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  • Overusing Likert Scales

    The Student Affairs Collective
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Assessment isn’t everyone’s forte in Student Affairs, and there is certainly a lot of data collected that seems to never be utilized effectively in cocurricular higher education.  I’ve  wondered for a while if this might be because we spend too much time assessing student satisfaction and their self-reported beliefs about what they think they learned from an experience. We don’t ask often enough for them to demonstrate what competencies they learned outside the classroom. Recently,  I read an article from ACPA’s September/October 2014 issue of “About…
  • #Preach

    Major Discoveries
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    So, A.): Read This Now, let’s talk about a few things. Two of my favorite quotes: “…conventional wisdom is wrong. In reality these (humanities) degrees all produce expected lifetime earning increments far in excess of the cost of college tuition, even at expensive private colleges.” “Humanities majors have taken their lumps on many fronts recently. Their defenders often respond with appeals to the ways in which the humanities add to the richness of life in nonmonetary ways. That is certainly true, but the humanities have been selling themselves short. In addition…
  • Deep Habits: Spend Three Months On Important Projects

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    A Productive King In 2013, during a period of only three months, Stephen King published two full-length novels: Joyland and Doctor Sleep. This is unusually productive, even for a writer whose published fifty-five novels in his career (and sold over 350 million copies along the way). Perhaps to celebrate this pinnacle of systematic wordsmithing, the Barnes & Noble book blog published a list of twenty tips extracted from King’s 2000 professional memoir, On Writing. Nestled half way through this list was a piece of advice that caught my attention: “The first draft of a book—even a…
  • Prevention Plan

    Athletic Management
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    At its rivalry football game, Wisconsin and Minnesota will adhere to a new protocol to limit the chance of any post game problems.
  • Why Your Resume is Like a Burger [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you’ve never thought about your resume the way you think about a great burger, it’s time to start now. This insightful infographic from Career FAQs makes an interesting connection between the two, all the while helping to create a tasty and juicy resume that will be simply irresistible to every recruiter who gets to […]
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Overusing Likert Scales

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Assessment isn’t everyone’s forte in Student Affairs, and there is certainly a lot of data collected that seems to never be utilized effectively in cocurricular higher education.  I’ve  wondered for a while if this might be because we spend too much time assessing student satisfaction and their self-reported beliefs about what they think they learned from an experience. We don’t ask often enough for them to demonstrate what competencies they learned outside the classroom. Recently,  I read an article from ACPA’s September/October 2014 issue of “About…
  • #MenInSA – Just the New Guy

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    source – It was this past spring, with my slightly overpriced convention center eatery panini in hand,that I scoured the halls of the convention center looking for a place to rest my feet for a minute while inhaling my lunch. At a national conference like NASPA, a spare seat is hard to come by in those busy break periods in between sessions, but after taking an escalator to a lower level, I founds some freedom from the hustle and bustle of networking and last minute program planning. I eyed an open seat next to a young gentlemen who looked like he needed a breather as…
  • Growth and Development Beyond the Student Affairs Table

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Growth and development is an essential and common conversation we have as Student Affairs professionals and most times we find ourselves referring to “student development”. During the Nov 6, 2014 #Sachat Twitter chat, we all had a chance to concentrate on our own professional growth and share ideas about “getting ahead”. The comments were quite rich and allowed all to question how we choose to define what “getting ahead” means to us as individuals.Throughout my career in higher education, my perspective of “getting ahead” has certainly changed over time, and I have to…
  • #MenInSA – You Couldn’t Even Go Here: Working at a Women’s College

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Source – When I was considering my graduate assistantship, the most common questions I got were “Are you sure? Won’t that be difficult?” This wasn’t because my assistantship was in a subunit that I had no experience in – I had plenty of Student Activities experience and the position was perfect for me. It wasn’t even because it was in the South and I come from the North.  The reason I got so many questions was because the assistantship was at a small, private, liberal arts women’s college. You read that correctly – I am a male graduate student working…
  • Best of #SAchat Tweets – Week of 11/24/2014

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Every day the #sachat feed is full of great resources, professional musings, and important questions that have been posed to the community. Here is a highlight of some of the tweets from the stream during the last week. We know this list is only scratching the surface, but we hope it will encourage you to keep the conversation going. Chat on! “If they haven’t been back [to school] for many years, it may feel like an alien environment.” via @NBCNews #SAChat — Dr. Robin Lee (@Lee_Success) November 18, 2014 Learning to Let Go: Over-Committing…
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    Major Discoveries

  • #Preach

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    So, A.): Read This Now, let’s talk about a few things. Two of my favorite quotes: “…conventional wisdom is wrong. In reality these (humanities) degrees all produce expected lifetime earning increments far in excess of the cost of college tuition, even at expensive private colleges.” “Humanities majors have taken their lumps on many fronts recently. Their defenders often respond with appeals to the ways in which the humanities add to the richness of life in nonmonetary ways. That is certainly true, but the humanities have been selling themselves short. In addition…
  • Post #NACADA14 Conference Follow-up… With Yourself

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Another NACADA conference is in the books, and it was another fantastic opportunity to re-connect, network, and grow professionally. Charlie Nutt’s and Darrell Strayhorn’s speeches were terrifically inspiring, and the selection of concurrent sessions was actually a little overwhelming. Personally, I had a bitter-sweet conference, bidding adieu to my dear friends in Region 2–the region in which I “grew up” as an advisor, in which I was inspired on a consistent basis to write and present, and the region in which I learned what it meant to be a leader. On the sweet…
  • On Getting #AcAdv Right

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    So, my boss shared this article with me the other day, and, before I’d gotten too far into the article, I had added about 18 more things to my already-too-long “to do” list (the name of this file on my desk top is “Plot to Take Over the World”). Despite the fact that they misspell the word advisor (*grinning), it is an important—and quick—read. Have a quick go at it and then promise me you’ll come back for a few observations… The Problem of Competing Interests The first thing I started to trouble over was a…
  • Positive Digital Résumé 1, “Vodka Samm” 0

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    So at my College’s Board of Governors meeting last night, I was invited to introduce myself and talk a little about my background, the direction I planned on taking the Office of AcAdv, etc. And during the seven minutes I spent talking about myself and my philosophy, one of the more tech-savvy governors googled me and was checking out the series of posts articles that represent my “digital résumé”. Later in the evening’s agenda, the topic of my travel for an upcoming conference was brought before the board for approval (any travel over $1000 is subject to this…
  • On Landmarks and Lighting Out for New Territory

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    I’ve been quiet for a while, so quiet on this blog that I missed this happen, as WP informed me 86 days ago:             I had a few other things going on                 So now, as I contemplate what I want the social media presence to be for my new office, word press has spurred some reflection on what my social media presence has been in general… and, funnily enough, has made me feel a little hesitant to jump in with both feet–for what seems like the first time in my advising career, to hesitate before…
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  • Deep Habits: Spend Three Months On Important Projects

    Study Hacks
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    A Productive King In 2013, during a period of only three months, Stephen King published two full-length novels: Joyland and Doctor Sleep. This is unusually productive, even for a writer whose published fifty-five novels in his career (and sold over 350 million copies along the way). Perhaps to celebrate this pinnacle of systematic wordsmithing, the Barnes & Noble book blog published a list of twenty tips extracted from King’s 2000 professional memoir, On Writing. Nestled half way through this list was a piece of advice that caught my attention: “The first draft of a book—even a…
  • It’s Okay to Be Bad at E-mail

    Study Hacks
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    The Internet Heretic I previously admitted that I don’t web surf and that I’ve never had a social media account. This next admission might be the final straw that leads to the permanent revocation of my internet privileges: I’m bad at answering e-mails. I sometimes go a whole day without looking at my inbox (and sometimes even longer). I ignore messages. People I know well tend to call me when they really need to know something. I’m not bad at e-mails on purpose. If anything, I’m apologetic and ashamed about it and try to be more responsive when I can. But I only…
  • Deep Habits: Obsess When Needed

    Study Hacks
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:34 pm
    An Obsessive Digression For the past two weeks, I’ve been trying to prove a bothersome theorem. It’s not particularly flashy, but I need it for a paper. More importantly, it felt like it should be easy and I took it personally that it’s not. Predictably, I began to obsess about this proof — by which I mean I took to returning to the proof again and again during breaks in my working day. It became a staple during my commutes to and from work, and began to hijack blocks of time from my otherwise carefully constructed schedules. Earlier this week, the weather was nice, so…
  • Warren Buffett On Goals: If It’s Not The Most Important Thing, Avoid It At All Costs

    Study Hacks
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:28 pm
    A Buffett of Advice My friend Eric recently sent me an article describing advice Warren Buffett once gave an employee. In the article, Buffett wanted to help his employee get ahead in his working life, so he suggested that the employee list the twenty-five most important things he wanted to accomplish in the next few years. He then had the employee circle the top five and told him to prioritize this smaller list. All seemed well until the wise Billionaire asked one more question: “What are you going to do with the other twenty things?” The employee answered: “Well the top…
  • Deep Habits: Forget Your Project Ideas (Until You Can’t Forget Them)

