budget to pay for the additional classes. He acknowledged that the district cannot make a habit of spending what is essentially money from its rainy day fund to maintain the increase indefinitely.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Registration open

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)
Annual Conference
Entrepreneurship: the Community College Role in Economic Vitality

Oct. 10-13, 2010
Orlando, Florida 
One of the interesting parts of this annual event is the Elevator Grant competition, in which faculty and administrators vie for grants from the Coleman Foundation by making 3-minute "elevator pitches." Checks are cut on the spot! Doesn't get much better than that. NACCE and the Coleman Foundation have been doing this for several years now and the grants have proven to be enormously helpful to educators who are trying to build entrepreneurship programs on their campuses.
For more information go here.

Don't let them bite

CU battles bed bugs
The university -- to address the infestations -- has purchased "Thermal Remediation" equipment, spending about $45,000 on the technology. The equipment heats up rooms to at least 120 degrees, drawing out the hard-to-see, mostly nocturnal, bugs and incinerates them.

Former ACHE President named college president

Paula Peinovich was also president of Walden University, but I know her best through ACHE.

National Labor College names president
Paula Peinovich, former president of Walden University, has been appointed interim president of the National Labor College in Silver Spring, following the retirement of President William Scheuerman.

The college, which serves the labor community, recently announced an initiative to offer courses online to union members and their families nationwide.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Off-campus center blues

Building a strong off-campus presence takes resources.  You can't count on name appeal alone to be successful.

OSU-Tulsa to make cosmetic, internal changes
The school is losing money, the board of regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges was told Friday.

School administrators say the Tulsa campus lacks physical appeal and provides limited services.

"We've had many people — and even at times future employees and potential students — come on our campus and notrealize that they are on an OSU campus," Oklahoma State University-Tulsa President Howard Barnett Jr. said.

"When you go over to 41st and Yale, you know you are on an OU campus, and we need the same thing to happen here."

OSU-Tulsa will change its name to OSU in Tulsa and will have more orange painted on the campus by 2015, Barnett said.

Pen state

I thought programs like this were a victim of the recession.  It's good that there are still some in operation.  Back before the internet was on computers, I used to travel over to prison in Fort Madison, Iowa, to register students for our correspondence courses.  Until they burned the education facility down.  Talk about voting with your feet....

Inmates bank on prison's college classes for future success
About 40 offenders are enrolled in college courses this summer in both minimum- and medium-security units, and that number will rise to more than 100 in the fall. The students spend about six hours a day in class, and different subjects are taught each day.

At least one of those classes, algebra, is funded completely by TCC's Second Chance Scholarship Foundation, which raises money to fund classes and scholarships for offenders, Doyle said.

The education program at Conner also receives funding from a federal grant, American Indian tribes and even by offenders' families.

Peggy Dyer, Tulsa Community College's provost, said, "These offenders don't qualify for financial aid."

Ya got trouble, my friend, right here,

I say, trouble right here in River City

Officials aim to change party image
Municipal and university officials hope that by preserving the Iowa City Council's new 21-only bar entry law, they can reverse Iowa City's reputation as a party town and hard-drinking campus.

Their opponents, however, say the city and UI's look-the-other way approach to excessive and public alcohol consumption on football Saturdays, as they see it, sends a conflicting message to new students.

Members of 21 Makes Sense, a committee made up of city, county, UI and community leaders, spelled out their intentions to protect the recently passed law at a news conference Wednesday at the Iowa City Public Library.

"I don't think anyone in our community really wants Iowa City to be known across the region as a great place to go and get drunk," said Tom Rocklin, UI's interim vice president for student services. "That's not who we are, but it is what we look like to an awful lot of people."

Monday, July 26, 2010

Walters State Community College

Makes the Chronicle of Higher Education's Honor Roll of Great Colleges to Work For. We partner with Walters State on several things including a 2+2 education program taught on their campus. It's been very successful.

What Makes It So Great?

Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Respect & Appreciation; Diversity

Moving to outputs in West Virginia?

They may also emphasize access for non-traditional students.  This is a good thing.

Higher ed panel weighs bonuses for graduations

First, shoot all administrators

CT Gov. Rell to CSU: Rescind 'Pay Equity' Raise

Friday, July 23, 2010

Cafediem


How Coffee Can Energize Your Workout

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 HigherEdJobs.com.

California State University, Fullerton:  Director of Self Support Degree Programs

 North Carolina Wesleyan College:  Vice President of Adult Education

 Mount Aloysius College:  Associate Dean, Director of Graduate and Continuing Education

Boston University:  Director, Boston University Program in Washington D.C.

