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ACHE call for proposals

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ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting Collaboration and Partnership: Our Keys to the Future November 12-14, 2012 Austin, Texas
Your submission is requested!
In 2012, ACHE asks you to explore the many ways in which we are working with other agencies, institutions, corporations, academic departments, or other entities to enhance our performance and strengthen our respective positions. It is becoming increasingly evident that collaborating with a wide range of previously untapped partners is on the rise. Our commitment to serving our respective constituencies demands a new way of meeting their requirements for more efficient training programs and more effective learning activities. The diminution of appropriated funds for public institutions, the increasing pressure for us to become fully self-sustaining units, and the continuing state of the economy compel us to consider two very important questions: how do we strengthen our individual programs, and how do we ensure our continuing relevance wit…

Did you hear about the guy who went to the solipsist conference?

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Nobody showed up. Ba-doom Pshh. Actually, as an old English major, I think the liberal arts prepare us for careers in the long run much better than immediate training.  (But I also support programs that can deliver immediate jobs. I just worry about how long those jobs last.)

I hope somebody sends this link to the governor of Florida.  From Monte Whaley, writing in The Denver Post.

More seek philosophy degrees as a basis for kicking off other careers
Philosophy majors are not just contemplating the meaning of life — they are also launching careers in law, medicine, business and high technology.
"It's funny, but you don't look for philosophy; it finds you," said Autumn Mitchell, a Colorado State University student who is merging her philosophy studies with programming software.

She is part of a growing trend of college students gravitating toward philosophy departments. In the past 10 years, the number of four-year philosophy graduates grew 46 percent, besting such fi…

Captive audience

Ba-doom Pshh. In a former life, I advised students in an external degree program.  This was before online learning, of course. In fact, I'm not sure we had personal computers yet. (Sigh)  Anyway, we had inmates in the program from the prison in Fort Madison, Iowa.  Until they burned down the classroom facility.  Perhaps the ultimate SAI. Before the fire, we offered live classes there taught by primarily regular university faculty. I still remember one Estonian English Professor who always referred to the location as Pen State. He was a funny guy.  I also recall running into him as I was in line to see American Gigolo and he pointed to himself, smiled, and said "Estonian Gigolo."

This is from Heidi Hall, writing in The Tennessean.

Grant offers young inmates chance to earn college credit
Beginning next month, inmates at Charles Bass Correctional Complex, a medium-security men’s prison in Nashville, can start taking liberal arts classes for credit through Nashville State Com…

And Soylent Green is people

May the electricity generated from my cremation recharge someone's iPhone.  Or iPad.  From Life's Little Mysteries.

Burning Deceased Baby Boomers Could Generate Electricity
In Durham, England, corpses will soon be used to generate electricity. A crematorium is installing turbines in its burners that will convert waste heat from the combustion of each corpse into as much as 150 kilowatt-hours of juice — enough to power 1,500 televisions for an hour. The facility plans to sell the electricity to local power companies.
Some might find this concept creepy. Others might be pleased to learn that the process "makes cremation much greener by utilizing its by-products," in the words of cremation engineer Steve Looker, owner and chief executive officer of the Florida-based company B&L Cremation Systems, which is unaffiliated with the Durham enterprise.
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Call for Presentations

Canadian Association for University Continuing Education Annual Conference May 27-30, 2012 Saskatoon, SK Deadline: January 16, 2012 Conference Theme: Leaders of the PACK: Leadership & Advocacy in University Continuing Education Leaders of the PACK speaks to the role that we as continuing educators play as we push and pull the academy into new ways of teaching, learning and engaging with the community. It also speaks to some of the most important issues and professional development challenges identified by the Continuing Education community in the CAUCE members’ survey (2009 CJUCE). Do you have a message to share about renewing and revitalizing programs? Have you discovered new ways to influence your University? How do you advocate for the communities you serve? In what ways are you acting as an agent of change for your institution? These are some conversations that will take place at CAUCE 2012. Concurrent sessions should address topics from one of four themes: P—Program Innovation

Turning Japanese

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Ever wonder what Christmas is like in Japan?TV Tropes explains.
Christmas In Japan Christmas in Japan is a bit different from the West. The major religions in Japan are Buddhism and Shinto, so Christmas is an entirely commercial event.