    Study Hacks
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:51 pm
    An Idea About Ideas A graduate student recently sent me a note asking how I keep track of potential projects in my academic work. This got me thinking, and after some consideration I decided I had two answers. The first answer is literal… Since September, 2004, I’ve always kept an idea notebook with me to capture spontaneous thoughts relevant to many different areas in my life, including potential professional projects. (The picture above is a sampling of my large collection of full idea books.) I try to review my current notebook every couple of months. The second answer is more…
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    Athletic Management

  • Prevention Plan

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    At its rivalry football game, Wisconsin and Minnesota will adhere to a new protocol to limit the chance of any post game problems.
  • Communicating Expectations

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    By Patrick Bohn One of the biggest challenges for athletic directors is ensuring that student-athletes and parents have a clear understanding of a coach's expectations for the season. A new survey of high school coaches and athletic directors in Wisconsin sheds light on how many approach this communication challenge.
  • Resume Check

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    A fired Florida high school football coach was found to have lied extensively on his resume.
  • Hackett in Top Spot

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    The University of Michigan has appointed Jim Hackett as its new interim athletic director.
  • Nebraska Volleyball Nets a Profit

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    The University of Nebraska women's volleyball team has posted many impressive numbers over the past 40 years--more than 1,200 wins, 32 straight trips to the NCAA Division I tournament, 11 NCAA semifinal appearances, and three national titles. But the most eye-catching figure may be $400,000. That is the net profit the program produced during the 2013-14 school year.
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    Campus To Career

  • Why Your Resume is Like a Burger [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Kirk Baumann
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you’ve never thought about your resume the way you think about a great burger, it’s time to start now. This insightful infographic from Career FAQs makes an interesting connection between the two, all the while helping to create a tasty and juicy resume that will be simply irresistible to every recruiter who gets to […]
  • Apps You Should Be Using in the Job Hunt

    Kirk Baumann
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    After four long years of college, filled with papers, exams, and all-nighters, you’re finally in the real world. The first order of business? Getting a job. Thanks to the Internet, you can find and apply for more jobs than ever.  But with the sheer volume of online job sites, open positions and applications, it can […]
  • Your Green Light for a Midlife Career Change

    Kirk Baumann
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal a few years ago, an average American worker goes through seven career changes in his or her lifetime. While such switches are pretty common early on in an adult’s working life, midlife career switches are a little less prevalent. But they’re not unheard of and […]
  • What Recruiters Say and Job Seekers Hear [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Kirk Baumann
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are job seekers and recruiters from different planets? With unemployed people outnumbering job openings three to one, you’d think recruiters could find the talent they need to fill positions. The problem is only 50 percent of job seekers actually have the qualifications needed for the job they apply to. It’s time to bridge the gap […]
  • How Important Are Certifications, Anyway?

    Kirk Baumann
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    When you’re looking for work, you want to present yourself as the best-prepared, most solid candidate a company could ever consider. With that in mind, many job seekers look at certifications as a way to set themselves apart. But these credentials cost time and money. Are they worth it? The answer, unfortunately, is “it depends.” It seems […]
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    Career Spotlight

  • The Road to Productivity: Exploring How Warhawks Persevere and Prevail

    Dejuan Washington
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes, but with hard work there are no limits!” –Anonymous  It’s that time of the year again when workloads outweigh energy levels! Winter is quickly approaching and finals are right around the corner for us Warhawks. During this time of year it’s easy to become stressed out, burnt out, or just down right depressed from the amount of work you have to complete.  So in an effort to alleviate some of that stress, here’s what a few fellow Warhawks from Career and Leadership Development had to say about how they stay…
  • The Birth of a Student Leader: DeJuan Washington’s Journey

    Dejuan Washington
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    As I began my first semester as a first generation freshman here at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, I was plagued with various insecurities that forced me to question my value in higher education. Like many African American students at this institution, I struggled academically and saw little progress in my quest to mirror the academic performance of the majority population. I was lost. In search of guidance to aid me in my journey of academic excellence, I attended my first Black Student Union (BSU) meeting, a place where I would soon feel at home and culturally validated in an…
  • 5 Career Lessons from Mean Girls

    30 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Today marks the tenth anniversary of the iconic movie, Mean Girls. In addition to having the most quotable script of all time, Mean Girls also offers a lot of career takeaways! This list is “so fetch” so you better keep reading. 1. Don’t get an ego Cady’s ultimate downfall is that she starts thinking she is all that and a bag of Regina’s low cal chips. She gets caught up on getting to the top of the social pyramid, which ultimately causes her to flunk calculus, lose her BFFs, and get grounded. Whether you’re on the job hunt, interviewing, or just starting…
  • How I Landed My Dream Job

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Hello friends! As the days until graduation dwindle, I can’t help but look forward to the next phase in my life. I’m fortunate enough to have landed my dream job post-grad *YAY.* I don’t mean to brag, I really don’t, but it took a ton of work to get to this point, and I really want to help all of you reach your dreams. Here are 4 quick bits of advice to help you earn your dream job.  1. Know your dream This might seem like common sense, but you can’t really achieve a dream if you don’t know what it is. Look at the possibilities of your future career and aim high! Nothing is…
  • Tick Tok: 3 Loose Ends that Need Tying

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Tik tok, on the clock But graduation countdown don’t stop Tonight, I‘mma apply For the job of a lifetime  Tik tok, on the clock But second semester won’t stop Tonight, I’mma scrape by Til I reach the finish line Yes, that was my very own career parody of KE$HA’s “Tik Tok,” please hold your applause. While I hope you found it funny, upcoming graduation is no laughing matter. In just a few short weeks, all of you grads will be walking across that glorious stage and receiving those hard-earned diplomas. But don’t get a severe case of senioritis…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • More Student Protests on Lack of Indictment in Ferguson

    Scott Jaschik
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:21 am
    While some campuses saw protests Monday night over the lack of an indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, many more campuses saw protests on Tuesday. The following are local press accounts of protests involving students at Baltimore-area colleges, Grand Valley State University, Kent State University, Middle Tennessee State University, San Diego State University, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Ad keywords: diversity
  • Gratitude

    Matt Reed
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:47 am
    Blog: Confessions of a Community College DeanIt’s almost Thanksgiving, so a moment of gratitude seems to be in order.   We had our parent-teacher conferences last week for The Boy and The Girl.   The Boy is in eighth grade, so he has a different teacher for each subject.  His school has parents come in with their kids and sit at tables in the cafeteria while teachers move from table to table.  It’s sort of a cross between traditional conferences and speed dating.   The Girl is in fifth grade, so she spends most of her day with one teacher.  Her…
  • Essay on character sketches and a 'typology of scholars'

    Scott McLemee
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Column: Intellectual AffairsThe Greek philosopher and scientist Theophrastus would probably have remained forever in the shadow of Aristotle, his teacher and benefactor (a very big shadow, admittedly) if not for a little volume of personality sketches called Characters he wrote at the age of 99. At least that’s what he claims in the preface. The first character type he portrays is called “The Ironical Man,” so it’s possible he was just putting everyone on. After long years of people-watching, Theophrastus says, he resolved to depict “the good and the…
  • U. of Virginia board adopts policy to show it is getting tough on sexual assault, but the policy lacks specifics

    Jake New
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    University of Virginia's board adopts policy to show it is getting tough on sexual assault on campus, but critics point out the lack of any specifics. Editorial Tags: Sexual assault
  • Australian government orders inquiry into foreign student plagiarizing

    Peter van Onselen for The Australian
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Education minister, concerned by reports of rampant cheating by international students, directs quality assurance agency to examine institutions' policies. Editorial Tags: AustraliaInternational higher educationPlagiarism
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    Gross, Point-Blank

  • Facebook Organic Reach Drop May Not Affect All Pages

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Social media marketers have been talking about Facebook reach for years. This week, however, their conversation took on a bit more urgency, thanks to Friday night’s Facebook announcement and a blunt blanket statement from Forrester Research that brands are wasting money by dedicating resources to the network. My first reaction was to ignore this conversation, as I’m on record with the opinion that relevant content matters more than post-specific reach statistics. But then I saw people I know and respect tweeting that they believe organic reach will not exist for pages in the…
  • Coming Soon: Social Media Management for Higher Education eBook

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Update: This book is now available for purchase! I’m very excited to preview a project that I’m working on. Over the last five years, I’ve managed social media marketing for a campus department, a small two-year college, and a large student loan servicer. During this time, I’ve attended lots of great conferences, read a bunch of books, viewed multitudes of webinars, and learned from some incredibly awesome people. I’ve decided to take much of what I’ve learned from training, experience, and networking and put it in an eBook. Although the title is yet to…
  • Why This Social Media Strategist Doesn’t Worry About Job Security

