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Grow old along with me

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The best is yet to be, unless you live in West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Kentucky and Indiana. I had the opportunity to grow old in one of the top five and passed on it. Haven't looked back. From CBS MoneyWatch.
The 5 best and worst states to grow old in
Everyone ages, but how a person copes with the health challenges that come with old age can depend on many factors, including where they live.  It turns out that some states offer better options for elder care than others, after calculating the costs of in-home care, assisted living centers or nursing homes, as well as quality of care, according to a new study from Caring.com. While warm states such as Florida and Arizona exert strong pulls on retirees, the best states to grow old in tend to be colder ones, the research found.  While the study provides insights into the cost and quality of elder care across the U.S., it's meant to spark a discussion among families rather than suggest that retirees head for the top-ranked …

Happy Memorial Day!

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Infographic Friday

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From Visually.

And here's a small college

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Trying to reopen and reinvent itself. I remember Tarkio from when I worked in Missouri. It's been operating since 2012 as a continuing education center. From The Daily Nonpareil.

Tarkio College works to reopen as two-year institution
An application for Tarkio College to reopen as a two-year institute of higher learning has been submitted to the Missouri Department of Higher Education.  Tarkio College had operated in northwest Missouri – about a 30-minute drive from Hamburg or Shenandoah – in Tarkio, Missouri, from 1883 to 1992, according to the city.  Robert Hughes, a graduate and now president of the college, said the reopening was made possible after the college property was donated to its alumni association. Tarkio College currently operates as a center for professional continuing education.  “Twenty-nine acres of the campus itself and 11 buildings were gifted to the Tarkio College Alumni Association by Heartland Educational Institute that inherited the land when the college cea…

Happy Towel Day!

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by Lemonly.
From Visually.

Trying to ban gender-neutral pronouns

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And Sex Week at UT-Knoxville. Sigh. Seems like they just kind of threw in the sex week issue just because. From The Knoxville News Sentinel.
UT Diversity Office takes hit, as Gov. Haslam allows bill to become law diverting funds
Gov. Bill Haslam allowed the bill that diverts about $436,000 from the University of Tennessee's office of diversity and inclusion and into minority engineering scholarships during the next school year to become law without his signature on Friday.  "This bill received considerable debate and discussion during legislative session, and the final form of HB 2248 was revised so that its primary effect is to redirect administrative funding for the Office for Diversity and Inclusion for one year into scholarships for minority engineering students. Although I do not like the precedent of redirecting funds within a higher education institution's budget, I find the ultimate outcome of the legislation less objectionable and am therefore letting it become la…

More on Kentucky higher education

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Cutbacks. Oh, yeah, and outsourcing maintenance at Western Kentucky. From Kentucky.Com.
Layoffs, furloughs and hiring freezes at Kentucky’s universities
Eastern Kentucky University just enacted a hiring freeze. Kentucky’s community college system has started laying off workers. Morehead State University put all its employees on an unpaid furlough.  All over the state, public universities have started what’s become a biennial rite of belt-tightening in the face of state budget cuts and increased fixed costs for pensions and health insurance.  Certainly, the state cuts turned out to be less severe than expected. When Gov. Matt Bevin first released his proposed budget, higher education faced a 4.5 percent cut in the current year, and 9 percent in the next two. Compromises lowered those to 2 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively. But eight years of cuts and increases in costs will leave many campuses little choice but to make some drastic changes, said Robert King, president of the Council…

Infographic Friday

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Embedded from Squeeze Pod

Tales of the nontraditional

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Homeless but graduating. Did not major in home economics. From MLive.
For inspirational homeless EMU student, graduation day
The doors of the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center opened at 7 a.m. Sunday, and by 8, cars were bumper-to-bumper along Hewitt Road trying to squeeze into crowded parking lots. Fathers in suits carried cameras and mothers cradled bouquets.  Two miles away, Ramone Williams walked alone out of an apartment carrying a backpack. Just a few months ago, that backpack had held much of the 26-year-old's possessions – a few changes of clothes, a can of Chunky soup, bags of tea.  Sunday, the backpack held a cap and gown.  Until a few months ago Williams was homeless, a college senior at Eastern Michigan who had enough money for college tuition or a home, but not both. He attended classes by day, and slept in his 2007 Grand Caravan at night. When the weather turned cold, he slept in the EMU library and showered in the student recreational facility.  Sunday, …

Why would anyone go into significant debt to get a doctorate?

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Of course, it would appear that most students don't graduate with a doctorate and deep debt. It reminds me of the debt loads of students who choose to go to expensive, private colleges instead of choosing less expensive options. It's not necessarily higher education's fault that his or her debt is so high. Still, I've always said to never pursue a graduate degree in the humanities or education without some sort of assistantship or other financial support from the institution. Or, attend part-time when you already have a job in the field and need the degree for advancement. From The Atlantic.

The Ever-Tightening Job Market for Ph.D.s
Liquid courage is a necessity when examining the data on Ph.D.s in the latest NSF report, “The Survey of Earned Doctorates,” which utilized figures from the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. The report finds that many newly minted Ph.D.s complete school after nearly 10 years of studies with significant debt and withou…

Save the date!

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ACHE South Annual Conference
Peabody Hotel
Memphis, Tennessee
April 11-13, 2017

One of the consequences of college getting more and more expensive

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Fewer poor people can attend and complete. This especially impacts adult students who, in addition to limited funds and access to financial aid outside of loans, have family, work, and time constraints as well. From The Atlantic.