More to the point, the main celebration revolves around Christmas Eve and not Christmas Day. It is common to give Christmas presents in Japan, and Santa Claus has even been imported to take part in the holidays. Within the family, parents give presents to their children, but the children do not give presents to the parents. The reason for this is that only Santa brings presents, so once the children no longer believe in Santa, the presents are no longer given.  
Most Japanese families have a Christmas tree, and it is becoming more and more common to have Christmas lights on the outside of houses like in some Western countries. Thanks to KFC and Japan's lack of turkeys, fried chicken has become a traditional Japanese Christmas dinner.

Christmas is…

More on correlation and causation

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Looking for a good holiday movie?

Slate's Colin Fleminglists five underrated Christmas movies worth your viewing time. As a bonus treat, two are animated.

Christmas Movies: The Top Five Most Underrated
Beyond Tomorrow (1940)The Night Before Christmas (1941)A Christmas Carol (1971)The Blue Carbuncle (1984)The Office Christmas Special (2003) And here's five to avoid The Top Five Truly Bad Christmas Movies.

God help me I do love top ten lists

Don't gift up

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Wondering about gift etiquette at your college?  Alison Green, the manager in Ask a Manager, has some advice.  I agree with the sentiment that you shouldn't gift up.

how can I tell my boss how much I appreciate him?
However, I’d urge you to forego giving your boss anything, unless it’s tradition in your office (but it doesn’t sound like it is). There’s a school of etiquette (to which I subscribe) that says that you don’t give gifts “up” when there’s a power disparity — because it can be awkward or there can be the appearance of obligation or because it can appear kiss-assy.

The Aspen Institute names the top

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U.S. community college.  No Tennessee community colleges were recognized but West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah was a Finalist with Distinction, noted for its higher than average graduation rate.
Florida’s Valencia College Named Top US Community College
Highlighting the need to improve student learning and  graduation rates in community colleges — leading to good jobs — the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today announced that Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, is the nation’s top community college and honored four “finalists with distinction” from an original pool of over 1,000....The announcement follows a rigorous, yearlong effort by the Aspen Institute to assemble and review an unprecedented collection of data on community colleges and the critical elements of student success: student learning, degree completion and transfer, equity and employment/earnings after college.

This is the first national recognition of extraordinary accomplishments at in…

Everything I know about holiday traveling

I learned from the movies. Like stay clear of news cameras from Four Christmases.  Eleanor Barkhorn and Kevin Fallon give 22 more tips in The Atlantic.

23 Holiday Travel Tips From Movies

Banish buzzwords

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From your resume and LinkedIn Profile.  Everyone is a creative team player with effective problem-solving skills.  How are you different?  From CNN.com and Time.

2011's most overused resume buzzwords

Ten Buzzwords To Take Off Your LinkedIn Profile Now

Team building 101

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Let's go Peay

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I've commented earlier on Austin Peay State University's slick academic planning software.  They are pushing the envelope in many ways, and APSU is highlighted in Marc Parry's recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. "Think of it," Parry explains, "as higher eduction meets Moneyball."  Speaking of Austin Peay, we recently discovered that they had copied our Winter Session pretty much lock, stock, and barrel.  Stealing good ideas is SOP in continuing higher education, and naturally I've been as guilty of this activity as anyone.  But I would at least change the wording on my website...

Colleges Mine Data to Tailor Students' Experience
Think of the problem in terms of a supermarket cereal aisle, says Tristan Denley, provost of Austin Peay State University, in Clarksville, Tenn. You find every choice known to man. But unless you've opened the box, you have very little information to judge what's inside. How do you pick one?

Part …

More on correlation and causation

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From I Love Charts.

Correlation and causation

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From xkcd.

MTSU's Adult Learning Conference

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Middle Tennessee State University
in partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission
with support from the Lumina Foundation
is proud to present the 2012 Adult Learning Conference. February 16-17, 2012
Navigating the Terrain of the Adult Learner:
Signposts to Achievement, Development and Success


This year’s conference will focus on the importance of adult learners to Tennessee’s college completion goals and provide Tennessee colleges and universities with resources to improve the success of adult learners at their institutions. Using the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning’s (CAEL) “Nine Principles of Effectiveness for Serving Adult Learners,” conference participants will learn how the new state funding formula applies to the adult learner population, and have the opportunity to explore promising practices in supporting this large and growing population as we all learn to navigate this new terrain.

