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Infographic Friday

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Happy National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day!

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From Visually.

Happy National Administrative Professionals Day!

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Am entrepreneur lowers expectations for the college experience

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And he's got a point. But I still think you're better off with a degree than not. It's just that so many have no degree and substantial debt. From The Huffington Post.
The 5 False Promises Of College When I started college, I had great expectations.  After checking out at the bookstore, I realized my bill was over $1,000. I gulped in despair and asked myself, “Is this really worth it?”  I went home that evening and did some research. I discovered that each textbook cost an average of $10 to make and market. I began to wonder, “Why are they charging me $200 per book?” It seemed like a $190 profit was too unreasonable, especially for a book I barely used.  As my first semester flew by, I realized that I hadn’t even read a dozen pages. I concluded that we only go to school to read books and it was a curriculum I didn’t want to be affiliated with.

Happy National Lingerie Day

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Happy National Kindergarten Day!

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I was unaware of this flip-flop

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It's hard for me to believe that Democrats ever supported for-profits, but evidently they did. They were for them before they were against them. From The Atlantic.
The Closing of the Republican Mind on For-Profit Colleges In Congress, on the presidential campaign trail, and in the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal, Republicans have been unified in the belief that the Obama administration badly overreached in its attempts to regulate for-profit career colleges that leave graduates unable to pay off student debt with income from the jobs for which they were trained. Rolling back the Obama administration’s so-called “gainful employment” requirements for postsecondary career programs is thought to top the GOP’s current higher-education agenda.  What’s surprising about this GOP consensus is that it is deeply at odds with conservative practice: Republican administrations, dating back to President Eisenhower, have traditionally pressed for tighter regulation of for-profit college…

I joined the Tourettes Society last week

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They just finished swearing me in.Ba-doom Pshh. CBS Money Watch has some tips to make profanity work for you, instead of against you.
How to get ahead at work: Learn how to cuss But profanity doesn’t have to be a liability in the workplace -- it can be a persuasive tool that conveys enthusiasm and honesty, said Benjamin K. Bergen, professor of cognitive science at University of California San Diego and the author of “What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves.”   However, curse words can backfire when they take on an abusive tone or come from those in authority who are seen as abusing their power, Bergen said in an interview with CBS MoneyWatch. “The same words that can hurt and offend in some circumstances can unite and inspire in other ones,” he said. “It all depends on the intent behind them.”

A Tennessee private college merges and innovates

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Although I'm not sure I like the term backroom functions. Hmmm. From The Tennessean. 
Trevecca sets stage for merger with Massachusetts college Trevecca Nazarene University reached a deal Friday that set the stage for a possible merger with a sister institution outside of Boston.  Under the deal with Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass., Trevecca President Dan Boone will lead both institutions while administrators mull the mechanics of a complete merger for up to three years. The goal is to cut costs by consolidating backroom functions such as financial aid processing.  “There’s a lot of cost in the back office of higher ed,” said David Caldwell, Trevecca's executive vice president for finance and administration, who also will take on the duties of chief financial officer at Eastern starting Monday. “We’ve found ways to save money and to work together.”  In an interview shortly before the deal was approved by the board at Eastern, Caldwell said officials at both colleges h…

Those zany Millennials

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And Project Time Off. A boss should discuss and encourage time off with his/her staff, according to sponsored content from The Atlantic.
How Millennial Trophies Created a Generation of Workaholics
Research into Millennial vacation behavior shows they are afraid, not entitled. Compared to Boomers, Millennials are at least twice as likely to say they are fearful of losing their job. This cohort worries about what the boss might think, wants to show complete dedication, and does not want their bosses to see them as replaceable.  These findings are counterintuitive to the coddled Millennial stereotype that ignores the circumstances of the generation’s experience. Coming of age during an economic downturn has consequences. When Millennials landed jobs, they bring with them a strong desire to prove themselves, intensified by the often long and painful search that preceded their first day. This all occurs amidst changing American work culture and attitudes toward taking time off.  Millennials…

Infographic Friday

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Happy National Thomas Jefferson Day!