Montgomery County Community College:  Program Coordinator and West Campus Supervisor (Pottstown Campus)

Western Kentucky University:  Associate Vice President for Extended Learning and Outreach

Jamestown Community College:  Director of Continuing Education

New England College:  Assistant Dean, School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Park University:  Director of Distance Academic Services

Elections have consequencies

Next Tennessee governor will face schools in crisis
In the past two years, the state's higher education system has lost millions in state funding because of budget cuts and, as a result, colleges and universities around the state have cut programs and jobs and raised tuition.

None of the candidates would commit to restoring higher education funding while revenue is still lagging, but they did offer ideas for making the state's system more efficient.

McWherter and Ramsey said they would like to see the state make better use of its community colleges and technology centers, which offer classes at a lower cost than four-year schools.

Ramsey said that each institution needs a mission statement so they are not offering duplicate services.

"We have six four-year schools in the board of regents, and they act like six independent universities, but they're not, they're part of one system," Ramsey said. "That's how we ended up with seven engineering schools in Tennessee."

Wamp said he would like to see three major research universities emerge, one in each division of the state — University of Tennessee Knoxville in the East, Vanderbilt University in the central region and University of Memphis in the West.

In addition, Wamp said he would like the University of Memphis to break free from the Board of Regents and be governed by its own board, much like the board of trustees controls the University of Tennessee system.

More on for-profits

Administration Releases Rules on For-Profit Colleges
The Obama administration on Thursday released its controversial proposed regulations to end federal student aid to for-profit colleges whose graduates do not earn enough to repay their loans.

Since most for-profit programs get the vast majority of their revenues from federal student aid, the regulations could effectively shut down the programs whose students have the most debt and the least likelihood of finding good jobs.

The for-profit colleges have lobbied strongly against the new “gainful employment” regulations. And in a statement Thursday evening, the Career College Association, which represents the colleges, called the proposed regulations “unwise, unnecessary, unproven” and said they were likely to harm students, employers, institutions and taxpayers. The Department of Education estimates that the rules would cut off federal aid to about 5 percent of for-profit college programs, representing about 8 percent of students, and that about 55 percent of the programs would be required to warn applicants and students that they may have trouble repaying their loans.

Longtime continuing educator and former ACHE president named founding president of community college

New College gets a good one.  I hope we can catch up at the Past Presidents Luncheon in Albuquerque this fall.

Dr. Scott E. Evenbeck Named Founding President Of The City University of New York’s New Community College
Dr. Scott E. Evenbeck, a professor of psychology and dean of University College at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, has been appointed the Founding President of The City University of New York’s new community college, which opens in 2012 as an innovative model for improving student performance and graduation rates, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein announced.

The appointment of Dr. Evenbeck, a prominent expert on education assessment and higher education initiatives to boost student success, was approved by the Board of Trustees on Thursday, July 22, 2010, upon the Chancellor’s recommendation. The selection followed a national search for an innovative, dynamic educator to develop and lead the new community college initiative, the centerpiece of the University’s community college reform efforts.

“Dr. Evenbeck brings an extensive record of academic and administrative leadership to the new community college,” said Chancellor Goldstein. “The University is most fortunate that he has accepted appointment as its Founding President.”

Dr. Evenbeck stated: “I am honored to join The City University of New York as the New College becomes a partner with CUNY’s other community colleges and senior colleges in striving to strengthen student success. The planning committee has done outstanding work, and I look forward to working with faculty and staff colleagues as we prepare to welcome our first students. Students and their learning, being in the City, will be central for the New College.”

Thursday, July 22, 2010

More on for-profits

If serious articles don't make students take another look at dubious for-profit institutions, maybe Cracked, and a little humor, can. 

Why You Should Beware of Schools from Late Night TV Ads
Considering these schools cost an average of seven times more than community college (or more, with $493 per credit hour at a Dallas ITT compared to $41 at the local community college), you're probably not going to be able to pull that $40K tuition from your pocket.

But that's cool, because they've got loans. Their financial aid office is extremely good at hooking you up with loans, even loans you don't actually qualify for. That's how good they are.

Supposing you're lucky enough to not get caught up in a government probe into student loan fraud, however, you still have to deal with the actual loan. Will you be able to pay it off?

Well, that depends who you are talking to - a sane person or an admissions representative. Despite schools claiming that it's against policy for recruiters to make promises about future pay, forums everywhere are full of ex-ITT Tech students (for example) all saying the same thing: they were promised they'd make more than enough money to pay off the loans.
In a 60 Minutes story on for-profit schools, one of Career Education Corporation's former admissions reps admitted it: "We're selling you that you're gonna have a 95 percent chance that you are gonna have a job paying $35,000 to $40,000 a year by the time they are done in 18 months. We later found out it's not true at all."

Tennessee is number 5

More than 90% of email in Tennessee is spam.

Most Spammed States in America

Diploma Mill International

Pakistan's Fake-Degree Scandal Threatens Legislators
"My position is clear," Nawab Aslam Raisani, the chief minister of Baluchistan, growled at a gaggle of reporters. "A degree is a degree, whether it's fake or real!"