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    While browsing LinkedIn this evening, I came across A Requiem for the Social Media Specialist. It’s one of many posts this year that have proclaimed that most everyone with “social media” in their job title will be looking for a job sooner than they realize. It seems that these articles have increased proportionately with the social media marketing community’s increased whining about the lack of organic reach on Facebook. The premise of the articles are largely the same: the gurus promised that social media would provide a magical connection between businesses and…
  • A Social Media Sabbatical

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:52 pm
    I’ve sent over 42,000 tweets, posted approximately 200 artsy photos of food on Instagram, checked into far too many places on Foursquare (until they tried to make me switch to Swarm), built a 100% complete LinkedIn profile, and posted over 6,000 times on Facebook (apparently wasting almost two months of my life in the process). Nevermind the 1,000 or so posts I’ve created for my employer. I see my Facebook timeline and Twitter notifications in my dreams (no, I’m not joking). I think it’s time I took a break. I’m taking a 2-week social media sabbatical. I’ve…
  • It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye: Letting Go Of Your Professional Baby

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Children of the 80’s should have Boyz II Men stuck in their head after reading the title of this post. Or, perhaps you’d enjoy Jason Mraz’s fresh new cover of the R&B classic. But this post isn’t about saying goodbye to yesterday—it’s about saying goodbye to a program you founded. In May, I was fortunate to expand my “team of one” and hire a social media specialist. The point of this hire was to have someone focused on the day-to-day management of our corporate social media accounts so I could further develop our social media strategy and take…
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  • Oberlin President Discusses Dissent and Censorship Trends on Campus

    Sarah McLaughlin
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    In a letter to the campus community last week, President Marvin Krislov praised the role of open discourse on campus and warned students that the academic environment at Oberlin College suffers when freedom of speech is stifled. Krislov noted that Oberlin has, unfortunately, played a role in the growing trend of censorship on campus: [A]t Oberlin, where we typically applaud the value of free and open discussion and the clash of ideas and views, this national trend has appeared on a few occasions. Audience members who disagreed with a speaker or speakers’ views have disrupted the event with…
  • Five Ways to Give to FIRE on #GivingTuesday

    Ashley Adams
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Swarms of shoppers will bustle through stores today for the kickoff to the biggest spending weekend of the year. Americans will spend their money in stores today, they’ll spend online on Cyber Monday, and hopefully they—and you—will give money to a great cause on #GivingTuesday. We at FIRE hope that you will choose to support our mission and further liberty on campuses nationwide this Tuesday, December 2. No matter your preference, there is sure to be a convenient way for you to join in this global day of giving by making a tax-deductible gift to FIRE. 1. Give Online There are many ways…
  • Happy Thanksgiving from FIRE!

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 2014, we celebrated 15 years of protecting individual liberties on America’s campuses. We launched an aggressive litigation program, our Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project, and have since filed lawsuits against seven universities for their unconstitutional policies. On Constitution Day, we sent a warning—via certified mail—to over 300 of the nation’s most prestigious public colleges and universities that unless they change their unconstitutional policies, they also risk a lawsuit. Not only have our lawsuits immediately started yielding results, but positive responses from…
  • ‘Columbus Dispatch’ and Student Press Law Center Investigate ‘Campus Insecurity’

    Susan Kruth
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The Columbus Dispatch has teamed up with the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) to take a thorough look at how colleges and universities are struggling to handle allegations of sexual assault and other violent crimes. Problems abound, and the articles published as part of the “Campus Insecurity” series are shedding light on several troubling trends on campus. An article published on Sunday, for example, details several cases in which students were found responsible in campus hearings for violent offenses—including one that resulted in another student’s death—but were not expelled from…
  • Can Neutral Observers Ensure Freedom of Assembly at the University of Oregon?

    Catherine Sevcenko
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The University of Oregon (UO) has struggled recently with the concept of the First Amendment. In addition to receiving a “red light” rating in FIRE’s Spotlight database due to its restrictive speech codes, the university filed five charges against a student this past summer for jokingly yelling “I hit it first” at a couple walking underneath a dormitory window. UO thus achieved the dubious distinction of managing to accuse the student of more than one conduct violation per word of an unfortunate joke. After FIRE wrote to UO’s president, the charges were dropped. In light of this…
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    NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog

  • Plenary Connections: Tawakkol Karman

    Guest Blogger
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    By Elaine Meyer-Lee I am delighted that NAFSA will feature Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman as the Closing Plenary speaker at the 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in Boston, Massachusetts, this May. Like many of us, I was inspired in 2011 when I first learned of Karman’s role in Yemen’s revolution and her longer history in nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peacebuilding work. In 2012, I became more personally connected to the struggle for human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. That year, Saint…
  • #GivingTuesday – Support Diversity and Inclusion in International Education

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    #GivingTuesday, taking place this year on December 2, will once again focus on celebrating and promoting generosity. Started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, this global day of giving back was created to encourage charitable activities in support of nonprofit organizations. This year, NAFSA is asking everyone to participate in #GivingTuesday by contributing in support of the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program. This initiative empowers international educators working with underrepresented populations to expand internalization efforts on their campuses. Earlier this…
  • Simon Award Winners Discuss What Sets Their Institutions Apart

    Michael Feighner
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Internationalization is increasingly becoming a central tenet of university missions and successful institutions innovate unique solutions worthy of recognition. The NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization is awarded each year to schools that set themselves apart with their efforts to increase international programming and offer global educational experiences to their students, faculty, and community. In 2014, NAFSA celebrated the 12th anniversary of the Simon Award, and in a panel held on Tuesday, November 18, in Washington, D.C., several presidents and chancellors…
  • Ebola: The U.S. Crisis that Wasn’t and What It Means for You

    Guest Blogger
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    By Julie Anne Friend First, a disclaimer – I’m a lawyer, not a doctor, so the purpose of this blog post is not to provide medical advice, but to reference verifiable medical information and how it can be used to support your risk management strategies, as well as communication efforts, in managing a real or perceived health crisis. Ebola hemorrhagic fever and I go way back. We first met in 1995 while I was a graduate student in Lusaka, Zambia. There was an outbreak of Ebola along our northern border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire). Three hundred and fifteen people…
  • Plenary Connections: Child Soldier

    Guest Blogger
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    By Jesse Lutabingwa I am extremely pleased that Ishmael Beah, a Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist, will be one of the plenary speakers at the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference & Expo in Boston. As a young boy, Beah survived a rebel attack during a civil war that killed his parents and two brothers. At the age of 13, he became a child soldier for the government army and fought for more than two years before being rescued by UNICEF. The plight of children affected by these senseless wars was brought home to me in Tanzania. In 1996, I met a young Rwandan Tutsi refugee who escaped a…
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    Edu in Review Blog

  • For-Profit Colleges Sue Obama Administration, Again

    Elizabeth Simmons
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    A new set of rules designed to regulate for-profit colleges caused industry lobbyists to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration. According to the lobbyists, the rules are arbitrary and unconstitutional. The rules released the last week of October are an amended version of the gainful employment regulations proposed by the Obama administration earlier this year. Under the rules, for-profit colleges would not receive federal funding for career training programs if their graduates graduate with a lot of debt but find only low-paying jobs. The Association of Private Sector Colleges and…
  • President Obama’s Perfect Reaction to Fellow Voter’s Girlfriend Joke

    Elizabeth Simmons
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Who knew voting could be this fun!? Check out what happened after a man told President Obama not to touch his girlfriend (who happened to be standing next to him to vote)! The video cuts out the best part of the interaction. After they were done voting, President Obama takes the woman aside and said, “Give me a kiss and give him something to talk about,” as he gave Cooper a hug and a peck on the cheek. “Now he’s really jealous.” While you probably won’t end up voting next to the President, you should still go vote every chance you get. It’s the best way to make sure…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Master Your Midterms

    Elizabeth Simmons
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Congratulations! You’ve reached the halfway point of the halfway point of the semester. Unfortunately as a reward you’re now facing midterm exams. It seems just yesterday you were reading about them on your syllabi, enjoying how far off they seemed. Now, they’re staring you right in the face. Not to worry! Midterms aren’t as scary as they may seem. Well, most of them aren’t. There are a few key things you can do to make sure you do well on them and are on the right track to finish out the semester. Keep Going to Class Midterms time also happens to be the time…
  • Want Free Tuition? Germany May be the Place for You

    Elizabeth Simmons
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Those looking to save on a college education may want to try their luck in Germany. The country just committed to tuition-free higher education for all students, including international students. Lower Saxony was the last of seven German states to abolish tuition after the country began charging for it in 2006. Germany has a firm commitment to universal education, so the German states began dropping their tuition fees one by one. The minister for science and culture in Lower Saxony, Gabrielle Heinen-Kjajic said in a statement, “We got rid of tuition fees because we do not want higher…
  • Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, is Spreading a Powerful Message Across College Campuses

