Showing posts from April, 2012

Great advice for updating your vita

From Joshua R. Eyler, writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  I had never heard that you shouldn't include your graduate grade point average, but it makes sense.

The Rhetoric of the CV
"It's always best to start at the beginning." Glinda's advice to Dorothy as the young Kansan begins her voyage through Oz is equally applicable to writers of CV's. Of course you will need to have your name, e-mail address, and other contact information up front, but I am more interested in the first real section of the CV, which is usually called "Education" or "Educational Background."

Here is information that search committees will definitely want to see: your degrees, in descending order; the dates on which they were conferred: and the title of your dissertation or final project. If you have not yet defended your dissertation or finalized your creative thesis project (for M.F.A. students), you should include a specific defense date.

If you are not …

ETSU at Merlefest

Our bandanas are popular at the North Carolina music festival.

ETSU named Olympic training site for weightlifting

East Tennessee State University has been officially designated as a U.S. Olympic Training Site for weightlifting by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Through a partnership with USOC and USA Weightlifting, the university will recruit men and women who have a proven record in both weightlifting and academics and who aspire to compete at the Olympic level. Those selected will be admitted to ETSU and will enroll as full-time students.

“This center will attract young athletes from around the country who have demonstrated elite-level potential in weightlifting and will bring them to ETSU, where they will be part of the university community,” said Meg Stone, director of the ETSU Olympic Training Site.

Interested weightlifters must meet specific eligibility criteria set forth by the USOC, USA Weightlifting and ETSU. According to Stone, once the athletes arrive on campus they will meet with Dr. Mike Stone, who is director of the Exercise and Sport Science Laboratory at ETSU and is an…

Off to Keeneland Race Track tonight

It's an optional event at the ACHE South Regional Conference.  I had to pay for it myself, but since I've never been to a horse race, I'm excited for the opportunity.  It will require a tie and jacket however.  Sport of kings and all that.  A few drinks and I'll be tempted to yell "Come on Dover! Move your bloomin' arse!"

I guess I do have a horse in that race

Continuing my education at Keeneland.

Are graduate certificates the new university cash cow?

Yes, according to TheHechinger Report.  In my experience, not so much; our results have been mixed. 

The ‘cash cow’ of U.S. universities: Professional certificates instead of degrees
Responding to demand from more and more students like Herndon, universities are jumping into the business of providing professional certificates that were once the domain of community colleges and for-profit providers like the University of Phoenix.

“The growth is huge,” said Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, which is studying this new phenomenon.

Certificate programs can be added and updated more quickly than conventional academic ones. And they can help workers keep up with fast-changing fields such as information technology and intelligence, or get raises or promotions.

But a main reason for the explosion in the number of professional certificates at traditional universities, administrators concede, is that they bring in revenue, largely fro…

At the conference


ACHE South starts today

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
8:00 a.m. to Noon Registration Open–Conference Area Lobby
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Exhibits, Sponsors, University Materials Displays

8:00 to 8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00 to 8:40 a.m.
First Timers Meet and Greet Breakfast with ACHE South Executive Board

8:45 to 9:00 a.m.
Welcome, Introduction of Keynote Speaker

9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Keynote: Maker's Mark Chairman Emeritus Bill Samuels, Jr.

10:15 to 11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions I

11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Vendor Recognition/Refreshment Break

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions II

12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Awards Luncheon and ACHE President's Remarks

2:15 to 3:00 p.m.
Conversations with Vendors/ Giveaways/ Door Prize drawing at 3 p.m.

3:15 to 4:00 p.m.
Business Meeting

6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Conference Dinner Buffet/ Dancing

What the average American household buys, based on government data

 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Credit: Lam Thuy Vo / Planet Money

Fewer everything

Is the message at Southern University.  I'd be in trouble if this were my message to my faculty and staff.  Of course, Southern has had a tough time of it lately. From The Advocate.