Wisconsin wonders

Although most students, parents and leaders of higher education still view a college degree as a ticket to a brighter future, some are starting to question whether it’s worth it.

“For some, getting that college degree remains a very good investment,” says Richard Vedder, an economics professor at Ohio University and the director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a higher education think tank. “But for others it’s just not. My main concern with people promoting college as something you must do is that sometimes we fail to point out that the rate of return on your investment isn’t always that high. Over time, we are seeing that as the costs of colleges are rising, those financial benefits of earning a college degree aren’t always keeping pace.”

Adds Schultz: “When you look at the big picture, going to college is obviously the right thing to do. But what families are experiencing now because of the constant cost increases over the years, you just wonder if the time will come when it isn’t doable or a wise investment.”

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Nashville is number 19

That's a good thing, I guess.

America's Riskiest Online Cities

From my Urban Dictionary Calendar

A crapella:  Singing out loud while listening to music with your headphones on. Whereas the singer gets the benefit of the music, those unfortunate to be standing nearby are subjected to an unaccompanied (and invariably crappy) rendition of the song. "I wish that guy would turn his iPod off - his a crapella version of Bohemian Rhapsody is killing me."

Social notworking

10 Ways Facebook Can Ruin Your Life

The Curious Capitalist looks at retraining

Retraining...workforce development...other names for continuing education.

It seems there are two big problems. First, many job retraining programs try to boost workers' skills in a generic way—learn Excel, write a better resumé—without actually talking to local employers to find out what they need. Second, when companies aren't hiring because of slack demand, even the best-trained workers can't land jobs because there are no jobs.

The conclusion, then, is that job retraining is a wash. I would argue for a different conclusion: that we're expecting the wrong thing out of such programs.

There is, for instance, evidence that focused, hands-on retraining programs work when the economy isn't in such a slump. Consider this new, multi-year study of three non-profits that work with companies within specific sectors, such as manufacturing, medical billing and computer repair. The program evaluator Public/Private Ventures tracked generally low-income/low-skill workers who went through one of the three programs, as well as a control group that didn't. After two years, the group that had the training earned 18%—or $4,500—more a year. People in the group that had training were also more likely to find steadier employment and to hold a job with benefits.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I may have mentioned something earlier about loving my iPhone

'Star Wars' iPhone game: strong with Force it is 

See you at the conference hospitality room

The 6 Most Surprising Ways Alcohol Is Actually Good for You

College versus buying a car

The VP for Academic Affairs at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities says students don't opt for a cheaper higher education option when they can't afford their first choice.  Hmmmm.  Evidence?  I wonder how he explains the booming community college enrollments around the country? 

Tuition increases at UT spark talk of accessibility » Knoxville News Sentinel
But in the end, he and experts around the country point to statehouses as the culprit for catapulting college costs. Affordability is "100 percent in the hands of the state when it sets the appropriations," said David Shulenburger, vice president for academic affairs at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

"Universities need to make sure the public understands what the state is doing and that the consequences are that they're going to have to pay more," Shulenburger said.

But the decision to go to college is not like buying a car, said Terry Hartle, vice president of government and public affairs at the American Council on Education.

Would-be students don't just downgrade the model when they can't afford what they want. They write off college altogether, Hartle said.

"It doesn't matter if they're at the median (income), below the median or above the median, the cost of going to college is daunting," he said. "The fact that public sector tuitions are going up very rapidly is scaring families and making them alter their plans."

God help me I do love Top 10 lists

And there are only two of these on my iPhone.  I have a weakness for the Black Eyed Peas.  And I had fun during the summer of 1969.

Top 10 Worst Songs of the Summer

No wonder I don't make more money

Economists have long recognized what’s been dubbed the “beauty premium”—the idea that pretty people, whatever their aspirations, tend to do better in, well, almost everything. Handsome men earn, on average, 5 percent more than their less-attractive counterparts (good-looking women earn 4 percent more); pretty people get more attention from teachers, bosses, and mentors; even babies stare longer at good-looking faces (and we stare longer at good-looking babies). A couple of decades ago, when the economy was thriving—and it was a makeup-less Kate Moss, not a plastic-surgery-plumped Paris Hilton, who was considered the beauty ideal—we might have brushed off those statistics as superficial. But in 2010, when Heidi Montag’s bloated lips plaster every magazine in town, when little girls lust after an airbrushed, unattainable body ideal, there’s a growing bundle of research to show that our bias against the unattractive—our “beauty bias,” as a new book calls it—is more pervasive than ever. And when it comes to the workplace, it’s looks, not merit, that all too often rule.

