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  • Professional Development – Don’t Just Play it Lip Service

    The Student Affairs Collective
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    “Professional development needs to be part of who you are, what you do and what you promote.” I recently tweeted that statement as part of a #sachat discussion on professional development.  I’d like to take a moment of your time to expand upon my 140 character limit and talk about why I believe that continuous professional development is crucial to our field. We are in the business of education. We work on campuses that promote teaching and learning.  To me it seems only natural that an individual who works in an educational environment would be committed to lifelong learning. …
  • Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike. What day is it, Mike?

    Major Discoveries
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Originally posted on CAST Blog: View original
  • Work Accomplished = Time Spent x Intensity

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    The Straight-A Method In the early 2000′s, I was obsessed with study habits. The obsession began with my interest in performing well at Dartmouth, then eventually evolved into a (surprisingly popular) book. Something I uncovered during this period is that high performing undergraduates, as a general rule, seem to internalize the following formula: Work Accomplished = Time Spent x Intensity This formula helps explain why some students can spend all night in the library and still struggle, while others never seem to crack a book but continually bust the curve. The time you spend…
  • Winslow to Florida A&M

    Athletic Management
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr. has been named the new Athletic Director at Florida A&M.
  • 4 Things You Can Do to Network With Impact & Results

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s no secret that networking can get you closer to the job of your dreams. You’ve probably heard this countless times from recruiters, mentors, and career sites like Campus to Career. You’ve heard networking is important. You know it’s important. But when you go to a networking event, are you the person who stands around […]
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Professional Development – Don’t Just Play it Lip Service

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    “Professional development needs to be part of who you are, what you do and what you promote.” I recently tweeted that statement as part of a #sachat discussion on professional development.  I’d like to take a moment of your time to expand upon my 140 character limit and talk about why I believe that continuous professional development is crucial to our field. We are in the business of education. We work on campuses that promote teaching and learning.  To me it seems only natural that an individual who works in an educational environment would be committed to lifelong learning. …
  • #SAchat Transcript – 04/17/2014 – Recognition in Student Affairs

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on Recognition in Student Affairs? .In this week’s chat 232 student affairs professionals, graduate students and undergraduates interested in, or working in, Student Affairs participated. Here’s a break down: DAYTIME CHAT (1-2pm EST): 1040 tweets 137 contributors Transcript Top Contributors Craig! Rebecca Windover Krista Kohlmann Alex Fields Tyler Miller EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 489 tweets 65 contributors Transcript Top Contributors christy orgeta Tiff Dyer Africa Hands Adam Z. Leftin Annie Greaney What are some other…
  • Our Professional Development Responsibilities

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The month of March conjures up numerous images of professional learning and networking opportunities through ACPA, NASPA, and other professional associations. During a recent #sachat on professional development I offered up the following Final Thought: “FT: Remember you are responsible for your own pro devo, we preach life-long learning so walk the walk #sachat Ultimately, as professionals in the field, we have to take ownership in creating our own professional development plans. These plans should be individualized and should grow/change over time, much like our students. Professional…
  • 3 Blind Student Affairs Professionals: See How They Work

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    Within the Student Affairs realm, the most common occurrence has to be the interactions with students who are often given labels, placed into categories, and described in terms of the numerous stereotypes available to the world…quite common. Then, why as professionals do we continue this trend with theories? Sometimes, it is as simple as blindness. Professionals, without notice and unfortunate as it is, arrive at a point where the vast and endless theories blanket their vision. This new “lens” helps to plan acceptable programs, establish appropriate initiatives, and manage…
  • Tuesday Tally – 4/15/14 – #GenZ

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
      Happy Tuesday #SAchat community! Today I participated in a webinar on #GenZ students, which is supposed to mark the next generation of students coming into #HigherEd. It was an interesting webinar where we talked about the differences between millennials and this next generation, #GenZ. There has been a lot of talk about millenials and so it makes sense that we have begun the conversation of the next group. This webinar was organized & provided by OrgSync! So, I wanted to ask you, how much do you think generational studies/advice influences the work we do? Take Our Poll
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    Major Discoveries

  • Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike. What day is it, Mike?

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Originally posted on CAST Blog: View original
  • Well It’s Both Obviously — #NotSpelledWithAnE

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    So, the author of this piece hangs Charlie Nutt (NACADA’s Executive Director) out to dry by publishing one sentence of his comments and offering that statement totally disassociated from the context in which it was used. The answer to this question is that BOTH Professional Advisors and Faculty should be involved guiding students to academic success, helping them develop within their chosen fields of study, and modeling their transition into the academic community. Why this yahoo decided to try to pit Professional Academic Advisors against Faculty Advisors is a huge mystery. But given…
  • Funk Song Friday: Less Snow = Good Times

    21 Feb 2014 | 7:11 am
    Art:The folks in CAST, encouraging us to leave our cares behind. I don’t know about good times, but this is definitely a good bass line Originally posted on CAST Blog: Dig: So, I’ll admit that I’ve long been baffled by the lyrics to this tune (especially the bit about clams on the half shell and roller skates), but the general idea (I think) is to encourage folks to stress down, change their attitudes, focus on positive possibilities. Well, at what appears to be the end of the worst of Snowmageddon 2014, perhaps it is time for us to re-group and focus on what we can do with the rest…
  • Funk Song Friday: Because it’s Really Stinkin’ Cold

