Showing posts from February, 2011

Thank God I can stop now

Former ACHE home office location

Expands in South Carolina. From the Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Trident Tech to open campus in Mount Pleasant
Trident will operate a campus off of Hungryneck Boulevard, near U.S. Highway 17, at the site of the former Bassett Furniture store and will accommodate more than 1,000 students, Mary Thornley, president of Trident Tech, said at a news conference this morning.

“It’s an historic morning,” Thornley said. “We couldn’t be more pleased to be here. There is a reason we’re here. We’re trying to take the college to the students.”

Thornley said that the new campus will be a full-service campus, featuring a learning center along with computer and general classroom space. The new facility also will provide services for placement testing, registration and financial aid.

From the continuing education model

to the elite model.  Daniel Luzer, in Washington Monthly, explains how chasing U.S. News rankings, which reward spending money on students and ignores student cost, forever changed George Washington University.  It used to serve low-income and working adults.  No longer.  There's no money in them.
The Prestige Racket
In the summer of 1961, a twenty-two-year-old college graduate from rural Nevada packed up his young family and moved to Washington, D.C. He took a job working nights as a U.S. Capitol policeman while by day he studied for a law degree in Foggy Bottom, at a local commuter school by the name of George Washington University.

Foggy Bottom in those days was an unfashionable neighborhood of State Department office buildings, apartment blocks, decrepit townhouses, bodegas, and parking lots. GW’s campus was an unlovely spread of mostly concrete structures frequented by students who sat for classes and then returned to their lives and apartments off-campus. They came because th…

We'll all be doing online presentations

In the next few years.  Geoffrey James, in his blog Sales Machine, lists some tips from Wayne Turmel's book 10 Steps to Successful virtual Presentations. The rules range from Identifying your objectives and outcomes to Following up and keep learning.
How To Give an Online Presentation

On the road

To Knoxville, to visit with colleagues at Pellissippi State Community College.  We have partnered with them to offer the last two years in a couple of degree programs, and we want to make sure things are operating smoothly.

Except for Chapel Hill

Not a single most active city on Time's list is in the Southeast. Of course I bring down our average just by myself.
America's 15 Most Active Cities

ACHE nominations and award deadlines

I just wanted to remind you of a couple deadlines that are coming up.

First, the form to nominate your ACHE collegues for Vice President and the board of directors is now available. The deadline to submit is March 1. If you have questions, please contact Nominations and Elections chair Roxanne Gonzales at Please go here  and submit your nominations today!

Next, the deadline for award submissions is coming up on March 1. We're accepting submissions for the following awards, so take the time to nominate the good work you know is happening in continuing education:
~Special Recognition
~Meritorious Service
~Distinguished Program: Credit and Non-Credit
~Creative Use of Technology
~Older Adult Model Program
~Outstanding Services to Underserved Population ProgramWe are also accepting submissions for the Crystal Marketing Award, with a submission deadline of April 1.

Visit the ACHE Awards page for more information on these awards and how to…

A retention app

Now if it only can be loaded on smart phones.  From Higher Ed Morning.

The Tool That’s Boosting College Retention Rates
The freshman dropout rate is a problem facing colleges throughout the country. But there may be an unexpected tool that can help schools turn this around. Social networks – which some experts consider the downfall of education – may help keep students in school.

At least, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is betting on it.

They’re investing $2 million in Inigral, a company that’s using a Facebook application called Schools App to build a community among incoming college students.

Michael Staton, Inigral’s CEO, told “What we do is make sure that when students arrive they either already have assembled or [can] very quickly assemble that kind of peer support.”

The basic idea: Getting freshmen immersed in their college community right from the start helps them find their comfort zone – and encourages them to stick around.

