Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Early registration open

EARLY REGISTRATION                                                                                      July 2013

Honoring our Pasts, 
Conference Dates 
Creating our Future

as we proudly celebrate 
at the site of our first conference in 

Celebrate and experience the largest knowledge exchange on summer programs with
 current and former colleagues!
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Fees  Early Registration Fee                       $650 
Discount for 3rd Registration                       $625
Regular Registration Fee                            $695
What's Included in the Registration Fee?  
  • Workshop with Nancy Archer Martin (limit: 60)  
  • Plenaries on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 
  • Concurrent Sessions 
  • Discussion Sessions and Workshops 
  • Networking trips on Monday and Tuesday 
  • President's Networking Reception 
  • WASSA Reception and Awards Dinner Banquet 
  • NAASS Reception and Awards Dinner Banquet 
  • Lunches on Monday and Tuesday 
  • Breakfasts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
What Costs Extra?
Westin Denver Hotel ($155 / night)

Sunday, November 10 - Tuesday, November 12   

New Administrators Workshop (Additional fee: $225)
Jon Neidy and Laurel Hogue

Nancy Archer MartinAuthor  and Executive Search Consultant

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
Nancy Archer Martin, Author and Executive Search Consultant  
Congressman Jared PolisMember of House Committee on Education and Workforce
Historian Dennis GallagherDenver City Auditor

Concurrent Sessions 
Monday and Tuesday
Over 25 sessions on topical issues

Discussion Groups and How-To Workshops
Monday and Tuesday  
Over 15 interactive sessions

Monday and Tuesday
Red Rocks Park & the Colorado History Center

Contact Jessica Madrigal if you would like to help with this year's conference.

Stay tuned to NAASS.ORG for conference details.....

My alma mater is number two

On The Fiske Guide to College's list of best flagship universities for the money.  The University of Florida is first, and the only other from the South is the University of North Carolina. A slideshow from The Huffington Post.

Best Flagship Universities For The Money: Fiske 2014 List
University Of Iowa
Fiske says: "A bargain compared with other Big Ten schools such as Michigan and Illinois. Iowa is world-famous for its creative writing program and Writer's Workshop. Other areas of strength include health sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and space physics. Future scientists should check out the Research Scholars Program. The university is a regional draw, with 33 percent of the students from out of state."

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Social notworking

A study shows that screening candidates through Facebook postings is, like any blunt instrument, not particularly effective.  Sometimes kids are just being kids. From Time.

Employers: Facebook Party Pics Don’t Always Reflect Employees’ Bad Judgment
A picture may be worth a thousand words, and party pics posted on Facebook speak volumes for employers sifting through job applicants, right? Maybe not. While recent concerns about employers plumbing social media for information about both current and potential employees have led many users to adjust their privacy settings and posting habits, a new study found that college students who posted images of themselves enjoying a drink or two, or even using drugs were just as responsible and hard-working as those who did not advertise their partying. 
“People high in conscientiousness were just as likely to post about chugging beer or doing drugs as someone who was low in conscientiousness,” says the study’s lead author William Stoughton, a doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University.

At least I know mine are tension headaches

Monday, July 29, 2013


A college with its own lazy river?  And this is only one of the perks mentioned in this article.  Tuition increases, anyone?  From Her Campus.

10 Colleges With the Best Perks
5. Boston University: Lazy River 
After a long day of classes, exams, and meetings, wouldn’t it be nice to relax in an inner tube on your school’s lazy river? Well, students at Boston University can do just that because their on-campus rec center actually has—get this—a lazy river, complete with free inner tubes. 
“I couldn’t believe it when I found out that our school had one,” says Irene Berman-Vaporis, a senior at BU and a contributing writer for Her Campus. “It’s on my bucket list of things to do on campus before I graduate.”
We should note that the lazy river does in fact serve a serious purpose in addition to the obvious fun factor. People can actually walk against the current for exercise or physical therapy. Not only is the lazy river fun and therapeutic, it’s also free to all full-time BU students!

We know this, of course

But it's probably news to a lot of readers.  Continuing education not only serves adult-age students, it also serves young students will adult responsibilies.  From The Wall Street Journal.

The word “college” tends to call to mind images of fresh-faced young students studying, living and, yes, partying on or near leafy suburban campuses. But that picture only describes a small fraction of the nation’s 18 million undergraduates—even though such students dominate the public debate over the value of a college education. 
First of all, more than 40% of all undergraduates in the 2011-2012 school year were enrolled in community colleges and other two-year institutions, according to Education Department data. Of the ones in four-year programs, more than one in five attend school part-time. That leaves a bit more than 8 million students who are enrolled full-time in four-year schools, or 45% of all undergraduates.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thoughts of dissertations

My son recented defended so dissertations are on my mind lately.  Having particpated in mainly education defenses, it was interesting how different his experience was.  This is from the blog R is my friend. The posting contains interesting charts and more detailed analysis than one might expect in a blog.  At least in my blog!

