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A tender Tennessee Christmas. With MoonPies.  From the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Chattanooga Bakery donating 35,000 MoonPies to U.S. troops
Vietnam War veteran Larry Webb recalls receiving cookies from home while serving in Southeast Asia and the difference the sweets made to him. Webb said Monday he thinks the more than 35,000 MoonPies that Chattanooga Bakery is donating to returning U.S. soldiers will make a similar impact.  “It’s a morale booster,” said Webb, who’s now Chattanooga Bakery’s purchasing manager.  The company and country music performer Craig Morgan are teaming with the USO, the United Service Organizations, to give troops what they call “a taste of home” for the holidays.  Webb, who has worked at Chattanooga Bakery for 14 years, said the MoonPies are “a small way of showing our gratitude. We couldn’t do anything too much for the sacrifice they’ve made.”  He said it’s not the first time Chattanooga Bakery has shipped MoonPies to the troops. Webb said the company has…
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Always being connected is often a bad thing.  From MainStreet.

The Mobile Etiquette Violations Guide: How Gross Are We?
The question has to be raised: what is the number one, the worst cellphone etiquette violation? There are many nominees. Chefs - more and more - are putting up notices banning food photography during meals, both because it disrupts the rhythm of the service but also because - with animated photographers - it can also interfere with the dining pleasure of surrounding tables. At the swank, oldtime Los Angeles Jonathan Club, cellphone use in public places is frowned upon. So much so that the Club has some oldtime phone booths, where calls are supposed to be made. Said Amy Alkon, author of Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck, “The Jonathan Club is to be emulated. They do not allow people to blather on on their cellphones around others.” At movie theaters, a staple public service announcement is the reminder to not text during a film - if only because the l…

Behind the completion agenda

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Only one of my three kids graduated in four years--the other two took longer. But I was more concerned with them taking 12 hours a semester and being successful than in graduating in four years. I kind of miss the notion that college should be a time of exploration that lets students experiment and find their intellectual passion.  Now that puts them behind and affects our outcomes-based funding formula.  We're now putting students who come in without a major into a college success class. It's probably a good idea, but students defeat the system by declaring any major just to get out of the class.  Unintended consequences.  From CBS MoneyWatch.
Why your child won't graduate from college on time Expect your child to graduate from college in four years? Not likely.  The odds of getting a diploma on time are exceedingly low, according to a new report released this week by Complete College America, a nonprofit organization that works with states to improve graduation rates at p…

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What sound does the cash cow make?  From Higher Ed Morning.
Do enrollment figures look grim for higher ed? But there is a silver lining in all of this.  Even though there may be fewer high school grads ready to make the jump, colleges are finding other ways to fill their ranks.  Namely, with older or “non-traditional” students. In fact, Hartle noted that older learners have become the majority in the higher ed system.  So where do you see the future of higher ed going in the next 15 years? Does the future look bleak or will schools simply need to alter their way of thinking a little bit?

These are the students in Tennessee

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Who I believe will be most attracted to free tuition at community colleges through Tennessee Promise. Wherever they go, we need to do more to help them succeed.  From Higher Education Morning.
Focus on first-generation students: How your school can boost retention rates Having parents who never attended college can begin hurting a student’s chances before he or she even fills out an application.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), students whose parents didn't attend college are less likely to: discuss college with their parentstake college prep courses in high school, andapply to college. First-generation students, according to the NCES, consistently:
enroll in fewer classescomplete fewer classes, andearn lower grades than their continuing-generation peers. With the odds seemingly stacked against them, it’s no wonder first-generation students have lower retention rates than students whose parents attended college.  According to the NCES, first-year re…

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Dr. Alison Barton, Gov. Bill Haslam to speak at ETSU fall Commencement

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East Tennessee State University’s Dr. Alison Barton will be the speaker at ETSU’s 10 a.m. fall Commencement exercise, and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will deliver the 2 p.m. address on Saturday, Dec. 13, in the ETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center (the Minidome).

Barton is the recipient of East Tennessee State University’s 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching, as well as this year’s Clemmer College of Education Faculty Award in Teaching. In addition, she was presented with the 2012 Clemmer College of Education Faculty Award for Technology and the 2013 ETSU IntopForm fellowship.