Since the third year of the conference, adult learners have also been incl…

Put a sassy biotch

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On your Christmas table.  From The New York Times.

With Rude Names, Wine Stops Minding Its Manners
It's peppery and full of fight. The tannins have grip. The nose takes no prisoners. This shiraz is a bitch.

It says so on the label. Royal Bitch is the name of the wine, one of a teeming sisterhood of cabernets and chardonnays from a variety of producers with labels like Sassy Bitch, Jealous Bitch, Tasty Bitch and Sweet Bitch. They’re reinforcements for a growing army of rude, budget-priced wines that have shoved their way into wine stores and supermarkets in the past few years — most recently Happy Bitch, a Hudson Valley rosé that made its debut last month.

Only four?

Most of these can be filed under think before you speak, but the first one, That's Impossible, got my attention.  I may phrase it as We can't do that, but the meaning is the same.  Those very words from my mouth may close my mind to possibilities. From CBS Money Watch.

4 things a manager should never say
People listen to leaders. It's one of the qualities that helps define them as leaders -- and their followers as followers.

leaders need to mind what they are saying, and avoid knee-jerk responses. "A leader's brain must always work things out ahead of his mouth speaking them," says Patrick Alain, author of The Leader Phrase Book: 3000+ Phrases That Put You In Command. To help wannabe leaders cement their status, Alain has compiled a shortlist of four phrases that a good leader will never, ever say. Avoid these lines and people will be more likely to follow your lead.

One of my faculty members was complaining

About another dean.  "He badmouths that program," she said, "Until he can use its existance to help his case for establishing this new degree.  That's hypocritical!"

"Perhaps," I said.  "But that's the first thing we learn in Dean School."

Wondering how you compile social media reporting?

There are some tools out there, evidently.  Mike Petroff, writing in .eduGuru, talks about the importance of curating social media and how some institutions are doing it.

Social Media Curation for Higher Ed Events
If you’ve worked in higher ed for a few years, you have probably assisted with an on-campus event during orientation or move-in week. The excitement exuded by the new students is undeniable when they finally arrive. Many schools are now using social media to connect new students before these events, open up conversation between current students and alumni, and share coverage of orientation activities. If your audiences are social media savvy, they’ll surely follow your Twitter hashtags, find content on Facebook or check your YouTube playlists for updates. But, how do you curate that great social content and conversation from your events into a readable format for the masses?

ACHE call for proposals

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ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting Collaboration and Partnership: Our Keys to the Future November 12-14, 2012 Austin, Texas
Your submission is requested!
In 2012, ACHE asks you to explore the many ways in which we are working with other agencies, institutions, corporations, academic departments, or other entities to enhance our performance and strengthen our respective positions. It is becoming increasingly evident that collaborating with a wide range of previously untapped partners is on the rise. Our commitment to serving our respective constituencies demands a new way of meeting their requirements for more efficient training programs and more effective learning activities. The diminution of appropriated funds for public institutions, the increasing pressure for us to become fully self-sustaining units, and the continuing state of the economy compel us to consider two very important questions: how do we strengthen our individual programs, and how do we ensure our continuing relevance wit…

D-i-v-o-r-c-e

Tennesseans divorce at a higher rate than average.  From The Examiner.com.

Census: Nashville’s divorce rate higher than southern states
The state of Tennessee is one of the southern states that appear to be ‘divorce happy.’ According to the censusreport released on Thursday, TN is one of the 14 states which had much a higher divorce rate than the national average using data gathered from the 2009 American Community Survey (ACS). What’s more intriguing is that Nashville’s divorce rate is even higher than the combined rate of all the southern states.

The Nashville-Davidson County data from City-Data.com shows Nashville’s divorce rate sitting a 13.2 while the newly released Census statistics reports a combined average of the southern states at 10.2 per 1,000 for men and 11.1 per 1,000 for women.

