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Info-Christmas breaking

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas

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Info-Christmas breaking

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Save the date

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October 27-29, 2014
Tropicana Las Vegas Casino Hotel Resort
Las Vegas, NV

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Social notworking

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OMG.  An English teach finds some positives from social networking.  By Andrew Simmons, writing in The Atlantic.
Facebook Has Transformed My Students' Writing—for the Better However, while Facebook and Twitter have eroded writing conventions among my students, they have not killed the most important ingredients in personal writing: self-reflection and emotional honesty. For younger high school boys particularly, social networking has actually improved writing – not the product or the process, but the sensitivity and inward focus required to even begin to produce a draft that will eventually be worth editing.   High school is cruel to all genders, an equal-opportunity destroyer of spirit and self-esteem. I'm focusing on boys because I've seen the phenomenon play out more intensely with them. Also, I was a boy once, and so I understand them better than I understand girls.   When I was beginning high school in 1994 boys knew not to reveal weakness and insecurity. Girls didn&#…

This is the story continuing educators have heard for 30 years

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I suppose as long as it makes news, we have some measure of job security.  Maybe not a lot, but some.  From Michele Willens, writing in The Atlantic.
What It's Like to Be a Middle-Aged College Student I am clearly not alone in my quest for academic validation: Well over half a million of the students enrolled in degree-granting institutions are over the age of 50. “One advantage about returning to college later in life is that the student will likely have a greater sense of purpose and focus and thus be able to capitalize better on what is offered,” says Margaret Gatz, a psychology professor at University of Southern California. “Another advantage is that the older student brings a lifetime of experiences and knowledge to the new information being presented and thus can have a richer learning experience.”  Gatz points out potential barriers, including competing demands. (Every time I tell my adviser that I can’t imagine how students could be taking four, even five classes at a tim…

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Enrollments and revenue predicted to decline

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At a growing number of colleges and universities.  Particularly at risk are regional publics and small privates.  But hasn't that always been the case?  From CBS News Moneywatch.
Rocky financial times for U.S. universities A new report by Moody’s Investors Service highlights the growing dysfunction among U.S. universities, with revenue falling at many schools even as tuition costs continuing to climb.   The credit rating agency estimates that net revenue is expected to decline at 28 percent of public universities in fiscal year 2104 and at 19 percent of private institutions. Moody’s also expects net tuition revenue to grow in 2014 at less than inflation for 44 percent of public universities and 42 percent of private ones.  “Public universities have not experienced such poor prospects for tuition revenue growth in more than two decades,” the report concluded.  As financial support from states has declined, meanwhile, students are expected to cover more of their education costs. In …

I may have mentioned earlier that I was an English major...

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I find it hard to believe

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That we're less courteous than, say, Illinois. Have they ever been to Chicago? From The Atlantic.
Congratulations, Ohio! You Are the Sweariest State in the Union Marchex also attempted to measure more general indications of courtesy—using "please" and "thank you," that kind of thing. And you know who came in for another shout-out? Hello again, Ohio. The other least-courteous states, in order: Wisconsin, which took first place, Massachusetts, Indiana, and Tennessee.And the most courteous? South Carolina (first place!), North Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana, and Georgia.

Rethinking developmental studies

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We're no longer just throwing remedial courses at students who need help. Of course, this is not just a community college problem.  We call our program learning support.  From Sophie Quinton, writing in The Atlantic.
Algebra Doesn't Have to Be Scary
Arica Hawley used to dread math class. She would look at problems and not even know where to begin. When Hawley, 37, went back to Tacoma Community College last fall to finish her associate's degree, she placed into a pre-algebra course—eighth-grade-level material.  Her mindset didn't change until she took Statway, a college-level statistics course for students who need to master high-school algebra. She earned a math credit, and gained the confidence she needed to switch to a math- and science-heavy nursing program.

Many community-college students never make it to graduation because they can't pass developmental, or remedial, math. Two courses from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and its partners …

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I got this telegram from a Nigerian prince...

