Friday, September 28, 2012

Have you registered yet?

Early registration ends September 30, so register today!

Please visit the ACHE 2012 conference registration page for information on additional registration options, to include single day registration and guest registration.

You can get registered online or print the registration form.

If you are from a member institution but don't have ACHE Community login credentials, email to get your discount code.

Things you need to know about reserving a hotel room:
Note: The Sheraton is full November 9 & 10 and November 15-18

Heading just over the mountains

In North Carolina for this meeting.  It'll be good to see Robbie and her daughter again.

ETSU offers fall break fun for the Renaissance Child

East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development will present the Renaissance Child Fall Enrichment Program Oct. 8-12 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Many area schools will observe fall break that week.

The program is designed to give children ages 6-12 the opportunity to enjoy field trips, including ones to Fender’s Farm corn maze and Bays Mountain. Various activities will be held on the ETSU campus and will feature arts and crafts as well as safe science experiments.

Campers should bring a bag lunch with a beverage each day and wear “paint-friendly” clothing, tennis shoes and a sweater or jacket.

The program is limited to 15 participants and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee for the full week is $145. A reduced fee of $130 is available for those with ETSU identification cards.

For further information, or to register, call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (423) 439-8084. Details are available online at

Infographic Friday

Removed by blogger.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

There was a time when

Public colleges and universities routinely offered community education.  Now, it's often up to others, such as private and for-profit colleges.  If they are offered at all.  The Tennessean reports on area offerings.

O'More community classes open
O’More College of Design in Franklin is offering community education courses beginning Oct. 1. Learn how to draw, sew, dress and even how to deal with difficult people. Courses cost $200 unless otherwise noted, have a minimum enrollment of five students and are mostly taught by O’More College of Design faculty. 

God help me I do love top ten lists

This list comes from The Nation.  I have a couple of these on my iPhone.  I don't have number two, however, listed below.  I am shamed.

Top Ten Songs About Economic Injustice
2. Dolly PartonCoat of Many Colors

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dude, where's my flying car?

The Jetsons turned 50 last Sunday.  Hard to believe the original series only lasted 24 episodes.  From The

50 Years of the Jetsons: Why The Show Still Matters

Five decades after its debut, not a day goes by that someone isn’t using “The Jetsons” as a way to talk about the fantastic technological advancements we’re seeing today. Or conversely, evidence of so many futuristic promises that remain unfulfilled. Just look at a handful of news stories from the past few days:
  • In fashion. (“Who better than the Jetsons to be inspired by for an out of space theme?”)
  • Johnny Depp talks about the West Memphis Three emerging from prison after nearly two decades. ( ”By the time you came out, it’s ‘The Jetsons.’ It’s a whole ‘nother world.”)
  • James Cameron talks about the future of interactive movies. (“There might be a certain amount of interactivity, so when you look around, it creates that image wherever you look,” Cameron says. He concedes it is far off: “You’re talking ‘Jetsons’ here.”)
  • The future of cars, as depicted at the Los Angeles Auto Show. (“Considering that 2025 is only 13 years away, you would think that nobody’s going to go ‘Jetsons’ with their presentation, but the LAASDC doesn’t roll like that.”)
  • The sound of kitschy futurism in modern music. (“Silencio allows Sadier’s various musical influences to breathe and linger, without being upstaged by the motorik propulsion, and ‘Jetsons’ kitsch, of the Stereolab formula.”)
Thanks to my Google Alerts for words and phrases like Jetsons, Minority Report, utopia, dystopia, Blade Runner, Star Trek, apocalypse and a host of others, I’ve been monitoring the way that we talk about the future for years. And no point of reference has been more popular and varied as a symbol of tomorrowism than “The Jetsons.”

From The Chair Academy

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Chair Academy and Mesa Community College (who are serving as our 2013 conference hosts) we would like to personally extend an invitation to you, and the leaders in your organization, to consider presenting a concurrent or roundtable session at our 22nd Annual International Leadership Conference.

The Chair Academy conference is scheduled for April 4-7, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. Approximately 600 leaders from colleges and universities, throughout North America and abroad, will attend this leadership conference. 