Race to the top

The LEAST Educated Cities In America

Like they say in West

Back when the ACHE Conference was in Nashville, I spent some time posting instructions on how to speak Southern so as to enhance the conference experience for all involved.  Also, I was fairly conversant in the lingo, thanks to my friends in low places.  I didn't do the same for Philadelphia because, well, it was the North.  Since we're in Albuquerque this Fall for ACHE, I thought I'd provide the same service I did for Nashville.

Here are some choice terms from Western Slang, Lingo, & Phrases:

Above Snakes - If you were "above snakes,” you were above ground - meaning still alive.

Absquatulate - To leave or disappear.

A Hog-Killin' Time - A real good time. "We went to the Rodeo Dance and had us a hog-killin' time."

Barkin' at a Knot - Doing something useless; wasting your time, trying something impossible.

Beat the Devil around the Stump - To evade responsibility or a difficult task. "Quit beatin' the devil around the stump and ask that girl to marry you."

Boosily - Lazily, in a state of intoxication.

Come a Cropper - Come to ruin, fail, or fall heavily. "He had big plans to get rich, but it all became a cropper, when the railroad didn't come through."

Cowboy Up - Tuff-up, get back on yer horse, don't back down, don't give up, and do the best you can with the hand you're dealt, give it all you've got.

Crooked As A Virginia Fence - A phrase applied to anything very crooked; and figuratively to persons of a stubborn temperament.

Monday, July 19, 2010

At least this means somebody, somewhere, got a raise

It's been three years and counting here in Tennessee.

Faculty Salaries Rise 1.2%, Lowest Increase in 50 Years

Never too late for adult education

At age 85, graduate is college material

Chattanooga colleges are booming


Of course, growth accompanied with constant budget cuts is problematic.

Colleges predict record enrollment
Chattanooga State and UTC are gearing up for another year of record-breaking fall enrollment, but officials say a swarm of freshmen could exacerbate overcrowding that already exists, especially on UTC’s campus.

Officials are predicting parking problems, housing shortages and bottlenecking in high-demand courses.

“Right now, there is going to be some pressure on those freshman classes,” said University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor Roger Brown. “As the summer goes on, it will be harder and harder for students to get their first choices of classes.”

Enrollment numbers at both schools are still shifting as campus recruiting and orientations continue through the summer until classes start at the end of August.

Chattanooga State Community College officials would not release their enrollment figures, but said they are currently up more than 10 percent from last year at this time.

“Numbers are up because the economy is still down,” said Jeff Olingy, a spokesman for Chattanooga State. “People are looking for opportunities to reinvent themselves.”

UTC’s enrollment could reach 10,800 this fall, said Dr. Brown, a 3 percent increase over last fall.

However, officials with both schools said they don’t think new legislation intended to make it easier for students to transfer from two-year to four-year schools has had much, if any, effect on enrollment. The legislation was passed in a special session earlier this year.

Keep skinny reporters

Away from us in the South.

The Washington Post reports on obesity in rural Kentucky and misses the point.
A veteran journalist heads into the Appalachian foothills and stops at Manchester, Ky., where more than half of the adult population is obese. It's a community plagued by Type 2 diabetes and hypertension, he explains, yet one that remains "a friendly town where little thought is given to what the health crisis might mean for its own future."

New report on the Noel-Levitz website

Although focused on younger students, I've listed a couple of their conclusions that apply to adult students.

Focusing Your E-Recruitment Efforts to Meet the Expectations of College-Bound Students
Recognize that your external Web site is your number one recruitment marketing tool.  For an increasing number of students, your Web site creates their first impression of your institution. Most students arrive on your home page, making it their portal to researching and interacting with your campus. Make sure you have engaging content on the home page and navigation that makes sense to students so they can continue their explorations off the home page. Remember, content that is poor or difficult to find will at the very least create a negative impression and at worst cause students to drop your campus from consideration.
Make content on academics and cost to attend detailed and easy to find. Far and away, E-Expectations respondents valued information about academic offerings and cost of attendance above all other Web content. This is not to say information on campus life, location, or other features is not important, but it is crucial to provide students with information on academic programs, degree requirements, cost, and financial aid. Make it easy to find and access this information right from your home page.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Online students perform better?

Not so fast...

Continuing Debate Over Online Education
A new paper by the Community College Research Center re-examined and challenged the studies that the Department of Education used in a meta-analysis that stated “on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction” – a conclusion that received much attention and applause among advocates for online education.
But the Education Department's analysis was flawed, according to Shanna Smith Jaggars, lead author of the CCRC paper and a senior research associate at the Columbia University center. Based on its review of the data, the CCRC concluded that online learning in higher education is no more effective than face-to-face learning.
The Education Department study "continues to be cited frequently by people as evidence that online learning can be superior,” Jaggars said. “We just wanted to make sure that we were injecting a note of caution into how people were interpreting what they were seeing.”

Klancelled

UT-Austin to strip Klansman's name from dorm

Outsourcing continuing higher education

No institution in Indiana could step up?  Or were they not given the chance?

