Thursday, June 27, 2013

Deadline June 15 to Submit Your Program for an NCCET Award

The purpose of  the National Countil for Continung Education and Training's Exemplary Program Award is to recognize outstanding programs that impact a college's community and that are sustainable, innovative, replicable, and sustainable. More than one entry may be submitted by a college; however, a separate form must be completed for each entry. Award winners are expected to be in attendance and present their program at the current year's annual conference in the fall. Presenters will receive the presenter discount for registration to the conference.

Entries are accepted within four categories:

  • Continuing Professional Education
  • Community Services
  • Workforce & Economic Development
  • Learning Technologies

2013 Important Dates

  • Deadline for Award Proposals – June 15
  • Announcement of Awardees – July 1

Submit Your Program


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

CAP deadline

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Conference Hotel Cut-off Date is 6/29/13
2013 CAP Conference

Navigating Acceleration: 
Use Assessment and Best Practices as your Compass!

Pre-Conference Events:  July 30th
Main Conference: July 31 - August 1st
Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center
Metropolitan State University of Denver

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ETSU to host the American Arachnological Society conference

East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development and Department of Biological Sciences will host the annual conference of the American Arachnological Society at the D.P. Culp University Center from Saturday-Wednesday, July 13-17.
The society furthers the study of arachnids and fosters closer cooperation and understanding between amateur and professional arachnologists.

In addition to scientific presentations and a poster display, the five-day conference will feature a guided field trip to Roan Mountain, as well as a Saturday night “hoedown” at the Farmhouse Gardens and Galleries and a Monday evening banquet at the Carnegie Hotel.

On Sunday, July 14, at 7 p.m., the public is invited to a “Casual Night with the Arachnids” in the Martha Street Culp Auditorium, with presentations and feature photography of spiders and other arachnids. Expert arachnologists will be on hand to answer questions.

For registration, more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Office of Professional Development at (800) 222-3878. Visit to learn more about the American Arachnological Society.          

Monday, June 24, 2013

Pay before the fiscal year ends

Use this year's money and register today here.

Call for proposals

The  50th Annual North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS) Conference will be held at the Westin in downtown Denver from November 10-13. Proposals are being sought for conference sessions.  The conference theme is “Honoring our Pasts, Creating our Future”.

Presentation Formats:
  • Concurrent Sessions offer experienced Summer/Winter Sessions professionals the opportunity to present a topic and discuss its relevance and applicability. Attendees expect high-quality presentations with some opportunity for questions and answers.
  • Roundtable Discussions give the leader or host the opportunity to present a relevant topic. Presenters interact with attendees by framing the topic as well as sharing and soliciting ideas.
  • Panel Presentations include 2 or more presenters who share unique aspects of a defined topic.
  • NEW-- Hands-On Booths are short, technical workshops. Attendees bring/share their laptops and learn skills on creating a Constant Contact email, setting up a Facebook page, interpreting your Google Analytics’ reports, etc.

Professional Benefits of Presenting:
  • Publication - Abstracts of accepted presentations will be printed in the Conference Schedule and proceedings will be published on the NAASS web site. There is also the possibility of adapting your presentation for publication in Summer Academe. (See Summer Academe Guidelines)
  • Peer Interaction and Vetting - A consistent highlight of NAASS conferences is the open sharing and collaboration among colleagues. Presenters learn not only from the presentation preparation efforts, but also from the feedback and questions from their peers.  

Submit your Proposal online by July 15, 2013

  • Go to
  • Enter your first and last name
  • Enter your email address
  • Enter the following password: November2013 (Case Sensitive)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tennessee partners with Coursera

Both higher education systems will participate.  From

UT, TBR Partner with Coursera to Pilot Technology for Courses 
The University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents systems are working with Coursera, a leading provider of massive open online courses, to develop a pilot program using the company’s technology to enhance online and campus-based blended learning courses. . . .
The agreement with UT and TBR systems will involve an 18-month pilot program to test Coursera’s technology platform for class offerings. 
Faculty at public universities in Tennessee will teach and prepare a limited number of pilot courses, available to enrolled students, using the company’s technology platform as early as this fall. Coursera Inc. was founded in 2011 by two Stanford University computer science professors and specializes in offering online courses to large audiences at little to no cost. 
The Tennessee public university pilot will not include massive open online courses (MOOCs). Instead, it will test use of the Coursera course technology platform to enhance student outcomes in two courses in the UT System and two courses in TBR universities. Feedback from faculty and students will be used to determine whether more courses will be offered through the Coursera platform.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I have some good news and some bad news

The economy is improving.  But college enrollments, particulary adult student enrollments, are declining.  From

College enrollments declined 2.3% this spring compared with a year earlier, a sign that more students are returning to the workforce as the economy recovers, a report out Thursday says. 
The biggest drops occurred among adult learners attending for-profit colleges and public community colleges, which are most likely to enroll students in vocation-oriented classes tied to the local job market. Enrollments at those institutions fell 8.7% and 3.6% respectively. 
For colleges, which saw enrollments peak in 2011 during the recession, the declining numbers represent "a bit of a return to normal,"says Doug Shapiro, executive director of the non-profit National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which released the report. "It's reflective of good news for the economy and labor market."

