Monday, March 31, 2014

ACHE South

The ACHE South 2014 will be held in the vibrant city of Nashville, Tennessee, April 14 - 16, at the beautiful Doubletree Nashville Downtown. The theme for 2014, Nashville: A Sound Investment!  ACHE South is committed to excellence in programming and collaboration of outstanding higher education professionals and premier speakers. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

How are we doing?

What do for-profit alumni say?  From The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Students and graduates of for-profit colleges give their institutions high marks for teaching quality and scheduling flexibility, but nearly a third of the alumni conclude that, given the colleges’ relatively high costs, the investment isn’t worth it, according to a report being released on Monday by Public Agenda, a nonprofit research group. 
The report, "Profiting Higher Education? What Students, Alumni, and Employers Think About For-Profit Colleges," was financed by the Kresge Foundation. It was based on responses from a representative sampling of about 800 prospective students, 200 undergraduates, 250 alumni, and 650 employers, as well as the findings of focus groups with employers and adult prospective students.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Maybe we need to swear more

In higher education today.  Lowers stress, it seems. &#%@!  From Today.com.

Does profanity belong in the modern workplace? Hell yes, say some business insiders.  
“Wall Street is a hotbed of profanity,” says Dennis Gibb, a former Morgan Stanley trader and Bear Stearns junior partner. “You’ve got a lot of high-testosterone people with big egos making a lot of money. When you’ve just bought 100,000 shares of something, profanity is a pretty appropriate response.” 
To be sure, bad language reigns in Martin Scorsese’s movie, "The Wolf of Wall Street." Setting a record for the number of f-words —506 — Gibb says the film’s portrayal is exaggerated, but not by much. Swearing, especially when combined with humor, can be essential to lower stress when working in a pressurized environment, he said.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Never refuse a resignation

And never quit unless you have another job.  From Donna Ballman's Blog, Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home.

They Aren't Going To Beg You To Stay (So Don't Quit Unless You Mean It)
One of the things that makes me shake my head in my law practice is when people tell me that they either quit or discussed possibly quitting, then tried to take it back. I shake my head, because they're almost always contacting me because they're suddenly unemployed. 
Many employees think they're indispensable. Whether they've been with the company a long time, are high-producing sales people, or just know where the bodies are buried, lots of employees quit or threaten to quit with the secret belief that their employer can't live without them. That the boss will beg them to stay. 
That isn't going to happen. Oh, sure, there are rare cases where a top employee puts in a resignation and the boss rips it up and says they aren't accepting it. They may be offered more money. That's rare. You're more likely to get hit by lightning. It isn't going to happen to you. With unemployment what it is, there are probably people younger (or older and more qualified), better educated, and with less attitude just waiting to take your job. Plus, if you've shown your unhappiness then they may celebrate your departure.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Give them a reason to help you

It's getting harder and harder move people's opinions. These tips can help.  From Inc.com.

Winning people over isn't always easy. Yet the ability to apply the gentle art of persuasion to relationships new and old is essential.  
"Every single day, we are faced with the task of persuading others. And every single day, we face resistance," says Bob Burg, author of Adversaries Into Allies: Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion. Whether you are paving the way to a business deal or speaking with the customer service rep who claims she can't authorize a refund, understanding how to get your way and bring about a winning outcome for both parties is a delicate operation. 
But remember: Winning people over is not about manipulating them to like you or do things your way. It's about giving them reasons to respect you--enough that they want to engage with you and actually listen to your point of view. 
"For immediate and long-term results, helping people make decisions that are not only in your best interest but in alignment with their best interests as well is the way to go," says Burg. Doing this effectively, consistently, and predictably, however, takes influence. 
What Exactly Is Influence? 
On a very basic level, influence is simply the ability to move a person (or persons) to a desired action, usually within the context of a certain goal. Burg describes it as having pull. After all, have you ever heard someone say, "Wow, that Karen sure is influential. She has a lot of push!"? Probably not. You don't want to push people; you want to pull them in with tact, kindness, and great communication skills.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


The ACHE South 2014 will be held in the vibrant city of Nashville, Tennessee, April 14 - 16, at the beautiful Doubletree Nashville Downtown. The theme for 2014, Nashville: A Sound Investment!  ACHE South is committed to excellence in programming and collaboration of outstanding higher education professionals and premier speakers. Early registration ends soon.

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ColumnNational Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning

Prior, Present, and Potential Learning: Do You Know It When You See It?

June 18 – 20, 2014 

Nassau Inn, Princeton, NJ
with an optional pre-conference workshop on June 17



The National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning provides an intensive learning experience for educators and professionals who are involved in the assessment of adult and experiential learning. The National Institute has been attended by, and provided educational sessions from experts who have joined us from all around the world.

