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Increase longevity

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With science highlighting the perils of tee totalling, there's no better place to start than in the mountains of North Carolina.
Hoist a Cup at the High Country Beer Fest—3rd Annual Event at Broyhill Inn September 4 “I’ve had a number of breweries say that it was their favorite brew fest,” Taubman said. “It’s a beautiful setting. It’s big enough to get their brand name out there but boutique enough to talk to the consumers. They want to get their brand out there but they want to interact with their consumer. This is the best of both worlds.”
Beer fans can try almost 200 types of beer during the event, with many of the breweries hailing from the Carolinas. Taubman said that 21 are from North and South Carolina.
There will also be breweries from the Southeast, other parts of the country and some international distributors on hand.

Captive audience

SLU degree program pairs guards and inmates
Classes are expected to start in January, with 20 inmates and 20 prison staffers. Prisoners will take their classes on-site, while staff members will use a combination of online and on-site class work. And occasionally, the two groups will find themselves learning together. It's something that fits one of the program's goals, which is to help inmates and guards develop a better understanding of the other, said Kenneth Parker, theology professor and founder of the SLU Prison Initiative.

"Our primary interest concerns changing the prison culture," Parker said.

Too often, he said, prisoners are viewed as being something worse than those who live outside the prison walls. "But when I close the classroom doors, they are like the guys I meet on (the SLU) campus."

Continuing Education 101

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Jobs, Jobs, and Jobs...

Going Back to School for a Better Job
At Rutgers, many ambitious 30- and 40-somethings are studying for mini-M.B.A.’s, taking condensed, intense business programs to quickly fortify themselves with new expertise and increase their chances of getting a promotion — and soon. At U.C.L.A., many who aspire to a career in Hollywood are taking courses in producing, screenwriting, television writing and music production. At Macomb Community College in Michigan, many former white-collar workers from Detroit’s automakers are plunging into health care courses and careers.

Anyone who has been out of college for five, 10 or 15 years and is thinking of returning to school has important questions to explore before jumping back in. Many colleges have counselors to advise would-be students, often helping on matters like whether to pursue a degree program like an M.B.A. or go for a certificate program, which sometimes requires four, six or eight courses and attests to attaining a…

The new paradigm for managing

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Organizations increasingly find their workers disengaged.  This is includes professional organizations as well.  I'm involved with one that finds it hard to get participation and buy-in into projects--the most current being an update of the strategic plan.  Personally, I find strategic plans stodgy and increasingly ineffective; we move too fast to rely on them.  But what has happened with this organization is that they have pulled together the usual suspects--all past presidents and people who put the original plan together--to update it.  I'm torn between deferring and insisting that some new blood take up the work and getting together with folks I like and churning out the work.  Alan Murray touches on some of this in his column from the Wall Street Journal.

The End of Management
In addition to resource allocation, there's the even bigger challenge of creating structures that motivate and inspire workers. There's plenty of evidence that most workers in today's com…

Response to an earlier post

Last week I posted about "College Dropout Factories," and mentioned that I hadn't heard of the Tennessee institution mentioned at number eight: Visible School.  I got a response and clarification of the ranking from Crissy Lintner.  Most of the comments I get are spam or offers for linkages to online learning sites, so since this was different and substantive, I thought I would post her entire comment:
My name is Crissy Lintner, and I represent Visible School - Music and Worship Arts College in Memphis, Tenn. I read your blog post related to Washington Monthly's recently published "College Dropout Factories." The college you mention in your post, Visible School, is a small, private, not-for-profit music arts college, according to this list, ranks No. 7 with an 8% graduation rate. As a school that keeps its enrollment – intentionally - around 120 students each year (and 29 graduates in 2010) this news came as a shock to professors of the college. After very l…

Good news for my friends

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Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers, Study Finds But why would abstaining from alcohol lead to a shorter life? It's true that those who abstain from alcohol tend to be from lower socioeconomic classes, since drinking can be expensive. And people of lower socioeconomic status have more life stressors — job and child-care worries that might not only keep them from the bottle but also cause stress-related illnesses over long periods. (They also don't get the stress-reducing benefits of a drink or two after work.)
But even after controlling for nearly all imaginable variables — socioeconomic status, level of physical activity, number of close friends, quality of social support and so on — the researchers (a six-member team led by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin) found that over a 20-year period, mortality rates were highest for those who had never been drinkers, second-highest for heavy drinkers and lowest for moderate drinkers.