The Chair Academy hopes you will consider submitting a concurrent or roundtable presentation proposal. By clicking the link below you can learn all the details about presenting at the conference. You can also see many of the other exciting events we are planning for the Conference.

We ask that you share this Call for Proposals with any faculty, department chairs, deans, vice-presidents, and other leaders, within your organization, who may be interested in presenting or attending the conference!

Learn about the conference and submit a proposal. 
Click on the link below and select the Call for Proposals tab on the left side of the page:

One of the highest levels of recognition a person can receive is to be honored by a fellow colleague. We ask that you also consider nominating a leader or group of leaders for our Exemplary Leadership Award.

Nominate an Exemplary Leader.
Click on the link below and select the Exemplary Leader tab on the left side of the page:

We look forward to your participation in our 22nd Annual International Leadership Conference.
Please feel free to contact anyone on the Chair Academy team if you have any additional questions.

Thanks for your time. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Chair Academy Team

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Memphis high school requiring ten college acceptance letters

In order to graduate.  Some colleges and universities have dropped their application fees for these students.  From the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Grades, college acceptance letters now required for Manassas diploma

Manassas High, fresh off the victory from the Oscar-winning "Undefeated" that chronicled a football season at the school, is rushing the goal again, this time to get the entire senior class into college. 
This spring, all 124 Manassas seniors must have ten college acceptance letters to graduate, an audacious, ridiculous goal, unless you are James Griffin, the principal at the North Memphis who Friday was belting out "Get Ready" with more soul than the Supremes as the senior class kicked off "Keeping It 100."

Monday, September 24, 2012

Call for nominations

National Women's Leadership Forum
December 5-7, 2012; Washington, DC

*Nominations must be received by September 28, 2012*

The American Council on Education seeks nominations for women administrators whose next career move is to a presidency, vice presidency, major deanship, or other comparable senior executive position.

This highly interactive Forum provides an opportunity for women leaders to network with women presidents and executive search consultants who help participants develop effective search strategies.

Topics to be covered include:
  • Developing an Effective Search Strategy
  • Fundraising
  • Media Training
  • The Rewards and Challenges of a Presidency Crisis Response Contract Negotiation
If you know of any women with the potential to become a senior academic leader, don't wait—submit a nomination today! Self-nominations are also welcome.

Be sure to include the nominee's name, title, institution, phone, fax, and e-mail address.

Visit the website to learn more. Act quickly. Space is limited! 

Don't forget

Register before rates go up.

November 12-14, 2012
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, Texas

Friday, September 21, 2012

ETSU won one of these last fall

ACEware Systems, Inc. has generously offered to cover the cost of two conference registrations for the 2012 TACHE Conference in Nashville, November 7-9, 2012.

Don’t miss the opportunity for one of your staff members, who is new to TACHE, to win this free conference registration. Please share this notice with all at your institution who may be interested in attending our upcoming conference.

1. The individual is employed by a current TACHE member institution, and
2. The individual is a new CE Professional, and/or
3. The individual is a first time attendee at a TACHE annual conference.

How to Register for the Free 2012 TACHE Conference Registration:
1. Send an e-mail to Dianna Rust, TACHE President, at
2. In the Subject Line, insert “TACHE Free Conference.”
3. In the text of the email, include your name, institution, e-mail, phone number, and number of months working in continuing education and if this is your first TACHE annual conference
4. The deadline to register is September 28, 2012.
Two names will be drawn to receive a free 2012 TACHE conference registration valued at $159, compliments of ACEware Systems, Inc. Winners will be notified by October 5.

Sponsored by ACEware Systems, Inc.
“Registration Software for Continuing Education”

Thursday, September 20, 2012

TSU in the news again

The Chronicle of Higher Education follows up on activities at Tennessee State University.  As I mentioned before, it's never a good sign when you're escorted from a campus meeting in handcuffs. Fifty Shades of Gray notwithstanding...