Indiana teams up with WGU to educate adults online
Like those and other peers, Indiana's leaders have increasingly recognized that the state cannot thrive economically if it does not bolster college completion, particularly among adults (aged 29-49) who have historically been underrepresented in the state's seven public four-year universities. But they recognize that doing so at a time of (temporarily, if not permanently) diminished resources isn't easy — and that online education is no panacea because, done right, it isn't cheap.

Rather than sink millions the state doesn't have into a new institution, or prod its current existing institutions to ramp up their online offerings, perhaps distracting them from their existing missions, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has opted to go another, more unusual route: essentially subcontracting the job out to Western Governors University, a nonprofit institution based in Salt Lake City.

Shmen?

Field Guide To College Slang

'Shmen (pl. noun): All incoming students. Freshmen.

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 HigherEdJobs.com.

Capital Community College:  Continuing Education

The Bush School at Texas A&M University:  Director of Extended Education

University of Montana at Missoula:  Dean of Continuing Education


University of New Mexico:  Education Specialist



Waubonsee Community College:  Program Developer


Central Piedmont Community College:  Associate Dean, Professional Development



Costs per student


Private colleges vastly outspent public peers
Private research universities spent twice as much as their public counterparts to teach each student in the 2007-08 school year, widening a cost gap that can make private colleges unaffordable to students, without the help of financial aid.

Private institutions, on average, laid out $19,520 per student for instruction that year, a 22 percent increase from a decade earlier, according to the Delta Project on Postsecondary Education Costs, Productivity, and Accountability, a Washington-based nonprofit research group. Public universities spent $9,732 for each student, up 10 percent in the decade, according to the group’s report released yesterday.

The spending rate in 2008 “may turn out to be a high point in funding for higher education,’’ the Delta Project said. The recession forced colleges to cut budgets, beginning in the second half of 2008, as endowment income fell and states cut subsidies.

What was I honking?

And other iPhone text corrections.

Autocorrect Follies

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Land grants thinning the herd

And they call continuing education a cash cow.  Ba-doom Pshh.

MSU, other agricultural colleges sell cows to cut costs
A minority of schools are discontinuing their herds but all institutions are looking at the costs of keeping their animals, said Jim Linn, vice president of the American Dairy Science Association.

"It is a major cost, and we try and offset some of those costs through research and teaching dollars but again it's more costly than plant sciences," said Linn, who is department head for animal science at the University of Minnesota, which, like Michigan State, is selling one of three herds.

Cows also will go on the auction block at the University of Kentucky, which hopes to reduce its herd from about 140 animals to about 100 by September. Along with being squeezed by low milk prices and costly upkeep, the school has run out of room to spread manure as other agriculture programs expand, said Nancy Cox, director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean for College of Agriculture.

Kentucky had hoped to move its herd to a new facility at Eastern Kentucky University about 30 minutes away but money isn't available right now to build it, Cox said.

"We are losing money," she said. While the universities aren't into dairying to make money, many sell their milk to try to recoup some of their costs.

"Certainly the economy that's affected dairy farming in general has affected us and it's not sustainable," Cox said.

Fleeing the garden state

New Jersey hopes to keep college students in-state
New Jersey exports more college students than any other state, and its colleges and universities attract relatively few students from elsewhere. Some higher-education advocates say they hope those facts will get attention from a task force appointed by Gov. Christie to make changes in a system he says has not kept pace with other states'.

Several factors influence New Jersey's student migration, experts say. The state is surrounded by cities - New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington - with high-caliber universities. Garden State public institutions have neither the prestige to attract the state's top students nor money to develop it.

What's more, experts say, New Jersey has an identity issue.

I wonder if they award CEUs?

UFO conference lands in Denver

Big cuts in Baton Rouge

LSU prepares for $45 million in budget cuts 
LSU Provost Jack Hamilton said these are the things that will be cut or closed unless anticipated budget cuts change.

“All great civilizations … all have at their core a strong intellectual component,” Hamilton said. “That core is greatly imperiled.”

Academic meetings 101

From the Chronicle of Higher Education.

How to Run a Meeting
Here are some best practices for running meetings efficiently.

•Cancel a meeting if you have a light agenda. Better to have a fuller agenda at the next regularly scheduled session than to ask colleagues to meet with little to do. Remember: It takes time to prepare for and arrive at a meeting, and that, too, is valuable time.

•Hand out an agenda in advance of the meeting. A published agenda helps everyone stay on track.

•Always limit the length of a meeting and monitor the time so that it doesn't go on too long. For example, don't schedule an hour meeting if the tasks at hand can reasonably be accomplished in a half-hour.

•When appropriate, pass out supporting documents in advance so that people can arrive prepared. The better prepared that committee members are, the more likely they are to work efficiently.