The assessment of adult learning encompasses many areas. Sessions will engage participants and allow them to gain knowledge in:
  • Prior Learning Assessment
  • Distance Education
  • Assessment Methodologies
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Effective Learning Outcomes
  • College-level Learning
  • Workplace Education and Assessment
  • Utilizing Technology
The main goal of the National Institute is to address issues of interest to novices and experienced professionals alike. The National Institute also serves as a venue to share experiences in a casual environment and to network with colleagues. All attendees are also invited to attend the exclusive Welcome Reception during the early evening of Wednesday, June 18. A special invitation will be included in the registration packets. The National Institute is sponsored annually by Thomas Edison State College.

If you have any questions regarding the National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning, please call (609) 984-1140 ext. 2297 or email ni@tesc.edu .

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I always enjoyed my time

At ACHE spent with staff members from Southern New Hampshire University.  I knew they were on to something a few years ago, but nothing like this.  From Gabriel Kahn, writing in Slate.

The near demise and subsequent rebirth of SNHU offers a glimpse into the crisis facing American higher education. More than a third of American colleges and universities have deteriorating finances, according to a 2012 report. While more Americans find that a college degree is their only ticket to the middle class, fewer institutions are able to provide it at a reasonable cost. 
When LeBlanc took over in 2003, SNHU was struggling. It had poor name recognition and fewer students could afford its rising tuition. When the recession hit, enrollment dipped and it looked as though the school would have to make cuts to stay afloat. LeBlanc, who previously had run an even smaller institution, 300-student Marlboro College in Vermont, thought SNHU’s one hope might be its fledgling online division. 
He had long been friends with Clay Christensen, the Harvard Business School professor and author of the groundbreaking book The Innovator’s Dilemma, which examines the impacts of disruptive technologies on traditional industries. LeBlanc made Christensen an SNHU trustee and consulted extensively with him about embracing online education as a way to escape what seemed like certain decline. 
In 2009, instead of cutting, LeBlanc asked the board to double down on the online division. He argued that rapid growth in online could quickly produce new revenues that could save the main campus in Manchester, N.H. “It was a big-gulp moment,” he says. 
But he was convinced by Christensen that there were no other options. “The business models implicit in higher-ed are broken,” he says. “Public institutions will not see increasing state funding and private colleges will not see ever-rising tuition.” 
His solution was to tackle what colleges were doing poorly: graduating students. Half the students who enroll in post-secondary education never get a degree but still accumulate debt. The low completion rate can be blamed partly on the fact that college is still designed for 18-year-olds who are signing up for an immersive, four-year experience replete with football games and beer-drinking. But those traditional students make up only 20 percent of the post-secondary population. The vast majority are working adults, many with families, whose lives rarely align with an academic timetable.  
“College is designed in every way for that 20 percent—cost, time, scheduling, everything,” says LeBlanc. He set out to create an institution for the other 80 percent, one that was flexible and offered a seamless online experience. But in the process, he turned what had been a small New England college with red-brick buildings and a quad into something barely recognizable. There are still nearly 3,000 students enrolled at its campus in Manchester (the men’s soccer team won the NCAA Division II championship last season), but the action has shifted to its fast-growing online division.  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lunch?

Ain't nobody got time for that.  From Alexandra Levit, writing in The Open Forum.

Why No One Takes Lunch Breaks Anymore (and How to Change That)
A new Robert Half/OfficeTeam study found that nearly half of workers either don't take lunch breaks or take breaks that last 30 minutes or less. Many workers also spend their time multitasking while they eat. More than four in 10 (42 percent) reported that, aside from eating, they spend this time socializing with colleagues, while 29 percent admitted they do work during lunch breaks.Why has the traditional lunch hour diminished so significantly? The obvious culprit is technology.  Now that it’s easier to keep typing away while we eat, we feel freer to do so. In fact, only a tiny 1 percent of survey respondents said they do nothing but eat their lunch. 
A secondary cause is a dysfunctional culture. Some organizations are so competitive that employees feel they must work around the clock in order to keep their jobs and get ahead. They view taking a well-deserved lunch break as a sign of weakness or laziness. 
In a business world that's more stressful than ever, putting in long hours without a break is bad for health, morale and productivity. How can owners and managers help turn things around?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Call for Proposals







You won't want to miss this year's ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference theme is “Winning Together: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.” In these changing landscapes, continuing education professionals must rely not only on other units within their college or university but on their counterparts from schools across the country. Uniting together as a team allows units from across the world to think creatively, share ideas, and provide mutual support at times when some universities no longer see the value of continuing education.

ACHE invites members and friends of the Association to submit proposals for breakout sessions during the conference. The deadline to submit your proposal is March 28, 2014.

Reasons to present at ACHE Las Vegas:
• To share your expertise with colleagues in your field
• To build your resume
• To secure travel funds with your institution
• To have a fabulous time with ACHE in Las Vegas!
The 2014 Annual Conference and Meeting will be held at Tropicana Las Vegas, a newly renovated Doubletree by Hilton property that is conveniently located directly on the infamous "Las Vegas Strip."  For more information about the conference, please visit www.achelasvegas.com.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Spring ahead

Most Americans lost an hour.  But not all...