Today is

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Frankenstein Day.  Also, most classes start at ETSU. Frankenstein Day is on August 30. This day is in honor of author Mary Wollenstone Shelley who was born on August 30,1797. She wrote the book "Frankenstein "in 1818. This day in in honor of her birth.


Veterans increasing on Iowa campuses

More veterans signing up for class
At UI, Berry is not alone. About 500 current and former soldiers are taking classes at UI this semester, which is about a 40 percent jump from last spring, according to the UI registrar's office. Other colleges also are seeing growth; better veteran benefits, more overall veterans and a poor economy appear to be factors. This fall is the fourth consecutive semester UI has more veterans on campus, beginning with 295 veterans enrolled in spring 2008, according to the UI registrar's office.

Adults return to campus

Fall semester at UNLV brings mix of optimism, concern
Kathy Webb, 48, a junior studying sociology, said she was excited to get back into classes. Webb, a mother of four grown children, said she decided to go back to college to advance her career.

“I’m just excited to be back on campus,” she said, perched in front of a computer at Lied Library. “I love to learn.”

Webb said that being a non-traditional student wasn’t as strange as she thought it might be. She said there are several students at UNLV like her, and that her previously work experience often works to her advantage.

“I can relate to the teachers,” she said. “Even the traditional students are glad I’m there because I ask questions.”

Sending the Humanities to us

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In Continuing Education, Growing Interest in Humanities
Other continuing education programs around the nation have noticed a similarly strong interest in their arts and humanities courses. This growth comes amid a vigorous debate in the broader world of education about whether courses and material should be tied more tightly to the job market. Training more engineers and technicians is a constant refrain.

Some educators worry that the single-minded focus on economic benefits comes at the expense of the arts and humanities, however. The number of undergraduates who major in these areas tends to dip during recessions, as practical concerns about postgraduation employment loom larger.

A result has been that the humanities, once the centerpiece of the college experience, have been increasingly pushed to justify their existence.

Robust enrollments aside, the same conversation about the role of the arts and humanities preoccupies the world of continuing education.

Online remediation

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Math should be a good fit.  I worry about the effectiveness of online remedial courses in other areas.  Of course, in Tennessee, universities are getting out of the remediation business.
UT studies online learning: Class via computer offers wider access, raises quality queries
Hundreds of students taking one of the University of Tennessee's most popular courses, remedial algebra, arrived last week to the first day of class — in their dorm rooms.

For the first time the university will deliver half of its Math 119 sections, which enroll about 1,000 students each fall, online.

'It's a challenging course for us because in some sense, it's barely at the college level,' said Chuck

Collins, a math professor in charge of the course. 'We've been putting a lot of resources into it without a lot of success … when it comes to matching students with their ability and doing it in a cost-effective way.'

Cost, of course, is a motivating factor for the university, which …

Record fall enrollments

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In Missouri:
Record Fall enrollment reported by several Missouri universities As expected, several universities across the region opened for business Monday reporting record fall enrollment, fueled by large numbers of incoming freshmen.
The numbers won't be official for several weeks, but leading the way was the University of Missouri-Columbia, which expects to set records both in total enrollment and freshmen enrollment.
The school brought in 6,160 freshmen, nearly 10 percent more than last year's class of 5,620 freshmen. The school's total enrollment is just over 32,000, compared with 30,831 last fall, officials said.
The jump in enrollment at Missouri and other school is attributed, at least partly, to the fact that the state just had its largest high-school graduating class in decades - with the children of Baby Boomers moving through the system. That surge is expected to fade away over the next few years.And in Indiana:

Indiana University looks a boom in statewide enrollmen…

On senior management

from Seth Grodin.

One thing that happens to management when they get senior is that they get stuck. (As we saw with the new professor, senior isn't about old, it's about how long you've been there).

If you've been doing it forever, you discover (but may not realize) that the things that got you this power are no longer dependable. . . .

