Thursday, November 29, 2012

Still time

ACHE South Conference
Destin, Florida
April 21-24, 2013
Partnering to Serve: Opportunities for All
ACHE South has extended the deadline for the Call for Proposals to Monday, December 3, 2012. Don't miss this great opportunity to showcase your institution's programs and procedures to  your colleagues. Submit Proposals by e-mail to Visit for more information.

Nominate a continuing educator for this leadership award

This comes from the Chair Academy's 22nd International Leadership Conference, held in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leadership Award

Exemplary Leader Guidelines

As part of our commitment to recognize exemplary organizational leadership, the Chair Academy is soliciting the names of exceptional post-secondary leaders and/or leadership teams. We recognize that one of the highest levels of recognition that a person can receive is to be honored by colleagues. The Chair Academy would like to team up with you and your college to celebrate those individuals or teams who you believe best exemplify and support academic and administrative excellence in leadership.  

Do you know someone who…

  • has developed a program to enhance the learning community at your institution? 
  • has created programs to enhance diverse offerings and meet the needs of the ever-changing college population? 
  • has created an environment in which others are empowered and is viewed as an exemplary leader by their colleagues? 
  • has modeled loyalty, commitment, integrity, acceptance, and open communication to enhance the overall effectiveness of their department/area in their institution?  

We will recognize your outstanding leaders or leadership teams at the Chair Academy’s 22nd Annual International Leadership Conference scheduled for April 4-7, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The award presentation is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2013, during our third general session.

All Exemplary Leaders will be showcased in the 2012 Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leader Booklet, containing your Leader's photo and a description of why he or she is being recognized, which will be given to each conference participant.

Your Exemplary Leader or team of leaders will be featured in the Summer 2013 edition of the Chair Academy’s journal, Leadership.

Your Exemplary Leader’s or team of leaders' picture will also be featured on the Chair Academy webpage for one year.

Your Exemplary Leader’s or team of leaders’ college president will receive a formal notification of the leadership honor being bestowed.

Deadline submit nomination: January 16, 2013

Note: The Exemplary Leader(s), or their nominator, MUST be present at the conference to receive their award.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Continuing educators have known this

For quite some time.  Traditional students have just about disappeared.  From The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The New Traditional on Campuses

And yet on another level, as a longtime professor and sometime administrator at community colleges, I am increasingly aware that the nostalgic film playing in my head, as I walk those elite four-year campuses, is more akin to an old episode of Leave It to Beaver than to contemporary reality. My experiences and those of the students I encounter at elite campuses no longer resemble the common experience of many college students today. What we used to call "nontraditional" students—older, working, married, and maybe still living at home—now constitute a large and growing percentage of those attending college in the United States. In fact, they are fast becoming the new traditional. 
Consider: The National Center for Education Statistics reports that of the 17.6 million people enrolled in college in the fall of 2011, only 15 percent were attending a four-year college and living on campus. Thirty-seven percent were enrolled part time, and 32 percent worked full time. Forty-three percent were attending a two-year college. More than a third were over 25, and a quarter were over 30. By 2019, the percentage of those over 25 is expected to increase by more than 20 percent. 
Given the trends—which those of us who work at community colleges have been observing for some time, and which are now playing at four-year campuses near you—how must faculty members adjust their thinking? And their teaching?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

ACHE award winners

The following individuals and programs received awards at the recent Association for Continuing Higher Education Annual Conference and Meeting:


John G. LaBrie
Special Recognition
Virginia Moxley

Crystal Marketing Award
Northeastern State University College of Professional Studies
Northeastern University Spring 2012 Graduation.
Marlowe Froke Award
Tim Sullivan and Emily Richardson
Living the Plan: Strategic Planning Aligned with Practice and Assessment.

Distinguished Program Award - Credit
Northern Kentucky University
Learning Through Military Leadership
Regis University
Jesuit Commons - Higher Education at the Margins
Distinguished Program Award - Non-Credit
Kansas State University
Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) -  Kansas State University Grain and Biorefinery Operations Program
Oklahoma State University                                                                                   International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health
Creative Use of Technology
Western Carolina University
Online Collaborative Learning Beyond Course Registration
Regis University
Passport to Course Development
Outstanding Services to Underserved Populations
Northeastern University
Foundation Year

Monday, November 26, 2012

Maybe you think you're smarter than your boss

Well, you might be.  But there may be other reasons why you're not the boss, and Alison Green (aka Ask a Manager) lists ten of them. Here are the first two.  From

10 Reasons You're Not the Boss

1. You don't look the part. It might seem superficial and unfair, but appearances really do count. You might get away with pushing your office's dress code to the limit, but it's probably impacting the way people perceive you and what opportunities you're offered. 
2. You're terrible at time management. Managers need to keep track not only of their work, but also keep track of other people's too. If you can't stay on top of your own projects, your employer isn't likely to have faith that you'll be able to monitor the work of an entire team.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Credit for MOOC's?