    Elizabeth Simmons
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Miss America is about to embark on a tour of college campuses that will allow her to share an important message with students that has nothing to do with red cups. Miss America, Kira Kazantsev of New York, first made waves during the talent portion of the competition. Eschewing pageant norms, she plopped down cross-legged on stage and sang Pharrell’s “Happy.” All while accompanying herself on a red Solo cup a la “Pitch Perfect.” Clearly her talent did nothing but help her, since Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 later in the evening. Now she’s ready…
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    Hank Nuwer: Hazing Prevention

  • SUNY Albany death: some suspect this was with an underground fraternity

    Hank Nuwer
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    Here is the link. Excerpt: from WNYT’s Anna Meillar   ALBANY – Campus wide, University at Albany students are mourning the death of Trevor Duffy, the 19-year-old sophomore who died after an underage drinking party on Hamilton Street. “Everyone’s kind of shaken up. No one likes to see that,” said Henry Moers, a senior at […]
  • Backstory on the New Jersey hazing scandal: FOIA request by NJ Advance Media

    Hank Nuwer
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Here is the link from New
  • WVU Kappa Sigma pledge may have been participating in Big-Little Night

    Hank Nuwer
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    According to the West Virginia student newspaper, WVU Kappa Sigma (Gamma Phi Chapter) pledge may have been participating in Big-Little Night, a benign event usually unless there is a traditional expectation that there will be a bottle exchange or “challenge to drink” with the expectation that the pledge will get wildly intoxicated. In that case, the […]
  • Three Nichols College baseball players hospitalized for hazing: four accused in incident

    Hank Nuwer
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    Here is a brief report from the Boston Globe. Excerpt: An application for criminal charges against the students was filed Thursday, said Police Chief Steven Wojnar. Police acted after an investigation into an alleged off-campus hazing incident at the school in Dudley on Nov. 7, according to Wojnar and a statement from the school.
  • “Take me home, Country Roads”

    Hank Nuwer
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Theron and Kimberly Burch donated his organs. Buffalo has had hazing deaths of Scott Krueger (MIT, Fiji) and in nearby Alfred (NY), Chuck Stenzel of Alfred University (Klan Alpine). Nolan’s death cause has yet to be determined. As I reported earlier in this blog, this WVU Kappa Sigma chapter was reactivated 2007-2008 and one of […]
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    The Dean's List

  • Doin' the Trinity Shuffle

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Some of the crew following the 10-11 mile taco run.One of the joys of my work is the annual Dean of Students Half Marathon Challenge and Food Drive. You get to know students well when you log lots of miles together. Generally on our group runs we eschew music, but last month we mixed things up by doing an iPod Shuffle run. Literally, we shuffled our music gadgets at various points during the run. It was a nice way to break up the routine and to hear what others listen to when they run. We also have had a Hunger Run, Taco Run, and Halloween Hill Hell Run. (Please come support us on December 7…
  • Yik Yak Yuk

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    Let's be clear about this. People have been crude and rude forever. I mean, just watch Game of Thrones. The internet has simply changed the nature of boorish and hostile behavior. Just read any comments section on any post to witness the pattern of trolls stirring up trouble, counter-arguing, policing grammar, and getting all charged up over nothing. It is like Disney. It's mostly make believe. When JuicyCampus came on the scene people were outraged. Indeed, bullying and other horrible things have happened as a result of the internet and social media. That site was shut down because of the…
  • Logos and Tigers and Brands, oh my

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    As Trinity University continues to develop its brand, the University has recently revealed a new spirit logo. This one replaces the tiger on the TU symbol that has become popular with our athletic teams. Unfortunately the latter can't be trademarked because it kind of already is - by the Detroit Tigers baseball team. Though really, how many ways can a tiger menacingly crawl around a "T." Logos are tricky because they are used in different ways. At Trinity we want some consistency, but we have the official seal for the more high brow uses, such as on diplomas. We have the tower logo for the…
  • High and Mighty

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I blame Colorado mostly. Nearly any conversation with a student or a parent regarding our drug policy and state drug laws eventually includes a reference to Rocky Mountain High. It has become the "my friends don't have a curfew!" of marijuana discussions. I don't want to confuse any portions of this post with the facts. Nearly all of the facts related to marijuana can be disputed. Students on college campuses everywhere have done great research to de-bunk any claims of harm that comes from smoking weed. I think if some studied their course work with as much passion as they researched…
  • Petty Coates

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Call it like it is: Dean has OCD! After 25 years of marriage my wife and I took a vacation together for a week in September. It was our first substantial trip away from kids and work -- and without visiting people -- since our honeymoon. While we both generally unplugged, I couldn't help but check the on-line Trinitonian and was aghast to see the lead article was about the posters no longer being displayed in the Coates atrium.It seems, well... petty. Understand, I am a huge supporter of our student press and the quality product they consistently create.The article makes me look like a…
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    Student Affairs Explorer

  • Palm Trees at Sunset

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:14 pm
    I think this is one of my early favorite photos that I took on vacation this past weekend. It was sunset over the Gulf of Mexico via Treasure Island near St. Petersburg, Florida. Sitting on the deck of Sloppy Joe’s on the Beach and watching the sunset was the cherry on top of a great vacation. I also love how the light from the sun silhouetted the palm trees. I took the photo with my Samsung Galaxy S5.
  • Sharing is Caring

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Hello internet friends! I hope that your Fall is shaping up to be a good one. If you’ve missed me, sorry! A major component of my job is doing social media for my department and when I come home at night, I don’t have the motivation to keep crafting a message. I’ve been choosing to unwind in other ways (like crafting, reading, and watching my shows). I just thought I’d pop in with a few things I’ve been loving lately. Because, let’s be honest, sharing is caring. Elise Blaha Cripe’s speech from the World Domination Summit conference. This was…
  • Saturdays are for Adventures

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Had a fabulous time on the North Shore of Lake Superior today with my mom. Below is probably one of my favorite photos. More to come!
  • Badlands NP

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Well, I’ve made it through the first couple weeks of the Fall semester. It hasn’t been too bad. Besides dealing with my cold, it’s been downright pleasant. I was going through some photos from the epic summer of 2010. I came across this beautiful photo from Badlands National Park in South Dakota. I just felt compelled to share it. I’ve had a touch of the wanderlust lately and I feel like I should start thinking about my next travel adventure. Thankfully, I’ll be taking a microadventure up the North Shore this weekend to check out the start of the changing leaf…
  • Summer Road Trip – Universities

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Wow, this summer has just flown by! I’ve spent most of my time working (so many fun projects) and crafting, reading, and Netflix binging during my free time. In July, I went on vacation for 2 glorious weeks. I visited family and friends while roadtripping out to see my dear friend Kristen who lives in northeastern Ohio. I had great weather and great driving the whole time. My favorite accomplishment of the whole trip (and I think it earned admiration from many people) – not checking my work email the ENTIRE time I was out of the office. Talk about awesome. Anyway, one of the…
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    The Evolution of Strength

  • Real talk about blogging and writer’s block

    Ardith Laverne
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Ardith Laverne:I’m not the only person who’s sick of the garbage out on the internet, who’s busy training and not writing, who’s out and about instead of plopped down in front of the screen. I promise I’ll get back to it sometime, but I’m not sure when that will be in my case. Originally posted on Fit and Feminist: I’ll just come straight out with it: I am dealing with a wicked case of writer’s block.  It’s been going on for about five or six months now, and it’s evident by the fact that my blog has been updated a handful of times in that time…
  • Flex Appeal and the Double Down Competition

    Ardith Laverne
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    It’s not easy being me. What I mean by that is that I spent most of last week sick with an energy-draining cold, and because of that, I haven’t even had a chance to recap the competition from the 11th. CrossFit425 hosted their first annual Double Down competition, and it was a mixed-pairs (i.e., two-person teams consisting of one guy and one gal) competition with divisions for Rx and Rx+ (a.k.a., awesomely elite athletes). JD and I signed up for Rx, after convincing him it would be a great first competition. The day started early, leaving my house around 6:30AM to get to Bellevue.
  • Autumntime

    Ardith Laverne
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    “Today and tomorrow are going to be the last 70-degree days in Seattle,” JD said this morning, before leaving for his day-trip to Portland. Ten years of living on the wet side of the Cascade Mountains taught me to take advantage of every sunny day, and as such, I chose to get breakfast and coffee near Green Lake, then walk the entire loop. It was one of my rest days from lifting and high-intensity work, so I spent this morning watching the marine layer slowly burn off. Green Lake, Seattle, WA It was a good morning. As some of you probably noticed, this summer marked a decline in…
  • Two Years’ Time

    Ardith Laverne
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    September 19th, 2012 is the day to which I ascribe my CrossFit anniversary. Two years ago, I wrote: Finally made it back in to the local box. The coach at this particular box is fantastic, and the team members are fairly easy-going. Now, I’m no strength trainer. Never have been. The prescribed weight for today’s Workout of the Day (WOD) [The Chief] was 95 lbs. for females during hang power cleans. Guess what I used? A 35-pound bar. And that was still difficult. It’s okay, though. Weights are something that I have always avoided. That said, I got through the work-out. It broke down to…
  • Reaching for Good

    Ardith Laverne
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    “I just wonder, when will I stop feeling like I’m bad at this,” I said, lamenting to that boy on the phone about my lack of confidence in all things CrossFit. I noted that two years ago, I couldn’t do a single box jump, pull-up, rope climb, double-under, or wall ball, and I sure as heck couldn’t tell the difference between a clean, a jerk, and a snatch (no, not like that, come on). My work clothes didn’t fit, I thought pasta and low-fat dairy would solve all my problems, and yoga was my only tie to physical activity. Nowadays, I complain about different…
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    Musings of a New Professional

  • Musings of a Not So New Professional…

    Justin Sipes
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I am just staring my seventh year of full-time employment within higher education. Two of those were prior to completing my graduate studies, so if we throw them out, we are talking four full years and kicking off my fifth. I find myself in some new territory that I have not been in previously, so even though I have been doing this work for a bit, it is quite different and often makes me feel like a new professional from time to time. Over the summer, I was promoted from Coordinator to Associate Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life. I am the senior-level staff member in my department.
  • Separation of Church and State?