Worth quoting--one of Arthur C. Clarke's lesser known three laws: "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is probably wrong."

There's a rumor the earth revolves around the sun...

The future of fundraising--Biggest Loser style?

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This has nothing to do with the story, but I remember from my time in Missouri that Stephens had a nice adult, coeducational, degree program.  Let's hope they get the million dollars.

Stephens College challenge: Lose weight, collect $1M
An anonymous donor has promised to give $1 million to a Missouri women's college if school employees collectively shed at least 250 pounds by the end of the year.

An unidentified Stephens College graduate living in Oregon brokered the weight-loss deal with school president Dianne Lynch, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported. The donor will kick in an extra $100,000 if Lynch herself loses 25 pounds.

Back to school

At 84, this senior citizen is a college freshman
“I’m going to be the oldest practicing psychologist in the U.S.”

Keep your pants on

No, really.  Keep your pants on when videochatting on the iPhone 4.

FaceTime and the Need for Mobile Video Chat Etiquette
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Job interviewing 101

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Tell me about yourself.  Every interview starts off this way--be ready to respond.  Ask a Manager gives some advice:

How do you answer "tell me about yourself" in a job interview?
"Tell me about yourself" in a job interview really means "give me an overview of who you are, professionally speaking." There's a reason this is asked at the very beginning of an interview -- it says "give me the broad background before we dive in to specifics."

You want to be ready with about a one-minute answer that summarizes where you're at in your career (generally with an emphasis on your most recent job), what you do, and what the strengths of your approach are.

Dress for success at N.C. Central University

NCCU wants greater attire awareness
Public universities in North Carolina don't have formal dress codes, but some private institutions do. Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh, for example, prohibits hats, do rags, bustiers, halters, pajamas, bedroom slippers and "Daisy Duke" shorts.

At NCCU, the issue can be dicey. There are no hard data to prove clothing can distract, just anecdotal evidence from professors. Administrators can't order students to buy new clothes, and they are wary of stifling free expression.

And what's OK to wear?

Bernice Johnson, dean of the University College, uses common sense.

"If there's a student with a dress so short people are whispering about it, that's a distraction," she said.

The upside of high unemployment

Fewer people die on the job.

Good News From a Bad Economy, Sort Of
According to new data unveiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics last week, there were 4,430 workplace fatalities last year compared with 5,214 in 2008.

Washington Monthy lists the top "College Dropout Factories"

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The top five are Southern University at New Orleans (LA), Concordia College at Moorhead (MN),  Allen University (SC), Martin University (IN), and Bellevue University (NE).  All have six year graduation rates of 7% or less.  At number eight is an institution from Tennessee called Visible School, Music and Worships Arts College.  I've never heard of it, and it has a graduation rate of 8%.  I Googled it and discovered it's in Memphis.

College Dropout Factories

When one examines the schools on the list of college dropout factories—the worst being Southern University at New Orleans, with a 5 percent graduation rate—one thing that stands out is their diversity. Geographically, they are all over the map. From New York to Florida to Alaska—few regions of the United States are spared a local dropout factory. Some, like Chicago State, the University of the District of Columbia, and Houston’s Texas Southern University, are located in big cities; others, like Sul Ross State University and H…
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ETSU Ranking

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ETSU is ranked 163 among National Universities in Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings.  That puts ETSU ahead of such institutions as UNC-Charolotte, University of Nevada-Los Vegas, University of Miami, and Texas Christian University.  Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Virtual Meetings 101

96 % of Companies Use Virtual Meetings, So Why Do So Many Suck?
Money saved on travel or downtime and then wasted by lack of productivity isn’t really saved, it’s just moved around on the balance sheet where no one can track it. Make the best use of these tools. It is possible.

Not all the news about for-profits is bad

Nossi College of Art eager to open new campus
Tennessee Higher Education Commission numbers show the college has an in-field placement rate ranging from 76 percent for an associate's degree in commercial digital photography to 100 percent for a bachelor's degree in graphic art and design.

More on intrusive advising

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This is what I'm talking about...
Tennessee works to raise its college graduation rates "We know what it takes" to keep a student in school, said Debra Sells, vice president for student affairs at Middle Tennessee State University, which is home to the state's largest undergraduate population. "It takes close advising with an adviser who's fairly intrusive. We don't wait for a student to call us; it means sending e-mails, making calls. It requires us to be much more active."