Just a matter of time.  But I still don't understand the business model behind them.  From The Chronicle of Higher Education.

MOOC's Take a Major Step Toward College Credit

The American Council on Education has agreed to review a handful of free online courses offered by elite universities and may recommend that other colleges grant credit for them. 
The move could lead to a world in which many students graduate from traditional colleges faster by taking self-guided courses on the side, taught free by professors from Stanford University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and other well-known colleges. 
In what leaders describe as a pilot project, the group will consider five to 10 massive open online courses, or MOOC's, offered through Coursera for possible inclusion in the council's College Credit Recommendation Service. That service has been around since the 1970s and focuses on certifying training courses, offered outside of traditional colleges, for which students might want college credit. McDonald's Hamburger University, for example, is among the hundreds of institutions with courses certified through ACE Credit, as the service is known.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Associate degree salaries

Community colleges are hot right now. Among four-year degree holders, engineers earn the most and psychology majors the least.  From CBS News.

What 2-year college degrees pay best?
The annual report shows much stronger interest among employers in graduates with associate degrees. New grads with two-year degrees are earning an average salary of $34,960, and some earn significantly more. Computer science majors with two-year degrees earned $39,408, while nursing grads earned almost the same salary ($36,927) as the typical bachelor-degree recipient.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Checking up on the Chancellor's description

Of Tennessee's higher education funding flip-flop.  Yes, it happened.  When I started in Tennessee, we were a cheap tuition state where students paid 30% of the cost of tuition.  Now we're a relatively high tuition state with students paying 67% of the cost. PolitiFact Tennessee confirms that history below.

Official says students, not state, paying most of college cost

But when John Morgan, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, told a U.S. Senate committee that Tennessee students now pay 67 percent of the costs of their educations at the state’s universities and 60 percent at community colleges, we were curious.  When many parents of today’s students were public college students themselves two, three or four decades ago, the ratio was the reverse: state appropriations comprised up to 70 percent of the costs, and students and their parents picked up the rest.  Did the burden shift that much? 
In a word, yes. Morgan was precisely on mark with his testimony, as expected from a higher education administrator who spent 10 years as state comptroller, state  government’s chief auditor and financial watchdog.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Northeastern University opens a branch campus in the northwest

And I don't mean northwest Massachusetts.  The campus hopes to partner with Amazon, but it's hard to imagine that local universities chose to ignore that opportunity.  From The New York Times.

Northeastern University Plans Seattle Campus

With name tags clipped on and PowerPoint at the ready, officials from Northeastern University invited prospective students in one night last week for a peek at a new extension campus, 2,500 miles from the school’s home in Boston and about as far northwest as you can get in the lower 48 without swim fins. It is a trend that many colleges and universities have embraced in recent years — remote campuses to extend the brand and the flow of tuition checks.

The location of an extension campus that Northeastern University is planning to build in Seattle.
But there was more going on here. And all the new dean, J. Tayloe Washburn, had to do to demonstrate that was walk to the bank of windows in the meeting room where the prospects and the staff had congregated and throw wide his arms: the headquarters buildings of the tech giant filled the view under a gray Seattle mist.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Online adult education flat-lining?

It would appear that most adults prefer to learn in a more traditional environment.  This may be news (and perhaps bad news at that) to only the for-profits.  I think the rest of us are not surprised. Eduventures is a sponsor for next week's Association for Continuing Higher Education's Annual Conference, so maybe they will have something to say about this study there.  From Inside Higher Education.

Adult students' interest in online education is flat, study finds

The market for online higher education aimed at adults may be reaching maturity, according to a new report from Eduventures. And without a better-defined product, the report's author said online learning faces a risk of petering out and being little more than a back-up alternative to on-campus education for students. 
“We feel this is the watershed moment,” said Richard Garrett, vice president and principal analyst for Eduventures and the report’s author. “After years of endless growth, we’re definitely coming to more of a plateau situation.” 
Eduventures is a research and consulting firm that works with colleges and higher education-related businesses. The study (more about it, and where to buy a copy) was based in part on the newly-released results of a survey of 1,500 U.S. adults on their attitudes about online education. Released today, the company has conducted a version of the survey (of 18- to 70-year-olds) sporadically since 2004. 
Citing survey findings and market data, the report found that 38 percent of prospective adult students prefer to study fully or mostly online. That portion remains virtually unchanged since 2006, when 37 percent said they preferred online learning. Similarly, there was only a small bump over the last six years in the percentage of adult students who said online college is equal in quality to campus learning.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

More education means longer lives

White women without high school diplomas declined the most, followed by white men without high school diplomas.   From The New York Times.