Showcasing your college teaching

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With an e-portfolio. You should have an e-portfolio.  We require portfolios as part of the culminating experience in many of our degrees, and we've switched to e-portfolios in some of them. We haven't found the perfect software, yet, I'm afraid.  I'm also on a statewide PLA task force that has discussed e-portfolios as a means for students to document their college-level learning.  From David Brooks, writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Should Graduate Students Create E-Portfolios?
I asked Chris Pastore, a newly hired visiting lecturer in my department, about his online portfolio, because a senior professor on the search committee that hired him had praised it. Chris built his site as one of his final projects while earning a master's in teaching philosophy at the same time he was completing his Ph.D. in history. The learning curve for Web design, he said, was fairly steep yet painless. None of the jobs he applied for in the last year asked for a teaching …

Accelerated Opportunity

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A new Kentucky program combines adult basic education and technical training in a community college setting.  This seems like a promising partnership.  From Merlene Davis, writing in Kentucky.com.
New accelerated adult ed program hopes to get students better jobs

The Accelerating Opportunity program at eight community colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will give qualifying adults a chance to earn college credits and skills that can lead to better-paying jobs.

A partnership between Kentucky Adult Education, the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and KCTCS will give adults a chance to get basic adult education at the same time they are taught technical skills. After at least one semester, students will earn a certificate, which they can use to be placed in jobs in that field.

"We know that many students come from the adult education pathway who are maybe behind academically, or older adults who struggle to get into jobs that are careers," said Jay…

Coffee. Is there anything you can't do?

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Three TACHE conference sessions posted

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On the TACHE website.  The Chancellor's PowerPoint is particularly powerful.
Go to www.TnACHE.org and go into the members section.  Click on Past Conferences and you will find:
1.   Complete College Act and Challenges, PowerPoint from Chancellor Morgan, TBR 2.   Reinventing: Formula Funding, PowerPoint from David Wright, THEC 3.   Reinvesting: Using eMarketing for Non-Credit Programs, PowerPoint from Michael Aikens, TTU

America's 20 Dirtiest Cities

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Pollution-wise, that is.Forbes ranks them.  Most of the worst are in California.  Knoxville, however, is 15th.

America's 20 Dirtiest Cities
15. Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN Population: 1 million
Year-round particulate pollution rank: 24
Short-term particulate pollution rank: 33
Ozone pollution rank: 18

Today is

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Balance Transfer Day.Time explains:

Balance Transfer Day is the Next Facebook-Driven Protest Against Big Banks
A new month, a new Facebook-led protest against big banks. Protesters have declared December 11 “Balance Transfer Day” in an effort to get Americans to ditch their high-interest credit cards for cards with lower rates or zero percent teasers.

“[W]hy don’t we beat the banks at their own game and demand the same 0% interest rate that they receive from the federal government?” the protest’s organizers say on its Facebook page. “This can be achieved by transferring card balances from interest bearing accounts with large banks to 0% interest cards issued by credit unions and community banks.” But consumers might find this hard to accomplish, and it’s possible that the very big banks against which the movement is campaigning could be the unintended beneficiaries.

I should be playing basketball with this guy today

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In our usual Friday game. When I retire, I'll leave him the K off my first name so he can properly spell his.

Dr. Marc Fagelson presents research on blast-induced tinnitus

A professor of audiology at East Tennessee State University who has explored the connection between tinnitus and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among U.S. military veterans recently presented his research findings at a conference held by the United States Department of Defense (DoD).

Dr. Marc Fagelson, the director of ETSU’s audiology program, works with veterans at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in a clinic that specializes in management of bothersome tinnitus, a condition where a person hears a sound – often characterized as a “buzzing” or “ringing” – that has no apparent external cause. He was one of only 12 researchers to present at the “International State-of-the-Science Meeting on Blast-Induced Tinnitus,” held recently by the DoD in Chantilly, Va.

Louisiana starts program for adult students

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Consolidating services for adult students.  What a novel concept (sigh).  This article from The Hechinger Report also reports on the good work done by Graduate!Philadelphia and its executive director, Hadass Sheffer.  ACHE members already know Hadass, of course.
For millions of college dropouts, second chances prove difficult
Now public-policy groups, private foundations and higher-education officials have a new idea for increasing the share of the population with college degrees: convincing people who quit college to come back.

A program called the Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana, or CALL, for instance—sponsored by that state’s board of regents—offers courses that take less than half as long to complete as traditional college courses, and awards credit for what students already know through a process called “prior-learning assessment.” All of this is meant to help people with some college credits complete their degrees.

One of CALL’s success stories is John McGee, who had spent…

Make u wanna holla hidy hoe

I got a text from my colleague Brian Van Horn from Murray State last night that read:  Just saw a preview for a show called "Moonshiners" on the Discovery Channel.  Just so happens I noticed one of the guys making the product had an ETSU shirt on!