Not a bad idea, considering the averag…

I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle

A nearby college and hub of collegiate cycling offers unique minor.  From the High Country Press.
Lees-McRae To Offer Cycling Minor Degree—College Becomes First in U.S. To Offer Bicycling Studies Minor Lees-McRae College has already won national championships on the collegiate cycling level, but the Banner Elk school sees another challenge now.
The school wants to prepare cyclists for jobs after college that deal with their sport, so the school has announced a minor degree in bicycling studies to begin this spring.
It is the first school in the United States to offer an academic-based minor degree program in bicycle studies.
“We are truly pioneers in this,” Athletic Director Craig McPhail said.
“We want to give our talented cyclists another avenue in which to explore the ever-growing and dynamic world of cycling. Our students are talented riders and mechanics, and we want to provide them with opportunities outside of team racing,” Lees-McRae President Barry M. Buxton said in a press relea…

Best values in Tennessee?

The Princeton Review's rankings.  From the Tennessean.

3 TN schools make Princeton Review's 'Best Value' list
Three Tennessee schools have made Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges" list, and one of those, Vanderbilt University, made the nation's Top 10 among private colleges.

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Vanderbilt University and the University of the South at Sewanee are on The Princeton Review's "100 Best Value Colleges for 2011."

Vanderbilt ranks No. 8 on the private college best value list.

Adult education in its purest form

Learning for the sake of learning.  What a concept.  From the New York Times.
At the Free University, in a Store Basement, the Tuition Price Is Right
In an age of escalating college costs, however, the Free University of San Francisco — which resides in the basement of Viracocha, a store in the Mission District — has one very large thing going for it: no tuition fees.

Conceived by Alan Kaufman, 59, a poet and former instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the Free University is an oh-so-San Francisco experiment in divorcing education from commerce.

“We don’t need walls, we don’t need desks to impart knowledge,” Mr. Kaufman said. “The idea of a free university is that it’s monetarily free, free of constraints, free of any kind of administration.”

The Free University kicked off Feb. 5 with a weekend of lectures. It was billed as a teach-in, where local luminaries like Diane di Prima, the Beat poet, and Matt Gonzalez, the former San Francisco mayoral candidate, hel…

Awards deadline extended

ACHE South Awards Deadline has been extended to February 25, 2011.
ACHE South is seeking awards nominations for outstanding credit and non-credit programs, distinguished continuing higher education professionals, scholarships, and research grants. Recipients will be recognized at the 2011 South ACHE Spring Conference in San Antonio, Texas on April 19, 2011.
For more information, awards descriptions, and nomination forms please visit our website at

The application deadline is February 25, 2011.

If you have questions, please contact Dan Connell at  or (606) 783-2005.

The economy and college retention

ACT News has issued a nationwide retention report.  While the retention of first-year, full time students who return for their second year of college remains stable at 67%, there is mixed news when you drill deeper down.

College Retention Rates Improving at Two-Year Schools, Declining at Four-Year Schools
The percentage of students at two-year colleges who returned to the same institution for their second year of school has been trending up, from 53 percent in 2005 to a record high of 56 percent currently. The retention rate at four-year private colleges, in contrast, has been trending down, from 75 percent in 2005 to 72 percent currently.

The reasons for this shift may be related to problems in the economy, according to Wes Habley, ACT’s principal associate, who has been conducting analyses of retention data for the not-for-profit organization since 1985.

“With many jobs gone and fewer new jobs available, high school graduates and newly unemployed workers may be seeking the fastest, …

Happy Presidents' Day


Continuing education job openings

The recession is over, and colleges and universities are hiring.Here are some continuing education jobs from the Chronicle of Higher Education and .
College of Lake CountyAssociate Dean, Adult Education Webster University:Regional Director Columbia UniversityDirector, Non-Degree Professional Programs University of New Haven:Dean, University College College of Charleston:Executive Director Moravian College:Assistant Dean of the Comenius Center Immaculata UniversityAssistant Dean at Immaculata University Missouri University of Science and Technology:Coordinator, Continuing Education Albright College:Director of the Accelerated Degree Programs Excelsior College:Executive Director, Center for Professional Development Hilbert College:Director of the Center for Adult and Graduate Education California University of Pennsylvania:Director, Executive Conference Services Casper College:Dean, Educational Resources Empire State College:Associate Dean of Long Island Center