Intrusive advising

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Learned about it from Dean Dad:
“Intrusive advisement” is all the rage in the national literature now. I think of it as systematic nagging, though that may say as much about me as it does about intrusive advising. The intrusive model -- yes, they actually call it that -- involves deputizing certain staffers to become a variation on truant officers, chasing down students who miss class to ask them what’s up and help them get back on track before they fall so far behind that there’s just no hope. The whole enterprise strikes me as demeaning and vaguely creepy, but the results I’ve seen suggest that for certain populations, it can actually work.Although I didn't envision stalking our students, I challenged our academic advisers this summer to develop a "proactive" advising model for this fall.  Rather than simply react to student questions, I wanted them to touch our students several times a month--reminding them of important dates, letting them know where they can get tutor…

Third world status for Louisiana?

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Join the rest of us. Truth is there are no longer state funded colleges and universities.  More like private institutions with large state grants.
Education Officials: College cuts to send state to 3rd World status
“We are very much at risk of turning the higher education system in this state into one that serves a Third World country, not a First World,” Martin continued.

Higher education has suffered more than $270 million in budget cuts the past 20 months because of reduced state revenues. The ongoing fear of college officials is the so-called “cliff” year next summer when $290 million in federal stimulus dollars keeping colleges afloat will dry up.

“It won’t be recoverable in any of our lifetimes,” Martin said of the potential impact of the “cliff.”

Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs

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ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2010
The Transformation of the 21st Century City October 7-9, 2010 The Adolphus Dallas, TX Hosted by the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University
The Program is available here. Pre-Conference Workshop agenda is posted.
ETSU becomes a full AGSLP member at this conference, after holding affiliate status for several years.

Continuing education job openings

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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.
The Bush School at Texas A&M University:  Director of Extended Education
Sarah Lawrence College:  Director of Continuing Education and Special Programs
Southside Virgina Community College:  Director of Middle College and Adult Ed Programs
Chatham University:  Assistant Dean
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay:  Outreach Specialist, Adult Degree Programs

Rice University:  Program Director

California State University, San Bernardino:  Associate Dean
Texas A&M University - Kingsville:  Outreach Coordinator

Whittier College:  Assistant Director for Community Partnerships and Engagement

2011 Call for Convention Events

The American Association of Community Colleges is soliciting educational sessions and events for the 91st AACC Annual Convention, April 9-12, 2011, in New Orleans, La.

Sessions and events for the 2011 AACC Convention will only be accepted online. ALL session submissions must be completed by September 20, 2010.

For 2011, the Completion Agenda and the related issue of Accountability will be special priorities for the AACC Board of Directors. Proposals centered on those topics will be given special consideration. To Review AACC's commitment to Completion please see Democracy's Colleges: Call to Action.

The questions asked on the Call form can be found at the end of the instructions to submit a forum, roundtable, Innovation Theatre, and poster session. Incomplete proposals cannot be considered.
As in the past, registration is required for all panelists. AACC offers a variety of registration options, including daily rates. If you have a question about this policy on behalf of a s…

A continuing education program for executives

PhD Programs for Executives Gain Traction
Business schools are seeking to take executive education to the next level, with a growing number offering niche doctoral programs aimed at senior-level managers either looking to shift to academia or to bring high-level research skills into the workplace.

Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business in Atlanta introduced a new Executive Doctorate in Business program in 2009 aimed at chief executives and other high-ranking corporate managers, while neighboring Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business in Kennesaw, Ga., created a Doctorate of Business Administration program in 2008. Oklahoma State University's Spears School of Business in Stillwater is planning to launch a management doctoral program in the next 12 months, the school said.

God help me I do love Top 10 lists

But I think being lost is overrated.

Top 10 Things Today's Kids Will Never Experience

More on the new TBR chancellor

Now if we could only award him an honorary graduate degree. These links are to The Tennessean.

Incoming TN Regents chancellor John Morgan to take pay cut
Incoming Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan has volunteered to take an $80,000 pay cut, reducing his salary to the $305,000 base the current chancellor earns.

