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Infographic Friday

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Gaming the system to increase outcomes?

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I haven't seen much evidence of it around here. Lower state financial support for universities seems to have a bigger impact on behavior: we act more like private institutions with large state grants. By Robert Kelchen and Luke J. Stedrak, writing in The Conversation.
Fewer Poor Students Are Being Enrolled in State Universities-Here’s Why Performance funding, the idea of tying funding to outcomes instead of enrollment, was first adopted in Tennessee in 1979. It spread across the country in waves in the 1990s and 2000s, with some states dropping and adding programs as state budget conditions and political winds changed. In this decade, several states have implemented systems tying most or all of state funding to outcomes.  By basing funding on outcomes such as course completions and the number of degrees awarded, PBF has become a politically popular strategy to improve student outcomes. It has received strong support from the Bill and Melinda Gates and Lumina Foundations - two big …

Promises kept

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This is good news on the retention front. I had heard rumors that the 15 hour enrollment requirement had hurt student success at community college. It would appear that was not the case, at least not initially. From The Tennessean.
Tennessee Promise boasts 80 percent retention rate More than 80 percent of Tennessee Promise students who went to college in the fall returned for their second semester, the clearest indication yet of the scholarship program's continued durability.  Data released by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission showed an average retention rate of 80.6 percent for the 16,291 students who used the scholarship program to go to community or technical college tuition-free.  Almost 95 percent of Tennessee Promise students who enrolled at technical colleges in the fall returned in the spring, according to the commission. Retention at community colleges and Austin Peay State University, which enrolled some Tennessee Promise associate degree students, stood at 78.5 p…

Whatever happened to that diversity funding

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At the University of Tennessee? An update from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
What Lawmakers in One State Talk About When They Talk About Diversity
When Republican leaders in the Tennessee legislature passed a resolution in December declaring that the University of Tennessee at Knoxville had become a "national embarrassment" for its online posts promoting gender-neutral pronouns and inclusive holiday parties, university officials knew they would face a demanding legislative session this spring.  Conservative lawmakers saw the controversies as a sign that political correctness was running amok on the flagship campus. So Knoxville’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion has played a starring role in committee meetings and hearings since the session began, in January. Multiple Republican-backed bills, introduced over the past four months, have sought to strip the office of all or part of its funding.  Both the House and the Senate passed a bill on Thursday that would divert rou…

Misunderstanding the real problems in higher education

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Two former college presidents try to set the record straight. Don't try to solve the wrong problems.From Money.
What’s Really Wrong With College Today? So, in brief:  Public tuition has risen mainly because state governments, hard pressed for funds, have not been able or willing to free enough money to keep up with rapidly expanding enrollments. Tuition charges have risen to make up the difference.  Meanwhile, there has been no increase over the last decade in the size of non-faculty staff, once you correct for those growing enrollments.  What’s more, the average “earnings premium,” the gap between the earnings of high school and college graduates, has never been higher than in recent years, and as bad as unemployment was for all groups during the Great Recession, it has always been roughly twice as high for people with no higher education than for those with BAs.  And, finally, most people who earn a BA borrow moderately. In fact, 40% of those earning degrees from public instituti…

Happy Earth Day!

When is Earth Day 2016? When is Earth Day 2016? This observance always falls on April 22. On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, and companionship with nature! Walk through the woods in search of emerging wildflowers and green moss. Go outside, no matter what the weather!

In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22. Millions of people participated, and today Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated with events on both dates. The most common practice of celebration is to plant new trees for Earth Day.

Tennessee is ninth from the bottom

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Of states where people have the worst credit scores. The states with the best credit scores are in the Midwest.From CBS MoneyWatch.
10 states with the best and worst credit scores
Like many other Southern states, Tennessee has lower incomes and lower credit scores to match. Tennessee's median household income of $43,716 is the sixth-lowest in the nation. With less money coming in, Tennessee earners will be on tighter budgets and will be able to afford less debt.  If they do take on debt, there's a higher risk of delinquency; Tennessee has higher rates of delinquencies than the national average for personal loans, credit cards and auto loans, according to TransUnion data.