Continuing education into the high schools

This is dual enrollment, of course, but what's interesting is that the high school seems to be on the semester system and the university on the quarter system.  The high school students have a longer time period to complete the classes--which means that when two students start freshman composition in the fall, one at the high school and one at UW, they complete the courses at different rates.  Which is fine and all but probably difficult to administer.  I hear Registars softly sobbing. From the Seattle Times.
UW program expanded for Kent high-school students The grades Beatrice Wambui earns in her high-school history class already transfer directly to her University of Washington transcript — even though she's still a Kentlake High School junior — through a decades-old program called UW in the High School.
Thanks to an expansion of that program, Wambui and her Kent School District peers may now earn not just a smattering of college credits during high school but enough to eventu…

It ain't to proprietary colleges

Intuitively, this feels accurate, and I know many cases that support the conclusion.  Increasingly, though, I bet tuition costs are now driving the decision.  Especially in states that offer tuition discounts to state employees. From Lynn O'Shaughnessy's blog, The College Solution.

Where Professors Send Their Children to College - CBS
The children of professors are far more likely to attend liberal arts colleges than other parents. Children of university faculty are about twice as likely to select liberal arts college than children of parents earning more than $100,000 a year.

Why are college professors steering their children to liberal arts colleges, which educate a mere 3% of the nation’s college students?

These insiders understand that liberal arts college focus exclusively on educating undergraduates and offer a boutique education with small classes and personal attention from professors.

The gutting of higher education in Nevada

Things are awful in the Silver State. From the Las Vegas Sun.

UNLV president’s somber warning on budget cuts moves faculty to tears
“This amounts to foreclosure,” said Greg Brown, a history professor and president of the Nevada Faculty Alliance, a professor group.

Michael Bowers, UNLV’s provost, noted that UNLV is 54 years old and that he has worked there 27 years. “I never thought this day would come, but we have to plan,” he said.

The emotional display was unprecedented, Bowers said after the meeting, “because we’ve never had a situation like this before.”

He has asked five senior officials, including the athletic director, to identify cuts by Feb. 25 because $25 million in cuts have to be planned for by this July and $22.5 million by next July, the start of another fiscal year.

“We have to have a plan in place immediately,” Bowers said.

The Daily on my iPad

Ann Place from The Daily, the digital news publication for the iPad, contacted me recently, asking me to mention the publication.  I wanted to try it out first--an easy thing to do since it's free for two weeks.  It's great!  I've enjoyed it and it's a natural fit for the iPad.  Here's a little more information on The Daily, taken from its news release website.
What is The Daily? The first digital news publication with original content created every day exclusively for the iPad®. Built from scratch by a team of top journalists and designers, The Daily covers the world: breaking news, sports, pop culture, entertainment, apps, games, technology, opinion, celebrity gossip and more.
The Daily has the depth and quality of a magazine but is delivered daily like a newspaper and updated in real-time like the web. Great stories, photos, video, audio and graphics come alive the more you touch, swipe, tap and explore. The customized sports section allows you to follow your favor…

I may have mentioned something earlier about liking my iPhone

Most of these are games but there are still some useful ones.  I added Camera Plus from this list.

50 Best iPhone Apps 2011

Cuts in North Carolina

It's not a surprise.  Low-producing programs all across the country are being eliminated. From the Charlotte Observer.

UNC system cuts 60 programs, including 7 at UNC Charlotte -

The UNC system eliminated 60 under-performing academic programs across the state Friday - a declaration of its desire for a more efficient university.

The university closes programs with low enrollment every two years, but it is rare for so many programs to get the ax at once. And in many cases over the years, just as many new programs are approved as are eliminated.

Not this year. On Friday, just three new programs won approval.