    Justin Sipes
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    I was raised Catholic.  I attended private Catholic school from K-3 and high school.  Over time, I have strayed from religion as I continued to discover paradoxes in Catholicism.  I explored some other religions (Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism in particular) through reading about them and being around people who practiced those faiths.  I have grown to realize that our faith/religion/spirituality/non-religious identity is a construct to explain what we struggle to understand. As I have matured and become more educated, I have also realized that a system that is supposed to be based on…
  • Transformation…

    Justin Sipes
    8 Mar 2014 | 10:29 am
    Back in December I decided I needed a change to my physical health.  I fully committed to being active in some way, shape, or form a majority of the days (5-6) in each week. It was painful when I initially started for many reasons. Physically, my body was not ready for this drastic change.  I played competitive sports all through middle school, high school, and briefly in college.  That was almost a dozen years now.  I had not done any consistent working out since then, besides walking, which I tried to do as often as possible.  So I was combating a decade of lethargy.  I wanted to be…
  • Demise of Fraternal Organizations?

    Justin Sipes
    22 Feb 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Earlier this week, The Atlantic released and article titled The Dark Power of Fraternities. It is a long read and extremely well-written piece.  Some twitter comments have indicated that this could very well be a contributing factor to the demise of fraternal world.  Before we jump to conclusions, I offer this. Read the article again, but replace “fraternity member,” “frat,” “fraternity house,” “alumni,” “headquarters/nationals,” and…
  • Possessive Pronouns…

    Justin Sipes
    25 Jan 2014 | 8:44 am
    The words “I” and “me” seem to be replacing “we” and “us.”  As I scroll through Facebook posts of friends, colleagues, and students, people seem to focus more attention on themselves and less on others around them or the collective.  ”My” or “mine” pops up more frequently than “ours.”  We are removing others from the equation and taking sole ownership of things that belong to a collective. A prime example of this from my work is seeing newly elected presidents talk about retreats and trainings with…
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    Finding the Words

  • all's quiet on the Western front

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    The soft sounds of Pandora (Katy Perry radio; you're welcome).The autumn wind gusting outside my windows.The soft hum of my office heater.The click-clack of my keyboard keys as I type.The quiet murmur of the facilities workers performing maintenance.These are the sounds I hear this morning, in this restful quiet. The students of IU are officially on Thanksgiving Break, and I'm in the office, ready to be productive and really barrel through my to-do list, uninterrupted. But before I start off into my Csziksentmihalyi "flow" time, I wanted to take a moment to be thankful for the quiet. My…
  • When words fail

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    I've begun and then dropped this blog post 3 or 4 times over the past couple of weeks. Each time I begin it anew, I take a look at what I've written, and delete. Call it writer's block, call it busy-ness, call it pickiness, but for some reason I just have not been able to put "pen to page," metaphorically speaking, for the past month or so.Today, I woke up to the news that there was a shooting in Strozier Library at Florida State University, my graduate school alma mater. Three students were shot (one is in critical condition), and the gunman himself was killed in a shootout with police. We…
  • Boil, boil, my pasta pot

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    Being a quarter Sicilian (where my paisans at?), food is an integral part of my life. I'm not just talking for basic survival purposes, which is, of course, accurate, but I really mean that food - good food - comes in near the top of my Maslow's hierarchy of needs, right up there with love, belonging, esteem, and self-actualization.Image via Wikipedia - pasta fits right in the middle of that purple "self-actualization" sectionNot only do I describe food as an interest in my life; I'd call it (and eating) more of a hobby. I'll let my ever-evolving waistline speak for itself when it comes to…
  • Slow Growth

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Now is the winter of our discontent /  Made glorious summer by this son of York - Richard III, Act I, Scene i, Lines 1-2The lines above may seem a little incongruous considering that summer is now over. Soon gone are the days of 9-5 office hours; kiss the lazy summer weekends by the poolside goodbye. Long-term project thinking must take a backseat to short-term proactivity and reactivity (read: firefighting). Bloomington has doubled in size once again; the roads are clogged with new students just trying to get to Target to buy that new futon. Soon, the hazy summer heat will melt…
  • #mightykacy

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Courage is a scary thing. You can reach for something, and miss. You can jump, and not have anything to land on. You can ask a question, and be told "no," or "you can't."For those of you who haven't seen it yet, here is a video of Kacy Catanzaro, my new (s)hero, DOMINATING the Dallas finals of American Ninja Warrior. In under 9 minutes, Kacy takes on HUGE, seemingly insurmountable obstacles... and overcomes them with (seeming) ease. She leaps across huge gaps, she climbs intimidating heights, but she does it all with grace, and gratitude for the support she's receiving... and fear.Watch her…
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  • Congratulations to the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute Scholarship Recipients!

    Julie Smith
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    We would like to congratulate the winners of the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute Scholarship. We are very pleased to announce this year’s scholarship recipients: (in alphabetical order) Candice Baldwin, Elizabeth Boretz, Gaye Cooksey, Maria Fuentes-Martin, and Kristi Jovell.  Congratulations to all of you! A reminder for those who will be attending the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute, the deadline for early bird registration is November 4, 2014.  We look forward to seeing all of you there!
  • Leadership on Campus Panel Program at NASPA Region I – 2014

    Jenny Braudaway
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    SJG’s Valerie Szymkowicz will be speaking at the NASPA Region I Annual Conference as part of a panel program with Scott James and others, entitled “How to be young, experienced and in a leadership role on campus.” The panel presentation will feature individuals who have advanced quickly in their career and will address the challenges and opportunities faced by young individuals who have navigated the traditional career paths in higher education. Panelists will address career strategies that have been valuable to their professional growth and development and the first 90…
  • SJG’s Ellen Heffernan Receives NASPA 2015 Pillars of Profession Award

    Jenny Braudaway
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    On October 3, 2014, the NASPA Foundation and its Board of Directors selected Ellen Heffernan as its new member of the Class of 2015 Pillars of the Profession! The Pillars award is designed to honor members of the profession who: Are individuals of sustained professional distinction in the higher education field, as defined by donors and supporters; Have served in leadership roles in NASPA, either regionally or nationally; Are being recognized or remembered by colleagues, friends, students, or student organizations for extraordinary service; Have significant lifetime contributions to the…
  • SJG will Offer Five Scholarships for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute

    Jenny Braudaway
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group is delighted to be offering five scholarships to cover registration fees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute, to be held in Laguna Niguel, California from December 2-5, 2014. Scholarships are open to all those that wish to apply, however, there will be a preference given to women professionals from Community Colleges, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving…
  • A Discussion of the Challenges Campus Activities Offices Face Today

    Jenny Braudaway
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As a new academic year begins, our friends in the fields of campus/student activities are facing several challenges. Some are fairly new challenges, while others seem to always be around. How many offices have recently changed their name or are considering a name change? Many campus activities offices are moving toward names like the ‘Office of Student Engagement’ or ‘Campus Engagement’ to more accurately reflect the services and programs the office is now responsible for maintaining. These offices have never only been about activities – it has always been so much more. Perhaps a…
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    Jon Sampson

  • When online education scales, you can hire James Cameron to produce Math 101

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Marc Andreessen, creator of Netscape, talks about, among other things, online education: You could probably bring in the whole online-education movement. But for me, the question is, who does the best with online schooling? And it’s mostly ­autodidacts, people who are self-starters. They’ve found that people from low-income communities actually get the least out of it. It’s way too early to judge, because we’re at the very beginning of the development of the technology. It’s like critiquing dos 1.0 and saying that this will never turn into the Windows PC. We’re still in the…
  • Failure arrives in a whimper

    5 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    “Failure almost always arrives in a whimper. It is almost always the result of missed opportunities, a series of bad choices and the rust that comes from things gradually getting worse. Things don’t usually explode. They melt.” - Seth Godin
  • Education hasn’t seen true disruption. Yet.

