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My alma mater makes an interesting move off-campus

Merging with a private college to open the University of Iowa Des Moines. As I recall, there had been no public university in Iowa's capital previously.  Although, as we all know, when someone says it's not about the money, it's always about the money.  From The Des Moines Register.
AIB merger to strengthen UI footprint in Des Moines The University of Iowa's footprint in Des Moines will increase significantly after its announced merger Monday with AIB College of Business, a capital city institution since 1921.  Presidents of the two higher education centers said the AIB campus at 2500 Fleur Drive will be renamed the University of Iowa Des Moines.  The move means expanded educational opportunities for central Iowa students, who not only will be able to pursue business-related degrees, but also degrees in other UI programs. Students who enroll at AIB this fall will be considered UI Hawkeyes, officials said.  Current AIB students will be able to complete their programs, of…

The least educated city in the South

What is Dalton, Georgia, Alex.  I might have guessed somewhere in Alabama, Mississippi, or South Carolina.  Who knew? From the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Welcome to Dalton: the second least educated city in America
Dalton, Ga., is the least educated city in the South, and ranks second in the United States, according to the census bureau.  Nationwide, nearly 30 percent of adults over age 25 had at least a bachelor’s degree in 2013. The national median income was $52,250 last year. Metro areas with a less educated workforce generally had lower income levels.  Here are the five least educated metro cities in the nation:  • 1. Kingman, Ariz., 11.3 percent of population have bachelor’s degrees; median income of $39,058  • 2. Dalton, Ga., 12.2 percent of population have bachelor’s degrees; median income of $37,659

But I had bugs for lunch

Dan Johnson, writing in Smart Meetings, picks some food trends for 2015.  And you thought attendees at the ACHE conference complained about the food before.

Insects, Vegetable Yogurt Highlight 2015 Food Trends
Vegetable yogurt, oysters, hummus and insects are among the foods expected to trend in 2015, according to international food and restaurant consultants Baum & Whiteman.  These are among the projected food and beverage trends listed by the firm, which creates high-profile restaurants around the world for hotels, restaurant companies, museums and other consumer destinations.

The jerk store called

Perhaps the cost of being a jerk is just too high.  From Pacific Standard.
Attention Office Jerks: Back Off! We’ve all known the type: that manic, frustrated genius, whose creativity seems contingent on an even greater ability for being an absolute ass. In the office, they are the ones thinking outside the box—and they’ll berate and belittle you for failing to understand their genius. We allow these individuals to be … well, jerks, because they are, after all, the workplace spark-plug. Capable of coming up with that next big idea, they can create the next great thing. We tolerate the jerkiness, because it’s accompanied by genius, which always benefits the workplace.  Maybe it’s time we stopped.  In a recently published study in the Journal of Business and Psychology, professors Samuel Hunter, of Pennsylvania State University, and Lily Cushenbery, of Stony Brook University, determined that these creative bullies can actually harm their companies—by hurting their co-workers’ feelings.

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Call for proposals

Submit your proposal to present at the 2015 Distance Teaching & Learning Conference.  Deadline Monday, January 26.  Learn More

This premier event, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, welcomes hundreds of distance education and online learning professionals every year to share effective practices, research, strategies, and new tools/techniques.

Suggested topics include:

•New course design models
•Mobile & social learning
•Competency-based learning
•Learning analytics
•Gamification and badges
•Open educational resources
•And more ...

Great reasons to submit your proposal:

•Share your data on established practices
•Present a hot new topic in distance learning
•Have your results published in the proceedings publication
•Network with experts from around the world

I'm thankful I don't have to commute

But here are some tips if you do commute.  From Slate.
Don’t Just Sit There People hate commuting. Whether you’re inching along in traffic or avoiding eye contact with strangers on public transportation, your commute is something you’re resigned to tolerate—barely—as part of the daily grind. In a 2004 study, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman and his team found that in a daily log of activities, the amount of happiness people reported while commuting is about on par with the joy of housework. More than half of Americans spend at least 40 minutes in their round-trip commute; the national average is 50 minutes, and some folks, who the Census Bureau call “megacommuters,” spend more than three hours on the road every day.  Until science invents teleportation, there are ways to make your commute suck less. And research suggests that multitasking can make your commute feel more worthwhile. An important first step is to consider how you want to use the time.