Life Expectancy for Less Educated Whites in U.S. Is Shrinking

For generations of Americans, it was a given that children would live longer than their parents. But there is now mounting evidence that this enduring trend has reversed itself for the country’s least-educated whites, an increasingly troubled group whose life expectancy has fallen by four years since 1990. 
Researchers have long documented that the most educated Americans were making the biggest gains in life expectancy, but now they say mortality data show that life spans for some of the least educated Americans are actually contracting. Four studies in recent years identified modest declines, but a new one that looks separately at Americans lacking a high school diploma found disturbingly sharp drops in life expectancy for whites in this group. Experts not involved in the new research said its findings were persuasive.

Monday, November 12, 2012

ACHE starts today

Here I am at the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting in Austin.  I am working with technology for the conference, which means you can expect a return to chalk and blackboards if we're not careful.  Hey, I think we depend way too much on PowerPoint anyway! Fortunately, I have some capable help.  That's kind of the story of my career....

A continuing educator is leading ETSU's QEP team

A five-year initiative at East Tennessee State University aims to get students “in top form” when it comes to information fluency.

This initiative, called “INtopFORM,” will begin in fall 2013 and will focus on teaching students how to seek, evaluate and use sources of information when resolving questions and addressing problems.

“Information fluency is an important critical thinking skill and one that is especially vital during this information age,” said Dr. Amy Johnson, assistant dean of the ETSU School of Continuing Studies. “With advances in technology, students researching a topic can have access to thousands of journal articles and website links within a matter of seconds.

“That is why now, more than ever, we must teach students how to evaluate sources of information in order to form insightful conclusions, to solve problems, and to pose new questions.”

Johnson says the INtopFORM initiative may change the way some courses at ETSU are taught or structured as new innovative teaching strategies and “best practice” methods related to information fluency are implemented.

“We want our students to ask questions in order to solve problems, to identify appropriate information sources, to apply critical thinking skills in evaluating information, to access new information, and to communicate information in effective and ethical ways,” she added. “These skills and abilities are essential to the workplace and for lifelong learning.”

The INtopFORM initiative is ETSU’s new quality enhancement plan and is an element of the university’s reaffirmation process with the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Christy Buckles presents on social media at TACHE

TACHE opens

With all the pre-conference activities successfully concluded, the 44th Annual Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education opens today in Nashville.  Looks like a good turnout.

This year Association for Continuing Higher Education is broadening its audience and bringing a virtual component to the ACHE 2012 Annual Conference & Meeting on November 12-14 in Austin, Texas. By utilizing the Mediasite webcasting platform, an online attendee pass will be available for the first time, giving attendees the option to view live streams of conference sessions from their desktops or mobile devices. They can even pose questions to the speaker by clicking the Ask button on the Mediasite player.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

TACHE keynoter, Joe Turner does card tricks in the Hospitality Room

TACHE Registration

Continuing education values

In preparation for a day-long visit from Senior Staff, our planning team took a look at what we value in the School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach.  I imagine that these values are pretty universal in our field, and I would also imagine that most continuing educators strive to develop a culture within their organization that embodies them.  Anyway, here they are.  We may have missed some so please make any suggestions and improvements in the comments section.
  • Student service: putting students first
  • Teamwork: working together to accomplish university and school goals
  • Outreach: serving students and communities at a distance
  • Inreach: creating connections and collaborations within the university that foster success and create win-win situations
  • Agility: responding quickly to new needs, opportunities, and partnerships
  • Advocacy: championing non-traditional students, non-traditional delivery, and non-traditional schedules.
  • Innovation: finding newer and better ways to do our jobs more efficiently
  • Attitude: belief in ourselves that we can accomplish things that no other unit can
  • Change: comfortable leading change rather than following the lead of others
  • Bottom-line mentality: understanding the importance of creating revenue within the university mission
I'm on a panel today with other seasoned Tennessee continuing educators to share our insights on the field with members of the TACHE Leadership Academy.  This is part of that.  I asked my assistant dean if she recalled any good advice I had given her, and she said most all of it was good, but she ignored it anyway.  She was kidding I think. To paraphrase Barbie: Leadership is hard.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Shut up and take my money

Our long national nightmare is over.  Time reports.