At the ACHE South Conference in Charleston

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At the ACHE South Conference

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Weaving our Vibrant Past into a Colorful Future
Charleston, South Carolina

At the ACHE South Conference in Charleston

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Glory days

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Misremembering how things truly were back when. I remember when the interest rate on our first mortgage in the 70s was 9%...and we felt good about that. From the Washington Monthly.
Misplaced Nostalgia for the “Good Old Days”
Yet too often, perceptions of American decline and nostalgia for the “good old days” are grounded in myths, not reality.  Certainly we are better off today than in the 1970s, which were actually quite tumultuous with growing rates of inflation and uneven economic growth. In fact, a new term had to be created - “stagflation” - to explain this phenomenon.  And as for the 1950s and 1960s, the nostalgia evoked by the likes of Trump and Sanders is again based on a myth on how good the middle class had it. In 1959, the overall poverty rate was 22 percent while the elderly poverty rate was 35 percent; even in our weak economy, the comparable numbers today are 15 percent and 10 percent.   Moreover, while many low-educated white males had good paying blue collar jobs in t…

I assume at UM-Flint

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They're tweeting about drinking alcohol because they can't drink the water. Ba-doom Pshh. I could only find one Tennessee institution. Perhaps the rest of us don't use twitter as much at the students in Chattanooga. From The Huffington Post. 

The Colleges Where People Tweet The Most About Drinking
The top 10 “Midsized Schools,” where enrollments ranges from 10,000 to 15,000, that have the most per capita drinking tweets:Massachusetts Institute of TechnologySavannah College of Art and DesignCollege of CharlestonJohnson & Wales UniversityTufts UniversityStrayer UniversityUniversity of Southern MaineYale UniversityUniversity of Michigan - FlintUniversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga

More parents on campus

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But like other nontraditional students, they lack the services needed to complete. From The Atlantic.
Strollers on Campus Student parents are no longer a small subset of so-called non-traditional students. The number of college students who are raising children reached 4.8 million in 2011, making up more than a quarter of the entire undergraduate population. But they face heavy odds, as nearly 70 percent have low incomes, and, by and large, are less likely to complete their degree or certification within six years.     A failure to provide resources for student parents—like childcare and transportation—could impede a disproportionate number of women of color, who are the most likely undergrads to have children, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Colleges that hope to see equity in the race and gender of their successful students require a firm understanding of the demographics and obligations of enrolled parents, according to Barbara Gault, the vice president and e…

The struggles of small private colleges

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In Appalachia (and elsewhere). I expect we'll see a rash of closings in the next decade. This article has a little more impact since Virginia Intermont is just up the highway from here. This time it's personal From The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The Truth-Teller: Once a Small-College Champion, Now a Tough Critic
"It’s a mess out there for these little schools," says Ms. Brown, a former president of the Appalachian College Association who spent much of her career raising millions for small mountain institutions that she says were doing "wonderful things."  But she suggested meeting here at Virginia Intermont to make a point that a number of people undoubtedly would prefer not to hear from someone with a résumé like hers: "A lot of struggling colleges should give up the fight to stay alive."  Many small liberal-arts institutions, she says, are "hanging on by a thread" and have been reluctant to risk making changes even as enrollment and…

Infographic Friday

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Meeting speak

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College educated Americans

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And especially white, college educated women, remain married at rates common in the 1950s. The less educated, the less likely to be married. From The Washington Monthly.
Why Is Marriage Thriving Among (and Only Among) the Affluent? In 2010, according to the Pew Research Center, only about half of all Americans over age eighteen were married, compared to nearly three out of four in 1960. Americans today are marrying later, if at all, and the share of Americans who’ve never married has climbed to record highs. As one result, the share of children growing up with single moms is also skyrocketing; in 2013, 41 percent of all births were to unmarried women.  But the seeming decline of marriage includes one major caveat: educated elites. When it comes to marriage, divorce, and single motherhood, the 1950s never ended for college-educated Americans, and for college-educated women in particular. According to the researchers Shelly Lundberg, of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Ro…
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2016 Renaissance Child Teen Camp For students ages 12 and up Computer Camp for Teens June 6-10 Ages 13 and up $185 ETSU professor James Livingston, and instructor Greg Marlow will guide campers as they learn about digital media and game development techniques by creating the elements necessary to make their own video game. Students will use Construct 2, Unreal Engine 4, and Photoshop to assemble all their work into a fully playable game that they can share with their family and friends.

Teen Digital Media Camp   June 13-17 Rising high school sophomores and up $250 Campers will learn about 2d and 3d animation and game development techniques by creating the art and scripting for their own video game. Students will use Construct 2, Unreal Engine 4, Photoshop, and Flash to assemble all their work into a fully playable game that they can share with their family and friends. Ages 13 and 14 are able to attend if they have participate…

Happy April Fool's Day

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