Conflict Flares Into Governance Crisis at Tennessee State U

On August 20, when Ms. Davis showed up at a faculty meeting convened by the university's interim president, Portia H. Shields, and refused Ms. Shields' demands that she leave the conference room, a campus police officer led her out in handcuffs and had her charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. In a move that later would be denounced by some faculty leaders as invalid, the 21 faculty members who remained in the room then overwhelmingly voted, at Ms. Shields' urging, to remove Ms. Davis as Faculty Senate chairwoman and to replace her with Veronica J. Oates, an untenured assistant professor of family and consumer sciences. 
The grading controversy that caused much of the bad blood between Ms. Davis and university administrators has largely fizzled out, as both an internal audit and a State Senate investigation have cleared the university administration of academic fraud and faulted it mainly for poor communication with faculty and staff. 
But the administration's effort to get Ms. Davis ousted as Faculty Senate chairwoman has triggered a new wave of conflict on the campus, and has left the question of who heads the Faculty Senate up in the air. 
The historically black public university's administration no longer recognizes Ms. Davis as the Faculty Senate's chairwoman and holds that Ms. Oates has been properly elected to that post. On the other side of the governance debate, the campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors has joined Ms. Davis, an associate professor of English, in arguing that Ms. Davis remains the senate's leader because the August 20 meeting took place without proper notice and violated a host of well-established procedural rules.

Ever ready

Beware job postings requiring energy.  Could be a code word for young or we're giving you too much work for one person to do alone.  From Stephen Winzenburg, writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

A Discriminatory Word in Academic Job Descriptions

In an ad, "energetic" could be code for "we are going to overwork you for low pay and expect you to do it all with a smile on your face." The lowest-paying academic offer I ever received was from was a small state institution that used that same word in the description but was combining two formerly full-time positions into one job. It certainly would call for all the energy a faculty member could muster to teach six three-credit courses each semester while also managing the staff of a campus radio station, producing cable-television programming, supervising the student video-editing lab, advising majors, and participating in a major campus committee. 
Some may argue that "energy" is interchangeable with "enthusiasm" or "passion," yet being energetic, by definition, usually implies physical vigor or vitality. I suspect that often the word "energetic" in a job announcement is actually code for "younger" or at least "not older." 
Groups searching for candidates with a lot of energy may be indicating that aging candidates need not apply, ruling out those whose full-time work history starts before the mid-1980s. A committee may be suspicious of receiving a CV from an experienced 50-something professor looking for a new challenge when she may very well be the person best prepared to influence a program. Experience, you see, is often less valued than energy.

2012 TACHE conference

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

First in Tennessee to offer a MOOC

At least that I'm aware of.  Kind on interesting that it's Vanderbilt. And, of course, they're explaining in their own humble fashion why they are entering this arena.  From Nicole Young, writing in The Tennessean.

Vanderbilt University ready to offer free courses online

Vanderbilt University will soon offer a selection of free, not-for-credit online courses taught by faculty members and available to students around the world. 
The program, announced today, is part of the digital learning consortium Coursera, an online platform for open-access classes developed last year at Stanford University. 
Vanderbilt will take its first steps into Coursera by offering five courses, commonly known as MOOCs, or massively open online courses, in the spring. 
“At Vanderbilt, we have the luxury of teaching extraordinary students in small classes and of working in close collaboration with undergraduates, graduate students and other faculty,” said English professor Jay Clayton, who will teach a Coursera class on online games in the spring. 
“We will never give up that advantage — it’s what makes Vanderbilt distinctive — but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look for innovative ways to use new media to enrich on-campus community. Coursera gives us something more: the opportunity to reach out to a global audience and stimulate fresh thinking, share cutting-edge ideas and provide new knowledge to people who will never have the chance to come study at Vanderbilt in person.”

ETSU’s Alliance for Continued Learning to offer fall classes

East Tennessee State University’s Alliance for Continued Learning (ACL) will offer a wide range of classes and activities during the fall session beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25, and ending Wednesday, Oct. 31. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday.

To give new members an opportunity to become acquainted with the group, the ACL will welcome all participants at a continental breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 9:30 a.m., at Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, 610 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, followed by a performance of the ETSU Bluegrass Band. Most courses will be held at the church.