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    For the first 10 years of “fairly common internet usage,” newspapers were fine. There was email. There was AOL. There was instant messenger. There were even some news sites. But for news, the local newspaper still provided a better product than the others. Last weekend, my wife and I signed up for a six-week newspaper deal at one of those community festivals where you can get insurance quotes, sno cones, and hours of bounce house fun for the kids.  And as I flipped through the paper this week, I couldn’t help but wish I could scroll through a list of headlines and click on…
  • Tangible experiences + technology = education’s sweet spot

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Ben Thompson writes an insightful post on the cost of software moving toward free, and it ties in with online education. Ben says “over time the price of a product moves to its marginal cost, and if the marginal cost is zero, that means free is inevitable.” Online education will move toward free. That’s good for students, but bad for universities (education needs to find a reasonable cost, but “reasonable” isn’t zero, either). As we move to online information delivery, the pay model will go the same direction as music, books, and software. The additional…
  • The successful …

    27 Jan 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The successful people we spoke with — in business, entertainment, sports and the arts — all had similar responses when faced with obstacles: they subjected themselves to fairly merciless self-examination that prompted reinvention of their goals and the methods by which they endeavored to achieve them. Secret Ingredient for Success, by Camille Sweeney (via Swissmiss)
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  • Growing Pains: The Cost of Being Disorganized in College

    CTB Staff
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    As South Park's Chef so eloquently uttered, "There's a time and a place for everything, and it's called college." College can be an amazing journey of freedom and self expression. A time of socializing and bonding, with a little studying squeezed in now and again. In fact, it's so wonderful and distracting that it's easy to forget about the big picture when you're emerged in the college experience. Words like "mortgage" and "interest rates" aren't really in your vocabulary when you're having the time of your life, but neglecting your grown-up responsibilities during this important phase can…
  • Coping with college by connecting the mind and the heart

    Felicia Harlow
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    College life is filled with one activity after the next one that can stretch you out to the max. By using a few personal techniques and starting now, you can develop a lifelong habit of self-care that will make sure you aren't overly stressed, physically fatigued, mentally anguished or emotionally distraught. Begin now and you'll be balanced and stress-free not only in school, but in your future professional, social and family life.
  • The 5 WHYs of Community Service

    Dave "Gonzo" Kelly
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I believe there are five reasons why you should want to get involved in community service as a college student. I got involved in serving my community early in life, stuck with it through college and still serve to this day. It's why I'm passionate about my Building Leaders Through Service® program for college students and why I stepped up to be National Director of APCA Serves. It's why you should encourage your students and classmates to get involved. Here are five whys that I hope will motivate you to help others less fortunate that yourself.
  • Keys to Balanced Student Leadership – infographic

    Chris Collins
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Student that get involved early in college have a higher retention rate. Student leaders are three times more likely to graduate. Student leadership helps develop skills employers love. Do you really need to know more? Check out this infographic and get the keys to balanced student leadership.
  • Make Studying Easier With These Study Tips

    Jessica Oaks
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Studying is as much a part of college life as tuition and most students think they're doing a pretty good job when it comes to reviewing material outside of class. A lot of us, though, are still relying on the same old study habits that got us through high school. We get it. Back in senior year it was cool to coast along in class because you already had that college acceptance letter in hand. But now it's your life on the line and success is going to have to mean upping your academic game. That's why we've put together this list of five simple study tips that will get you started on the road…
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  • Stop Whining About Young Voters, You Jerks.

    Angus Johnston
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Are we really asking why young people didn’t vote in the midterms? Okay, fine. Let’s talk. But if we’re going to talk, can we start by saying that non-presidential youth voter turnout ISN’T DOWN — that it’s been essentially stable since the 1990s? Every cycle youth voter turnout is more or less the same, and every cycle it’s treated as a new Betrayal of the Nation. And can we also note that while election-week demographic estimates of voting are always crude, the one analysis that we do have at this point says that youth turnout is actually up…
  • Two Things I Learned at Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Talk Last Night

    Angus Johnston
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Yesterday a friend gave me her ticket to see Ruth Bader Ginsburg interviewed by Nina Totenberg at the 92nd Street Y. While I was at the talk, I tweeted that Nina Totenberg has a Notorious RBG tee-shirt, and that she wears it regularly on weekends, and that RBG gave it to her. What didn’t fit into the tweet was that Totenberg actually owns *three* Notorious RBG shirts, two of which Ginsburg gave her, from what Totenberg described — apparently seriously — as Ginsburg’s vast supplies. Ruth Bader Ginsburg buys Notorious RBG shirts in bulk to give to her friends. That’s what I learned…
  • Dawkins, Dude Debate, and the Cult of Rationalism

    Angus Johnston
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    (This post is a lightly-edited version of a Twitter rant from last month.) When I was a young man, I believed that I won every argument in which the other participant didn’t convince me. If you wanted to best me in debate, you needed to win by my rules. Those rules were “rational,” so if you didn’t accept them, if they made you angry, if they made you withdraw, then I won. I won by default. I was willing to be convinced, of course. I was EAGER to be convinced. But I had to find you convincing. I was sure that I was fair. I was sure that I was reasonable. I was sure I…
  • Feminist Activist Anita Sarkeesian Cancels Campus Speech After Threat: University Refused to Ban Guns From Venue

    Angus Johnston
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Anita Sarkeesian, a critic of sexism in video games, has cancelled a campus speech scheduled tomorrow after the university declined to ban guns from the venue in response to a threat of a mass shooting. There’s a lot to unpack in that sentence, so let’s break it down. Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist media critic who has been the subject of an ongoing campaign of harassment since 2012. Late this summer, as the #GamerGate campaign was heating up, she was driven from her home by new, specific threats against her and her family. Sarkeesian was scheduled to speak at Utah State…
  • SUNY Adopts Yes-Means-Yes Standard for Sexual Consent

    Angus Johnston
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    The trustees of the State University of New York last Thursday passed a resolution directing all 64 of the system’s campuses to implement an “affirmative consent” standard for use in campus disciplinary proceedings involving sexual assault. The standard adopted by the trustees declares that consent to sexual contact must be “active, not passive.” Such consent must be “clear, knowing, and voluntary,” independent of prior sexual contact and to consent to other forms of sexual activity. What does this mean? It means that you won’t be able…
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  • I now have a Canadian Father

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Over two years ago, I complained about the cruel and frustrating rejection of my dad’s Canadian citizenship. It has been a long process. It is deeply discouraging to see your parent frightened and stressed that he will be sent back to a country that hasn’t been his home for over 40 years, leaving behind children and grandchildren. The recent immigration discussion in the USA takes on a new meaning in the light of this experience. In our case, my dad was a Canadian citizen. Had been one since 1978. Voted in municipal, provincial, and federal elections for decades. Was employed his…
  • Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Higher education is digitizing. All aspects of it, including administration, teaching/learning, and research. The process of becoming digital has important implications for how learning occurs and how research happens and how it is shared. I’m happy to announce the formation of the digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), funded by a $1.6m grant from the Gates Foundation – more info here. From a broad overview, the goal of the grant is to improve the depth and quality of research in digital learning. I’m defining digital learning as anything that has a technology component:…
  • Brilliant folks that need to be read.

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Folks like Mike Caulfield, Bonnie Stewart, and Kate Bowles, deserve far more attention for their thinking and writing than what they are currently getting. It’s really not fair to lump them together, but they represent for me an intersection of humanity, tangible change, and deep thinking in education. Build your next conference around these three and I’m there. Just send me the registration link. A recent sampling of their thinking: From Kate: I really think the measure of our capacity to call ourselves a community relates to our responses in a whole range of situations for which…
  • Moving from openness advocacy to research

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Openness in education – including content, teaching, pedagogy, analytics, or any other flavours – is a 15+ year trend that is starting to cross over into the main stream. I’ve been involved in numerous faculty/leadership meetings with different universities and colleges over the past year and openness has become one of those concepts that everyone agrees with, supports, and promotes. In a way, it’s like “diversity”, given lip service, recognition in planning documents and policy statements, but often not reflected adequately in practice. A few weeks ago,…
  • What I’ve learned in my first week of a dual-layer MOOC (DALMOOC)

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    This last week we launched our open course on Data, Analytics, and Learning on edX. The course is structured in a dual layer model, an approach that Matt Crosslin has nicely articulated. We have 20,000 registered students, with 32% having actually logged in and taken part in the course. 180 countries are represented, with the top being US, India, and UK, representing 25%, 11%, and 4% of students. I’ve run numerous MOOCs over the past six years. I’ve used a range of platforms, including Moodle, D2L, Canvas, Drupal, Downes’ gRSShopper, and others. In the process, I’ve…
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    Google Student Blog