•Begin every meeting on time, not 10 minutes late. That practice is a sign of respect for committee members' time, and it cuts down on the likelihood of rushing through part of the agenda later. (And once members know that you will always begin punctually, they will be more likely to show up on time.)

•Immediately after calling a meeting to order, make clear the purpose and objectives of the session: "We need to make three key decisions this morning." The best committee chair is goal oriented and guides the group from task to task.

•Establish guidelines for members' participation and behavior. For example: "Members will be expected to limit their contributions to a discussion to no longer than two minutes at a time; no one member will be allowed to filibuster or monopolize." Or, "Members will be expected to adhere to the topic at hand and not lead the discussion off to other subjects."

•Use e-mail to conduct minor committee work so as to save face-to-face time for more important tasks.

•Conduct your meeting not only efficiently but fairly. Steamrolling through the decision-making process without providing adequate time for discussion and deliberation does not equate to efficiency.

Where's Waldo?

Columbus State Community College has become the largest in Ohio, and it's students are getting younger.  Probably not a surprise based on the economy.  What is a little surprising is one of the reasons they list for not enrolling more adult students.  They can't find them.  Hmmmm. Sounds like a job for continuing education!

One of the biggest challenges in serving older adults is finding them.

"We know where to go for the younger students," said Jan Crozier, a Columbus State admissions adviser. "We visit about 85 high schools a year in Franklin, Union, Madison and Delaware counties."

Adults in need of more education are not as easy to identify.

"You might want to reach a bank president who wants to pursue a credentialing program, a government leader who wants a finance degree and a GED graduate who has never been to college and wants to get out of a dead-end job," Crozier said.

Columbus State hunts for working-age students at charities, churches, GED centers and even the unemployment office. Officials hope their pitch that students can get a degree in "half the time, at half the price" of a four-year college appeals to working adults.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I can't get no

Satisfaction.  If I'm in the visual or performing arts, anyway.

How Satisfied Are The Nation's Professors? (PHOTOS)

Skinterns

Ba-doom Pshh.  Followed by the young and the dressed less.  Ba-doom Pshh.  Puns galore...

Scantily Clad 'Skinterns' Make Employers Recoil
"It's not that they come in and look sloppy, that's not what you see," she says. "They're showing up to work in bar clothes. Short skirts, tank tops and cleavage showing. It's like, 'Kids, do you realize you're not supposed to be dressed like you're going out to drink in Canton?' "

Vellucci says, no, they don't.

Registration open

2010 ACHE
Annual Conference and Meeting
Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 21-23, 2010
 
For more information.

More on the community college transfer blues

I always thought Ivy Tech was a cool name for a community college...

Ivy Tech students don't always get credit
The reasons why are many, but the state's push in 2005 to turn Ivy Tech into a two-year feeder college -- and the overwhelming response from students taking advantage of that goal -- has exposed a number of systemic failings.

One of the most significant is that the state has no uniform standards for courses or even a uniform course numbering system. That has given individual universities, and especially Indiana and Purdue universities, great latitude in whether they accept credits.

So much so, that in some cases whether a student's course work transfers may come down to an individual dean's decision.

Without the state compelling universities to accept transfers of basic, core classes, it increases the likelihood that four-year universities might reject course work from Ivy Tech based on assumptions and perceptions about the quality of instruction that may or may not be valid.

Attending college in North Carolina

Just got more expensive.  Tuition costs rising across the state

Here are the increases at some nearby institutions:

Appalachian State University: $468
UNC Asheville: $428 in-state; $750 out-of-state
Western Carolina University: $572

I shouldn't throw stones

But this story from 2theadvocate.com makes it sound like Southern University produces black people...

Education Magazine ranks SU at top of degree lists — Baton Rouge, LA
Southern University is the sixth-highest producer of black people with undergraduate degrees in engineering in the United States, according to new report by a national education magazine.

The 800 pound gorilla in the room

Where are your blind spots?

Study: Gorilla-Test Update Confirms Human Blind Spots
The professor concludes from these results that even when you expect something unexpected to happen, you may not notice it — especially if you are looking for someone in a gorilla suit. Which is probably true, but the unexpected events you're supposed to notice — the curtain and the player walking out — are not simply unexpected but also completely random. Compared with something like a gorilla, the new tricks seem like small matters of set design. It would be strange if you did notice them, especially if you're supposed to be counting ball passes.

I used to work in a graduate student cubicle

A long time ago.  Punk Rock Human Resources has some tip on cubicle maintenance.  I've listed one--I have to confess I have a Star Wars poster signed by my staff in my office.  And an Office muse pad.
Guilty!

Seven Reasons to Keep Your Cubicle Empty
People judge you by the crap you keep. Do you collect Dilbert dolls? How about swag from The Office? Do you keep Star Wars posters in your cube? No matter what you keep, we are totally judging you. Dork.