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Con artists have always been around.  From The Atlantic.
Victorian Trolling: How Con Artists Spammed in a Time Before Email As Whitaker notes, schemes like this strike us as modern inventions, the provenance of Nigerian email scammers and shady characters on Craigslist trying to get you to wire them money.  Yet the human desire for lucre—and the unscrupulousness methods we often employ in its pursuit—knows few limitations, geographic or historic. As Whitaker describes, the main difference between our 21st-century cons and those of the Victorian period is one of delivery method.  Whitaker has uncovered documents from 1905 supposedly written by a distressed Spaniard named Luis Ramos and Jean Richard, a prison chaplain. Addressed to a London shopkeeper named Paul Webb, these letters are straight out of the email scam playbook: Ramos claims to have “property valuable to £37.000” deposited “in a sure English Bank,” and he’ll give Webb a cut if the Englishman agrees to send Ramos a small amo…

The jerk store called

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And it's not always a bad thing.  From Time.
3 Ways Being a Jerk at Work Pays Off You don’t want a reputation as the office bully, but it turns out there are some attributes of narcissistic or Machiavellian personalities that could give your career a boost.   Social scientists aren’t just looking for a silver lining; they theorize that there must be some evolutionary benefit to being a jerk. The trouble is, those shrewd or sneaky behaviors that kept our caveman ancestors alive don’t translate as well to the 21st-century water cooler.  But there are things we can learn from the blowhards, braggarts and backstabbers we have to deal with, and there are even a few behaviors that, when decoupled from the rest of a toxic personality, can give you a leg up on the job.

I guess I'm a slacker

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I don't check my smartphone until after I've had some coffee.  Unless I'm using it for an alarm.  From Time.
Survey: Almost All Smartphone Owners Do the Same Thing When They Wake Up What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Brush your teeth? Take a shower?  According to mobile testing firm SOASTA, it’s none of these. A new 10-city survey of the mobile phone habits of smartphone owners has revealed that 84% of us check an app first thing in the morning.  The study shows that New Yorkers are especially tech addicted – 92% of city residents start their day by firing up a smartphone. Los Angeles found itself at the bottom of the list, with only 75% of smartphone owners checking an app first thing.

Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway? Gotta love English...

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Happy Thanksgiving

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ETSU to assist those wishing to begin or complete graduate degrees

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East Tennessee State University will offer assistance to those desiring to begin work on a graduate degree or those needing to write a thesis or dissertation to complete a degree.

A Graduate Record Examination Test Preparation Workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb.1, 2014, in an all-day session for prospective graduate school applicants.

Sponsored by the ETSU School of Graduate Studies and the School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach, the program has a registration fee of $70, which includes coffee and a continental breakfast as well as five hours of instruction on the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing measures of the GRE. In addition, participants will take three 30-minute practice tests and receive the scores for the tests, along with advice on improving those scores.

The online link for registration is here.  In addition, the School of Graduate Studies and School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach are offering a Graduate Management …

Common Sense Media's report

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On Children's Media Use is out.  Unsurprisingly, more kids have access to and use modile devices.  The link and key findings are below.

Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013
Key Finding 1: Young Kids' Mobile Access Dramatically Higher
Key Finding 2: Kids' Time on Mobile Devices Triples
Key Finding 3: Time with “Traditional” Screen Media is Down
Key Finding 4: TV Still Dominates Kids' Media Time
Key Finding 5: Reduced but Persistent Mobile Digital Divide
Key Finding 6: TV Widest for Education but Digital Growing

Application deadline next week

ACE Now Accepting Nominations for the 2013 Adult Learner of the Year Award 
Is there a student on your campus who has overcome great odds to reach his or her higher education goals? Help honor that achievement by nominating him or her to become ACE's 2013 Adult Learner of the Year. ACE will recognize the winner at its 96th Annual Meeting, Seizing Opportunity, to be held in San Diego, CA, March 8-11, 2014. Nominations are due by December 6, 2013.
ACE's Adult Learner of the Year Award recognizes a person who has benefited academically and professionally from making use of ACE's credit recommendations for workforce or military training. Award winners demonstrate: •Continued success in academic, professional, personal and community endeavors
Extraordinary achievement in his or her community or workplace while successfully             balancing the demands of family, career and education
Inspiration to others to set high lifelong learning goals This year's Adult Learner o…