No love for my Miata


Call for Proposals

National Association of Branch Campus Administrators National Conference
On the Horizon: Regional/Branch Campuses in Higher Education
April 20 - 23, 2011
Seattle, Washington: Marriott Waterfront Downtown

NABCA welcomes proposals that encourage discussion, dialogue, and engagement in the area of branch and regional campuses, centers, and the students served. NABCA also encourages proposals that address challenges faced, and the processes or innovation used to overcome or adjust to the challenges. Especially sought are proposals that reflect best practices, recent findings, and/or new perspectives. For more information, go here.
Submit a proposal here.

Completed proposals must be received by March 4, 2011, 5:00 pm Central Standard Time. Accepted proposals and the contact person will be notified by March 18, 2011.

The need to target adult students

In Pennsylvania.  This article points out that opportunities for adult college students are limited in the Keystone State.  They could be a lucrative market for colleges and universities to tap. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Pennsylvania lags in adult college enrollment This state ranks 49th in the percentage of residents 25 to 49 without bachelor's degrees who are pursuing undergraduate study. Only about 129,000 of the nearly 2.9 million Pennsylvanians without bachelor's degrees in that age range, or 4.5 percent, are in degree or certificate programs.
The nation as a whole has struggled to draw these older students back to the classroom, a fact cited by policy groups that say the United States has lost ground to other countries in workforce development. Pennsylvania's numbers are especially bleak.
The state trails Louisiana and leads only New Hampshire, which ranked dead last, according to 2009 U.S. Census and Education Department data compiled by the National Center for…

The secret is out

Coke recipe revealed!  From Salon.

"This American Life" reveals original Coca-Cola recipe
Chicago-based radio program "This American Life" cracked the Coca-Cola code. The show apparently unearthed the soft drink's recipe -- which is guarded in a massive vault in the Coke's corporate headquarters in Georgia -- in a 1979 edition of the Atlanta Constitution-Journal. The recipe dates back to 1886.

So what's in it, then? To start: the eponymous coca extract, plus citric acid, lime juice vanilla, caramel, caffeine, sugar and water. More important, though is "7X" -- which includes orange oil, alcohol, nutmeg oil, lemon oil, coriander, neroli and cinnamon -- and constitutes the drink's backbone.

School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach wins Dean's Challenge

In a real-life Rocky story, ETSU's School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach upsets the other schools and colleges to win the coveted Dean's Challenge.  We receive $500 to fund a scholarship for one of our adult students.
AND THE WINNER IS……………….. In the 2 categories, the College of Pharmacy is our TOTAL NUMBER winner with 242 tickets returned, and Continuing Studies is our PERCENTAGE winner with 58% of tickets returned (They were also 2nd in TOTAL NUMBER with 116.)

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Calhoun & Dr. Osborn!!! We appreciate your support and participation.

The University of South Carolina

Names its Cocky Award winner. From the Charleston Regonal Business Journal.
Volkswagen ‘Darth Vader’ ad wins USC’s Cocky Award for best commercial The USC poll ended in a tie with half of 60 students in Bonnie Drewniany’s “Super Bowl Advertising” class choosing the VW spot about a little boy who believes he has magical powers. The other half chose Doritos “House Sitter,” an ad about a man who brings his roommate’s grandfather back from the dead. . . .
Drewniany will invite the creator of the winning ad to campus to receive the award in April. Every year the winning advertising team has come to campus to claim the Cocky Award and give students the inside scoop on how the commercial was made. . . .
Drewniany has studied Super Bowl advertising for nearly 20 years and has taught the nation’s only course on the subject for eight years.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Must look at continuing and adult education programs differently than SACS.  And from this story, it would appear that San Diego Continuing Education has accreditation seperate from the communty college. From Pat Flynn writing in The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Accreditation reaffirmed for adult ed program
San Diego Continuing Education, the adult education arm of the San Diego Community College District, has had its accreditation reaffirmed for a six-year term.

The institution received notification Thursday from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

“Maintaining accreditation is extremely important because it validates the high level of instruction and service students can expect to receive when they come to our institution,” said Anthony E. Beebe, president of San Diego Continuing Education.

