Posts

Showing posts from February, 2017

We say this in meetings all the time now

Image
Don't give students too many choices. Back in the day, we valued choices and liked to be responsible for determining our path. Today? Not so much. Choice cripples, especially Generation F. From The Pacific Standard.
This Is Your Brain on Poverty: Fewer Choices, More Graduates It isn’t unusual to feel bewildered in the face of too many choices. Many students — especially low-income, first-generation students — are overwhelmed by the proliferation of classes and majors available at a typical community college. What to study? Where to begin? Who to turn to for help?  “Students who face a cafeteria menu of choices — you know, ‘Pick one class from Column A, two from Column B, three from Column C’ — it’s very confusing. It would be confusing to most adults, much less the average recent high school graduate,” says Stuart Cochran, dean of strategic planning at Guttman Community College in New York City.  So Guttman has only five majors. Students are guided through a structured process to h…

Generation F

Image
For First Generation. ETSU is full of them, and helping them succeed is a challenge. From The Atlantic.
Meet Gen-F: Their Families' First College Students and Their Communities' Brightest Hope When Ivan Delgado first considered going to college, he had little to go on. “I don't know anybody in my neighborhood who’s gone to college, nobody in my family,” he says. A high school advisor changed Ivan’s prospects by connecting him with scholarships at Texas A&M University. A quarter of A&M’s undergraduates—and nearly a third nationwide—are the first in their families to attend college. Ivan is now one of them.  Collectively they’re known as first-generation students, Gen-F for short. Most are from low-income families and disadvantaged communities in the U.S. and abroad. Their decision to continue their education is courageous in itself, since many are from families that can hardly scrape together the costs of applying, let alone the prohibitive cost of attending. Add to …

Infographic Friday

Image
You will find more statistics at Statista

Happy National Chili Day!

Image
Embedded from BestInfographics.co

Happy National Margarita Day!

Image

Just another chore

Image
No benefits to volunteering when you're young. From The Telegraph.

Volunteering is not beneficial until you hit 40, study finds Volunteering has long been known to boost mental health and raise happiness levels, but a new study suggests the benefits do not kick in until the age of 40.  Researchers at the University of Southampton looked at data from the British Household Panel Survey which sampled adults living in 5,000 households every year from 1991 to 2008.  The questionnaires measured mental health and emotional wellbeing and the team compared it to how often people volunteered.

They found that those who volunteered regularly scored an average of six per cent higher on wellbeing tests across every age group. But when the results were teased out it soon became clear the overall figures was masking a big jump for the over 40s, and no impact at all for younger people.  Figures showed that young people aged 21-25 had good emotional health whether they volunteered or not. As they go…

Completion

Image
Ain't just a term in football. The rates in Tennessee, and actually all over, should be better. From The Tennessean.
College completion rates in Tennessee unacceptable, report says While state efforts have helped boost college readiness and access to higher education, college completion rates remain “unacceptably low,” according to a report released Wednesday.  On average, less than 45 percent of students at Tennessee two- and four-year public colleges complete their degrees, according to Complete Tennessee’s “Room to Grow” report.  The low completion rates — Tennessee ranks 38th in the nation in public university graduation rates and 40th in community college graduation rates — could have repercussions for students and employers.  Students who don’t complete their college degrees are more likely to incur debt and have lower salaries and a lower quality of life, said Kenyetta Lovett, executive director of Complete Tennessee, a non-profit focused on increasing postsecondary access a…

Infographic Friday

Image

And the top

Image
Kelchen on Education's 2016 "not top 10" list is...

(1) Mount St. Mary’s University (MD) president resigned after his infamous “drown the bunnies” comment and other dubious decisions. It should go without saying that it is inappropriate for a college president to tell faculty that sometimes “you just have to drown the bunnies…put a Glock to their heads.” This quote, by president Simon Newman, was in response to faculty concerns about a plan to cull students early in the semester (before they counted in retention and graduation rates) using the results of an incoming student survey. Needless to say, when the campus newspaper ran the story, the campus erupted in chaos. The president responded by trying to fire the paper’s advisor, which garnered even more negative attention. After the university’s accreditor raised concerns, Newman resigned within days.

Save the date!