The fall session provides a wide variety of opportunities to learn something new. More music and the history of bluegrass, old-time and country music will be provided by ETSU’s Dr. Lee Bidgood. Peter Paulin of the Jonesborough Fine Arts Gallery will present the second part of his art history series on painting from the Renaissance to the modern era. Rich Hayward, a retired detective from the Miami-Dade Police Department, will give a travelogue of his photography tour of Africa.

Retired minister Dr. John Martin will discuss religion in the period from 800-200 B.C., while ETSU’s Dr. R. Andrew Dunn will examine the future of journalism. For the ecologically-minded student, Konnie Lewis of the Tennessee Valley Authority will offer “The Tennessee River System: Navigation, Flood Control, Electricity, Water Supply, Recreation, Wildlife Habitat and More,” while activist Jennie Young will explain mountain top removal.

ETSU’s Dr. Robert Pack will offer “Educating Students for Roles in Local, National and International Public Health Services,” while Dr. Zachary Walls of the ETSU Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy will present “Disease Mongering,” the practice of advertising diseases to sell treatments.

Field trips are planned to the ETSU and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site, as well as a visit to the ETSU Valleybrook facility, with remarks from ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland and a buffet lunch.

Sponsored by the ETSU Office of Professional Development, the ACL is “member-powered, member-driven and member-governed.” Participants decide the study groups, forums, classes and other activities to be held, identify leaders for the sessions, and elect officers.

No educational pre-requisites, examinations, or grades are involved in the courses. Although a $40 fee allows participants to attend any or all sessions, some trips may require additional fees.

For more information or a schedule of classes or special arrangements for those with disabilities, call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (423) 439-8084.

Interim chancellor

There's a new boss at UTC.  From The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Interim chancellor announced at UTC

University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro named Grady Bogue, a retired professor of leadership and policy studies at UT in Knoxville and former chancellor of Louisiana State University in Shreveport, to serve as interim chancellor. 
Bogue will begin work Sept. 20, officials said. 
Brown previously had announced he would stay in the job until his replacement was found, but he said this afternoon that he had reconsidered that plan.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I haven't been to Dollywood this year

But I probably need to go in order to renew my redneck street cred.  As The Tennessean notes, Dollywood is an award winning park.

Dollywood gets 5 first-place park awards

The Dollywood theme park in the Smokies foothills has five first-place honors in the Golden Ticket awards. 
The awards are presented by Amusement Today and recognize the “best of the best” in parks. 
Dolly Parton said sweeping five top awards was even sweeter because the park that bears her name hosted the awards presentation on Saturday. 
Dollywood repeated as the first-place park for Best Shows and Best Christmas Event. 
The park also won, for the first time, the top honor in Best New Ride, for the Wild Eagle. 
Also new top honors this year were Friendliest Park and Best Food.

Got an email promoting this free webinar on September 20

The Learning House, Inc. invites you to join us for our free webinar, Financial Aid for Nontraditional Programs: Tips for Success. Learn some of the compliance risks when institutions offer financial aid for nontraditional programs, and explore strategies to ensure success. We will discuss how to:
· Develop compliant financial aid calendars and disbursement schedules.
· Determine whether a borrower-based academic year or scheduled academic year is better for your institution.
· Confirm student enrollment and attendance status.
· Schedule disbursements.
· Establish accurate billing systems for student charges.
· Accurately report enrollment status to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

Monday, September 17, 2012

ACHE conference keynoters announced

These folks will be the keynoters at the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting in Austin, Texas. Early bird registration rates ontinue through September 30.

Mark Milliron, Chancellor for WGU Texas, Milliron has previously worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant well known for exploring leadership development, future trends, learning strategies, and the human side of technology change.
Peter Smith, Senior Vice President of Academic Strategies and Development for Kaplan Higher Education, Smith was previously the former Assistant Director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and served as the founding president of California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Smith is also the author of The Quiet Crisis: How Higher Education Is Failing America.
Aaron Thompson, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Council on Postsecondary Education and a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, Thompson frequently speaks on topics of assessment, diversity, leadership, ethics, student success, first-year students, retention, and organizational design.