The accreditation process involves a self study in which the organization prepares a variety of reports for the accrediting body, followed by a visit from a team of evaluators.


Happy Valentine's Day


I bet my contribution put the University of Iowa

Over the top.  My alma mater.

Endowment at U of I tops $1 billion The Des Moines Register
The University of Iowa's endowment has topped the $1 billion mark for the first time, U of I Foundation President Lynette Marshall said Tuesday.

The endowment had approached the mark before but dipped during the recession, Marshall said.

Marshall estimated that the U of I is among 10 percent of universities in the nation with endowments of $1 billion or more.

Just when you thought

It was safe.

Shark attacks rose 25 percent last year
The number of reported shark attacks last year increased globally but declined in Florida, the shark capital of the world, according to an annual report released Monday by the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File.

Total reported attacks reached 79 in 2010, up 25 percent from 63 a year earlier, the report found. Six of the attacks were fatal, slightly above average for the year. The 79 attacks were the most since 2000 (80).

Like throwing a deck chair off the Titanic


Forbes lists America's most miserable cities.  Although the list is dominated by California and Florida locations, Memphis still lands at number 6.  More miserable than Detroit.
In Pictures: America's 20 Most Miserable Cities No. 6 Memphis, Tenn. Tennessee is one of nine states without an income tax (it does tax dividends and interest income), yet it hits residents with one of the highest sales tax rates in the U.S. at 9.25%. Violent crime was down 5% in 2009 according to the FBI, but still is tops in the country.

Adult education and spirituality

Time looks examines a new trend in adult education.
Holy Enrollers: Why Boomers Are Going to Divinity School
Boomers are the fastest-growing demographic at U.S. divinity schools, according to the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), an organization of more than 250 theological graduate schools in the U.S. and Canada. The under-30 crowd may still be the largest cohort of students — accounting for a third of the total — but the 50-or-older group has grown from 12% of students in 1995 to 20% in 2009, the most recent year for which data is available.
While some boomers enter the ministry after being downsized or suffering career setbacks, ATS has some other theories about what's driving the increase. Maybe older divinity students — no longer saddled with their children's tuition or big mortgages to pay off — are motivated by a newfound freedom to pursue their lifelong passions. Or perhaps the trend is yet another reflection of a restless generation that isn't content with …

Job opening

Nureen Das from the executive search firm, Isaacson, Miller, contacted me recently to help in their search for a Dean for the Division of Continuing Professional Studies at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. As a distinct business unit within the College, the CPS Dean oversees the Division’s marketing, recruitment, admissions, retention, and academic advisement to ensure satisfaction and success of its students. It is in this context that the new Dean will lead a highly qualified, passionate, and diverse full-time and part-time CPS faculty and staff, all of whom are key to the Division’s continuing success. The new Dean will also play a vital role in ensuring that CPS is effectively positioned with the human and financial resources in place to support unprecedented goals for the Division’s growth and expansion.
Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications, including CV with cover letter, in confidence and via email to:
Sarah Herman Nureen Das Isaacson, Miller 263 Summe…

Ah, iPhone

Is there anything you can't do?  It can lead you to sin and now absolve you as well.

Smartphone Sins: Catholic Bishop Approves Confession by iPhone

In the case of retirement

It's not just about the Benjamins.  Workers without a college education face difficulties in planning for retirement. Newsweek reports:
Lacking a Degree Can Hurt Retirement
Workers with only a high school diploma are significantly less likely to have access to a company-sponsored 401(k) or similar plan compared with those with a college degree, the study says. Just 60% of workers who have only a high school diploma report being offered a 401(k) or similar plan by their employer, compared with 71% of workers with some college education, 78% of workers with a college degree and 83% who have had postgraduate education.

Of those workers who do have access to a 401(k) or similar plan, workers with only a high school diploma had a lower participation rate (63%) versus those with a college degree (84%) or postgraduate education (87%).