If you’re the organized type, try usin…

Promises, promises

I'm all through with promises, promises now.  First Tennessee Promise, now America's College Promise.  Much as I want to see educational attainment increase, I feel increasingly like Dionne Warwick.  (I realize this might be a too obscure 60's reference.  Perhaps I should acknowledge Burt Bacharach and Hal David?) Taken from The Pacific Standard.

The Potential Benefits of Obama’s Free Community College Plan
Here’s how it breaks down: Federal funding would cover 75 percent of the average cost of community college, and states would handle the rest. In order to participate in the program, students have to attend the colleges at least “half-time,” making “steady progress” toward completion of their program, while maintaining a 2.5 GPA. Participating community colleges will have to offer programs that either transfer credits to four-year schools, or provide in-demand occupational training. If Obama’s large-scale proposal makes it through Congress, it could have long-term benefits…

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I'm guilty

Of saying number two on this list:  "Did you hear about..." Sigh.  What fun is work without gossip?  From Newsweek.
5 Things Supervisors Should Never Say (Out Loud) In a perfect world, supervisors would be cool under pressure and the perfect source of inspiration—and always say the right thing at exactly the right time.  But if you’re in that type of role, you know that in reality, that usually doesn’t happen. Management is chaotic. People—employees, managers, customers, and everyone in between—are unpredictable, situations escalate, and in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to let something not so appropriate slip out, without even realizing it.  As a supervisor myself, I had plenty of those moments. And it usually wasn’t until the end of the day that I’d realize, “I probably shouldn’t have said that.”  It’s not just as simple as vowing not to say, “Hey, you suck!” to any of your employees. These are things that may seem like normal office chatter—but over time, can undermine…

What is Tennessee whiskey

Continuing your own education.  From Paste.

Beginner's Guide to Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey Tennessee Whiskey  Believe it or not, Tennessee whiskey and bourbon have almost identical requirements. In fact, most Tennessee whiskeys meet the criteria for bourbon. The main difference in production is that, sometime after distillation, Tennessee whiskey must be filtered through sugar maple charcoal. Though most producers filter directly after distillation, the law doesn’t (currently) specify when it must be done.  Parts of the state’s legal definition are hotly contested. The two major contenders, George Dickel and Jack Daniel’s, are each fighting a different requirement. With the current shortage of barrels after a poor harvest, Jack Daniels’ has argued that the new barrel restriction is untoward. George Dickel, on the other hand, ages much of its whiskey in Kentucky, which is obviously outside the Tennessee state lines, thereby blurring the lines of what constitutes production.

College students with kids

Affordable daycare is another obstacle adult students face.  And it's not getting better.  From The Atlantic.

The Quiet Struggle of College Students With Kids
According to a 2014 study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 4.8 million college students were parents of dependent children in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available—that’s about 26 percent of all college undergraduates. The vast majority of these students, 71 percent, are women. But while the number of enrolled students who have children has grown (increasing by 50 percent between 1995 and 2011, according to IWPR), the availability of childcare on campuses hasn’t. In fact, the number of overall childcare facilities available at public colleges (where more than 60 percent of students with children enroll) has decreased over the past decade or so. In 2002, 54 percent of public, four-year colleges had on-campus childcare; by 2013 that number had dropped to 51 percent. For public, two-year colleges,…

Only 5 states are less healthy than Tennessee

According to 27/7 Wall Street.  Only Oklahoma, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi trail us.