For more information on keynoters, visit the ACHE conference Keynote Speakers page.

Trust me, I'm a doctor...

I do tend to roll my eyes at folks who insist on being called doctor.  It reminds me of Little Shop of Horrors, and at least that guy was a dentist:
Orin Scrivello D.D.S.: [yells] Is somebody talking to you?!
Audrey: [says nervously] Oh, no...excuse me.
Orin Scrivello D.D.S.: Excuse me what?!
Audrey: Excuse  
This comes from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

That's Dr. So-and-So to You

Little seems to inspire as much passion among academics as the question of titles. How scholars feel about them often depends on their age, gender, race, upbringing, educational experiences, and standing in the academic world. 
For some, being called "Dr." is clearly a serious matter. They view the title as hard-earned, after the seven or more years of work and sacrifice they have put into a doctoral degree, and they believe those who don't use it are breaching professional etiquette. Some Ph.D.'s say they use their title as more of a practical matter, to establish authority in the classroom and to separate themselves from students. 
But others scoff at the use of honorifics. Insisting on being referred to as "Dr." is gauche, these critics say, and often betrays an insecurity about identity, accomplishments, or academic status.

Today is

Constitution Day.  Always September 17.  Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787.

Friday, September 14, 2012

ETSU at Kingsport to hold Fall Yard Sale

The Student Service Board of East Tennessee State University at Kingsport will hold its Fall Yard Sale on Friday, Sept. 21, 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.

Live long and prosper

Can a Degree Help You Live Longer?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

UT stays at 46

In the U.S. News and World Report College rankings.  UT Martin and UT Chattanooga are in the top 20 regional universities in the South.  From The Knoxville News Sentinel.

No movement: UT stays at No. 46 in magazine's annual rankings

New York Times polls adult students on value of returning to school

Eighty-four percent say the training was a good investment of time and money. By  Marjorie Connelly, Marina Stefan, and Andrea Kayda in The

Returning to School for Additional Training

IN these times of employment uncertainties, a third of adults in the United States have gone back to school in the last five years for additional training, according to a recent poll by The New York Times. And less than a third of them have found a new job or secured a promotion. Still, most consider the experience a good investment of time and money. 
About 80 percent who have returned for more training are already employed; 10 percent are looking for work. Most of the adults continuing their education are under age 45 (32 percent are 30 to 44 years old; 44 percent under 30). Two-thirds are without a four-year degree.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Meanwhile, just over the mountains in North Carolina

State government is investing in community college retraining for unemployed adults.  That's refreshing. Greensboro Technical Community College is one of the institutions participating. From The Greensboro News-Record.

GTCC will retrain workers for free
GTCC is recruiting unemployed residents for free training that could have them in jobs within months. 
The college is among several community colleges in the state to get money from the N.C. General Assembly to help put the long-term unemployed back to work in new careers. 
GTCC received $880,000 as part of the state’s new Back-to-Work program. The college is now recruiting students for the program, which will end June 30. 
The General Assembly this year gave a total of $5 million to the community college system to train people who have been out of work for a long time. GTCC was one of 10 schools to receive money.

They tell me you are a man with true grit

Grit, or stick-to-itiveness. From American RadioWorks.

Angela Duckworth and the Research on 'Grit'

Before she was a psychology professor, Angela Duckworth taught math in middle school and high school. She spent a lot of time thinking about something that might seem obvious: The students who tried hardest did the best, and the students who didn't try very hard didn't do very well. Duckworth wanted to know: What is the role of effort in a person's success? 
Now Duckworth is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and her research focuses on a personality trait she calls "grit." She defines grit as "sticking with things over the very long term until you master them." In a paper, she writes that "the gritty individual approaches achievement as a marathon; his or her advantage is stamina."

Duckworth's research suggests that when it comes to high achievement, grit may be as essential as intelligence. That's a significant finding because for a long time, intelligence was considered the key to success.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Register now

November 12-14, 2012
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, Texas

Meet a new off-campus director

LaDonna Yarborough at Nashville State Community College's southeast campus.  We need to get her to the TACHE conference. Her interview can be found in The Tennessean.