How long is the average disseration
It’s debatable as to what, if anything, page length indicates about the quality of one’s work. One could argue that it indicates absolutely nothing. My advisor once told me about a student in Chemistry that produced a dissertation that was less than five pages, and included nothing more than a molecular equation that illustrated the primary findings of the research. I’ve heard of other advisors that strongly discourage students from creating lengthy dissertations. Like any indicator, page length provides information that may or may not be useful. However, I guarantee that almost every graduate student has thought about an appropriate page length on at least one occasion during their education. . . . 
The data contained 2,536 records for students that completed their dissertations since 2007. The range was incredibly variable (minimum of 21 pages, maximum of 2002), but most dissertations were around 100 to 200 pages.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Smell the roses

Some companies are offering unlimited vacation days.  Of course, we're never really disconnected anymore. Sigh. From CBS News.

Americans are famous the world over for the paltry amount of time they get from work and the even smaller amount they take. What, Europeans wonder, is the point of all that money if you never have time to enjoy it? 
But a handful of American and European companies alike are starting to converge on a whole different way of thinking about the issue. Instead of debating the merits of two weeks versus four weeks of paid time off, these companies are throwing caution to the winds and offering employees as much vacation as they want. 
Sound good?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Last chance to register

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at  2 pm ET

Continuing Education provides an opportunity for institutions to serve a broader range of students; but meeting these students' needs and expectations can be a challenge. Attend this webinar to learn how the Continuing Education Division at Emory University is using new strategies and innovative technologies to enhance the learning experience, increase enrollments, and drive profitability. 

Emory Continuing Education (ECE) serves the University's non-credit division, with more than 10,000 student enrollments each year. A leader from ECE will share tips for successful recruitment practices specifically designed for CE programs, how to leverage software to determine which courses are most profitable, and how the rise of MOOCs will potentially impact continuing education. 

Topics will include:

  • Current trends and challenges facing Continuing Education programs
  • The new tools available that can help improve the operational efficiency of CE programs
  • Strategies for recruitment that can boost enrollment in CE programs
  • The future impact of MOOCs on the field of Continuing Education


If it's really better to apologize

Than get permission, then you better be doing it right.  Here's advice from Heidi Grant Halvorson, writing in Lifehacker.

The Best Ways to Apologize When You Screw Up At Work or At Home
Apologies are tricky. Done right, they can resolve conflict, repair hurt feelings, foster forgiveness, and improve relationships. An apology can even keep you out of the courtroom. Despite the fact that lawyers often caution their clients to avoid apologies, fearing that they are tantamount to an admission of guilt, studies show that when potential plaintiffs receive an apology, they are more likely to settle out of court for less money. 
However, as anyone can tell you, most apologies don't go so well. Ask John Galliano, for instance. Or John Edwards, or Todd Aiken, or Kanye West. (I could go on and on.) An apology is no guarantee that you'll find yourself out of hot water. This is usually either because the person or persons from whom you are seeking forgiveness really aren't interested in forgiving, or because the transgression itself is deemed unforgivable. But more often than not, your apology falls flat because you're apologizing the wrong way. 
In a nutshell, the problem is that most people tend to make their apologies about themselves—about their intentions, thoughts, and feelings.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Call for Award Nominations
Deadline for Receipt of Nominations is Friday, July 19th

IACET is seeking nominations for the 2013 Exemplar and Distinguished Service Awards.  The IACET Awards honor deserving individuals, projects, or programs that have significantly contributed to the field of continuing education and training.  IACET members are invited to submit self-nominations or nominations for other AP programs.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 19, 2013.
The IACET Exemplar Award for internal training and external training honors exemplary, results-oriented programs or projects that demonstrate cost-effective, significant and relevant impact on the populations served. 
Exemplar nominee eligibility requirement: Must be an IACET Authorized Provider in good standing.  Nominations are limited to one program for each award. An organization may nominate a program for both internal and external Exemplar awards; however the organization will only be eligible to win one award.
The IACET Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual for exceptional service and major leadership to IACET.

Distinguished Service nominee eligibility requirement: IACET member five or more years.
Award Recipients will be invited to attend a reception on Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at the Sofitel Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.  Travel expenses will be reimbursed for each award recipient. 

All nominations for the awards described above must be completed and emailed to Judson Lineberger at by close of business Friday, July 19, 2013.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tales of the nontraditional

Teaching and learning in retirement.  From The Las Vegas Sun News.