Southern’s redesign fortifies best programs, Llorens says
Southern University in the future will include higher tuition, fewer degree programs and fewer faculty members, the head of the Baton Rouge campus said Monday.

"We will start the 2012-2013 academic year," Chancellor James Llorens said, "with fewer colleges, fewer students, fewer degrees, fewer degree offerings, fewer faculty."

Why did I eliminate your application?

Because you spelled Osborn with an "e" at the end.  I'm not the only one. As Brent Miller explains in The Chronicle of Higher Education, when you have to quickly weed through 100 applications, you look first at the easy rejections.

Why I Tossed Your Résumé
We fail candidates for bad grammar. It's sad that I have to write that. But every stack has at least one résumé with misspelled words, incomplete sentences, and other cardinal sins of writing. While the average employer would certainly drop you for such transgressions, we are a college so we get twice as irritated about it. Misspellings signal laziness, inattention to detail, and just the overall sense that you aren't taking this seriously.

Here are three pieces of advice: proofread, proofread, proofread. Every word processor on the planet has spellcheck. Is it that hard to click the little button? You've already (I hope) spent an hour or more writing the thing. Would taking another five minutes for a once-o…

ETSU at Kingsport to hold Spring Yard Sale on April 20

The Student Service Board of East Tennessee State University at Kingsport will hold its Spring Yard Sale on Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will be held, rain or shine, in the parking lot at 1501 University Boulevard near Allandale Mansion.

The student organization invites members of the community to clean out their closets and participate. Tables are available for a $10 fee to accommodate individuals who wish to sell items or for commercial representatives who wish to promote businesses.

Donations of sale items, especially hardback and paperback books, are welcome and can be dropped off at the ETSU at Kingsport Library from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Megan Smith Scholarship Fund.

For further information, contact Jackie King, staff adviser for the ETSU at Kingsport Student Service Board, at (423) 392-8010.

How healthy is your state?

If you live in the South, not so healthy.  Mississippi and Louisiana are worst; Vermont and New Hampshire are best. From Time's Healthland.

Healthiest U.S. States Ranked. Where Do You Live?
Good health depends on a confluence of factors: behavior, genes, community environment, access to care — and not least of all, where you live.

People in the northeast, for instance — in small states with low poverty rates and good access to state-of-the-art health facilities — tend to be healthiest overall, according ... to the most recent state-by-state health rankings, published by the United Health Foundation, in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA).

By contrast, Americans in the deep South, in states with high poverty rates and low access to high-quality medical care, rank at the bottom.

SCSAO's Sarah Bradford is a hero

ETSU Health Hero, that is.  Congratulations to Sarah.

God help me, I do love top ten lists

Our Linda Bishop is ETSU's Featured Employee

As our executive aide for Cross Disciplinary Studies in the School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach, Linda Bishop is often our first contact with students. She helps every person who calls. Her concern for helping students is outstanding. She connects students with our department and helps them find any other information they need. Linda is always welcoming, patient, and helpful. As ETSU's first point of contact for many adult students, she provides a positive image and a good impression of our university. Handling scheduling and student workers for our department is a full time job, but Linda is also truly concerned with our welfare and our students' welfare as well. She enthusiastically supports all of our endeavors. She not only keeps the office organized and running smoothly, but also contributes greatly to the schools morale. She is a big part of the team that helps students overcome the challenges of taking classes and ensures that then continue through to gra…

Tax Day is today

Let's be careful out there.  I file online, but appropriately enough, my checking account already crashed. From

Deadly car crashes spike 6 percent on tax day, study finds
Nothing may be certain but death and taxes, but new research warns that a higher risk of fatal car crashes on the day of the IRS deadline might be one way the two get combined.

A taxpayer hands off his return at a drive-up postal drop in 2006. New research suggests that the risk of fatal car crashes jumps by 6 percent on the day of the IRS deadline.

More people die in auto accidents on income tax day in the U.S. than on other comparable days -- about 13 more per day, in fact, according to Canadian researchers who studied 30 years of data.