Barton joined the ETSU faculty in 2005 and teaches courses in developmental psychology, research methods and educational psychology. She is the coordinator of the Education Foundations program for the Department of Teaching and Learning and is helping to develop an Honors-in-Discipline program for the department.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in psycho…
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Life gets in the way

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It's hard out there for a nontraditional student. But you already know that. In six years, only 17.4% of part-time students graduate compared to 66.4% of full-time students.  But this is hardly surprising: if you're a part-time student taking 15 hours a year, it's going to take you eight years to reach 120 and graduate. You'd have to take 20 hours to finish in six.  From Slate.

America’s Awful College Dropout Rates, in Four Charts
Again, we have a higher education system that works fairly well for the traditional college student—the teenager who shows up on campus ready to dedicate the next four to six years of their lives to school. But a very, very large chunk of American undergraduates don't fit that profile. They're older, juggling classes and a job or family, and not necessarily up to speed academically. Our education system isn't built to cater to their needs, and its results are extremely wasteful.

Tennessee is in the middle

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Of the best places to live for a low cost tuition.  We rank 23rd.  Wyoming is first; New Hampshire last, barely ahead of Vermont.  From Money.

The Best and Worst Places to Live for a Low-Cost College Education

STATESTATE HIGHER-ED SPENDING PER $1,000 IN PERSONAL INCOME25-YEAR TOTAL FOR FAMILIES EARNING $50,000AVERAGE IN-STATE TUITION 2014-15ESTIMATED TOTAL TUITION COSTS FOR TWO CHILDRENTOTAL ESTIMATED TUITION + TAXESWyoming$11.92$14,896$4,646$37,168$41,814Alaska$10.48$13,101$6,138$49,105$55,243Utah$7.63$9,537

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Great customer service

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Is missing from our institutions.  If it's one thing continuing educators do well, it's customer service.  That set us apart 25 years ago and still does, evidently.  From The Hechinger Report.
Colleges take cues from private business to improve their customer service
The man in the impeccably tailored black suit has the people in his audience engrossed as he describes the secrets that have made his multibillion-dollar company internationally known for customer service.  They’re here to find out how to do a better job of it themselves, in this case from a general manager in the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain, at whose suburban St. Louis location this three-day conference is taking place.  It may not seem unusual for business leaders to seek out other business leaders for ideas that can improve their own customer service and employee morale. But the business these people work in may be a surprise:  They’re presidents and administrators from community and technical colleges and a few fo…

They may not believe in the Retirement Fairy

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But Millennials love science. From The Atlantic.
Why Millennials &%#@! Love Science
This is how most Millennials feel about science—curious and awestruck. And they can’t get enough of it. They’re reading about science at their jobs and in their free time, in peer-reviewed journals or on Wikipedia. But what makes Millennials’ interests different from the scientific interests of every previous generation?  By most definitions, a millennial is a person born between 1982 and 2004. And even though we may be reluctant to generalize a generation of about 80 million, Millennials share some common traits that may seem contradictory to their elders. They want their work to be their passion, even though the recession has drastically reduced their job prospects for years to come. They are intricately and consistently connected via social media. They’re less likely to be affiliated with a religious institution than previous generations, but they pray just as often.

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Retirement doesn't care

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If you believe in it or not. Those zany Millennials. From Mainstreet.

Millennials Don't Believe in the Retirement Fairy: A Lesson for Their Parents
"Millennials are the ones who were in high school and college when their parents lost decades of retirement savings during the financial crisis," writes Heather Pelant, the head of BlackRock personal investing, in a blog post. "Today they are paying off student loans and watching their friends have difficulty finding work. They perceive pensions as a quaint anachronism and that cashing Social Security checks during their golden years isn’t likely. In short, they don’t believe in the myth of the retirement fairy." Perhaps that skeptical nature is urging younger investors into action. Millennials said that they commit an average of 22% of their take-home pay to savings and 18% to investing. That's an impressive 40% savings rate. Boomers, who should be turbo-charging their race to retirement, only set aside 12% to s…

Many continuing educators find themselves in this position

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Where apparent advancement opportunities are lacking.  Even then, networking is vital.  How can use this to attract folks to our professional organizations?  From Fortune.

How to advance when there is no career ladder
We’ve all heard it’s important to network and find a mentor and sponsor. But the most successful do-it-yourselfers build a diversity of relationships and rely on those individuals for honest feedback, advice, insight, and information throughout the course of their careers.  If each of us must be the CEO of our careers, think of these people as an advisory board. The group should include peers inside and outside the company, higher-ups in your chain of command and in other divisions, someone in your company’s human resources department, peers and leaders in your industry, family and trusted friends from college and elsewhere. You’ll rely on them to help you evaluate yourself and where you should develop and grow, as well as to learn where there are opportunities and to und…