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Tomorrow's the deadline! Put the finishing touches on your proposal for ACHE's 2016 Annual Conference in New Orleans, October 17-19, and submit today.
ACHE's 2016 Annual Conference & Meeting Call for Proposals deadline April 1 Learn More!

ACHE invites members and friends of the association to submit proposals on the theme Innovation, Transformation, and Service in Continuing Higher Education: Creating Pathways to the Future for our 78th Annual Conference & Meeting to be held in New Orleans October 17-19, 2016. Topics to consider: ·Transformative roles and responsibilities ·Practical application of theory ·Effective learning, teaching tools, and environments ·Tips, tools, techniques, model-building and case studies ·Impactful marketing

Looking for a low-tuition state?

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Don't look at Pennsylvania. According to the College Affordability and Transparency Center, of the 20 most expensive public four-year universities in the country, 8 are in Pennsylvania, including the two most expensive. The average is $7617. Here are the five most expensive.
Public, 4-year or above with Highest Tuition

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus   PA$17,100
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus   PA$16,992
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus   NH$16,496
Colorado School of Mines                           CO$16,485
University of Vermont                                   VT$15,718

What's your major?

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Drones. Or, Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Textbook case for a college to be nimble. From AACC 21st-Century Center.
Staying Agile With Workforce Training
Besides its flexible curriculum model, Norris credits two other key elements for the success of Sinclair’s UAS training center: taking a long view of the project as an investment rather than an expense; and taking a partnership approach to the project’s development.  Before the college could begin offering courses in UAS technology, it had to spend money on preliminary steps, such as figuring out now to access air space for the drones, building the simulation labs and hiring subject-matter experts to design the curriculum.  “The reason that we were able to do this,” Norris says, “is that we have a very visionary board and president/CEO that allowed us to do this as an investment. They saw this as future payoff.”  It also was important that the college join forces with others in carrying out its mission to become a leader in UAS workforce …

Adult education 101

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Earning a GED not only results in higher family incomes, it also boosts education attainment of children. Yeah, those of us in continuing higher education already knew that.  From The Atlantic.

When Low-Income Parents Go Back to School
While parents have a hard time actually getting to class, the benefits can be huge for their kids, as poor children whose parents have at least a GED or high-school diploma are more likely to complete high school. Johnson said she notices that a lot of parents start enrolling at Academy of Hope when their kids reach fourth grade, after recognizing that they need to pursue their education to help their children with homework. Parents start attending school functions, too, as their positive adult education experience starts replacing frequently negative childhood ones.  At Academy of Hope, about a quarter of students set a goal to become more involved in their children’s schooling; about 70 percent achieve it. “[They] look at the child’s homework and they …

In the past

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I've asked the person to walk with me outside to the sidewalk. Now, no one ever wants to walk with me. The advice in this article could come directly from our Human Resources procedure manual. From Slate.

What’s the Nicest Way to Fire Someone?
Management experts agree: Firing should never come as a surprise. Instead, it should always follow a series of discussions about the employee’s shortcomings, during which the employee has been given a chance to improve. (That doesn’t apply if an employee has done something truly egregious like stolen money or sexually harassed a colleague, of course.) Ideally, writes Ask a Manager columnist Alison Green, “The employee has been clearly told about the problems and what needs to change, warned that the progress isn’t what it needs to be, and explicitly told that his or her job is in jeopardy if specific changes don’t occur.”

Infographic Friday

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From Visually.

Save the date

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MAY 13, 2016EAST REGIONAL TACHE DRIVE-IN CONFERENCEUniversity of Tennessee – Knoxville Campus Visitors Center

Call for Proposals

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THERESA NEIL MEMORIAL RESEARCH FUNDTHERESA NEIL MEMORIAL RESEARCH FUND
CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2016 The Theresa Neil Memorial Research Fund The Summer Session Research Consortium, which consists of the North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS); the North Central Conference on Summer Schools (NCCSS); the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators (WASSA); and the Association of University Summer Sessions (AUSS), is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for the Theresa Neil Memorial Research Fund.
Amount of Award The total for the year 2016 that may be awarded is $10,000.  This may be awarded to one or more proposals at the discretion of the members of the Consortium committee.  Generally, accepted proposals are funded for $2,000 to $5,000.
Research Topics The Consortium invites proposals that address pedagogical or administrative issues that pertain to summer session at North American colleges and universities. For example: Analysis of summer faculty pay structures and …