  • Getting to Know a PhD

    Sarah H
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Google offers a variety of opportunities for PhD students who wish to gain industry experience. Through our Getting to Know a PhD series, we’ll provide a glimpse into some of these opportunities as well as the impactful projects PhD students at Google work on. Today we’re featuring Neil Houlsby, a former Google European Doctoral Fellowship recipient who interned on the Natural Language Processing research team.So Neil, tell us about yourself and your PhD topic ... I took an engineering degree at the University of Cambridge. I stayed on at Cambridge to do a masters in machine learning and…
  • Technical Programs Spotlight: Computer Science Summer Institute 2014

    Sarah H
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Google strives to increase educational opportunities in computer science and is committed to increasing the representation of underrepresented students in the broader field of technology. In order to do so, Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) was created to help high potential students prepare for college, build confidence, and be inspired to pursue a career in tech. CSSI is a Google-hosted summer program that invites 90 rising college first-years to participate in a 3-week interactive curriculum and learn a practical introduction to computer science (HTML, CSS, Javascript,…
  • Google EMEA Intern Insights 一 Meet Liana Saranga, a Turkish SMB Services Intern

    Sarah H
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects - not only in engineering, but across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights. Make sure to look out for the different interns being featured on the blog throughout the fall!Where are you from?I’m from Istanbul, TurkeyWhere and what do/did you study at University?I’m…
  • Laura in the “Lime”light - profile of a 2013 Google Lime Scholar

    Sarah H
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The Google Lime Scholarship was established in 2009 in partnership with Lime Connect, a nonprofit organization that supports students with disabilities working toward their academic and professional goals in all fields, including computer science.Today we’re featuring Laura D’Aquila, a senior at MIT and 2013 recipient of the Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. Laura is studying Computer Science/Electrical Engineering and Math enjoys playing the viola in MIT’s Symphony Orchestra and playing tennis. We recently caught up with Laura to learn more about her experience as…
  • Google Intern Insights - EMEA Intern Exchange to Mountain View

    Sarah H
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    This past August, the EMEA Intern team challenged their 2014 intern class to create a video about a product they would launch if they had an unlimited budget and resources in the spirit of moonshots and 10x ideas. They needed to include their concept, resources required, potential impact and the problem it would solve.The video was to be a maximum of 2 minutes in length, and points were awarded by a panel of engineers for product idea, feasibility, technology, innovation and impact. The prize was a fully paid week at our Headquarters in Mountain View soaking up the culture, lifestyle and…
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • Self-Nomination for UCSB VCSA Search Committee

    Joe Sabado
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Our current Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. MIchael Young announced his retirement a couple of months ago and a search committee, consisting of faculty, staff, students, and alums, was formed. There was one spot available for staff, to be chosen by the Chancellor, through a recommendation by a staff committee. I submitted by nomination […]
  • Student Affairs and Innovators DNA

    Joe Sabado
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    I have been reading a book called The Innovators DNA and I find myself thinking how the concepts related to innovation described in this book apply to student affairs. The premise of the book centers around the idea that innovative organizations are led by innovative leaders. The book talks about delivery (questioning, observing, networking, and […]
  • Blessed and Privileged Beyond Belief

    Joe Sabado
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    There was once a time when I was a young kid in the Philippines when my family, four of us, lived in a one bedroom, probably no bigger than  a size of a typical dorm room. I remember my sister and I having to wake up early and take a bath outside, early enough, before […]
  • This or that – Life is too short.

    Joe Sabado
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    Life is short. So cliche, but so true. A friend and colleague passed away just the other day and it’s during these times I am reminded of how valuable my time really is and where I should focus my time and energy. Some of the thoughts that came to mind: I can spend my time […]
  • Digital Lollipop Moments

    Joe Sabado
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    “We all have changed someone’s life – usually without even realizing it.” This is a message in Drew Dudley’s TedX talk on Everyday Leadership. The video resonates with me because for 1) I work with and for students at my university and 2) I don’t see myself as a “leader” in the sense that I […]
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    TechKNOW Tools

  • The Technology Test Kitchen & #et4online CFP Deadline

    Laura Pasquini
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    The Technology Test Kitchen (TTK) was developed at the Online Learning Consortium‘s #blend14 event, and recently enhanced at #aln14. What the heck is the TTK? A makerspace for sharing innovative tools and new media An open collaborative environment for hands-on exploration An engaging way to connect with your colleagues over emerging technology   The TTK ideas was created to bring faculty, instructional designers, researchers, and conferences participants together to get a hands-on experience with a variety of learning technologies. In the Test Kitchen, there are a number of…
  • #AcAdv Chat: Common Reading Discussion

    Laura Pasquini
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Laura Pasquini:Interested in talking about academic advising & assessment in higher education? You should probably join the #AcAdv Chat Common Reading Discussion next Tuesday (11/19) from 12-1 pm CT. Read on for more information… Originally posted on #AcAdv Chat: Hello #AcAdv Chat-ers! To mix things up a bit on the #acadv chat discussion thread, our next LIVE chat on Tuesday, November 19, 2014 from 12-1 pm CT will involve an academic advising “common reading.” The purpose of a common reading is engage faculty and practitioners in academic advising in a dialogue about…
  • Vulnerability Comes With Scholars Who Care #scholar14

    Laura Pasquini
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:09 pm
    I feel fortunate to be in a “caring” online  spaces, when it comes to my research and writing development. Over the course of the last few years I have met a number of doctoral researchers, early career scholars, and seasoned academics who actively participate and encourage open dialogues online (within Twitter hashtags, blogging communities, podcasts, and more). I know this is not always the case. In the world of academic contribution and competition, there are a number of hurdles along the tenure track and moving forward in post-secondary education leadership positions. By…
  • Being #Open Comes with a Number of Assumptions, Challenges and Tensions #scholar14

    Laura Pasquini
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Being an open educator is critical. From my personal experience, I have engaged and interacted with research, teaching, and service scholarship based on the examples I have seen around me.  A large number of collaborative research and learning opportunities could not have been possible without using open and social platforms. To be a truly effective educator and researcher, I believe it is critical to share our research-to-practice work. It is through transparency and openness, scholars are able to contribute to their discipline, connect to other related fields, and, most importantly,…
  • Presence & Visibility With Scholarship #scholar14

    Laura Pasquini
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Are you “present” online? Do you share your scholarship? Are you blogging about your research in the field? Can I find a slide deck of your last academic presentation on SlideShare? Have you tweeted about your academic writing lately (#acwri)? Based on last week’s conversation in The Networked Scholars (#scholar14) MOOC – you probably should. Week 1 focused on Visibility, Presence & Branding – Check out the LIVE chat video and tweets. During the live chat discussion, Laura Czerniewicz reminded us that: “everyone has an online presence already whether…
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    Wired CampusWired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Open Education’s Publicity Problem

    Steve Kolowich
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    Arlington, Va. — David Wiley calls the annual Open Education Conference, now in its 11th year, a “family reunion.” This year, the hearth is crowded. The Hilton ballroom here overflows with bodies. Mr. Wiley, the co-founder and chief academic officer at Lumen Learning, an upstart company that organized this year’s event, asks that all the new people stand up. At least a third of the crowd rises. “Our little family is growing,” he says. And yet, outside the family, open educational resources have a publicity problem. Open educational resources, or OER, are public-domain learning…
  • At Liberal-Arts Colleges, Debate About Online Courses Is Really About Outsourcing

    Steve Kolowich
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Lifetime residents of Maine tend to look askance at people who are “from away,” an epithet reserved for transplants, summer vacationers, and college students. Such people might mean well, the thinking goes, but ultimately they do not belong. Bowdoin College, a 220-year-old institution in Brunswick, Me., takes a similarly protective view of its curriculum. At a time when online education has blurred campus borders—and institutions face growing pressure to train students for specific jobs—Bowdoin and many other liberal-arts colleges have held the line. When I matriculated there, a…
  • An App to Make Career Counseling More Like a Video Game

    Rebecca Koenig
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    — Diana Cobbe believes she has a way to help students communicate their skills to potential employers: Make filling out an online résumé feel more like a video game than like paperwork, and use it to connect students looking for jobs with businesses looking for talent. In short, she’s created an app that she describes as a mix of Candy Crush and LinkedIn. “In college, kids leave the job-search process for the last minute,” Ms. Cobbe says. “They’re in a situation where they don’t find out usually until it’s too late that they don’t have the skills they need.” Her…
  • For New Course, U. of Oklahoma Seeks Boost From Old Media

    Steve Kolowich
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Many colleges are turning to online “enablers” to help them get new online courses off the ground, but the University of Oklahoma is looking to generate buzz through an older channel: cable television. Oklahoma is producing a new course with the History Channel, which will provide content from its archive and advertising on its airwaves. The 16-week course, which covers American history since 1865, will be open to both credit-seeking students and noncredit learners, although it is “emphatically not a MOOC,” according to Kyle Harper, the university’s interim…
  • Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds (the Data Kind)

    Rebecca Koenig
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    Scientists will soon have access to their very own clouds. Not the meteorological sort—although these clouds might help advance weather research as well as improve medical systems and power-grid management. The new clouds for scientists are the kind that store data on servers, as part of a trend known as cloud computing. Consumers use the commercial variety to store documents, photographs, and music. Researchers use those too, but they sometimes need more control over and information about cloud systems than host companies, such as Apple and Amazon, provide. For more stories about…
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    Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog

  • Guest Post: More Men Are Raped in US Than Women?