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Call for Proposals

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The 2017 ACHE Annual Conference & Meeting Planning Committee invites members and friends of the Association to submit proposals for conference sessions that will inspire attendees to imagine the many ways that continuing higher education transforms lives and enriches our world. We seek conference presentations that demonstrate how we lead within our institutions, how we meet professional development and lifelong learning needs, how we address the demands of a knowledge-based economy and the imaginative and powerful ways we navigate the sometimes disruptive and always exciting world of continuing higher education. Imagine joining us in Portland, Oregon, October 23-25 as a conference presenter! Imagine the power of sharing your victories and challenges!  Imagine the opportunity to showcase what you’ve learned and helping your network of professional colleagues benefit from your exper…

Those zany Millennials

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Millennials get a bad rap, according to Rob Fazio, writing in NBCnews.com. They're really just like you and me. Here are some tips to manage them.
Don’t Act Your Age, Act Like a Millennial: 5 Lessons to Leverage 5. Make excellence an expectation  Instead of seeing millennials as entitled, look at it this way: Millennials believe they are destined for excellence. That desire for success, combined with guidance from you on how to navigate workplace challenges, is a stellar business strategy.  While it's effective to give clear feedback to someone who isn't pulling his weight, it is not a smart business practice to vilify an entire generation. Labels limit innovation so lose them. Get out of the habit of talking about what millennials don't do. Instead, find ways to build on what millennials naturally do. Engage in conversations about what their signature strengths are, what motivates them and the ideas they have. The return on your investment will pay dividends for yoursel…

At the ACHE South Conference in Memphis

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From Visually.

Happy National Library Workers Day!

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At the ACHE South Conference in Memphis

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From Visually.

At the ACHE South Conference in Memphis

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From Visually.

At the ACHE South Conference in Memphis

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Happy National Beer Day!

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I, for one, welcome our new

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Robot Overlords. Don't see teachers on this list, but that's probably coming. From Shelly Palmer, writing in LinkedIn.
The 5 Jobs Robots Will Take First
In What Will You Do After White-Collar Work?, I propose, “First, technological progress is neither good nor bad; it just is. There’s no point in worrying about it, and there is certainly no point trying to add some narrative about the “good ol’ days.” It won’t help anyone. The good news is that we know what’s coming. All we have to do is adapt.  Adapting to this change is going to require us to understand how man-machine partnerships are going to evolve. This is tricky, but not impossible. We know that machine learning is going to be used to automate many, if not most, low-level cognitive tasks. Our goal is to use our high-level cognitive ability to anticipate what parts of our work will be fully automated and what parts of our work will be so hard for machines to do that man-machine partnership is the most practical approach. …

Forever young

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Maybe not so much. Currently, it appears nothing can glow the aging process. Carpe diem! From Skeptic.com.
ANTI-AGING CLAIMS: The Fountain of Youth is Still Only a Legend Scientists have made great strides in understanding the processes involved in aging. We should listen to them rather than to entrepreneurs who are selling questionable products. In the aforementioned article in Scientific American, 51 scientists who study aging collaborated on a position statement about the current status of the science of aging. It contained this warning: “No currently marketed intervention—none—has yet been proved to slow, stop or reverse human aging, and some can be downright dangerous.” And “Anyone purporting to offer an anti-aging product today is either mistaken or lying.” Buyer beware!Conclusion As the panel of scientists said, no currently marketed intervention has been proved to affect aging. We are all going to die, and we are all going to experience reduced capabilities as we age. Rather t…

Another small, liberal arts college reimagines itself

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And shrinks significantly. I'm not sure a college with such limited offerings can long survive. I'd be updating my vita. From WJHL.com.
Aquinas College in Nashville cutting degrees, faculty Aquinas College in Nashville says it will only offer degrees in education starting this fall, leading to faculty cuts and forcing students to transfer.  Media outlets report that the Roman Catholic college announced Friday it will no longer offer degrees in arts and sciences, business and nursing. The school also will stop providing residential housing and student life activities in the fall.  School officials said the cuts are tied to challenges with funding and enrollment. About 60 of the college’s 76 employees will lose their jobs, while up to 140 of its 257 students will have finish their degrees somewhere else.

Promises, promises

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Tennessee Tech blames Tennessee Promise for lower enrollments and the resulting budget cuts. TTU ended up cutting 19 positions, none of them teaching positions. From The Herald-Citizen.
Tennessee Tech preparing for $3.5 million budget cuts For the second fiscal year in a row, Tennessee Tech University is anticipating budget cuts of more than $3.5 million.  The cuts are because of the state Tennessee Promise program that went into effect in 2015, guaranteeing two years of community college education at no cost for qualified students. Many students who might have started in four-year colleges have instead spent those first two years at the community college level.  Karen Lykins, associate vice president of communications and marketing, said the university uses predictive modeling data from past years to build its $168 million budget each year.  The free community college program created an unprecedented situation that turned Tech’s predictive modeling process on its side.  “We’ve never l…