Tennessee is the 19th best

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State to retire in, according to a survey by Bankrate.com.Interestingly enough, the best is Wyoming. I dunno, it would take a lot for me to want to retire to Wyoming. I'd rather go where the boat leaves from. What's the worst?  New York. Meh. This slide show comes from CBS Moneywatch.
Best and worst U.S. states for retirement
In its latest survey, Bankrate.com used six criteria to determine which states are the best and worst for retirees: cost of living, taxes, health care, weather, crime and residents' overall well-being. And the results produced some surprises.  Traditional retirement spots didn't fare as well as those generally not considered retirement meccas. For example, while many people think of beaches when they think about retirement, only one of Bankrate's 10 best states for retirement touches the Atlantic or Pacific oceans or the Gulf of Mexico -- and nine of the 12 worst are coastal states.  Some popular states also ranked poorly primarily because dens…

It's a terrible time to be a teacher

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And salaries are not the primary factor driving dissatisfaction. They've always been low. It's disrespect. Like my wife's tee shirt says: "Those who can, teach. Those who can't, pass legislation about teaching." From The Atlantic.
What If America’s Teachers Made More Money?
Perceived low pay certainly seems to account for a tiny slice of teachers’ concerns; salaries, Corcoran said, “are definitely not the end of the story.” In a “Quality of Worklife” survey of more than 30,000 educators last year, just 46 percent said their salaries were a major source of stress in the workplace. Testing fatigue, bloated bureaucracy, little time to reflect and decompress and develop professionally have all taken a significant toll on teachers’ job satisfaction. In that same survey, which was conducted jointly by the American Federation of Teachers and an activist group known as the Badass Teachers Association, nearly three in four respondents identified the “adoption of new in…

Infographic Friday

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The case for female leadership at your institution

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A more successful college or university. From The New York Times.
Women in Company Leadership Tied to Stronger Profits, Study Says
Companies pondering the incentives for increased gender diversity in their executive ranks may need to look no further than the bottom line.
Having women in the highest corporate offices is correlated with increased profitability, according to a new study of nearly 22,000 publicly traded companies in 91 countries.  The study, released Monday by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a nonprofit group based in Washington, and EY, the audit firm formerly known as Ernst & Young, found that despite the apparent economic benefits, many corporations are lacking in gender diversity.  Almost 60 percent of the companies reviewed had no female board members, and more than 50 percent had no female executives. Just under 5 percent had a female chief executive.  The study found that female C.E.O.s did not significantly underperform or overperform when c…

Happy Pi Day

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From Visually.

Remember to spring ahead?

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Aren't there supposed to be a rash of deaths caused by the time change? I hate losing that hour, even though I like the extra daylight. I didn't know it could be traced back to Ben Franklin, though. From National Geographic.
The Strange and Surprising History of Daylight Saving Time
U.S. clocks spring forward again this Sunday, March 13, for daylight saving time, the annual event that stretches the hours of evening sunlight and irritates those who'd rather leave well enough alone.   So who's responsible for this controversial clock changing? Ben Franklin first introduced the basic idea way back in 1784, but he did so with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
French ambassador Franklin flashed his legendary wit with a letter to the Journal of Paris in which he claimed to be astonished, upon being awakened at 6 a.m., to find that the sun was already up. He, and no doubt his readers, had never seen the sun before noon. (Related: "Daylight Saving Time: 7 Surprising Things Yo…

Infographic Friday

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From Visually.

How important really is grit to academic success in higher education?

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Not so much, a new study suggests. And here I spent a whole day recently at a summit discussing grit (albeit among other thing as well).I never thought success and completion could be reduced to something so simple. From The Pacific Standard.

What Does Having Grit Really Get You?
The results suggest grit isn't that important for academic achievement, at least when other personality traits are included in the analysis—though that doesn't necessarily mean teaching grit is without value. "Throughout adult life, children will face challenges," the researchers write, "thus perseverance in long-term goals might help them to develop habits of hard work and the continuous pursuit of their goals, despite the many obstacles they face."