Fortunately, as I mentioned last week in connection with Penn State, there's no such thing as bad publicity. And to paraphrase Doolittle Lynn's father in Coal Miner's Daughter, at least he has a job.

Want to be a college president?

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Consider Georgia.  From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Wanted: Presidents for Georgia colleges
The University System of Georgia is hunting for college presidents and will need at least eight new campus leaders by August. The system currently has presidential search committees in operation for Valdosta State and Georgia College & State universities. Four other colleges have interim presidents, and two additional presidents plan to retire June 30. The new president of Gordon College starts Jan. 1. On top of that, Chancellor Hank Huckaby is searching for a new chief academic officer, a key position that provides leadership over academics and research for more than 318,000 students and 11,000 faculty members at the state's 35 public institutions. The system expects to have finalists for that position in early 2012.
"We have a lot of turnover right now, but there have been other years where there were about 10 president openings," system spokesman John Millsaps said.

From my mouth to your ear

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So true...

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Nuns on the run

And other news about SACS from Inside Higher Education.

Accreditor Punishes La. College for Board Upheaval

The college commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed two colleges on probation and imposed lesser sanctions against numerous others during its just-concluded meeting in Orlando -- with many of the accreditors' actions related to financial woes. A prominent exception is the commission's decision to impose a six-month probation on Our Lady of the Holy Cross, which was investigated outside the regular accreditation review cycle after the order of nuns that governs the nonprofit corporation that controls the college abruptly dismissed its Board of Regents and its president in August. SACS cited violations of several of its standards related to governance and external influence, said Belle S. Wheelan, the accreditor's president, who added, "We just don't know who's running the place right now." A spokesman for the college, Step…

UPCEA annual conference registration is open

SACS rules on Nashville universities

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TSU's warning is lifted; Fisk is put on probation.  Also, nearby Carson-Newman University's warning status is removed. For Fisk and Carson-Newman, the issue is and has been financial. From The Tennessean.
Accreditation process undergoing scrutiny amid TSU, Fisk votes Tennessee State University spent the year proving to monitors that its leaders use research to make good decisions and give students the best chance for success.
The result: Full reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the continuing federal student aid and public confidence that goes with it.
But another Nashville institution learned Tuesday it will take another year to prove it’s financially stable enough for the same label. Fisk University’s struggles to stay afloat have kept it in the public eye. SACS placed both Nashville schools on warning status last year, listing a number of deficiencies that needed to be fixed before full reaccreditation. On Tuesday, at an annual meeting …

Can I get PLA credit for this?

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Cheap shot, I know.  From The New York Times.

At Johnson & Wales, Students Mix Drinks for Credit
In the typical culinary classroom, students go through their paces slicing, dicing, butchering and baking. If they mix a martini it will probably be to relax after all the hard work.

But at Johnson & Wales, a university based in Providence, R.I., that has campuses in other states and a world-class program for degrees in the culinary arts, students mix martinis (and other drinks) for credit. About a year and a half ago, the university opened a state-of-the-art beverage laboratory with 20 professional-style bartending stations, including sinks, and a working microbrewery, all in the sleek new Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence, on its waterfront campus.   Other professional culinary schools offer wine studies or classes in spirits and cocktails, but this new lab sets Johnson & Wales apart. Last year more than 200 students washed glassware, made ice, concocted standard drinks…

Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs

Call for Nominations for the 2012 Annual Faculty Award The AGLSP Annual Faculty Award is offered each year by the Association to honor an outstanding faculty member who teaches in a Full Member program. The award was established by the Association’s Board of Directors in 1991 to recognize outstanding faculty who exemplify the qualities of interdisciplinary, liberal teaching and who have participated significantly in teaching or advising students and/or have actively participated in other faculty service in a Graduate Liberal Studies program. The 2011 AFA was awarded to Professor Sheldon Solomon of Skidmore College. Professor Solomon is recognized for his staunch, tireless support of the MALS program and its students since its inception in the early ‘90s. Nominations for the 2012 award are now open. Download criteria.