Workers with only a high school education are significantly more likely to have "guessed" their retirement savings needs compared with those wit…

South Carolina colleges and universities post spending

In anticipation of pending state legislation, colleges and universities in South Carolina are posting their financial expenditures on the interweb.  From the Charleston Regional Business Journal.
Trident Technical College, Clemson fire up transparency websites Showing support for a bill prefiled in the S.C. General Assembly, Clemson University and Trident Technical College have launched websites that show their financial expenditures.
Every expense paid by Clemson University from July 1, 2010, through the end of November — about 85,000 transactions — is now available for viewing on a spending transparency website, which went live Wednesday.
The website includes information about sources of funding and explanations of cost categories. The data presented on the sites can be customized by several factors. Clemson said the site will be updated as each month is closed.
Trident Tech’s transparency website has December spending online so far, with a note that says transactions through July will …

If we keep doing more with less

Pretty soon we're trying to do everything with nothing.The Huffinton Post lists the 13 states facing the largest higher education cutbacks for next year.  Missouri is looking at the largest cut: 13.5%.  Surprisingly, the only Southern state in the top is South Carolina, facing a cut of 9.3%.

States Facing The Biggest Higher Ed Cutbacks In 2011
According to newly released data, many states are facing a massive decline in state and federal support this year.

Grapevine's annual survey, published by Illinois State University's Center for the Study of Education Policy and the State Higher Education Executive Officers, details the amount of funding each states receives toward higher education.

This year, Grapevine predicts that even considering federal stimulus funds, only 16 states will see their higher ed budget grow, with Wyoming seeing the largest increase of 24.7 percent. Only North Dakota and Montana are expected to maintain a stable budget.

The remaining states will experi…

Marketing to adults

Tim Copeland answers marketing questions in his blog, Higher Education Marketing and Enrollment Management.

New Enrollment Marketing Plan for Adult Learners
Adult learner marketing is in need for an overhaul. The typical tools of the undergraduate enrollment manager – purchasing test taker names and financial aid leveraging – don’t fit. While the usual approaches of professional, graduate, and continuing education – ‘build it and they will come’ and mass promotion of course registration and application dates – is not sustainable and increasingly ineffective.

Vanishing accents?

I'm not surprised that a North Carolina State researcher finds that Southerners are currently speaking with a less distinctive regional dialect.  I remember driving through Nashville in the 1970s and being surprised at the strong Southern accent of waitresses, servers, and hotel employees.  Nowadays, it's hard to find a Southern accent in Nashville--unless you're in the country music business.

Southern accent in danger?
Since 2008, Dodsworth has collected recordings of native Raleighites, analyzing their vowel sounds to uncover how the local accent has changed through time.

The major difference is in something linguists call the "Southern vowel shift," the way of speaking that makes words like "bait" sound more like "bet," and turns "bed" into a two-syllable word. Those Southern quirks of speech are less noticeable with each generation Dodsworth interviews.

You could try blaming the influx of Yankees over the past couple decades, but t…

February is

Financial Aid Awareness Month in Tennessee. Rex Barber writing in the Johnson City Press:

ETSU suggests students apply early for financial aid
If you plan on going to college in the fall, you should think seriously about applying now for financial aid, according to East Tennessee State University.

Financial aid money is there in the form of grants, scholarships and low-interest loans. And somebody is going to get it, all of it.

“It’s important for everybody that’s considering going to college anywhere, regardless of your income, to apply for financial aid, because a lot of times, even upper middle class families need for the students to get student loans,” said Margaret Miller, director of the ETSU financial aid office.

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month in Tennessee. This is the month Miller encourages all students to turn in their Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is the key to getting any kind of aid, from federal work studies to Pell Grants to the Tenness…

Eliminating low-producing programs in Tennessee

Say goodbye to that data processing major at Austin Peay.  Jennifer Brooks writes from The Tennessean:

Tennessee colleges cut lesser majors as part of higher education reform
As Tennessee rolls out its higher education reforms, colleges and universities are taking a hard look at what they do well — and which courses and majors they can do without.