Little fees

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Can be obstacles to student success in college. Especially for low income students. From Pacific Standard.
One Simple Trick That Boosts Kids' College Graduation Rates The change in policy occurred in the fall of 2007. Before that, every test-taker could send her scores free of charge to four schools, but only before she knew her test score. After 2007, test-takers who qualified for the College Board's SAT fee waiver were able to send their scores free of charge to an additional four colleges or scholarship organizations at any time before they graduated from high school—including after they had learned how they fared on the exam.  After the change, low-income SAT-takers were 10 percent more likely to send their scores to eight or more organizations, Page and her team found. For every additional school they sent their scores to, they were five percent more likely to go to college on time, and three percent more likely to get a bachelor's degree within five years. One recent …

Call for proposals

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ACHE's 2016 Annual Conference & Meeting Our Call for Proposals continues! Learn More!

ACHE invites members and friends of the association to submit proposals on the theme Innovation, Transformation, and Service in Continuing Higher Education: Creating Pathways to the Future for our 78th Annual Conference & Meeting to be held in New Orleans October 17-19, 2016. Topics to consider: ·Transformative roles and responsibilities ·Practical application of theory ·Effective learning, teaching tools, and environments ·Tips, tools, techniques, model-building and case studies ·Impactful marketing ·Credit for prior learning ·Access to quality continuing higher education

These are the most popular baby names

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When I was born. What were yours? From MSN.

These Were the Most Popular Baby Names the Year You Were Born
Michael, James and Robert remained popular — as did actor James Stewart, who starred with Grace Kelly in Rear Window. Mary, Linda, and Deborah were popular girls' names.

Infographic Friday

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Location, location, location

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This kind of goes counter to the popularity of online education. Of course it's true that adult students often have limited options for higher education since they're place bound. And many of them prefer traditional formats over online. And in some area, the lack of high speed internet isolates potential students even more. From The Atlantic.
Why School Location Matters The paper points out that more than 57 percent of incoming first-year students who enroll in public four-year schools attend college within 50 miles of home. Students of color and those from lower-income families are even more likely to stay nearby.  Where there are good, affordable, and accessible (not highly selective) options within close range, that’s not a bad thing.  But the paper finds that between 6 and 12 percent of the nation’s adult population lives in an education desert, and between 1.29 and 2.86 million students attend college in education deserts. Most are in the Midwest and Great Plains states, b…

Creating incentives for enrolling in 15 hours a term

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Tennessee Promise requires that students enroll in fifteen hours a term in return for free tuition. I've heard rumors that after Promise's initial fall semester, a surprisingly high number of students found themselves in academic difficulty--and the assumption was that poorly prepared students struggled with the higher class load. Don't know if it's true or not, but it intuitively feels right. 
Tennessee Promise was designed to increase participation in higher education, to encourage students who thought higher education was beyond their means to attend community colleges. Accordingly, these students may not have taken the best courses to prepare them for higher education. Once Promise in operation for a while, this may correct itself as students have a longer time to prepare. In theory, of course, taking fifteen hours a term should increase completion. Just add some grit.  This areticle from The Atlantic highlights some initiatives to encourage students to take fiftee…

Those zany Millennials

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Of course, in their position, I would drink too. From CBS MoneyWatch.
Millennials top U.S. in wine consumption
There's no shortage of scorn heaped upon millennials for their perceived sense of entitlement, laissez faire attitude toward work and obsession with technology. Now add this: They like to booze it up.  Millennials -- in general, people born between the early 1980s and early 2000s -- last year consumed 159.6 million cases, or 42 percent, of all the wine sold in the U.S., surpassing baby boomers and Generation X, according to a recent survey by the Wine Market Council.  Research also showed that younger drinkers are thirstier than older oenophiles, drinking an average 3.1 glasses, compared to 2.4 for Gen Xers and 1.9 for boomers. Women especially seem to have a taste for the fruit of the vine. Among frequent consumers of wine, two-thirds of those under 30 were women, though consumption among millennials in their 30s was evenly split among the sexes.  Millennials are also mor…