In a letter to the board Wednesday, Morgan said the $385,000 salary he was promised became a "distraction."

The board's decision to pay Morgan more than double his current $180,000 salary as deputy governor had raised eyebrows. The Board of Regents system spent the last year offering buyouts to hundreds of professors and university workers and making painful cuts in programs and services.Watchdog report: Regents watered down job criteria 10 days before Morgan applied
Morgan said he first began considering a job in higher education governance last winter. He was serving as the governor's representative to the legislature during a special session th…

Social notworking

Facebook Is The Poorest Country In The World
With over half a billion users, if Facebook was a country, it would be the 3rd largest country in the world. But it would also be, by far, the poorest. New revenue projections for 2010 would place Facebook’s GDP per capita in 2010 at just over $2, less than 1.3 percent of the world’s lowest GDP.

Memphis is number 3

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Ahead of Detroit!
America's 20 Most Miserable Cities No. 3 Memphis, Tenn.

Violent crime is second worst in the country and public officials are getting locked up at an alarming rate. On a positive note, the city's sole pro sport franchise, the NBA's Grizzlies, is winning some games after losing 72% of the time the past three seasons.

How do adult students get ready for the start of class?

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Here's what Older Non-Trad Student says. By the way, she's studying history down at UT.
Counting Down Once again, what do I do to prepare? This semester is a little different because of Megan's departure and her dad's job loss. I am going to review my previous posts about cutting college costs and getting ready for the semester. In the meantime-
1. I will make sure I have a good support system in place. I am going to take advantage of the Student Counseling Services. There are many services on campus that are free for students - the writing lab, counseling services, etc. They are there for YOUR use - take advantage of them.
2. I will introduce myself to my profs after class and find out where their offices are. Chances are, I may need to pop in and make use of their office hours at some point.
3. I will also take the time to visit a couple of my past history profs. I will need letters of recommendation soon and I need to catch up with some of my profs.
4. I will look for s…

Resume 101

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Tips from Ask a Manager.

Please stop with the tiny font!
I have spent much of today straining to read the tiny font on resumes and cover letters. I'm talking 9-point in some cases. Yes, yes, perhaps I'm just getting old and can no longer see very well, but 9-point is way too small. Haven't we agreed as a society that 11-point is a minimum?

It makes me think of how in school, some people would use larger fonts and wider margins in order to produce the full 10 (or whatever) pages that had been assigned.  I think this is the opposite of that -- people are shrinking their fonts to a tiny size because they think their resume can't be longer than a page.

Unless you are recently out of your school, your resume can be two pages. Really. I don't want to read resumes with a monocle.

Today is

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Bad Poetry Day
When : Always August 18th

Bad Poetry Day is a day to create some really bad verse. But, why you ask? Perhaps, the answer is simply "because you can". Maybe, it exists to allow us to better appreciate good poetry. Or, perhaps it is to be written to irritate someone......

According to Wellcat.com, the creators of this day, the intention is to gather a group of old high school friends, and write some really bad poetry. Then, send the poetry to your old high school teacher....

Urban Dictionary word for the day

Book Google: When you need to figure out something, so you look it up in a book, like in the olden times, when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

Guy 1: Quick! What's the definition of "callow?"
Guy 2: I don't know! My iPhone 4 doesn't get signal here!
Guy 3: Book google that sh*t!

North Carolina Adult Education Association

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NCAEA Networking Event
Visioning 21st Century Adult Education: Best Practices

Mark your calendars for September 17, 2010 for the fall networking event at NC A&T State University from 8am-4:15pm. This will be a great “no cost” event. The fall networking event will provide an avenue for professionals in the field to talk about their successes, challenges, expertise and any new and exciting happenings from their organization. At this one-day event we will announce the winners of the graduate student NCAEA scholarship.

View the agenda here.  To register click here.

Nashville is number 2

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New Orleans is first, natch.
America's best music cities #2 Nashville, Tennessee
Known far and wide as Music City U.S.A., the country scene tends to be the draw. But Nashville offers everything from classical -- thanks to the top rated Nashville Symphony -- to rock, jazz, blues and just about anything you're looking for.