America’s Most (and Least) Healthy States

6. Tennessee
> Pct. obese: 33.7% (4th highest)
> Cardiovascular deaths per 100,000: 300.6 (7th highest)
> Physicians per 100,000: 124.4 (19th highest)
> Pct. visiting dentist in 2012: 50.9 (15th lowest)

More than one-third of Tennessee adults and nearly 17% of adolescents were considered obese last year, both the fourth highest rates nationwide. As in most states, the obesity problem in Tennessee has worsened considerably. Physical inactivity was likely a major contributor. Less than 63% reported routine exercise, less than in all but one other state. Residents also had among the highest rates of heart attacks, and there were more than 300 cardiovascular deaths per 100,000 people, one of the highest rates. Determinants such as a struggling economy and safety concerns also played a role in the state’s poor ranking. More than 8% of …

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I love the idea

Of getting your conference attendees to promote your conference for you!  We already have contests going on--something like the Selfie Event described below could generate excitement for the next meeting.  By Kristen Carvalho in WeThink.

4 Ways to Get Your Community to Promote Your Events
Planning events is a team effort. You need to have a production line of tasks in place that will move projects smoothly from one person to another. Once the location is booked, you move on to finding your caterer, then you start planning your seating arrangements, then maybe you move on to marketing and so on. More than just having to coordinate with your team to get projects done, you need to coordinate with all your vendors and sponsors to make sure that your event goes as planned. Now, there is one integral part of your event team that often gets neglected or missed in the planning process – your community or network and attendees!   Corbin Ball stated that there are about 1.8 million meetings in …

Call for proposals deadline soon

Call for Roundtable Proposals Don't forget proposals are due by January 9th, 2015!
The 14th National Conference for Accelerated Programs in Higher Education:
Innovative Accelerated and Online Programs: Shine in a Competitive Market!
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - Pre-Conference Events August 5 & 6, 2015 - Main Conference The Hospitality Learning Center
Metropolitan State University of Denver

 The Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP) is seeking roundtable proposals for its 2015 Annual Conference.  Those selected to facilitate will receive the CAP Member registration fee, and CAP Members who are selected will receive an extra special gift from CAP!   Proposals should be relevant to one of the following themes: Online Accelerated LearningBlended Accelerated LearningResearch in Accelerated LearningInnovative Practices in Accelerated LearningInnovative Practices in Teaching in Accelerated ProgramsInnovative …

Social notworking

Eduventures has been a friend to continuing higher education.  This report, written by Mark Rooney, looks at what actually influences a student's decision to enroll at your college or university.  The role of social media may be exaggerated. From

Does Social Media Influence Students’ Enrollment Decisions?
Higher education leaders have heard a great deal about the importance of social media for recruiting undergraduate students. Some experts say that today’s college applicants are increasingly tech and social media savvy, demanding that colleges devote significant resources to their social media presence. Others say it is largely a waste of admissions staff time, depleting resources from far more useful and persuasive communication tactics. The truth, of course, is somewhere in between. The critics are partly right. Data from the 2014 Eduventures Prospective Student Survey, which was completed by over 10,000 prospective students, suggests that a college’s social …

This was a hot dinner topic

With my Chattanooga State colleagues at the TACHE conference.  Classic case of thinking with the wrong head?  From Inside Higher Education.
A Degree in Question A community college official in Tennessee retroactively received a degree from Duquesne University in Pennsylvania this year despite failing to complete required coursework a decade ago, according to an unusual cross-state investigation by Tennessee auditors.  The audit by the Tennessee Board of Regents focused on a controversial Chattanooga State Community College official, Lisa Haynes.  The longtime president of Chattanooga State, James Catanzaro, retired this week amid questions about Haynes. She was his executive assistant and then the college’s chief innovations officer. Catanzaro met Haynes in Barbados before she was hired by the college.  For Tennessee auditors’ purpose, the key questions were about Haynes’ qualifications. Even though a job opening in fall 2013 required a degree she did not have at the time, Chattanooga …

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