Last year, the state's higher education oversight authority terminated 37 programs at public institutions that weren't producing enough graduates to justify their existence and approved the creation of 10 new ones.

The speech pathology and audiology baccalaureate degree at Tennessee State? Terminated. Ditto for the data processing major at Austin Peay, French and Spanish degrees at the University of Memphis, and the associate degree in social services at Volunteer State Community College.

For many of the doomed programs, it boiled down to a popularity contest.

Programs that can't fill enough seats, or produce enough graduates, are …

A new learning in retirement program

WMU to begin Lifelong Learning Academy for people 50 and older starting in March
A new Lifelong Learning Academy is opening the doors to continuing education for people 50 and older, starting in March at Western Michigan University. The noncredit courses "will focus on providing intellectual and cultural stimulation, promoting personal growth, and fostering social engagement in an informal, lively learning atmosphere," according to a news release from the Office of University Relations.

Fifteen daytime classes, most in either two or four sessions, and a field trip are slated to begin the week of March 14. Volunteer instructors are either current or retired WMU faculty members or experts on various topics from within the Kalamazoo community.

An open house to introduce the academy, which will be similar to numerous university-related academies for older adults across the country and around the world, will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 in the west lobby of Walwood Hall.

The United States of Football


Today is

Wear Red Day.  Each year on the first Friday in February,  thousands of hospitals, small businesses, multinational corporations, news broadcasters, schools, individuals and even landmarks “Go Red” to help raise crucial awareness and significant funds in the fight against heart disease in women.

I may have mentioned something earlier about liking my iPhone

Continuing education job openings

The recession is over, and colleges and universities are hiring.Here are some continuing education jobs from the Chronicle of Higher Education and . University of North Carolina at Chapel HillDirector, the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education Louisiana Community & Technical College System:Executive Director of Work Ready U California State University San Marcos:Dean of Extended Learning Hamline University:Program Administrator - School of Education - Continuing Studies University of New Mexico:Supervisor, Community Education Programs; Program Manager Adirondack Community College:Director of Continuing Education University at Buffalo:Director of Educational Opportunity Center Lake Erie College:Director, Adult Degree Completion Program

ETSU grad named Tennessean of the Year by Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

Oh yeah, he also sings a little bit.

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame honors Kenny Chesney
Country music star turned sports documentarian Kenny Chesney is the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame's Tennessean of the Year.

Initially shown on ESPN, Chesney's Boys of Fall documentary examines the positive effects of playing football, and Chesney donated 10,000 DVD copies of the film to high schools and coaches of high school football teams.

It's tough to graduate in four years

But you'd think more would than do at these colleges and universities.  I feel bad for Dover, Delaware, home to two public colleges that seemingly graduate no one in four years. (I know, I know, that's an inaccurate overgeneralization.) Lynn O'Shaughnessy, blogging in The College Solution, lists the the bottom 25.  Here are the 13 with a 0% graduation rate. 
25 Universities With the Worst Graduation Rates
1.Great Basin College, NV 0% 2.Institute of Amer. Indian & Alaska Native Culture, NM 0% 3.Oklahoma State University Inst. of Technology, Okmulgee 0% 4.San Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 0% 5.Texas A&M University, Commerce 0% 6.Texas A&M International University, Laredo 0% 7.Alabama State University, Montgomery 0% 8.Macon State College, Macon, GA 0% 9.Dalton State College, Dover, DE 0% 10.Delaware State College, Dover 0% 11.Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis 0% 12.Southern University at New Orleans 0% 13.Louisiana State University, Shreveport 0%

And Batman is up for provost

Why so serious, faculty?
UK looking for Superman president "Somebody between God and Superman," is the way Jim Stuckert, chairman of the University of Kentucky's presidential search committee, jokingly described the person wanted for UK's next president.
But he might not be too far off, based on a series of forums held Friday for faculty, students, staff and administrators to discuss the replacement for President Lee T. Todd Jr., who will step down June 30.