The "A" list in Tennessee

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What Will They Learn?  grades Tennessee universities on whether students learn the things they need to know. For example, "you can find what they expect their graduates to study outside their majors, how much they are charging, how many of their students graduate, and what the colleges say about the education they offer." This is the first time I have heard of this group. Our A grade is great, but I envision more battles with our General Education Advisory Committee (sigh).

Austin Peay State University  B
East Tennessee State University  A
Fisk University  B
Middle Tennessee State University  B
Rhodes College  D
Sewanee: The University of the South  B
Tennessee State University  A
University of Memphis  B
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga  C
University of Tennessee - Knoxville  B
University of Tennessee - Martin  C
Vanderbilt University  D

Hearing from those that do

Class of 2014

Beloit College Mindset List: Wear Wristwatch? Use E-mail? Not For Class Of '14
For students entering college this fall, e-mail is too slow, phones have never had cords and the computers they played with as kids are now in museums.

The Class of 2014 thinks of Clint Eastwood more as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry urging punks to "go ahead, make my day." Few incoming freshmen know how to write in cursive or have ever worn a wristwatch.

These are among the 75 items on this year's Beloit College Mindset List. The compilation, released Tuesday, is assembled each year by two officials at this private school of about 1,400 students in Beloit, Wis.

The exception that proves the rule

I got my iPhone 4 last week.  Hasn't helped so far.

New Report: iPhone Users Have More Sex

I hope they had more than 40 to choose from

Just heard from Emma Taylor that my blog was featured in Accredited Online College's40 Best Adult Education Blogs.

Social notworking

Researcher pursues Ph.D. in Facebook
Stutzman's dissertation will include an overview of Facebook's networks, statistical analysis based on surveys and a series of interviews about user experiences. He is still crunching numbers, so figures are still to come on statistics such as Facebook's impact on grade-point average.

Stutzman is on track to graduate in December, and he's guessing his dissertation will come in at just under 350 pages. Perhaps it will attract as much attention as a couple of whimsical programs he put together. There's Anti-Social ( anti-social.cc), which blocks Facebook, Twitter and other social-networking sites from your computer; and Freedom ( macfreedom.com), which turns off your Internet connection altogether for up to eight hours.

Wine institute brewing

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We traveled topless to Boone and Blowing Rock last weekend and had a great time.  The temperature had to be 20 degrees cooler than Johnson City.  We stopped at a B. R. restaurant and had a local beer and barbecue nachos outside.  Oh, and I found a ten dollar bill on the street in Boone.  If it's yours, let me know...
Blowing Rock Continues Study for Wine and Culinary Institute—Private Developer Proposes Similar Facility in Banner Elk “North Carolina is rapidly becoming a wine state,” Hardin said. “We believe that this is something that can greatly enhance the wine awareness for the state of North Carolina.”
The culinary portion of the institute will incorporate local food, he added.
“The High Country definitely needs to tap into [the local food movement] from a tourism perspective,” he said.
Once the steering committee completes its work, it will decide whether to proceed with the plan, and if so, it will then begin to put together a plan to raise funds for the institute. If feasible, …

Meanwhile, Connecticut braces for an influx of teenage boys

More on for-profits

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Low Loan Repayment Is Seen at For-Profit Schools
"I think it's notable that the for-profits are the only type of school where the majority of students are unable to repay their loans," said Debbie Frankle Cochrane, program director at the Institute for College Access and Success, which has called for tighter regulation of for-profit institutions.

At some for-profit colleges, the repayment rates were startlingly low. For example, 33 of the 86 Corinthian Colleges' Everest locations had repayment rates of less than 20 percent -- and at several, the rates were less than 10 percent.

New TBR Chancellor under more scrutiny

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I wonder if he will feel the need to resign to take the heat off?  And I hear rumors that our Governor will be the top candidate for the University of Tennessee's open presidency.

Senate to hold inquiry into Tenn. Regents hiring of Bredesen aide as chancellor
State lawmakers say they will hold hearings on the selection of a top aide of outgoing Gov. Phil Bredesen as the new chancellor for the Tennessee Board of Regents.