Daylight Saving Time
For the U.S. and its territories, Daylight Saving Time is NOT observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and Arizona. The Navajo Nation participates in the Daylight Saving Time policy, even in Arizona, due to its large size and location in three states.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Free tuition

Sometimes doesn't work out.  Or last very long.  The promise and results from South Carolina, as reported in The Greenville News.

More than a decade after voters approved a South Carolina lottery pitched as a way to fund free tuition to technical schools and two-year colleges, students still aren’t getting a free ride. 
In fact, they’re digging deeper into their pockets and going further into debt than ever before in order to get the technical degrees and training required to land the skilled jobs area employers need filled. 
The gap between lottery scholarships and tuition has widened to the point where Greenville Tech students are paying more out of their pockets than before the South Carolina Education Lottery began selling tickets in 2002. 
Tech school officials blame the rising tuition on falling state support. Legislators point to the post-9/11 recession followed by the economic crash of 2008 for declines in higher education funding. 
Whatever the reason, tuition and fees at technical colleges in South Carolina are above the national average and among the highest in the Southeast, according to figures from the College Board and the Southern Regional Education Board.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2014 Theresa Neil Memorial Research Fund

The Summer Session Research Consortium requests grant proposals for the Theresa Neil Memorial Research Fund.

Up to $10,000 is available from the Consortium, which consists of the four professional organizations for summer session administration.
North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS)
North Central Conference on Summer Schools (NCCSS)
Western Association of Summer Session Administrators (WASSA)
Association of University Summer Sessions (AUSS)
The consortium sponsors the award in honor of Theresa Ann Neil, a nearly 20-year member of the staff at at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  Born in 1948, Theresa passed away on June 25, 1994 after an accident that took her life and that of her husband, D.C. Neil.  She served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration and Director of Continuing Education and Extension at Duluth.

Elizabeth Beasley, Rutgers New Brunswick, received $6,000 in 2013 for her "Analysis of the Individual and Institutional Causes, Correlations, and Consequences of Transient Summer Session Credit."

For more information, email Dr. Ken Smith, 2014 Research Consortium Chair.

The deadline is March 21, 2014.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Call for proposals









You won't want to miss this year's ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference theme is “Winning Together: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.” In these changing landscapes, continuing education professionals must rely not only on other units within their college or university but on their counterparts from schools across the country. Uniting together as a team allows units from across the world to think creatively, share ideas, and provide mutual support at times when some universities no longer see the value of continuing education.

ACHE invites members and friends of the Association to submit proposals for breakout sessions during the conference. The deadline to submit your proposal is March 28, 2014.The 2014 Annual Conference and Meeting will be held at Tropicana Las Vegas, a newly renovated Doubletree by Hilton property that is conveniently located directly on the infamous "Las Vegas Strip."  For more information about the conference, please visit www.achelasvegas.com.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Still time

ACHE Great Plains 2014 Spring Conference

March 6 & 7, 2014
University of Oklahoma Outreach
Norman, Oklahoma

Lessons Learned: Exemplary Work in Adult & Continuing Education
Click here to view the full agenda

John F. EbersoleKeynote Speaker John F. Ebersole

Competency-Based Education and the Future of Continuing Education
John F. Ebersole, LPD, is president of Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., one of the oldest accredited, private, nonprofit distance education institutions in the country. In his 25 year career in higher education, Dr. Ebersole's personal experience as a post-traditional student has informed his approach to adult education.

Ebersole has held teaching and management positions at John F. Kennedy University and Boston University as well as management positions at the University of California - Berkeley and Colorado State University. He developed the "Berkeley Worldwide" international education program; the Colorado State University "CSUN" Network for Learning ; and Boston University's "BU Global."
A retired Coast Guard commander and Vietnam veteran, Ebersole began his college education while in the military. In addition to being a graduate of the Naval War College, he earned a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University; an EdS from The George Washington University; and master's degrees in both business and public administration from John F. Kennedy University. He has served as a senior fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he conducted research into innovation in higher education.
Previously chair of the American Council on Education's Commission of Lifelong Learning, he continues to serve as a member. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (New York).

A former president of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Ebersole is co-author (with William Patrick) of Courageous Learning: Finding A New Path Through Higher Education (Hudson Whitman Press, 2011).

Registration

Registration is now open. Click here to register.

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2014 Council for Accelerated Programs Conference

THE NEW FACE OF ACCELERATED LEARNING

July 22 (Pre-Conference Events)
July 23-24 - Main 2-Day Conference
Hospitality Learning Center
Metropolitan State University of Denver

For questions or additional information, please contact Jeannie McCarron at (303)964-5253 or jmccarro@regis.edu.