Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Surgical program cuts at Eastern Kentucky University

No French major, and journalism, geography and horticulture, will all be "redesigned." Kentucky public higher education is going through a world of hurt. The flagships will be ok but the regionals are suffering. From The Lexington Herald Leader.

EKU cuts French major, but journalism, geography get to stay
EKU faced a $13 million shortfall earlier this year. Through these programmatic and other cuts, including significant changes to employee health insurance, the school has trimmed the deficit to about $2 million. 
Health insurance costs are increasing 400 percent for employees, faculty member John Fitch said. 
There are at least 44 fewer administrative jobs, both from empty positions and layoffs. But faculty still feel that academics are bearing the brunt of the financial pain.

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October 19-21
Raleigh, NC

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs is the professional organization of academic programs providing graduate interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts and sciences for working adults. The Association provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among the administrators of programs granting degrees such as Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Liberal Studies and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, among others, and to programs with related curricula and goals. The AGLSP promotes the core concepts and goals of Graduate Liberal Studies, fosters high standards in GLS programs, provides guidance for institutions considering initiating and improving such programs, and promotes public awareness of the programs.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals - 2017 ANTSHE Conference

ANTSHE Conference 2017
Kennesaw State University, Georgia
March 23 - March 25, 2017

The Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) invites academic professionals, administrators and nontraditional students/ leaders to submit proposals for presentations at the 2017 conference. The call for proposals will remain open until February 5, 2017. All proposals will be reviewed and individuals chosen to present will be contacted within 30 days of submission.

This year's conference theme is: "Addressing the Identity Crisis: Realizing the Value in Non-Traditional Learners in Adult Programs and Initiatives...Mentoring and Mapping Their Needs for 21st Century Success"  The following primary tracks have been identified and each primary track has been broken down into the sub segments listed below.

TRACK A  -  Initiatives in Support of Adult Learner Success

1. Institutional Partnerships that Improve Completion Rates for Returning Adults

2. Prior Learning Credit and Portfolios…Best Practices and Policies

3. Establishing the Mentor/Mentee relationship with returning adults

TRACK B - Addressing Adult Student Issues

1. Achieving the Ideal Balance Between Home, Work, and College

2. Utilizing Student Organizations and Peer Networking in Support of Adults

3. Stress and Other Unseen Contributors to the Failure for the Non-Traditional Learner

4. The Battle Facing Returning Veterans in Higher Education

5. Establishing a Sense of Belonging and Inclusion for the Non-Traditional Learner in the Classroom Environment

TRACK C - Academic Professionals Serving Adult Learners

1. Enhancing Learning Support and Remediation for Adult Learners

2. Establishing Protocols to Best Serve Adult Learners

3. Capturing the Unique Experiences of Non and Post-Traditional Learners

TRACK D – Addressing Academic Challenges by Adapting and the Integrating Technology

1. Innovative Solutions to Connect with Adult Learners (i.e.-Social Media, Programs Designed to Connect with the Students, Interactive Learning Tools)

2. Utilizing Technology in the Traditional Classroom and/or the Online Environment

3. Creating a Seamless Registration and Advising Process for Adult Learners (i.e.-Counseling, Student
Services, and Financial Aid)

POSTER SESSION- Student Organizations/Professional Research Poster Session

1. ANTSHE invites all student organizations, faculty, and practitioners, exhibiting companies, industry experts, researchers, & especially college students to showcase your program, current research, products, or projects specifically related to the adult learner.  The Poster Session will be held at a specified time as outlined in the course program and will give presenters an adequate amount of time and space to highlight their work. Your poster presentation should provide a visual display of the main components of your topic or areas of research.

The Poster Session is a great opportunity for you to discuss your work with interested attendees on a more personal and informal level. In addition, you will be able to present your work to many individuals several times in the course of an hour versus just those who would attend your concurrent session. Network and exchange ideas with others who have similar interests and experiences. Receive instant feedback on your work. No need to worry about formal presentation or preparation for presenting at the conference if your poster is prepared in advance. More Poster Presenter information can be found at:


1. Roundtables offer unique opportunities for learning and to share ideas, feedback, experiences and insights on adult learner-related strategies.  ANTSHE wants to capitalize on this format. We want to build on the strengths of the roundtable format and offer the following guidelines to assist you in preparing and presenting a roundtable.

Description: Roundtables are four, 20-minute oral presentations with discussion with attendees seated around a table. Roundtable presentations typically include 20 minutes of presentation by each of the four presenters, followed by 10 minutes of discussion and feedback directed to each of the presenters. Roundtable presenters should bring targeted questions to pose to others at the table in order to learn from and with those attending. Roundtables are an ideal format for networking and in-depth discussion on a particular topic.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Finalists for the TBR

Only one local candidate, something of a surprise to me. From The Tennessean.

Candidates vying to lead the Tennessee Board of Regents visited Nashville this week to offer three distinct visions for the state's network of community and technical colleges. 
Each candidate was in town Tuesday and Wednesday to interview for the position of chancellor, a process that included conversations with Gov. Bill Haslam, college leaders and students. The Board of Regents is expected to decide which candidate to hire later this month.
The candidate they select will play a leading role in reshaping the college system next year after the departure of six Board of Regents universities, including Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee State University, which are getting their own boards. Some concepts were consistent across meetings between the candidates and Board of Regents staffers Tuesday, but each candidate discussed different priorities and skills they would bring to the transition. 
All of the finalists have experience leading technical or community colleges. The candidates are:
  • Shaun L. McKay, president of Suffolk County Community College in New York;
  • Monty E. Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System; and
  • Flora W. Tydings, president of Chattanooga State Community College.