I thought Tennessee's poorest county

Would be on the eastern side of the state.Kali Geldis, writing in, lists the poorest county in each of the states.

The Poorest Counties in Every State in America
The Poorest County in Tennessee: Lake

Lake County is a small area with roughly 2,100 citizens living in poverty. Close to the Missouri border, this county has actually seen its poverty rate decline since 2009, when it was at 42.5%. Also, the cost of living in Lake County is relatively low, with the median value of owner-occupied housing units at $65,400 – about half of the median value of owner-occupied housing units for the state of Tennessee.

Poverty Rate: 40.4%
Poverty Rate of Kids Under 18: 46.8%
Median Household Income: $27,142

Touring the facilities.


Sheraton in Austin. Home of the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting this fall. I'm here for the planning meeting.


Dr. Susan Elkins is a finalist for the TTC presidency

TTU President Candidate Pool Narrowed to 3 The search advisory committee for a new president of Tennessee Technological University narrowed the candidate pool to three finalists after completing interviews yesterday and today.
The three finalists will visit the TTU campus next week to meet with a variety of university constituent groups, including faculty and staff, students and the community.

The finalists are:
• Susan Elkins, vice president of Extended Programs and Regional Development and dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Tennessee Tech University;

• Philip Oldham, provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; and

• Ralph V. Rogers, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University Calumet.

Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship, sponsored by Destiny Solutions

Destiny Solutions created the Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship to applaud the efforts of two exceptional lifelong learners. The annual scholarship is available to any currently enrolled non-traditional learner residing in Canada or the United States who has changed their life and the lives of others through lifelong learning. Each award is valued at $2,500. Applications are due by June 29, 2012. For more information visit the website or contact:
Rachel Kuper
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Destiny Solutions
416-480-0500 x. 214

Help with developing entrepreneurship programs at community colleges

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) has introduced a series of six Quick Start Guides designed to help community colleges launch high-impact entrepreneurship programs. The guides, which can be purchased through a subscription or individually, cover essential practices that will accelerate a successful entrepreneurship program.

“NACCE is all about providing top-quality information to help community colleges across this country develop entrepreneurship programs that will drive economic vitality and job growth,” said NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle. “This year, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, the NACCE Quick Start Guides represent an important step toward fulfilling this objective. We are making these guides available to both NACCE members and nonmembers because we want to spread the word about how to build a strong entrepreneurship education program as far and wide as possible.”

“Because speed is a priority in a wobbly economy, the …

Knoxville worst city for allergies once again

I'm sure Johnson City can't be too far behind.  Just a few years ago, we were in the top five.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - Information About Asthma, Allergies, Food Allergies and More!
Top 5 Spring Allergy Capitals for 2012
1. Knoxville, TN
2. McAllen, TX
3. Louisville, KY
4. Jackson, MS
5. Wichita, KS

Cub fans may yell "give it back"

But it's poor financial advice.  Treat found money the same as earned funds. From Time's Moneyland.

Masters Patron Gives Louis Oosthuizen His Double Eagle Ball Back
Mitchell’s giveback doesn’t come close to having the financial ramifications of the actions by Lopez and Forneris. The Jeter ball might have been worth about $250,000 at auction. Estimates on the McGwire ball reached $1 million. Oosthuizen’s double eagle? Maybe $10,000, says Bob Zafian, co-owner of Green Jacket Auctions, which specializes in golf memorabilia. Golf just doesn’t inspire the same kind of memorabilia frenzy that surrounds baseball, though official green jackets from the Masters and extremely old golf clubs have gone for six figures.

Still, a quick 10 grand isn’t nothing. I first explored this phenomenon of ordinary people giving back to millionaires when Forneris returned the valuable ball to McGwire. And again when Lopez returned the Jeter ball. In both cases, the fans fell victim to something called m…

There'll be a continuing education job opening soon

At Maryland's University College, one of the major online players in the country.  From , writing in The Washington Post.