Chance to help excites Nashville State leader

Explain your role in Nashville State's new southeast campus in Antioch. 
I am the director of our satellite campus. I coordinate scheduling classes with our main campus, I have a part in hiring faculty, I schedule hours, I work with main campus for security — there’s a whole list of stuff. I am involved in several of the community events. 
That’s the thing about southeast Nashville — the whole community seems to be so excited about us coming. We’re really looking to improve that side of town. We’re working to partner with the businesses in the area to bring higher education in to help train the workforce. We’re also talking to some of the local businesses about requirements for technical certificates. That’s completion of programs that can be done in two years to get students out into the workforce more quickly.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday, Monday

Can't trust that day.  You only think you feel worse on Monday than during the rest of the week.  From io9.

Got a wicked case of the Mondays? Turns out that's not actually a thing.
In the end, the researchers found that people tended to report feeling more happy and less stressed on weekends, but that moods were no worse on Mondays than any other weekday, with the exception of Friday — according to the BBC, people tended to cheer up on Fridays (presumably in anticipation of the weekend), "lending support for the concept of 'that Friday feeling'."

Friday, September 7, 2012

What's in a name?

Since it has been approved to offer four-year degrees, Florida's Brevard Community College is planning on changing its name.  And spending $100,000 to do so.  If it ends up Brevard College, I suspect someone has some 'splainin' to do. From

Brevard Community College ponders name change
Brevard Community College may soon have a new name. 
BCC officials recently hired strategic communications firm Curley & Pynn to assist in a process to gauge community input in choosing a new name, which will reflect the institution’s shift to offering four-year degrees as early as next fall. 
“We have a unique opportunity, an obligation really, to market the college and Space Coast community to broader audiences,” BCC President Jim Richey said at a Board of Trustees meeting Monday morning.

With a $100,000 budget to work with, officials hired the firm on an hourly basis to reach out to the community through so-called listening surveys and conduct focus groups in order to narrow down a possible name.

Roger Pynn, president of strategic communications firm Curley & Pynn, told college’s Board of Trustees on Monday that the process is not designed to be a scientific poll, but rather seeks to understand and reflect what people feel “close to their heart,” he said.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The University of Tennessee branding initiative

Big Orange, Big Ideas. Hmmmm.  I've never heard of leaving your home institution off of your conference registration.  And how would word of it get back to the Chancellor? Seems a bit apocryphal, but that's just me.  After all, even Otis Sistrunk claimed The University of Mars as his college.  This is from Wesley Mills, writing in The Daily Beacon, UT's student newspaper. I'm impressed that their student newspaper in online.

UT branding puts name out

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said that "Big Orange Big Ideas" is a tagline that represents the overall goal of the university. The purpose of the branding issue is communicating what UT is doing much more than a catchy slogan Cheek said. 
One of the issues Cheek recognizes is the lack of national positive exposure that UT receives. He even noted that faculty members don't like to admit they're from UT. 
"We have faculty members that go to conferences that don't put the University of Tennessee Knoxville down," he said. "How can you make us a better institution if people don't know where you are from."

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Social media and retention

.eduGuru has some interesting information on higher education social media penetration.  It also makes an argument that social media usage can improve student engagement which can in turn improve retention.  Makes sense to me.

How Your School’s Online Presence Impacts Retention

Millennial college students are the most plugged in group to walk through the campus gates. Colleges are already doing a great job of recognizing the digital focus of their students by developing social media presences.
A quick benchmark—in a 2010-2011 study on college social media use, 100% of colleges surveyed were using at least one type of social media. College usage data shows: 
98% used Facebook
86% posted videos on YouTube
84% tweeted
66% posted blogs
41% put out podcasts 
It may be surprising, but this social media presence only recently began to skyrocket. In the previous year, 87% of colleges were using Facebook. Twitter was at 59% and Podcasts at 22%.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day

The History of Labor Day

Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means 
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. 
Founder of Labor Day 
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. 
Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold." 
But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.