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Free tuition is only the first step

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Community college students need all kinds of support systems to thrive. And to graduate.  From Ann Hulbert, writing in The Atlantic.
How to Escape the Community-College Trap If you stop and think about it, the existing postsecondary educational hierarchy could hardly be more perverse. Students at the bottom, whose life histories and social disadvantages make them the most likely to need clear guidance and structure, receive astonishingly little of either. Meanwhile, students at the super-selective top, prodded toward high ambitions and disciplined habits by attentive parents and teachers ever since preschool, encounter solicitous oversight every step of the way.  Take Harvard, where the rising elite chart their paths within well-designed parameters: the college offers a bachelor’s degree in 48 academic fields only to full-time, residential students, who must also fulfill carefully articulated general-education requirements. Their first-year experience unfolds under the supervision of …

Bad predications

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From Newsweek.  And others.  
The Beatles Suck. Yeah, We Said That
Newsweek has been in business for nearly 80 years, during which time it has published history-changing stories, won numerous awards—and made its share of boneheaded predictions that can’t be unread.No one is really good at prognosticating—in the media or elsewhere—at least not for very long. Most fail miserably. David Pogue self-deprecatingly included his own oopsie daisy call—he wrote in the New York Times, in 2006, that Apple “probably never” would come out with a cell phone—in a list of all-time worst technology predictions. Fortune assured its readers, in 1996, that“by the time you read this story” Apple would be dead.It’s not just journalists. Even really smart people make memorably stupid predictions. This was the case long before predictions without consequences became a staple of Sunday morning news talk shows.Thomas Watson, I.B.M.’s visionary chairman and C.E.O., forecast the global market for computers to be ar…

Where is the coldest college?

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Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM).I might have guessed Wassmatta U in Frostbite Fall, MN.  From Higher Ed Morning.
Where is the coldest college? The rankings were based on:
• student reviews of weather, and
• average campus highs and lows during summer and winter.Rounding out the top five coldest campuses:
• Concordia College (MN)
• University of Ottawa
• McGill University (Canada), and
• St. Olaf College (MN).
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The buckle of the Bible Belt

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Can be found in Tennessee.  And because of our obesity problem, it's probably an XXL. I want to know what happened to Knoxville, last year's number one.  There's a nice map on the link from The American Bible Society.
The Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities in America To conduct effective ministry, American Bible Society wants to know what U.S. cities embrace the best-selling book of all time.  Chattanooga, Tenn., ranks No. 1, according to American Bible Society's study, America's Most Bible-Minded Cities. Knoxville, Tenn., claimed last year's top spot.  America's Most Bible-Minded Cities, our second consecutive study, shows that the Midwest and South continues to perform strongly. Chattanooga, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Shreveport, La.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Jackson, Miss.; all ranked among America's top 10 most Bible-minded cities in 2013.  Not surprisingly, many cities in the East Coast continued to rank as the least Bible-minded in 2013. Among them: Pr…

The least expensive public colleges

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No Tennessee institutions on this list? I'm shocked...shocked to find that out.  From US News and World Report.
10 Low-Cost Public Colleges for In-State Students Staying in-state for college can net students thousands of dollars in savings – as long as they opt for a public school.  Resident tuition and required fees at public universities averaged $8,539 for the 2013-2014 school year, compared with $19,465 for nonresidents, according to data reported by 403 ranked public colleges in an annual U.S. News survey.  Not only is in-state tuition cheaper than that charged out-of-state students, it is also a fraction of the more than $30,000 average tuition and fees at private universities. Students staying close to home also save on costly airfare and travel expenses.  Oklahoma residents get a particularly good deal on in-state tuition. Five universities in the Sooner State charged less than $5,200 for 2013-2014 tuition and fees, including Northeastern State University and the Universit…

Best values in higher education

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None from Tennessee.  Only seven years ago, ETSU was a best value college. Sigh.  From TODAY.com.
Which public, private colleges offer the best value?  Don’t let the “sticker price” of a college education fool you. The best values in public and private higher education, according to the Princeton Review, are the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Williams College, respectively.  “They’re exceptional schools, academically, that are giving out generous financial aid and keeping their sticker prices low,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of Princeton Review and lead author of “The Best Value Colleges.”

Happy Presidents' Day

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Click image to see a larger versionHow Much Do You Know About Washington and Lincoln? via H&R Block

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Click image to see a larger versionUncle Sam Needs a Date via H&R Block

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My major in English

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Was like money in the bank.  No regrets.  From Forbes.

Majoring In The Humanities Does Pay Off, Just Later
Majoring in the humanities seems like a bad idea these days. Employers don’t want to hire you, we hear, and when they do, they pay poorly (I’ve written three stories saying as much in the last two weeks). But a new study out today gives hope to liberal arts graduates. While they may not earn as much as professional and pre-professional majors like nurses and business majors when they first get out of school, by the time they are 56-60 years old, considered their peak earning years, they make an average of $66,000, which is $2,000 a year more than those with professional degrees. They still don’t do as well as engineers and those who trained in math and the physical and natural sciences, who earn as much as $32,000 more on average. But at least humanities graduates hold their own.  The numbers come from “How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment,” a joint project by t…

Happy Lincoln's birthday

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The most popular television show set in Tennessee?