A great continuing education idea

Sounds like a multi-generational Elderhostel.

OSU hosts Grandparent University

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

More on campus buildings named

After Klan members.

Prof's research on Klan history spurs building name change 
At Middle Tennessee State University, Forrest Hall — where the Reserve Officer Training Corps programs take place — is named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate military leader who was a Klan leader after the Civil War ended. In 2006 and 2007, there was a push by some students to rename the building. The university declined to do so, and the issue has been quiet since. Facebook groups created at the time show that while some students pushed for a name change, others argued for keeping the name and mocked those who wanted to remove it. The university held several forums and debates at the time. . . .

A spokesman for Middle Tennessee State said that the view of the institution was that "we weren't going to rename the hall, because it would be trying to erase history and it's a part of history," but he added that the honor was for Forrest's "military prowess," not his Klan activity.

God help me I do love Top 10 lists


Top 10 Books You Were Forced To Read in School

If nothing else

You need one to go to Cancun on spring break.

OSU wants students to have passport

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ah, no wonder we're in a drought

Brainstorming in a group became popular in 1953 with the publication of a business book, Applied Imagination. But it’s been proven not to work since 1958, when Yale researchers found that the technique actually reduced a team’s creative output: the same number of people generate more and better ideas separately than together. In fact, according to University of Oklahoma professor Michael Mumford, half of the commonly used techniques intended to spur creativity don’t work, or even have a negative impact. As for most commercially available creativity training, Mumford doesn’t mince words: it’s “garbage.” Whether for adults or kids, the worst of these programs focus solely on imagination exercises, expression of feelings, or imagery. They pander to an easy, unchallenging notion that all you have to do is let your natural creativity out of its shell.
We'll save a fortune on those presentation pads and double-backed tape used to tape things on the wall.  And we can feel free to be judgemental and tell someone his idea is goofy!

Only one of Money's

Best small cities to live in is in Tennessee.  That's Franklin, south of Nashville, down at number 66.  That's the place where wealthy Tennesseans congregate so as to better oppose higher taxes on the rich as well as squashing any discussion of implementing a state income tax. 

Best Places to Live

The surprisingly high cost of higher education

In South Carolina.  I don't know if state student assistance has kept up, but knowing South Carolina, I suspect it hasn't.  They have suffered ever since they changed their minds about using legalized gambling to support education.  There's still a boarded-up gambling facility just across from the North Carolina border on I-26. Or at least there was the last time I traveled that road.

Cost to attend college in S.C. keeps going up

A wave of tuition increases has smashed ashore again in South Carolina, pushing the state's highest-in-the-region cost for a college education even higher and raising questions about how long schools can lean on students and parents in dealing with state budget cuts.

Tuition increases in the state, which ranged from 4.5 percent this year at Lander University to 14.75 percent at the College of Charleston, left some schools with curious sticker prices when compared with other schools in this region.

For example, an S.C. student going to Winthrop University this fall will pay more than twice in tuition and fees what a an N.C. student will pay at UNC Chapel Hill.

In-state students will pay more in tuition and fees at Clemson University than Virginia students will pay at the University of Virginia.

This is the place

Former UT-Martin dean and TACHE president Dr. Bill Duffy moved to.  A West Point grad and longtime continuing educator, it's obviously a great fit.

The private university based in the northeast Iowa town of Fayette has long enjoyed a national reputation as a military-friendly institution.

No other college or university in Iowa - and few in the nation - can equal the access to physical classrooms it will provide students at four U.S. military bases this fall, school officials said.

TSU controversial president retires

Maybe to avoid bad accreditation news?

TSU navigates rocky road to becoming reaccredited
A major measurement of Tennessee State University's effectiveness will be decided in December when the school learns whether it earned reaccreditation.

It's been a bumpy road. Two reports from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which grants the certification, found TSU doesn't meet the basic qualifications to be reaccredited. School officials have until August to respond to the findings. . . .
At issue is whether the school can prove it measures what students are learning and whether it's using the results to make decisions, such as what programs need more support or which ones should be eliminated.
The practice is called "institutional effectiveness" in the on-site reaccrediting committee's review. It is a core requirement for reaccreditation, and TSU hasn't proved it is in place, the committee reported.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Tennessee spotlights suspect for-profits

For-profit colleges provoke scrutiny
Nicholas Cutcher came home from the war, eager to train for his peacetime career.
What he got, after nine months of study and $15,000 worth of tuition, was a degree from High-Tech Institute of Nashville that he says was worse than useless. Months after he earned his degree as a limited-scope X-ray technician, he still hasn't found work. . . .
"Why did I pay $15,000 a year for a job that's going to pay me $12 an hour?" said Cutcher, who served as a medic in Iraq and returned home with a Purple Heart. The federal G.I. Bill, and by extension American taxpayers, picked up the tab for his education. . . .
"They accelerated me, all right," Cutcher said. "They accelerated me right into a wall."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

On the road again

Visiting potential 2011 TACHE Conference sites in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Will try to post a few pictures.