92-year-old instructor embodies UNLV’s lifelong learning program
“Was anyone else alive during the Great Depression? Just me?” 
Ruth Elliott grinned at her students, who had exploded with laughter. Elliott, who will turn 92 in July and describes herself as being in her 92nd year of life, simply shrugged. 
Her question wasn't completely out of left field. Her class was entirely composed of retired and semiretired people, all of them at least 50 years old. 
The nonagenarian — who has six children, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren — is the oldest instructor at UNLV's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), a learning program for retirees who want to continue their education.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


ETSU Professional Development to offer family mediation training in Sevierville

Rule 31 family mediation training approved by the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission (ADRC) will be offered this summer by East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development. 

The sessions will meet from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at ETSU at the Sevier Center, 1122 Blanton Drive, Sevierville, on two Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 8-10 and Aug. 22-24.

Jean Munroe will conduct the 46-hour course that will focus on parenting plans, support and the equitable distribution of assets and liabilities, as well as emotional issues and the effects of divorce on children. Other content includes crossover training for those who have taken Rule 31 training in civil mediation.

Munroe has been a mediator since 1991. She was approved in 1998 by the Tennessee Supreme Court ADRC to train Rule 31 mediators, and she has conducted over 100 mediation training sessions.
This training is of benefit to attorneys, teachers, social workers, psychologists, executives, ministers, law enforcement officers or anyone else dealing with conflict resolution.

The fee for the full session is $1,445, with a $100 discount for those who register by July 8. Participants who are already listed as Rule 31 civil mediators may take 30 hours of crossover training for $900, with a $50 discount if registered by July 8.

To register, or for further information, contact the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (423) 439-8084 or toll free at (800) 222-3878, or visit, click on “currently scheduled courses” and then “Social Sciences” to register online.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Call for proposals

The 50th Annual NAASS Conference, held jointly with WASSA this year at the Westin in downtown Denver from November 10-13,  is just 5 months away. You are invited to submit a proposal for a conference session.  Our 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

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

Save the date

National College Learning Center Association
28th Annual Conference
Weaving a Legacy of Student Success
September 26-28, 2013
Embassy Suites, North Charleston, SC

Registration Is Now Open.

Topics include: Best Practices for Learning Centers, Academic Support Programs for Specific Populations (Students with Disabilities, International Students, Athletes, Veterans, etc.), Developing Tutor and Mentor Training, Developing and Assessing Learning Center Outcomes, Program Start-up and/or Evaluation, Small Group Academic Support Programs, Using Available Technology in Creative Ways, Developing Independent Learners, Finding Funding in Tough Times

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Does the victory lap impact graduation rates?

Holy Usain Bolt, Batman!  Whatever happened to the quaint notion that you go to college to explore your interests and develop as an individual? From The Cap Times.

The fifth year of college: delaying the inevitable or preparing for the future?
For teens on the journey to adulthood, there may be no more transformative time than their years as a college undergraduate. 
They enter with visions of multiple majors and, involvement in a long list of campus organizations and a vibrant social life. By the beginning of their second year, reality usually takes hold, compressing visions into a more realistic picture. 
Part of that reimagined path often involves University of Wisconsin-Madison students electing to take a fifth year — jokingly referred to as a “victory lap” — to complete their undergraduate degree. 
At UW-Madison, 55.5 percent of students who entered campus in the fall of 2007 had earned a degree four years later, up from 47.1 percent six years before. On first glance that number may seem low, but according to a 2012 report by The Washington Post, 33 of the 50 flagship state universities had a four-year graduation rate under 50 percent. 
Indeed, only two public universities — the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina — rank among the top 50 colleges nationally in four-year graduation rates, with highly selective private institutions dominating the list. The obvious explanation for this private-public discrepancy is money. Lower tuition makes a fifth year more plausible.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Even a little college helps

Still, student debt is the most pressing issue in higher education today.  Some good news from and The Hamilton Project.

It sounds like the worst of all worlds — borrowing money for college, then dropping out and facing the debt without a degree. 
But a new study argues that the investment in even a partial college education is still worth it, amounting to average earnings of $100,000 more over a lifetime than for those who merely finish high school. That’s a better investment return on average than stocks and bonds — though of course much lower than the return on college for those who finish. 
‘‘It is vastly better to get a college degree,’’ said Adam Looney, policy director at The Hamilton Project, the Washington, D.C.-based think tank that authored the report. ‘‘But I think the evidence says that fears of dropping out, that there are big downside risks to trying it and not finishing it, I think those are overblown. For people who are interested in college, who have ambitions of going and have the ability and qualifications to succeed, I think the evidence suggests it’s an extremely good deal right now.’’

Monday, July 1, 2013

ACHE election results

The results of the 2013 Association for Continuing Higher Education election are now official.  Congratulations to the following continuing educators, all of whom will move into their new roles at the 2013 Annual Conference in Lexington, Kentucky:

Coming in as Vice President:
Paula Hogard, Director of Continuing Education, Penn State

Elected to the Board of Directors:
Robin Plumb, Director of Academic Services, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Terry Ratcliff, Dean, Continuing Studies, Whitworth University