Finally, a Rocking Chair with an iPad Dock that Charges Your iPad While You Rock

Know what old-timey rocking chairs are missing? iPad docks. 
That’s about to come to an end thanks to the iRock, a $1,300 rocking chair with a built-in iPad dock and speakers. Oh, and it recharges your iPad while you rock back and forth. An hour of rocking can recharge the third-generation iPad up to 35% of the battery’s capacity. 
“But the iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad and iPad Mini all use the new Lightning connector! This rocking chair is useless!” you blurt out. Calm your nerves, friend. An adapter for the newest generation of Apple portables will be included with your purchase.

Where the elite meet

Not surprisingly, the Tennessee counties with the highest income are mostly around Nashville.  Country music stars, Tennessee Titans, and all that.  Memphis and Knoxville follow.  From The Chattannooga Times Free Press.

What are the top five Tennessee counties with the highest average income?

1 Williamson County (south of Nashville), $86,922
2 Rutherford County (Murfreesboro), $68,117
3 Davidson County (Nashville), $64,276
4 Shelby County (Memphis), $63,975
5 Knox County (Knoxville), $63,747

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Back

Everything you need to know about Daylight-Saving Time.  Including how much money it saves.  From Wired Science.

What Is Daylight-Saving Time? | Wired Science |

Time for another crazy estimation. Let’s start with a U.S. population of 300 million. But it isn’t the population that matters; it is the number of light bulbs that would be turned off because of DLS (Daylight Saving). Let me just guess that there are 100 million households and on average, each household turns off two lights because they are sleeping with a power consumption of 100 watts. This is tough since some people still have the lights on even if it isn’t dark outside – later in the afternoon it is still dark enough that lights might be needed. 
So, in one day during DLS, I have 100 million households using 100 watts less than they normally do for one hour. Since power is the change in energy over time, this means that the energy saved would be:Now let me assume an average price for energy at $0.1 per kilowatt*hour. Of course, this price varies with location. This would put the cost savings per day at $10 million dollars. If DLS is 200 days (I think it is actually 238), this would put a total yearly savings of $2 billion. That is compared to a gross domestic product of 14 trillion dollars for the USA.

Sticking it to English majors

A Florida task force recommends lower tuition for those majors that have the best job prospects.  They recommend incentivizing STEM areas by letting those majors pay less, subsidized by majors less in demand by the Florida workforce.  Hmmmm.  So much for a liberal arts education.  From Scott Travis, writing in The

Panel recommends varying university tuition based on degrees, job prospects

Highly distinguished universities, such as the University of Florida and Florida State University, could charge more than others. Tuition would be lower for students pursuing degrees most needed for Florida's job market, including ones in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as the STEM fields. 
The committee is recommending no tuition increases for them in the next three years. 
But to pay for that, students in fields such as psychology, political science, anthropology, and performing arts could pay more because they have fewer job prospects in the state. 
"The purpose would not be to exterminate programs or keep students from pursuing them. There will always be a need for them," said Dale Brill, who chairs the task force. "But you better really want to do it, because you may have to pay more.'' 
Joanna Mandel, a theater student at Florida Atlantic University, said it would straddle students with debt they might not be able to repay. 
"Theater majors or English majors are not guaranteed to make a lot of money," said the 22-year-old from Pembroke Pines. "Doctors and scientists, they make a lot of money. If anything, they should be paying more." 
Some universities do charge more for STEM degrees, because they are typically more expensive to run. But Brill said that goes against the general market principles of supply and demand.

God help me, I do love top ten lists

Tennessee is not on this list. Hawaii is number one. From AARP.

10 Toughest States for Earning a Living

Thursday, November 1, 2012

This year Association for Continuing Higher Education is broadening its audience and bringing a virtual component to the ACHE 2012 Annual Conference & Meeting on November 12-14 in Austin, Texas. By utilizing the Mediasite webcasting platform, an online attendee pass will be available for the first time, giving attendees the option to view live streams of conference sessions from their desktops or mobile devices. They can even pose questions to the speaker by clicking the Ask button on the Mediasite player.

Where gender inequality is the greatest

In Tennessee, the average women makes $.72 for each $1.00 the average man makes.  This map from Slate covers the entire country.

Gender income inequality: maps by county and by state