The Tennessean reported Friday that following complaints from Republican lawmakers, the Senate Education Committee will call on TBR officials to explain the circumstances around the hiring of Deputy Gov. John Morgan last week.

Criticism has been growing over the appointment of a longtime political hand to an academic position as the chief executive over the Regents system of universities and colleges.

Republican state Sens. Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy told the newspaper they also wanted to know why the Regents lowered educational requirements for the position and in…

Complaining 101

Probably of interest only to English majors like me

Boys in literature.

The ADHD-ventures of Tom Sawyer
But if the children and the parents are familiar, the society surrounding them is not. In fact, Tom Sawyer turns out fine in the end. In 19th-century Missouri, there were still many opportunities for impulsive kids who were bored and fidgety in school. The very qualities that made him so tiresome—curiosity, hyperactivity, recklessness—are precisely the ones that get him the girl, win him the treasure, and make him a hero. Even Huck Finn is all right at the end of his story. Although he never learns to tolerate "sivilization," he knows he can head out to "Indian territory," to the empty West where even the loose rules of Missouri life won't have to be followed.

Nothing like that is available to children who don't fit in today. Instead of striking out into the wilderness like Huck Finn, they get sent to psychologists and prescribed medication—if they are lucky enough to have parents who can afford that sort of…

Race to the top

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A state-by-state breakdown of the best-tasting--I mean, worst-for-you--foods.  I was disappointed with Tennessee's choice. That's the best you got?  I mean, West Virginia has a 10-pound burger, for gods sake.
50 Fattiest Foods in the States Tennessee: Ruby Tuesday's Triple Prime Bacon Cheddar Burger
Ruby Tuesday originated in 1972 near the University of Tennessee. This casual dining restaurant chain spread quickly—there are now more than 900 locations around the world— but home base remains the Volunteer State. It is known for its burgers; a few, like the Triple Prime Bacon Cheddar Burger, are especially fatty.
Ingredients: 8 ounces of beef, cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. Even worse—all burgers are accompanied by ENDLESS fries, which are not calculated in the nutritional information. Fat content: A whopping 115 grams of fat, almost the limit for two days.

Today is

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Blame Someone Else Day

The first Friday the 13th of the year.

Continuing education job openings

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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 .

The University of South AlabamaDean of the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs

Delaware County Community College:  Director, Southeast Center

California State University at Los Angeles:Assistant Dean of Extended Education

University of North Carolina at Charlotte:Director of Credit Programs

Athens State UniversityDirector of the Center for Lifelong Learning
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On the road

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Visiting the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

God help me I do love Top 10 lists

Recently saw Inception.  Hmmmm.

Top 10 Movies That Mess with Your Mind
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God help me I do love Top 10 lists

Pay toilets on airplanes.  That's what's next.

What's Next: Top 10 Travel Trends

More pressures on community colleges

Community colleges fighting to cope
Community college students traditionally have been diverse in age and ethnicity, but have typically been lower-income. This trend is changing, however. Davis Jenkins, a senior researcher at the Community College Research Center, said colleges he has worked with have observed an increase in middle-class students.

These wealthier students often have significant advantages, Jenkins said, which could cut into opportunities for poorer students.

“Those middle-class students tend to apply early, they’re more likely to get financial aid, they know how to work the system, they’re better able to use the advising systems and academic support than lower income students, who are maybe more likely to be first-generation college students,” Jenkins said.

Community colleges are fighting to embrace the student flood with mixed results, he said.

Red ink

Hmmm.

The Terror of the Red Pen
Here's what the authors think:

Red pens, ubiquitous in academic settings, are not inert objects; they are laden with meaning. By virtue of their strong association with failure and error-marking, red pens can change the ways teachers correct student work.

Curse you Steve Jobs

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I got my new iPhone 4 over the weekend.  Of course I love it.  My old 3G had gotten slow and was dropping calls left and right--all after upgrading to the latest operating system.

It's a fight that looks to be long and hard

That's what she said.  Ba-doom Pshh.

Milwaukee teachers fight for Viagra drug coverage
At least one lawmaker questioned why the union is fighting for Viagra while teachers are losing their jobs. A consultant for the school board has estimated that reinstating the drug benefit would cost $786,000 per year — the cost to keep perhaps a dozen first-year teachers employed.