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UT Knoxville makes this list

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Of America's ugliest campuses.  Seems a bit harsh to me.  From Travel and Leisure.
America's Ugliest College Campuses
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TNWith a lack of green space and a road slicing the campus in half, the brick and concrete environs of the University of Tennessee could double as a skateboard park. The John C. Hodges Library is a notable eyesore. Not only was the original 1969 building unappealing, in 1987 more brick cascades were added, accentuating the squat proportions. Fortunately, any daytime dreariness is in stark contrast to night, when, according to one student on Unigo.com, “The campus is a wonderland, with all of the buildings lit up and the pedestrian walkway lined with gorgeous lamps.”

I'd hate to be a public school teacher right now

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No respect.  Outlandish expectations.  It reminds me of the tee shirt I saw recently: Those who can, teach. Those who can't, pass laws about teaching. From Liz Riggs, writing in The Atlantic.
Why Do Teachers Quit? Ingersoll extrapolated and then later confirmed that anywhere between 40 and 50 percent of teachers will leave the classroom within their first five years (that includes the nine and a half percent that leave before the end of their first year.) Certainly, all professions have turnover, and some shuffling out the door is good for bringing in young blood and fresh faces. But, turnover in teaching is about four percent higher than other professions.  Approximately 15.7 percent of teachers leave their posts every year, and 40 percent of teachers who pursue undergraduate degrees in teaching never even enter the classroom at all. With teacher effectiveness a top priority of the education reform movement, the question remains: Why are all these teachers leaving—or not even ent…

Let's hope the rock star

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isn't Miley Cyrus.  In Nashville in December.

Call for proposals

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Call for Proposals Deadline has been extended. 

Please submit by November 26th.  
Conference Tracks Presenters are requested to submit proposals for concurrent sessions for topics pertaining to adult and continuing higher education. Areas of focus include but are not limited to:  • Stand By Your Brand: Marketing
• Tuning Into Professionalism: Leadership
• Breakthrough Performances: Best Practices, Non-Credit
• Putting on the Hits: Best Practices, Credit  Guidelines for Concurrent Session Proposals: Concurrent sessions will be 45-minutes in length. To propose a concurrent session, please provide the following items of information in the format below:   1. Name, Institution, Mailing Address, Telephone, Fax, E-mail for all presenters
2. Title of presentation.
3. Recommendation for Novice, Intermediate, Experienced, of All Audiences (Indicate One)
4. Abstract of presentation (70-80 words)
5. Brief biography of presenter(s)
6. One page double-spaced Presentation Summary, including pertine…

This is about ROTC leaving Tennessee Tech

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NOTE: This is an unfortunate byproduct of scheduling posts while off campus.  Both programs have gotten a two-year reprieve for their ROTC programs.

But the same thing is happening at ETSU.  From Alan Blinder, writing in The New York Times.
R.O.T.C. Making Cuts to Expand Recruiting - NYTimes.com
When Sarah Short arrived at Tennessee Technological University this summer, she had mapped out her four years of undergraduate study and well beyond: an affordable nursing degree and a commission as an Army officer.  But months into her first semester, Ms. Short’s plans changed after the Army announced it would close Tennessee Tech’s 63-year-old Reserve Officers Training Corps program in 2015, two years before Ms. Short expected to finish her degree.  “This is the only place I’ve ever wanted to go,” Ms. Short, 18, a first-generation college student from Murfreesboro, said last week. “It’s perfect for me — was perfect.”  The abrupt news, delivered to Ms. Short and scores of other cadets here days…

Infographic Friday

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TACHE

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Walking in Memphis.