University of Maryland University College President Aldridge resigns
Susan Aldridge resigned Thursday as president of the University of Maryland University College, a month after taking an unexplained leave from the state-supported global school amid mounting dissent about her management style and academic priorities.

Aldridge, 60, said she was leaving simply because the time had come. State university officials offered no further explanation in an announcement laced with plaudits.

“Given all that we have accomplished over the past six years, I think this is a good time to step down,” Aldridge said in a prepared statement. Her resignation will take effect March 31. Javier Miyares, senior vice president for institutional effectiveness, is acting president.

Registration ends tomorrow

Join the Southern and Middle States Regions of NAASS for a Bi-Regional Conference on April 18-20 in Arlington, Virginia. To register or for more information, click here.  ETSU's Dr. Sarah Bradford is the brochure cover girl.

And this doesn't count the cost of velcro

Used to hang UK's championship banners.  Just in case... By Linda B. Blackford, writing in

College sports come at a cost to Kentucky taxpayers
As the frenzy over the NCAA Final Four proves, many Kentuckians love college athletics. What they might not know is that taxpayers are picking up a large part of the tab.

The state's eight public universities subsidize their sports programs with a total of almost $50 million a year from their schools' general fund budgets, which largely rely on state tax money and students' tuition and fees.

The largest subsidies, based on a percentage of the athletics budgets, go to the programs at regional universities; the two NCAA Final Four teams, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, have the lowest subsidy percentages.

Spending on athletics has remained strong despite nearly a decade of cutbacks in state funding, which have pushed much more of the financial burden of attending college onto students. S…

Most caves?

From NPR.

The Tax Foundation - America Celebrates Tax Freedom Day®

Tax Freedom Day arrived in Tennessee last Saturday.  This is the earliest in the country, meaning we have the lowest tax burden of any of the states.  From The Tax Foundation.

America Celebrates Tax Freedom Day®
The total tax burden borne by residents of different states varies considerably, not only due to differing state tax policies, but also because of the steep progressivity of the federal tax system. This means higher-income states celebrate Tax Freedom Day later: Connecticut (May 5), New Jersey (May 1), and New York (May 1) residents face a significantly higher total federal tax burden than lower-income states.

Residents of Tennessee will bear the lowest average tax burden in 2012, with Tax Freedom Day arriving for them on March 31. Also early are Louisiana (April 1), Mississippi (April 1), South Carolina (April 3), and South Dakota (April 4).

So much for your personality profile

I can't say I'm surprised.  From Hans Villarica, writing in The Atlantic.

Study of the Day: Want Happiness? Just Change Your Personality
CONCLUSION: People's personalities can change considerably over time, and even just small positive developments could lead to greater increases in happiness than a pay raise, marriage, or a new job.

Interesting enough, many of these are college towns

And perhaps that brings down the median income.  Anyway, it's good to know that I could move a short distance to Boone, North Carolina or to Murray, Kentucky and live off my social security.  Maybe that's why the retired former dean of continuing education always seems so happy lately.  From US News & World Report.

Stretching your payout: 10 Places to Retire on Social Security Alone
The average monthly Social Security benefit was $1,179 in March 2011. A couple who each earns that amount would have a retirement income of $28,296 annually. Here are a few places where the median household income is lower than the average Social Security benefit for a two-earner couple.

2012 NAASS Conference call for proposals

The North American Association of Summer Sessions invites your proposals for the 49th Annual Conference to be held November 11-14 at the newly-renovated Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The submission deadline is June 1, 2011. Please send your proposal electronically to Jamie Bilella, President-Elect.  This is the same hotel where we held ACHE the year I was president.

2012 call for Board of Directors nominations

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is now accepting nominations for the 2012 IACET Board of Directors. This is your opportunity to promote high quality and value in the continuing education and training field, as well as to give back to the industry that you serve. You are eligible to nominate yourself or others to the open positions on the IACET Board of Directors.

