Showing posts from September, 2012
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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.

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

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.…

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, an…

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."

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 t…

Don't forget

Register before rates go up.

ACHE 2012 Annual Conference & Meeting November 12-14, 2012
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, Texas

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 institutionwho may be interested in attending our upcoming conference.
Eligibility: 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 regis…

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…

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 …

2012 TACHE conference


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 teac…

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 M…

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.

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).Learn More.

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 Educat…

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 a…

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.

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


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.

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 signific…

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ACHE 2012 Annual Conference & Meeting 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 st…

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'."

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 …

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…

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%.
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Happy Labor Day

The History of Labor Day

Labor Day: How it Came About; What it MeansLabor 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 DayMore 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 s…