Based on their comments, the successful candidate should be a star academic at the top of administrative ranks, a fantastic fund-raiser who can also sweet talk the legislature for a share of dwindling state dollars, and an intellectual who brings a global perspective to learning while also governing the UK Medical Center and UK Athletics.
And then there's that whole issue of getting UK to top 20 status among the nation's public research universities. Stuckert called the search the UK Board of Trustees' m…

The end of snow days

As we know them.  High schools around here should do this to help recover all the time lost to snow days.  R.S. Zaharna guest blogs on Campus Overload.

When snow hit, one American U class moved to Facebook
That's when I remembered our class Facebook page. I posted an update on the page and told the students I would only cancel if the university canceled. That way I did not have to reply to every single panicky request.

Setting up this Facebook page was one of the first things I did after I created my spring syllabus for this class, International Public Relations. It wasn't my idea; it was something I learned from students and junior colleagues when I returned from sabbatical. After eight months of being in research la-la land, stepping back onto a high-speed, wi-fi campus was like moving from the cave wall paintings to, well, digital walls. I attended a one-day university-sponsored teaching symposium and zeroed in on technology sessions to get myself up to speed. The line that r…

From the Urban Dictionary

Snowbooking: To constantly update your status or post on Facebook during a snowstorm. Normally, because your stuck inside and bored out of your mind.
Also can be used to describe Facebook users who constantly discuss, complain, or post pictures about a snow storm.
Sarah must be snowed in and bored, because she's been snowbooking since the storm started.The roads haven't been plowed so everyone's snowbooking.

ETSU claims world's oldest person as grad

World's oldest person is a graduate of what is now ETSU
Besse Cooper was born in Sullivan County, graduated from East Tennessee Normal School (now ETSU) when it was a teacher’s college, and is retired today at the Park Place Nursing Facility in Monroe, Ga.

On Monday she became the world’s oldest living person at 114 years and five months, following the death of 114-year-old Eunice G. Sanford, of Jacksonville, Texas. The Gerontology Research Group keeps track of those over 110 years of age.

Besse was born on Aug. 26, 1896, at Deer Lick in Sullivan County near Boone Dam. She was the third of eight children.

Her son, Sidney Cooper, said that her dad built a house in Boones Creek and she was able to take the train from Gray Station to Johnson City. “It was tuition free for the two-year teaching degree back then,” Sidney said. “All she had to pay for were the books.”

After receiving her teaching degree from ETNS she taught in Tennessee at Tiger Valley and Etowah, before she sought w…

Kicking ass and taking names part two

TSU president launches changes aimed at benefiting students, campus
Tennessee State University's interim leader is cutting 30 administrative positions, slashing the travel budget in half to fund tutoring sessions for students and even overhauling the notoriously user-unfriendly parking system.

"There's a lot we have to do, and all of it is for the good of the students, every little bit of it," interim President Portia Holmes Shields told a standing-room-only crowd at a Monday campus forum.

Shields, who was brought in to oversee the campus's reaccreditation and to implement other reforms, spent her first month at TSU studying what works and what needs to be changed.

At the top of the list of things to be changed is the university's top-heavy bureaucracy. Administrative cuts include the position of the president's chief of staff. Those being removed will receive their 90-day notice by mid-February, although some may go into other positions at the university.

Is our children learning?

The Daily Beast ranks states by how smart their kids are.  Its supporting data come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a relatively blunt instrument.  Not surprising, the top states have be most educated population and the highest median family incomes.  Accordingly, the usual suspects bring up the rear, Tennessee is 44, Louisiana 48, and Mississippi last at 52.

America's Smartest Kids 44, Tennessee Advanced level fourth graders, Math: 3% Advanced level eighth graders, Math: 4%
Advanced level fourth graders, Reading: 6% Advanced level eighth graders, Reading: 2%