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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 …

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 wer…

ACHE award winners

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


John G. LaBrieSpecial Recognition

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.PROGRAM AWARDS

Distinguished Program Award - Credit
Northern Kentucky University
Learning Through Military Leadership Regis University
Jesuit Commons - Higher Education at the MarginsDistinguished 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 Conferenc…

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 (akaAsk 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.

Infographic Friday

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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 st…

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.

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 fr…

Infographic Friday


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 cong…

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 t…

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 …

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 inn…

Infographic Friday. Sort of.

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.

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 firstTeamwork: working together to accomplish university and school goalsOutreach: serving students and communities at a distanceInreach: creating connections and collaborations within the university that foster success and create win-win situationsAgility: responding quickly to new needs, opportunities, and partnershipsAdvocacy: championing non-traditional students, non-traditional delivery, and non-traditional schedules.Innovation: finding newer and better ways to do our jobs more e…

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

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 …

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…

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

Infographic Friday

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