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Infographic Friday

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Moving more adults

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Into higher education. A description of community college programs that show some success in providing adults greater access to higher education. Including one in Tennessee for the TCATs. From The Chronicle of Higher Education.
As Plans for Free Community College Spread, Educators Seek to Include Adult Learners
Colleges in Tennessee unveiled a similar idea this fall, called Tennessee Reconnect. The state program covers tuition for any eligible adult at the state’s 27 colleges of applied technology. The state already provides grants to help people gain technical skills, but this is the first widespread effort to cover all tuition costs for adults, says James D. King, vice chancellor for the colleges of applied technology. People without degrees typically have lower-income jobs, and "if it costs an extra nickel to go to school, you’re thinking about paying the light and food bills," says Mr. King. "If you eliminate that cost, now students just have to invest the time."…

The Goldilocks Rule

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Not too easy; not too hard. Just right. First time I've heard of this concept. Although when I apply it to playing basketball, I like to find the sweet spot where I'm just slightly better than the competition. From Lifehacker.
How to Stay Motivated in Life and Work Using the Goldilocks Rule
Human beings love challenges, but only if they are within the optimal zone of difficulty.  For example, imagine you are playing tennis. If you try to play a serious match against a four-year-old, you will quickly become bored. The match is too easy. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you try to play a serious match against a professional tennis player like Roger Federer or Serena Williams, you will find yourself demotivated for a different reason. The match is too difficult.  Compare these experiences to playing tennis against someone who is your equal. As the game progresses, you win a few points and you lose a few points. You have a chance of winning the match, but only if you really …

Small Talk 101

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Good advice for the texting generation. And for introverts. From Inc.com.

11 Smart Phrases to Use at Networking Events
Unless you're naturally gregarious, meeting new people is a challenge--and a networking event, which is all about meeting new people--can be downright grueling. You want to sound intelligent but you don't know what to say, and you dread the thought of a long awkward silence or a statement that falls flat.But if you can get people started talking about themselves, you're off to the races--and they come away thinking you're an excellent conversationalist.Here are 11 smart things to say at your next networking event:"What's your name?A polite introduction is important, and you do best by keeping it simple. Walk up, hold out your hand, and introduce yourself."What do you do?"Remember, people enjoy talking to people who are interested in them, and they enjoy talking about themselves. When you ask a question, don't let your attention wan…

Poorest town in Tennessee?

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New Tazewell. I admit I had to Google it since I knew where Tazewell was. It's right next to Tazewell, right there in Clairborne County. I guess folks just needed a fresh start. (I don't know why I love lists like this.) From MSN Money.

The poorest town in every state
42. NEW TAZEWELL, TENNESSEE
> Town median household income: $21,265
> State median household income: $44,361
> Town poverty rate: 43.8%
> Town population: 2,994

Happy Hammock Day!

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From Visually.

Save the date

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National Association of Branch Campus Administrators
2017 Annual Conference
April 19-22, 2017
Tulsa OK
Southern Nazarene University-Tulsa Campus
University of Oklahoma-Tulsa Campus
Hyatt Regency-Tulsa

Happy National Senior Citizens Day!

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Happy Moon Day!

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More turmoil for higher education in Kentucky

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Resistance is futile, it appears. At least for those at the top of the food chain. From Kentucky.com.

Half of Kentucky university presidents have announced exits in 2016
University of Louisville President James Ramsey’s announced departure on Friday means that half of Kentucky public university presidents have either announced their resignations or have already stepped down since January.  That’s the tumultuous state of higher education in Kentucky right now, an area of public policy that Gov. Matt Bevin has made clear he’s interested in changing.  Gary Ransdell of Western Kentucky University and Wayne Andrews of Morehead State University announced they will both retire next year; Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse stepped down earlier this month.  New leadership searches will be added to the to-do lists of schools that are reeling from a decade of budget cuts, with another 4.5 percent cut over the next two years. Those cuts are half as much as Bevin proposed in his init…

Infographic Friday

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From Visually.

Happy Bastille Day!

Tennessee is the fifth most dangerous state

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Behind New Mexico, Alaska, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. But just ahead of South Carolina. From MSN.Com.