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Nashville, natch.  Interesting note, there were no series set in Iowa.  Iowa had to settle for a reality show.  From The Business Insider.

Most Popular TV Show Set In Each State - Business Insider
To qualify, we looked at television series as opposed to reality shows.* Selections were based on each show’s longevity, audience and critical acclaim using info from IMDB/Metacritic, awards, and lasting impact on American culture and television.   Obviously, some states (California, New York) were more difficult to choose than others.

The Drive to 55

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Is hoping to pick up new passengers at community colleges and colleges of applied technology. The Chronicle of Higher Education has be best summery of our governor's proposal to offer free tuition to all public higher education institutions in Tennessee except universities. Access is a good thing.  He's also proposing cutting the lottery scholarships for freshman and sophomores at universities to $3000 a term from $4000.  
Free Community College? Tennessee Proposals Draws Praise and Concerns
Gov. William E. Haslam of Tennessee this week proposed a relatively simple idea: Have the state pay the tuition and fees of all high-school graduates who want to go to a community or technical college for two years. The governor's plan, called the Tennessee Promise, would use state lottery reserves to create an endowment to pay for the program, estimated to cost about $34-million the first year, if it is approved by the General Assembly. A bill is advancing in Oregon’s legislature to stu…

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Dude, where's my class?

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High times at the University of Colorado.  Big admission application jump.  From The Denver Post.
CU-Boulder: Legal weed not likely behind 33% jump in applications
Freshman applications to the University of Colorado shot up 33 percent this year, a spike Boulder campus officials say likely is due to a new submission option, not the state's well-publicized legalization of marijuana.  Kevin MacLennan, CU's admissions director, said that while the school has no way to track whether the arrival of recreational pot contributed to the increase in student interest, his office hasn't heard much about it.
That overall rise in applications included even larger jumps in the number of prospective students from out-of-state — a 43 percent increase — and from other countries, with international applications up 65 percent.  "I don't know," MacLennan said of the marijuana issue. "One of the things is we're not getting a lot of questions from families about that. We do…

Save the date

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2014 National Association of Branch Campus Administrators Conference 9-12 April 2014 Hyatt Regency Newport Beach CA
The Annual NABCA Conference is a time when key decision makers from branch, regional, and satellite campuses come together. Meeting the degree-program needs of adult students at Regions, Branches, Centers, and Sites located away from the Main Campus, NABCA Members bring higher education to communities. At the conference, these administrators, faculty, and staff get to exchange ideas, get research-based information, and learn from high-quality Keynote, Institute, and Concurrent Session speakers. All of which, ultimately benefits their campuses, communities, and students.
Conference details and links

You gotta love an article that begins with a "walk into a bar" joke...

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Hmmm.  Generation-based stereotypes suspect? Go figure.  And a multi-million dollar speaking, consulting, and publishing scheme goes away.  From The Pacific Standard.
Workplace Attitudes Similar for Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials A Baby Boomer, a Millennial, and a member of Generation X walk into a bar. Which one of them is most likely to be there despite the fact that their boss asked them to stay and work overtime?Newly published research provides an answer to that question, but it also suggests we shouldn’t take such generation-based generalizations all that seriously.A research team led by John Bret Becton of the University of Southern Mississippi finds some differences in work-related attitudes between the three generations that currently dominate the American workforce, but they are surprisingly small.“It appears the effects of generational membership on workplace behavior are not as strong as suggested by commonly held stereotypes,” the researchers write in the Journal of Ap…

Call for proposals

Reminder: Deadline Extended to February 7th! Call for Roundtable Proposals
The 13th National Conference for Accelerated Programs in Higher Education:
The New Face of Accelerated Learning


  Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - Pre-Conference Events Wednesday-Thursday, July 23-24, 2014 - Main Conference


The Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP) is seeking roundtable proposals for its 2014 Annual Conference.   Proposals should be relevant to one of the following themes: Online Accelerated LearningBlended Accelerated LearningResearch in Accelerated LearningStudent Survey ResultsCharacteristics of the Self-Directed LearnerQuality & Assessment/Federal RegulationsCompetency-Based EducationData Analytics to Improve LearningAdvising the Adult LearnerBest Practices in Accelerated LearningRoundtable facilitators should be prepared to lead an interactive discussion of their topic with inte…

"If you could bottle the South,"

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"it would look like this." Great quote from this Chattanooga Times Free Press article. Moonshine is so hot right now....

MoonPie Moonshine expected to hit shelves next month

MoonPie and Limestone Branch Distillery officials on Tuesday examined the line of MoonPie Moonshine jars that will debut in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana in about a month.And in the excitement, someone held a just-printed MoonPie Moonshine jar against the fluorescent warehouse lighting of Chattanooga Labeling Systems, and it was a moment of realization: If you could bottle the South, it would look like this.The Campbells and the Beams, Tennessee and Kentucky, are teaming up to combine the flavor and brand power of Chattanooga's MoonPie with another Southern tradition: Moonshine distilled at a small craft brewery in central Kentucky.