Speaking as one of those

Administrative snakes. Maybe I can get in put on a tee shirt. A brief overview that blames the administration for poor faculty and sensitive students. From The Pacific Standard. 

The Real Villains of Higher Education: Students and professors can’t be real co-workers until they snatch power back from university administrators.
The system as it exists is set up to the advantage of the litigious and the tattletales, the tyrannical and the petty. Most people involved will agree that it sucks, but trying to change the university from the inside means countless meetings with administrative snakes, not to mention all the career risks. Better to keep your head down and get along, just like those of us in that bad international law class. Only by struggling for and securing institutional power will students and professors — together, scholars — be able to address their conflicts in a way that’s conducive to learning rather than litigation. 
One initial step might be strengthening student and professor organization at the department level. The people most capable of addressing a student who’s interfering with class, for example, or a professor giving long diatribes full of sketchy investment advice, are their colleagues. That’s whose judgment they respect in the first place, not some professional bureaucrat’s. Scholars on both sides of the lectern can build up the infrastructure to deal with conflicts internally. Such a scheme would only work if the participants were truly committed, not just using it to cover their asses. But if the alternative is yielding more and more power to administrators, then it might be worth it to be accountable to your co-workers. 
...The primary task is prying the tools from the administrative grip. There would still be plenty of work to do afterwards, but I believe the path forward would be much clearer.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Adult education

Grandma-style. A program to train adults to work in day care centers in Colorado, from The Atlantic

On a recent morning, 15 women gathered in a mint-green classroom at First Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colorado, to learn more about the fundamentals of childcare. They talked about mapping out daily schedules with time for reading activities, group play, meals, and naps. They traded tips about the inexpensive educational materials available at Dollar Tree stores. 
But this was no Saturday-morning babysitting boot camp. It was part of a 120-hour training course that will eventually earn participants a national childcare credential.

What made the class unique was the women enrolled. Ranging in age from 20-something to 60-something, they were Spanish-speaking mothers, aunts, and grandmas who care for the young children of friends and relatives in their homes. Some do it for free. Others earn a small wage. 
Most are undocumented immigrants and, as a result, they are not eligible to become licensed childcare providers in Colorado. Still, they are a critical part of Colorado’s early-childhood workforce—one that is often overlooked in the policy realm.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Call for Proposals

All Call for Papers and Presentations 2017
June 17-21 2017
Jekyll Island Club Hotel 
Jekyll Island, Georgia 

Proposals are due December 16, 2016


Sponsored by the Online Journal of Distance Learning
Administration and the University of West Georgia

The Distance Learning Administration Conference focuses on the administration and management of distance learning. The conference specifically addresses the needs of those who plan, manage and support distance education activities.

The Planning Committee of Distance Learning Administration 2017  invites proposals from the introductory through advanced level on all topics related to the management and administration of distance learning.

Topic strands include:

* Managing Growth in Distance Education
* Training & Support for Distance Instructors
* Support for Distance Students
* Budget and Cost-Benefit of Distance Education
* Marketing Distance Courses and Programs
* Distance Learning Ethics and Copyright Issues
* Organizational Issues in Distance Education
* Quality Assurance and Evaluation
* Striving for Excellence

Proposals should include a 30 to 50 word description.
Instructions for submitting proposals can be found at the conference website:

Accepted papers will be published in the printed conference Proceedings. Proposal submission indicates your commitment to preparing written materials for the Proceedings and making your presentation (Paper Session) at the conference. Fishbowl Sessions (see website) do not require a written paper. All sessions will last 45 minutes each. All presented papers will be considered for Best Paper Awards. Award winning papers will be invited for publication in The Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration and will receive a trophy.

The conference registration fee for all presenters and participants will be $325. Registration includes printed proceedings, all sessions, refreshments, two dinners, and the closing luncheon. The conference hotel will be the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, guest room rates start at $139 per night. All conference sessions and activities will take place at this beautiful, historic hotel.

See our conference website at:

Or contact:
Dr. Melanie Clay (, Conference Director
Kendall G. Dickey (, Conference Manager
Austin Janowski (, Events Manager

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Nominate outstanding adult learners for ACE’s Student of the Year Award

​Nominations are open for the American Council on Education's Student of the Year Award, which honors adult learners who show qualities such as perseverance, the capacity to overcome great odds and the ability to inspire others to set high lifelong learning goals.

Anyone who teaches, works with or knows of eligible adult learners can submit the names of worthy individuals by using the form on ACE’s website. The winner will be recognized at ACE2017, ACE’s 99th Annual Meeting, to be held in Washington, DC, March 11-14, 2017. Adult learners also can nominate themselves, as long as they also can submit a nominating organization and statement of support.

The Student of the Year Award is presented annually by ACE to an individual who has benefited academically or professionally from the use of ACE credit recommendations for workforce or military training. Recipients must demonstrate outstanding achievements in their community or workplace while successfully balancing demands such as family, career and education.

ACE's College Credit Recommendation Service and Military Evaluations evaluate workplace education and training programs or military courses and occupations and recommend academic credit at the college level.

The award was presented last year to Mario Sankis, a former Marine, retired police officer and cancer survivor.

Click here for more information. Please email or call 866-205-6267 with questions.

Nomination forms must be received by Dec. 16.

Visit the ACE 2017 website for more information and to register for the meeting.

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