At the TACHE Hospitality Suite

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Mmmmmmm . . . doughnuts

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I've only been to one of these, listed below, and it's rather well-known.  These are Food and Wine's choices.  We have Auntie Ruth's doughnuts (more commonly referred to as the Amish doughnuts) sold at our local farmer's market that I would put up against anyone's glazed varieties.
America's Best Doughnuts
Café du Monde; New Orleans, LA
Opened in 1862, this sprawling 24-hour café in the French Quarter attracts tourists and locals at all hours for dark-roast coffee spiced with chicory (which tempers the bitterness) and its divine beignets, served fresh-fried hot and dusted with powdered sugar. cafedumonde.com.

Getting ready for my presentation today

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At the TACHE preconference for off-campus center administrators. Here's some advice from the Dale Carnegie Blog I'll be following.  I just wish Dale could do the whole thing for me.

Presentation Tips Part 1: Opening a Presentation Most airplane difficulties occur at two critical points: take-off and landing. The same is often true of presentations. A strong opening will create additional confidence and is an opportunity to make an immediate positive first impression. Key Points: Get favorable attention quickly, Lead naturally into your presentation, Build goodwill, Create points of agreement. Techniques: Use an exhibit, Dramatize your ideas, Get participation, Cite points of agreement or common ground . Avoid the apology. “How often we all have heard speakers begin by calling the attention of the audience to their lack of preparation or lack of ability. If you are not prepared, the audience will probably discover it without your assistance.”  —Dale Carnegie

TACHE Starts today

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Social notworking

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Harvard, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins are 1-2-3 at engaging students through social media, according to studentadvisor.com.The whole list can be found at the link below.  Vanderbilt is number 22.

Top 100 Social Media Colleges

I'm so old I still use email

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Unfortunately, our students don't.  From Courtney Rubin, writing in The New York Times.
Technology and the College Generation As a professor who favors pop quizzes, Cedrick May is used to grimaces from students caught unprepared. But a couple of years ago, in his class on early American literature at the University of Texas at Arlington, he said he noticed “horrible, pained looks” from the whole class when they saw the questions.  He soon learned that the students did not know he had changed the reading assignment because they did not check their e-mail regularly, if at all. To the students, e-mail was as antiquated as the spellings “chuse” and “musick” in the works by Cotton Mather and Jonathan Edwards that they read on their electronic books.  “Some of them didn’t even seem to know they had a college e-mail account,” Dr. May said. Nor were these wide-eyed freshmen. “This is considered a junior-level class, so they’d been around,” he said.  That is when he added to his course syl…

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Its called the educational buffet

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But I'd call it an educational smorgasbord.  Oh, wait. Aren't those the same things? Hmmmm.  When I think buffet I think huge portions of unlimited food and when I think smorgasbord I think wide variety of choices.  I bet there's a liguistic monograph in there somewhere.  
Connotations aside, I have to wonder what the role of continuing education will be when most of the students are nontraditional and patching together programs of study from all sorts of various providers? From The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The New, Lifelong, Nonlinear Path Through College When the filmmakers behind the animated summer blockbuster Monsters University needed inspiration for their fictional campus, they visited three of the nation's best-known colleges: Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California at Berkeley.  Such name-brand campuses, having provided the backdrop for Hollywood productions, help shape our collective vision of coll…

Where have all the non-traditional students gone?

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Apparently, not to community colleges.  Priced out of the market, I'm afraid.  From James Orbesen, writing in The Atlantic.
Students at Community Colleges Are Getting Younger and Younger All throughout graduate school, in preparation for teaching, I read the works of educators such as UCLA’s Mike Rose, about the magic of community colleges to empower the so-called “non-traditional” student: someone who doesn’t enroll in higher education directly out of secondary school, who falls outside the 18-24 demographic, or has professional or personal obligations that eclipse their academic pursuits. Rose writes that these students are seeking a “second chance.”  According to his 2012 book Back to School, there are over 10 million students in community college with backgrounds as diverse and varying as imaginable. Rose tells the story of Henry, a big man in a wheelchair who had made some mistakes--a gangland encounter left him a paraplegic. Moving back in with his parents and deciding to pur…

MTSU's Dianna Rust

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Wins ACHE leadership award.