State Rep. Jason Fields argues that the money could be better spent any number of ways — including saving jobs.

"You've got to be kidding me," said Fields, a Milwaukee Democrat. "The fact that is the point of contention is kind of frightening. What are our priorities? I'm all for love and peace. But almost 1 million dollars? And you go to court over this issue?"

Union spokeswoman Kris Collett declined comment. But its lawyer Barbara Quindel said the case was worth fighting despite the district's grim finances. Quindel said erectile dysfunction is associated with heart disease, prostate …

Word from my hometown newspaper

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Locally, our school system has eliminated most of the evening adult education programs, although this is talk that the Boys and Girls Club will pick some of them up.  This appears to be a trend, I'm afraid.  As I tell my wife, this is what happens when you're not a part of the core mission.

The importance of adult education
But adult education is not just another fun way to interact with people. It has very significant social purposes and enormous potential for impacting someone’s personal life.

For one thing, none of the many kinds of problems in our time - social, economic, environmental, spiritual - can be successfully addressed by educating only the young. After all, school kids don’t control the world they live in, and by the time they are ready to develop their full-time careers, which will bring some of them to leadership roles, they too will be adults who have probably stopped pursuing self-education, except for additional job training.

In fact, you could almost define “…

The senior discount...

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In Tennessee, residents age 60 or over may audit any class for free.  They may register for credit by paying a service fee.

A look at college deals for retirees, seniors
COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Many two-year or community colleges allow senior citizens to audit classes for free, or waive tuition for classes taken for credit. The senior typically must be a state or county resident, and be at least 60, 62 or 65 years old, depending on the school and state. Some schools apply income limits, such as no more than $15,000 during the previous year.

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

States that offer statewide tuition waivers for at least some of their public colleges include Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont and Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C., according to FinAid.org. Textbook costs and sometimes fees are not covered.

Just think how far he could have gotten

If he had just earned a master's degree...

Morgan named Regents chancellor
Education: Austin Peay State University, B.S. in political science, history, 1974

Lousiana State University, completed course requirements for M.A. in political science, 1974-76.

We're not as angry as Florida

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But Memphis and Nashville are pretty angry!

Angriest American cities

More on for-profits

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From College, Inc and The Huffington Post.
GAO report: How damaging to for-profits? The GAO report will surely change the tone of this debate.
"After reading the GAO report, anyone who is involved in higher education has to feel that this is terribly problematic," Hartle said. "They did find some evidence of fraud. Equally troubling, they found evidence of misrepresentation at all of the institutions . . . There is no defense for a lot of what came forward in today's GAO report."
What the report shows most clearly, Hartle and others have said, is how relentlessly recruiters will push applicants to max themselves out in student loans. The problem is, many for-profit students are poor, and paying off a student loan may prove an insurmountable hurdle. Degreed And Jobless, For-Profit College Grad Turns To Stripping After graduating from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Carrianne Howard hoped to find a job in the video game industry.

She did -- kind of. For $12 an ho…

Help for veterans

1,100 colleges to reduce tuition for veterans
A year after the Post-9/11 GI Bill took effect, about 1,100 private and public colleges and universities have signed on with the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce tuition for student veterans in the coming school year, the agency said Wednesday.

The colleges range from Harvard University to Texas A&M University, and the pledges for subsidies vary widely.

Transforming a small private college through

Continuing Education.

Careful growth at Peace
Under her leadership, Peace grew from a two-year college to a larger four-year institution granting baccalaureate degrees. The college also expanded its campus and, in 2008, admitted men for the first time - to an adult evening program.

Now, Townsley hopes to expand evening courses and start an online education initiative, a common move by universities looking to add revenue and serve more nontraditional students. And down the road, perhaps: the institution's first graduate programs.

Continuing education job openings

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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 .
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton SchoolManaging Director, Open Enrollment Programs, Wharton Executive Education
Austin Peay State UniversityExecutive Director - Center for Extended & Distance Education
Colorado State University:  Program Director
Reading Area Community College:  Vice-President of Workforce and Economic Development/Community Education
Illinois Institute of Technology:  Program Manager
University of IllinoisProgram Coordinator