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tales of the nontraditional

More news on adult and continuing education students.  From

As Asbury Theological Seminary celebrates its 90th anniversary Saturday, at least one graduating student is breaking new ground. 
While the school doesn't keep official records on such things, Gabriel Tait is likely to be the first photojournalist-turned-bus driver-turned-Ph.D. at the seminary. 
"It takes a particular character to give up a lucrative profession and drive a bus to accomplish your larger goal," said Steven Ybarrola, a professor of cultural anthropology and Tait's mentor.
Ybarrola and Tait came to campus the same year, 2006. Tait had worked as a photojournalist for the Detroit Free Press and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He had a big house, a well-paying job and a family, but he felt a calling toward a religious life. 
He heard about Asbury from friends but knew little about it. Somehow he found himself crying while looking at pictures of the campus online. Tait knew "there was something going on" and Asbury was the place he had to go.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tales of the non-traditional

More news on adult and continuing education students.  As I understand it, the GED exam is becoming more difficult and more expensive soon.  From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Sometimes, life gets in the way of a high school diploma.
For Dan Porch, it was when his girlfriend, now his wife, became pregnant with twins and he dropped out of Oliver High School to support her in 1993. 
For Nate Bashioum, it was when he became so frustrated by his learning disability he dropped out of Baldwin High School 13 years ago. 
And for Robert McCune, who bounced around different high schools, it was because he found good work in the film business -- 60 years ago. 
Now, though, they have all either earned their GED, or are studying for it at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, but their paths to that destination have been very different.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Improve your team's IQ

In my case, I could do this by leaving the team. Ba-doom Pshh!  Like the time I moved to Tennessee from Iowa and increased the average intelligence in both states. Ba-doom Pshh!  Thanks, I'm here all week.  From Annie Murphy Paul, writing in Time.

What makes a group intelligent? That is: What enables a team of people to effectively solve problems and produce solutions? You might think a group’s IQ would be simply the average intelligence of the group’s members, or perhaps the intelligence of the team’s smartest participant. But researchers who study groups have found that this isn’t so. 
Rather, a group’s intelligence emerges from the interactions that go on within the group. A team’s intelligence can be measured, and like an individual’s IQ score, it can accurately predict the team’s performance on a wide variety of tasks. And just as an individual’s intelligence is malleable and expandable, a group’s intelligence can also be increased. Here are five suggestions on how to guide the development of smart teams: 
1. Choose team members carefully. The smartest groups are composed of people who are good at reading one another’s social cues, according to a study led by Carnegie Mellon University professor Anita Williams Woolley and published in the journal Science. (Woolley and her collaborators also found that groups that included a greater number of women were more intelligent, but the researchers think this is because women tend to be more socially sensitive than men.)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

All those "best places to retire" lists I've posted

Use them cautiously.  After all, the best place to retire is near your grandkids. From Martha C. White, writing in Time.

'Best Places to Retire' Lists: Don't Use Them to Pick Where to Retire

It can be confusing making sense of the many “best places to retire” lists out there. In fact, it’s probably best to eye these lists with extreme skepticism — unless you really do want to spend your golden years in (gulp) frigid North Dakota. 
What with all the “best places to retire” lists in circulation, you’d think there would be some consensus about the top spots to kick back in retirement. Yet these retirement lists are literally all over the map, and often contradictory.’s new roundup ranking the “surprisingly best” states for retirement touts the Dakotas, West Virginia, and Mississippi — and ranks Oregon dead last in its corresponding “worst places” list. A Forbes list, on the other hand, included Medford, Ore., in its roundup of the best places to retire in 2013, and CNN/Money listed Portland, Ore. in a roundup published last fall. 
These discrepancies are the rule rather than the exception, partially because the rankings emphasize different criteria. Some lists emphasize college towns, whose populations tend to skew young, while others put a premium on communities with a lot of senior residents. Many publications advise looking at local tax rates, but they clash when it comes to deciding whether income, property, or sales tax is most important. 
Here’s the good news: You can probably ignore them all.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The new adult student

Is it any wonder they take longer than six years to complete? From Jon Marcus, writing in The Hechinger Report.

Danine Adams has taken a few courses at a four-year university, some at a community college, and still more online while working all over the country as an investigator for the federal Bureau of Prisons—career experience that she has also been able to transform into academic credit. 
A little from here. A little from there. And now Adams, who is 42, is just a few credits shy of earning a bachelor’s degree. 
“I’m the whole ball of wax,” she says cheerfully: “on-campus education, community college, online classes, life experience.” 
These include dual-enrollment courses—college-level courses offered to students while they’re still in high school—advanced-placement programs, military or corporate training, career and life experience, and classes taught online.She’s also a forerunner of a new type of college student, one who doesn’t start and finish at a single brick-and-mortar campus, but picks and chooses credits toward a degree or job from a veritable buffet of education options.