Where to locate your national conference

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Travel + Leisure ranks America's top 35 cities for Quality of Visitor Experience.  Locally, Nashville comes in at number 12; Memphis at 26.  Austin, Texas, site of next year's ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting, is ranked 13th.  I've pulled out the top ten because, well, I have a weakness for top tens. And I think it's a little surprising to see Portland, Maine and Providence so highly rated.
America's Favorite Cities 2011 - Visitor Experience Savannah Santa Fe San Juan, P.R. Charleston Denver San Diego Portland, ME Portland, OR Seattle Providence

I may have mentioned earlier that I love my iPhone

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ACHE South registration is open

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REGISTRATION is now open for the ACHE South Conference, April 23-26, 2012 ACHE SOUTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012.

Soon it will be Spring in the Bluegrass! For those you who want to have an incredible experience, we have an opportunity for you to see the finest in all of horse racing on Wednesday afternoon, April 25, 2012. Historic Keeneland Race Track www.keeneland.com will be open during the month ofApril for thoroughbred racing and we will be purchasing tickets to enjoy the races while dining in one of the luxurious glass-enclosed dining rooms overlooking the track. Even if you aren’t a betting person, just to be able to enjoy the beautiful grounds and atmosphere, and see a thoroughbred race horse up close is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Obtaining tickets to a dining room is highly competitive and restrictive in nature. We will be able to offer a limited number of tickets for this optional event at a cost of $60. Included will be transportation to and from the track, admittance to the …

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There's no such thing as bad publicity.  From The New York Times.

Despite Scandal, Applications to Penn State Rise
The abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University does not appear to have slowed applications to the school’s undergraduate programs.

As of Friday, applications to enroll next year at one of  the 20 campuses that comprise the Penn State system were up 4 percent when compared with the same period last year, with applications to the system’s University Park flagship in State College, Pa., up 2 percent, Anne Rohrbach, executive director for undergraduate admissions, said in an interview Wednesday.

All told, nearly 28,000 students have applied to be undergraduates next year on the University Park campus, compared to 27,370 who had done so last year at this time, Ms. Rohrbach said. Each is vying for one of about 7,200 seats in the freshman class. Though Penn State accepts applications year-round, on a rolling basis, the deadline for so-called “priority” applications — aft…

I always have them step outside the building

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Sooner or later, most managers have to fire somebody.  The Evil HR Lady, writing in AllBusiness.com, has some good tips on the right way to fire someone...and the wrong way.  Since she recommends having a witness present, I've followed the wrong path, it seems.

How to Fire Someone
Whether it's for cause or a layoff, terminations are going to happen and you need to do it right. I'm not talking about documenting the reasons behind the firing or choosing whom to lay off -- I'm talking about how to fire someone.
There are right ways and wrong ways to go about this, and often people choose the wrong way because it seems easier and managers are generally wimps. Sure, it's hard to tell someone that they no longer have a source of income, but when it has to be done, it has to be done.

Video on ETSU's new president

From his recent campus visit.  Available at wcyb.com.

I used to underestimate our Technology Centers

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They seemed to me a little too traditional and uninterested in serving adult students.  At one time, I don't think they ran evening programs, but that has changed. But in a brave new world where degree completion rules, they do a lot of things right.  Some of it may or may not be scalable to universities--I like to think that our degree programs baby our adult students in a similar fashion, but we're relatively small, and I'm not sure the BBA program could do the same thing--but they are doing a lot of things right. Although they do some things with adult students that might have Malcolm Knowles turning in his grave. This article by Larry Abramson in NPR, mentions Carol Puryear, a former continuing educator at Middle Tennessee State, as I recall. It also quotes Scott Evenbeck, former ACHE president.
In Tennessee, A Possible Model For Higher Education
Carol Puryear is the director (and den mother, you might say) of the Murfreesboro Center, not far from Nashville. She and the…

Call for proposals

The Chair Academy's 21st Annual International Leadership Conference for College and University Leaders March 26-29 Atlanta, Georgia
CALL FOR PROPOSALS

• Topics that complement the conference theme, Leading to a Brighter Future, will be given special consideration. • Sessions should actively involve participants through learning centered activities and discussions. • Presentations should be relevant, timely, and practical to educational leaders. • Presentation and description should clearly describe the benefits to participants and the specific outcomes of the session. • Presentations should not promote publications or other materials that involve remuneration, advertise consulting services, or endorse commercial ventures. • Engaging proposals should “speak to participants” and describe how they will benefit from attending your session. • Proposals for concurrent sessions require the presenter(s) to submit a paper describing the session topic which will be included in the conference proceedin…