The position descriptions and nomination form can be downloaded below. The deadline to submit a nomination is April 24, 2012

Position Descriptions
Nomination Form

Please keep the following recommendations in mind when nominating a candidate:

Potential candidates must:

1. Be a member of IACET in good standing,
2. Have held a leadership position in IACET or another organization (e.g., hospital board, community organization, work unit or committee) or group, and
3. Have a desire to use their expertise for the benefit of IACET (e.g. leadership in continuing education and training;…

Chattanooga is so hot right now

We'll soon be hosting the North American Association of Summer Sessions annual conference there in 2014, believe.  The downtown is really nice, these days, hipsters aside.  From The Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Chattanooga mentioned as new magnet city for hipsters
In the past, hipster culture was commonly associated with cities such as Portland, Ore.; Austin, Texas, and Brooklyn, N.Y. Recently, hipsters have become an burgeoning subculture in Chattanooga.

On Feb. 21, Lauren Modery wrote an entry in Hipstercrite, her column for the digital magazine CultureMap Austin, titled “The new hipster cities of America: Who’s emerging as the ‘next Austin’?” Chattanooga was the first entry on a list that included cities such as Asheville, N.C., Burlington, Vt., and Richmond, Va.
Modery cited Volkswagen’s “super green” plant, Chatype’s move to create a citywide typeface and EPB’s high-speed fiber-optic network as signs Chattanooga is on the cusp of becoming a new hipster haven.

A new PSCC campus

At Strawberry Plains gets ready to open.  We toured last fall, and it has a ton of potential.  It will take a ton of work as well, though.  We hope to offer 2+2 programs at this new site when it's ready.  From The Knoxville News Sentinel.

Pellissippi State names Mike North to head new Strawberry Plains campus
Pellissippi State officials say they recently acquired the Strawberry Plains property to expand higher education access to areas of Knox and surrounding counties that traditionally been underserved by colleges and universities. The 33-acre property is the site of the former Philips Consumer Electronics' East Tennessee headquarters.

"It's exciting to think about what the college could do at Strawberry Plains, and I feel very fortunate to be part of the process," North said.

The Strawberry Plains campus is scheduled to open fall semester for classes.

How's your continuing education team?

A good team drives success, but how do you know that you're looking at a good team? Steve Tobak, writing in CBS News Moneywatch, lists seven of the signs. All but possibly his first apply to continuing education teams.  Here are three of them.

7 signs of a great team
They respect the competition. They may want to see the competition dead and buried, but they absolutely realize that they're up against the best of the best -- companies with far greater resources that have created multi-billion dollar markets. If they didn't have the highest regard for their archrival, they wouldn't succeed or the goal wouldn't be as imperative.

Their leader is out in front and has their back. Great teams have a recognized leader who functions like a lightening rod for critics and issues that inevitably arise and a flack jacket that defends the group and absorbs attacks. He promotes the project, gets resources, removes hurdles and keeps management and everyone else off their back. And …

They'll have to stop saying a "a penny

For your thoughts" in Canada.  Could we be next?  From US News and World Report.

The Penny Becoming a Thing of the Past in Canada
Imagine a world where everything is rounded to the nearest nickel.

If that sounds too difficult or scary to handle, stay away from Canada, as the country decided Thursday to cease production of their one-cent piece. The announcement came via the release of the 2012 Canadian budget, which includes no provisions for penny production. A Canadian penny costs 1.6 cents to produce, and the government estimates that they will save $11 million this year after striking their last penny in April.

Surprisingly, Southern cities didn't dominate this list

Pass the fried chicken. From

America's Fattest Cities
1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas

Obesity rate: 38.8 percent
Annual obesity-related costs: $410.9 million

Located near the Mexican border in southern Texas, this metro area is the most obese in the nation, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. If the region dropped the rate from 38.8 percent to 15 percent, it could potentially save a whopping $252 million a year in medical costs annually.