The 10 Most Dangerous States in America in 2016
From violent crime to natural disasters, how safe are residents of each of the 50 states? A recent report by personal finance site WalletHub considered 25 key metrics across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. To rank states based on their safety, the data considered both home and community safety, such as the number of murders, assaults or forcible rapes per capita to workplace safety to a state's estimated losses from natural disasters. Of course, depending on where you live, the numbers and rankings vary widely. Consider that New Hampshire has the lowest number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters per 100,000 residents, at 0.9, compared with the District of Columbia, which has the highest, at 15.94. Or consider that Massachusetts has the lowest fatal occupational injury rate per 100,000 full-time workers, at 1.7, comp…

School systems are getting out of the adult education business

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In Tennessee. In our area, GED preparation is moving from the high school to the community college. From The Memphis Commercial Appeal. 
HopeWorks expanding adult education footprint
Citing low enrollment and graduation rates at Messick Adult Center, the state revoked about $800,000 of funding from SCS [Shelby County Schools], which was operating the high school equivalency program on 75 percent of a Department of Labor and Workforce Development grant. HopeWorks had the other 25 percent, and the remainder of SCS's portion was redirected to the faith-based nonprofit in February for the rest of the fiscal year.  HopeWorks has now been awarded the full one-year, $1.7 million contract for adult education in four West Tennessee counties — Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale and Fayette — starting in July.  Since March, the students displaced from Messick have roughly doubled HopeWorks' previous enrollment. The organization has also increased its number of teachers from 12 to 23 and locations…

Columbia State Community College opens a new campus

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With a new program aimed at adult students. I bet they will find that it attracts more traditional students than adults. From The Tennessean.
Columbia State to offer degree option for busy adults Columbia State Community College will offer a new associate's degree program catered to busy adults this fall.  The "One Night A Week program," a combination of on-site and online courses, will debut at the community college's new Williamson campus.  “The hybrid setup allows students to enjoy face-to-face meetings with instructors and classmates while accelerating their degree program with online courses,” Shanna Jackson, associate vice president of the Williamson Campus, said in a statement.  Students can earn one of three Associate of Applied Science degrees: medical office technology, office information technology and business.

Infographic Friday

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A detailed look at the earnings

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Of students who attended For-Profits. Surprisingly, there's a sprinkling of good news. But for those who don't graduate and and are carrying huge debt loads, the news is all bad.
Most For-Profit Students Wind Up Worse Off Than If They Had Never Enrolled in the First Place
Good numbers about the eventual earnings of for-profit college attendees have been hard to come by, as self-reported surveys of employment and earnings are often not comprehensive. A new National Bureau of Economic Research paper has finally put some solid numbers on these outcomes, and the authors believe that it is “the most comprehensive picture of for-profit student outcomes in the literature.”  The researchers, Stephanie Riegg Cellini, an associate professor of public policy and economics at George Washington University, and Nicholas Turner, a financial economist at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Analysis, looked at administrative data from the U.S. Department of Education and the IRS for 1.…

Helping adult students

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Budget and pay for college. Some good advice from the Financial Aid Director at Des Moines Area Community College, found in The Des Moines Register. Unfortunately, I wish the news was better and the options greater.
How to pay for schooling as an adult
What is the biggest mistake adult learners (and many others) make when budgeting? So many students only focus on the direct cost of education, like tuition. There are also indirect costs, like transportation, room and board, and books. We want students to address those not only on an annual basis, but monthly. With a good, solid plan, they should be able to make it through. For an adult learner, what type of financial aid is available? Where should they look first?  The first place the student should look primarily is the college they're attending. Contact their financial aid office and look at their financial aid webpage. Follow the steps offered there, which will lead students to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).…

Nashville State Community College looks to expand

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Into new areas of Davidson County. Promise is probably driving the growth. I did learn that Nashville State is the largest community college in Tennessee, a position Southwest used to hold, I believe. From The Tennessean.
Nashville State looking to open new satellite locations
Nashville State is looking to open the northern satellite location in the Madison, Whites Creek or Goodlettsville areas, according to the documents. Officials are considering an eastern satellite location in the Donelson, Hermitage or Old Hickory areas.  According to the documents, Nashville State is looking for land that could support a 24,000-square-foot building and 300 parking spaces at each satellite location. Property owners have until June 29 to submit their land, and a proposed price, for consideration.
It is unclear when the college might select locations or open either campus.  State lawmakers representing northern and eastern Davidson County released a statement Tuesday cheering the progress of the two…

Happy Fourth of July!

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From Visually.
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Thanks to blog.surveyanalytics.com for this graphic.
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Happy Canada Day!

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