AHEA – Adult Higher Education Alliance 2017 Annual Conference Writing Our Way: Giving Voice to Adult Learning Orlando, Florida March 9-10, 2017 Pre-conference workshops on March 8, 2017
Registration Deadline February 28, 2017 Registration for Workshops: February 28, 2017 Click here for Hotel Registration Information

Happy Valentine's Day

Image
'
Image

Infographic Friday

Image
Embedded from BestInfographics.co

The usual suspects found among the most and least education states

Image
Massachusetts, Maryland, and Colorado are the three most educated. West Virginia, Mississippi, and Louisiana are the least. Tennessee is 43rd, behind Texas, Oklahoma, and South Carolina of all places. From WalletHub.
2017’s Most & Least Educated States For a growing number of Americans, a good education is the ticket to a better future. College opens doors to better career opportunities, higher earnings and new social connections, among other benefits. But how much schooling one receives also matters to some extent. Generally, the higher the level of education one attains, the more income potential grows and the lower chances of unemployment become.  In this study, WalletHub’s analysts examined the key determinants of a well-educated population: educational attainment, school quality, and achievement gaps between genders and races. We compared all 50 states across 11 total metrics grouped by category. The data set ranges from “percentage of adults aged 25 and older with at least a …

The best state to retire is?

Image
Florida's number one, followed by Wyoming and South Dakota. Really? Hmmmm. Tennessee is 29th. The bottom three are the District of Columbia, Alaska, and Rhode Island. I'm happy for the warning to get out of the way of all those retirees flocking to Wyoming and South Dakota. From WalletHub.

2017’s Best & Worst States to Retire
If retirement is still a big question mark for you because of finances, consider relocating to a state that lets you keep more money in your pocket without requiring a drastic lifestyle change. To help you find that permanent, affordable place to call home, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 31 key indicators of retirement-friendliness. Our analysis examines affordability, health-related factors and overall quality of life. Read on for our findings, expert commentary and a full description of our methodology.
Source: WalletHub

Would I still major in English in today's economy?

Image
I'd like to think I would, but with maybe a business minor? Or vice versa? This from Mikhail Zinshteyn's interview in The Atlantic with Gregory Wolniak, co-author of How College Affects Students.

The Most Predictive Factors of Post-Graduation Wages
Mikhail Zinshteyn: Does earning a college degree matter for future earnings? Gregory Wolniak: There is simply no other substitute for college education in today’s world.  ​On average, a worker sees earnings grow 5 percent for every year of college completed within the first few years following college, rising to about 7 to 9 percent decades after college. That’s not even talking about degrees or credentials attained, just per year spent in college. For vocational or associate’s degrees, the earnings benefit compared to just a high-school diploma is roughly 3 to 7 percent. Bachelor’s degree holders make 15 to 27 percent more (than high-school graduates). Zinshteyn: But what about taking into account the cost of attaining a degree? How …

Save the date

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

Happy Day the Music Died Day....

NATIONAL THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED DAY
The Day the Music Died Day is always observed on February 3rd. This day we remember the unfortunate and untimely death of singers 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 17-year-old Richie Valens, and 28-year-old J. P. Richardson, aka: “The Big Bopper”.  These three artists died in an airplane accident on February 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa. Their pilot, Roger Peterson, also perished in the crash.

Infographic Friday

Image
Explore more infographics like this one on the web's largest information design community - Graphs.net.

Happy Groundhog Day!

Image
by accuweather.
From Visually.

Tennessee Promise for adults

Image
This is a good thing. These aren't students the universities are losing--these are new students in the pipeline. And the pipeline is another branch of the Drive to 55. From News Channel 11.

Haslam unveils budget, reveals free community college plan for adults
Gov. Bill Haslam unveiled a program that would allow adults to gain a college degree for free.  Adults in Tennessee without degrees can already attend Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology tuition free but Governor Haslam said Monday’s Tennessee Reconnect program would be the first of its kind in the country to include community colleges.  “I believe the state of our state has never been better,” Governor Haslam said as he addressed the crowd.
Haslam said more Tennesseeans have jobs than ever before but obstacles still remain between adults and a college diploma.  “I am proposing that Tennessee become the first state in the nation to offer all adults access to community college free of tuition and fees,” Governor Haslam said…