The Growing College-Degree Wealth Gap The nation’s colleges continue to graduate far fewer students who grew up in poor households. With the country’s economic potential possibly hanging in the balance, a new report urges the United States to dedicate more resources and know-how to closing the college-completion gap between wealthier students and those from low-income backgrounds.  The issue boils down to the number of college-educated workers that will be needed to fill the bulk of the country’s new jobs—two-thirds of which will require some college background by 2020—and the dearth of college degrees held by lower-income workers. With well-paying jobs in manufacturing and the trades largely a relic of the nation’s industrial past, the middle-class pathways f…

Friday the 13th

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The rest of us can tap into his unused social security

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Fifty years and counting. Bless his heart. From The Chicago Sun-Times.
University of Illinois prof for 50 years plans to keep teaching
Roy Axford has been a professor at the University of Illinois for 50 years, and he has no plans to stop.  The 87-year-old Axford works in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering. He was honored Thursday.  Axford said that the tradition in his family is to work for a lifetime.  He continues to teach a full load of classes.

Tales of the nontraditional

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Earning the doctorate in retirement. I had a student who was earning her Ed.D. in her retirement. She was a joy to work with. From The New York Times.
Taking On the Ph.D. Later in Life Now 61, Mr. Hevey is making up for lost time. He’s a second-year Ph.D. student in a plant biology and conservation program offered jointly by Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden. Mr. Hevey, whose work focuses on invasive species, started on his master’s at age 53, and he expects to finish his doctorate around five years from now, when he will be 66.  “When I walk into a classroom of 20-year-olds, I do raise the average age a bit,” he says.  While the overall age of Ph.D. candidates has dropped in the last decade, about 14 percent of all doctoral recipients are over age 40, according to the National Science Foundation. Relatively few students work on Ph.D.s at Mr. Hevey’s age, but educators are seeing increasing enrollment in doctoral programs by students in their 40s and 50s. Many cand…

College reimbursement programs

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Despite what the article says about 60% of companies offering tuition assistance, it feels like it's much less common than that. Not like it used to be. On the other hand, maybe that's just around here. From The Atlantic.
What Workplaces Gain When They Send Their Employees Back to School Can a corporation do right by its workers and boost its bottom line?  A welter of companies have in the past few years made big media splashes about their programs to underwrite the college educations of their workers. While Starbucks, JetBlue, and Fiat-Chrysler are some of the largest to announce their postsecondary plans for employees, the benefit exists at roughly 60 percent of all U.S. companies.  Far less common is an employer evaluating whether its creel of college perks actually benefits the company. A new analysis did just that, and the results suggest that bosses can get serious mileage out of their workers even after spending up to $12,000 annually per employee on their college educat…

Making America great again

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Through higher education. This strategy could prove beneficial to community colleges. From Pacific Standard.

What Happened to the American Dream?
Now that we’ve gotten ourselves into this mess, how should we go about getting out of it?  Contrary to the rhetoric of Trump and Sanders, reneging on our trade deals and returning the U.S. to a protectionist society is wildly unrealistic and would likely provoke economically and diplomatically damaging retaliation from other countries.  While improving America’s education system may not reduce upper-tail inequality, it nonetheless does still have the potential to increase worker’s earnings and well-being. Economists have found enormous returns to teacher quality, and college graduates still earn more than high school graduates by a fairly large margin. It’s also no doubt time to think more creatively about post-secondary education.  “I think we need to think about the skill sets that allow people to do evolving jobs in health care, in technic…

Infographic Friday

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From Visually.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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From Visually.

Not much better in Kentucky

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Where the governor is trying to prop up pension shortfalls with higher education reductions. Our colleagues from Morehead State University have already had furloughs. From Kentucky.com.

Bevin will set aside $18 million until court rules on university cuts
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear agreed Thursday to a proposal by Gov. Matt Bevin’s general counsel to set aside about $18 million that would have gone to Kentucky’s universities and colleges until a judge rules on the legality of Bevin’s decision to cut their budgets midyear.  Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate said he would sign the agreement between Bevin and Beshear, who is challenging Bevin’s authority to make the cuts. Bevin’s attorney, Steve Pitt, said the document should be ready early next week.  Beshear said the agreement is “a very favorable interim step.” Pitt called it “a good recommendation.”  The agreement meant that Wingate did not make a ruling on the immediate injunction Beshear had sought, which would have…

Tough times for higher education

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In Oklahoma. The impact has a ripple effect on ACHE, since the home office is at OU. From NewsOK.
Ongoing higher education budget cuts called 'morally wrong,' 'not smart'
Continuing to cut funding for higher education is counterproductive to economic development in Oklahoma, the presidents of the state's two largest universities said Thursday.  They were among several college presidents who addressed the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education about the funding crisis facing their institutions.  Presidents said they are angry, frustrated and disheartened that higher education continues to fall short when it comes to state funding.  After listening to the presidents, the regents approved revised budgets for Oklahoma's 25 public colleges and universities to reflect the 9.5 percent cut in revenue from the original allocations approved in May.

“The cuts (systemwide) this year have been $112 million. The projections could be more than that for next year,” Chancell…

Job hunting after commencement?

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Looks like a better job market this year for college graduates. From The Huffington Post.
Job Prospects For The Class Of 2016 Are Pretty Good, Especially For Men For the class of 2016, it’s the best job market in years. The number of employers looking to hire college graduates this year is the highest in nearly a decade, according to a survey out Thursday.  But if you’re a male college graduate, your job prospects are even better. Fresh out of college, men far outstrip women when it comes to wages.  Male college graduates, ages 20 to 24, earned 8 percent more in 2016 than they did in 2000.  Meanwhile, their female counterparts made nearly 7 percent less than they did in 2000, according to a different report released Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute. The average male college graduate was making $20.94 an hour; the average woman made $16.58, according to EPI’s research.  The culprit? Wages are rising fast for men at the very top of the college pyramid, while pay is basically fla…