    2 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Originally published at Echidne of the Snakes. Crossposted with permission. You may have come across that assertion before if you have the habit of visiting MRA sites on the net. I've seen it, but never found any sources for it, except for fuzzy hints that it's because of prison rape of men is not included in the general rape statistics.
  • July Open Thread

    6 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Another month another Open Thread! Here's a discussion starter:
  • June Open Thread

    31 May 2014 | 7:01 am
    Another month another Open Thread! Write what you like on topics within the general ambit of this blog, but here’s some suggestions for useful contributions: links to recent posts/articles that relate to topics covered by the FAQs here (and the best links might even be added to the Further Reading Lists on some of those […]
  • May Open Thread

    30 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    More Open Thread! Write what you like on topics within the general ambit of this blog (self-promotion is entirely welcome). Here's some suggestions for useful contributions:
  • April Open Thread

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Some of you really want to see more action here again. But I'm just not sure that I have anything new to say...I've decided therefore that I'll experiment with monthly Open Threads for a while and see what you all come up with.
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    AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

  • Let’s Give Thanks for Frances Perkins

    Suzanne Gould
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Frances Perkins ’Tis the season for being thankful, so it’s appropriate that I am writing about Frances Perkins. Although revolutionary in her day, the ideas she fought for are so commonplace today that most Americans take them for granted. Perkins was born on April 10, 1880, in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Mount Holyoke College and graduated in 1902. Initially, she studied chemistry and physics but became interested in the working poor and labor conditions. (More on her Mount Holyoke experience and the women who influenced her throughout her life will follow in a later blog!) By…
  • 5 Ways You Can Cut Back to Give Back This Season

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    I owe a lot to AAUW. My connection started with an internship in the organization’s Development department. Fast-forward a couple of years, and I returned to AAUW, this time as a member of the 2012–13 National Student Advisory Council. With AAUW, I stood in front of the Supreme Court and rallied on behalf of equal pay; I hosted an “unequal” bake sale to raise funds and generate awareness about the pay gap between women and men; I helped organize a sidewalk chalking event on campus to encourage students to speak against ; and I helped plan the 2013 National Conference for College Women…
  • Title IX: Looking Back, Moving Forward

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
      This story was written by Beth Pearsall for the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Outlook magazine Rep. Patsy Mink (D-HI) was a driving force behind Title IX. Image via Wikimedia Commons “You come on too strong for a woman.” That’s what Bernice Sandler was told in 1969 after she was passed up for a faculty position at the University of Maryland despite her excellent qualifications. In the months following, she received similar rejections and heard things like “You’re not really a professional, just a housewife who went back to school.” Sadly, experiences like Sandler’s were all…
  • Presidential Action on Immigration a Good First Step

    Lisa Maatz
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    President Barack Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will, in the face of congressional inaction, provide a long-overdue and fair path to legal status for some undocumented residents of the United States. The president’s actions will also help update an outdated visa system. A comprehensive update of the immigration system is still necessary, and Congress and the White House must work together in a bipartisan fashion to fix what everyone agrees is a broken system. AAUW’s member-endorsed public policy priorities support the “civil and human rights of all immigrants,…
  • Fired for Doing the Right Thing: An Interview with College Administrator in Sex Discrimination Case

    Mollie Lam
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    In the last 33 years, AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund has supported more than 100 cases. But demonstrating our impact isn’t about the numbers; it’s about the stories of the people we support. Former Feather River employees Paul Thein, Laurel Wartluft, and Michele Jaureguito allege that, among other claims, Feather River violated their rights under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 by retaliating against them for complaining about gender discrimination on campus. More than eight years after they first filed suit, the plaintiffs hope that their long journey for vindication is almost…
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    This Side of Theory

  • GLACUHO Annual Conference: Closing Banquet Speech

    Stacy Oliver
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    I am, through and through, a housing operations person. I need numbers to quantify experiences because it is through data that our field tells our story. I could measure a decade of my GLACUHO involvement in conference calls, in emails exchanged, or in cups of coffee. I could measure the years in autocorrected text messages or the number of times Kyle from Camp Tecumseh has said GLA-cuho during the past 11 years. What stands out about my professional involvement journey, though, is that it is truly that — a journey. And so I spent an afternoon crunching the numbers, calculating how many…
  • Confusing a Platform With Power

    Stacy Oliver
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    I am Jewish. I am an alumna of Ohio University. And I work with college students. It seems important to be up front about those facts because they are the foundation of my conflict regarding the current events at my beloved alma mater. As a Jewish alumna, my heart aches watching this situation unfold at a place I called home for six years. And as someone who works with college students, I can understand how Ms. Marzec arrived at this place, how she made these decisions without full concern for unknown consequences. I’ve worked with students like Megan — students who confuse having a…
  • Mindset List: Think Before You Share

    Stacy Oliver
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Beloit College released its annual Mindset List today, a list of whimsical historical and pop culture facts intended to help “inform [our] work with [our] students.” The list is released annually in August as new students enter the Ivory Tower. Seems harmless, right? But the Beloit Mindset List is a list of sweeping generalizations. It assumes all students are between the ages of 18-22, an assumption that is becoming increasingly wrong across the United States. It assumes all students will graduate in four years by labeling them as the Class of 2018. According to U.S. News and…
  • Belonging.

    Stacy Oliver
    9 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I was ill during the ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition. This was evident to anyone who knows me well. My extraverted nature was quashed and replaced with quietude; rather than seeking out large social opportunities, I connected with people individually or in much smaller groups. I left socials early and, in fact, left D.C. early thanks to a compassionate friend who drove me to the airport twelve hours before my scheduled flight and also thanks to a gate agent who watched me cry as I pleaded to get onto any earlier flight  [he got me on a flight that left 35 minutes after I walked into…
  • Can I Help You Tweet Better?

    Stacy Oliver
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I like to help people. And today I am going to help some of you with an unsolicited Twitter lesson. When you start a tweet with a person’s username, only people who follow both of you see that tweet appear in their main twitter feed. For example: @LynnEllison: The ACUHO-I volunteer call went out. Shall we three-peat our tandem volunteer shift? Only users who follow both Lynn and me see the above tweet in their main twitter feed. So why is this important? If you’re live tweeting an event such as a conference, speaker, webinar, etc. or participating in an online chat and start the…
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    Higher Ed Live » Student Affairs

  • Trans* Inclusion on Campus

    Heather Shea Gasser
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Wednesday, December 3rd at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive How gender inclusive is your campus? Are you including the “T” when you think about LGBTQA students? What policies, practices, and programs help foster a campus climate that is welcoming and inclusive of trans* and genderqueer student success? As more gender nonconforming students come to campus, the role of creating trans* inclusion often falls to student affairs. On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Heather Shea Gasser connects with three experts, scholars,…
  • Diversity: Rhetoric to Reality

    Tony Doody
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Wednesday, November 19th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive   Ask 10 people for a definition of diversity and you may get ten different answers. When values and concepts are difficult to define, measuring them can be elusive. At a recent B1G, PAC10, BIG12 union and activities directors conference, Marsha Herman-Betzen, the Executive Director for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), shared the association’s recent Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) report which looked at specific indicators and made…
  • Reframing Disability Identity on Campus

    Heather Shea Gasser
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Wednesday, November 5th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive If student affairs divisions were to reframe disability from a medical/deficit model to an inclusive social action/identity model, how would that impact the development of services and programs? Further, can student affairs provide leadership in challenging the prevalence of ableist messages that result in patterns of discrimination, stereotyping, and prejudice on campus?  What skills, knowledge, and values do student affairs educators need to develop in order to create social…
  • The Sponsorship Effect: How to Fast Track Your Career

    Tony Doody
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Wednesday, October 15th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive Is it enough today, to be smart, driven and talented? How do you avoid languishing in the ranks of middle management? Is there someone who can support and protect you in stormy moments? Is there a powerful senior-level professional that will personally advocate for a project, cause, or promotion on your behalf? A well-positioned sponsor can tip the scales for high-potential professionals and boost their career. On this episode of SA Live, host Tony Doody interviews legendary…
  • #ItsOnUs: Sexual Assault and Title IX on Campus

    Heather Shea Gasser
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Wednesday, October 8th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive On Friday, September 20,  2014, President Obama and Vice President Biden announced the launch of a national campaign against sexual assault on college campuses. #ItsOnUs, the campaign title, hashtag, and slogan, is an open invitation to everyone to take personal responsibility for creating solutions to end sexual violence on college campuses. Within moments of the announcement, campuses across the country released PSAs and media agencies, national organizations, and many other…
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