God help me I do love Top 10 lists

Top 10 Annoying Things at College (and What To Do About Them)

Accelerating

The associate degree.

Community colleges helping students get degrees faster
Community colleges across the country are responding to the call by many education experts to get the lead out and meaningfully decrease their students' time to degree and program completion.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, for example, will change from the semester to a trimester class format this fall. Classes will run for 14 weeks instead of 16 weeks, and the summer term will have just as many course offerings as the fall and spring terms. While each class will be about 10 minutes longer, the most motivated students will be able to earn an associate degree just under a year and a half — compared to what had been the norm of two years (with a summer off).

Social notworking

Higher ed has a reputation for being a couple laps behind the rest of the field when it comes to marketing innovation. One historical rule of thumb is that hospital marketers are about five years behind their corporate brethren, and colleges are about five years behind hospitals.

But that seems to be changing as higher education reacts to tougher times with more aggressive and effective marketing communications, and nowhere is that more evident than in the explosive growth of social media.

A staggering 95 percent of colleges are using at least one form of social media to recruit prospective students, far outpacing the rate of adoption in the corporate world, according to research from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

This is why I don't follow soccer

In defense of Paul, the psychic octopus - World Cup 2010 South Africa
But while he's been enjoying unprecedented international acclaim this World Cup, Paul has also learned that unusual power can inspire fear and hatred among those who don't understand his gift. When he correctly intuited last week that Germany would defeat Argentina, so outraged were South American fans that they called for his execution. The newspaper El Dia helpfully printed a suggestion for Paul's next gig -- as the star of a paella recipe. And Argentinean chef Nicolas Bedorrou posted on Facebook that "We will chase him and put him on some paper. We will then beat him (but correctly!) in order to keep the meat tender and then put it in boiling water." Kind of makes you think we've been going easy on SportsCenter.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Changing remediation

These are actually some good changes.  We appear to be taking this upgrade seriously.

TN revamps remedial education
Remedial classes are expensive — a $25 million chunk of the state higher education budget each year. Most colleges and universities have been trying to find ways to improve the system since the state's last budget crisis, about eight years ago. The Tennessee Board of Regents system is in the middle of a six-year remedial education overhaul it had planned to put in place systemwide by 2013.

That timetable jumped forward this winter, when the state legislature passed sweeping higher education overhaul that gave schools just a year and a half to get remedial education out of the universities and into the community colleges.

It may sound like a drastic change, but in practice, the end of remedial classes at four-year universities doesn't mean the end of remedial education.

Middle Tennessee State University hasn't offered remedial classes in years. The university hit on a way to give students the extra support they need, without forcing them to take extra courses.

"They do extra work," said Dr. Marva Lucas, director of academic enrichment at MTSU. "These courses are for college credit. It's the same curriculum, the same textbook, the same final exam."

But students who need remedial help spend more time in the classroom, going over the materials with the professor, ensuring that they're up to speed by the time the final exam rolls around.

You have to stick your neck out sometime


The value of failure
We should also take a cue from Google, which has a motto — “Fail fast, fail smart” — that would be a nice one to adopt in higher ed.

Li writes about one spectacular failure at Google in which one VP’s error cost the company millions of dollars. When the VP told Google co-founder Larry Page about the costly mistake, Li recounts, Page told her: “I’m so glad you made this mistake. Because I want to run a company where we are moving too quickly and doing too much — not being too cautious and doing too little. If we don’t have any of these mistakes, we’re just not taking enough risk.”

When was the last time you heard an administrator in higher ed say something like that? Perhaps soon, we’ll hear more of that kind of talk amid the halls of the academy.

Ms. Mentor with conferencing tips

"Prestige" and "visibility" are the things to seek when choosing conferences. You want to share knowledge, but you also want to impress others. Attend receptions and cocktail parties, and sign up for any scheduled lunches or dinners, especially ones giving out awards. People may think you know the award winners, and, of course, you do know their most acclaimed work. The chicken may be cold and the speeches soporific, but if you look bright and alert, everyone will be grateful. Introduce yourself to the Big Scholars and ask them intelligent questions. If you're the rare academic who can make lively small talk, you'll be cherished. Always wear your name tag and say your name. You want to be remembered.
 Networking can lead to fame, money, and opportunities. You become part of a "scholarly community," meaning that you know people who'll collaborate on research and writing with you, or be on a panel with you, or invite you to give a talk, or write grant recommendations, or say, "Yes, I've met her and admire her work. Let's hire her!" There's no better way to feel that you're "part of the conversation" (and knowing expressions like "part of the conversation" also makes you part of the in-group).