    24 Jan 2014 | 6:20 am
    The folks in CAST are at it again Funk Song Friday: Because it’s Really Stinkin’ Cold.
  • #GetDownOnIt

    8 Nov 2013 | 6:27 am
    Funk Song Friday: What Would You Do, Part Deux.
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    Cal Newport » Blog

  • Work Accomplished = Time Spent x Intensity

    Study Hacks
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    The Straight-A Method In the early 2000′s, I was obsessed with study habits. The obsession began with my interest in performing well at Dartmouth, then eventually evolved into a (surprisingly popular) book. Something I uncovered during this period is that high performing undergraduates, as a general rule, seem to internalize the following formula: Work Accomplished = Time Spent x Intensity This formula helps explain why some students can spend all night in the library and still struggle, while others never seem to crack a book but continually bust the curve. The time you spend…
  • Deep Habits: Using Milestones to Get Unstuck

    Study Hacks
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:54 pm
    In Search of Productive Simplicity Last week, I described a kink in my project productivity systems. I was oscillating, somewhat haphazardly, between two different strategies, tracking hours (e.g., when the work is open-ended), and pursuing milestones (when the work is known and I need to hustle). This felt too complicated, so I asked for your thoughts and you responded with over thirty suggestions. A lot of your advice seemed to fall into the category of “different work requires different tools, switch as needed.” This is probably good counsel. But it still nagged at my…
  • Deep Habits: Should You Track Hours or Milestones?

    Study Hacks
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:11 am
    Meaningful Metrics Some of you have been requesting to hear more about my own struggles to live deeply in a distracted world. In this spirit, I want discuss strategies for completing important but non-urgent projects. In my experience, there are two useful things to track with respect to this type of work: Specific milestones: for example, the number of book chapters completed or mathematical results proved. Hours spent working deeply toward milestones: for example, you can keep a tally of the hours spent writing or working without distraction on an important proof. In my own work life, I…
  • Would You Buy a Yard Tool if You Had No Idea What to Use it For? So Why Would You Sign Up For Snapchat?

    Study Hacks
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The Amazing Roto-Mill I’ve been toying with a (potentially) interesting thought experiment recently. Imagine you walk into a hardware store and a helpful clerk comes up to you holding a weird looking tool. “Here’s our latest and greatest lawn care tool,” he explains. “It’s called a roto-mill. It has a reinforced auger head that spins at 1600 RPM.” “Why do I need a roto-mill?”, you ask. “I don’t know,” he replies. “I want you to buy it, take it home, dedicate a few hours every weekend to trying it out in your yard,…
  • The Student Passion Problem

    Study Hacks
    2 Mar 2014 | 5:40 am
    The Double Degree A reader recently pointed me to the following question, posted on Stack Exchange: I am studying a combined bachelor of engineering (electrical) and bachelor of mathematics; I just started this year and will graduate in 2018. The reason why I am doing double degrees and not a single degree is because I love both electrical engineering and mathematics and I could not ignore any of them. So with this in mind, I am thinking of doing two PHDs when I graduate (one in electrical engineering and one in mathematics). Is this a good path or I should concentrate on only one of them?
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    Athletic Management

  • Winslow to Florida A&M

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr. has been named the new Athletic Director at Florida A&M.
  • Ready and Able

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    In January of 2013, the U.S. Department of Education issued a directive reminding schools that they are required by law to provide athletic opportunities for students with disabilities. This means coaches could be seeing more athletes like Josh Ruchotzke, who earned his way into the starting second baseman position at Farmington (Ill.) High School last season despite not having the lower parts of both his legs and most of his hands as the result of a bacterial infection when he was 13.
  • Student-Coach

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    An Iowa high school hired an Iowa State student to be its head tennis coach.
  • Go Fish

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Campbellsville University is adding a co-ed scholarship bass fishing team as its 26th varsity squad.
  • Officials Shortage

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Oregon high schools have seen a 16 percent decline in the number of basketball officials over the past three years.
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    Campus To Career

  • 4 Things You Can Do to Network With Impact & Results

    Kirk Baumann
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s no secret that networking can get you closer to the job of your dreams. You’ve probably heard this countless times from recruiters, mentors, and career sites like Campus to Career. You’ve heard networking is important. You know it’s important. But when you go to a networking event, are you the person who stands around […]
  • 6 Career Myths That Hold You Back

    Kirk Baumann
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    Career planning provides the ability to see yourself, where you are now and where you want to go in the future. It helps you decide what type of work you want, determine the skills you need and discover the ways to get those skills. When considering what he wants to do, a person needs to […]
  • 7 Crucial Interview Tips

    Kirk Baumann
    11 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    The job search brings with it a number of different tasks that you should be expected to have perfected or, at least, down pat before you can take on your new career. Those of course include making sure you’re qualified, writing a killer cover letter and résumé, and, of utmost important, nailing your interview(s). Interview […]
  • 3 Ways to Create Your Own Job & Not Get Steamrolled in the Process

    Kirk Baumann
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’ve gone to school more than most people, and I’ve come to the conclusion that group assignments are the bane of all existence. Seems there’s always the guy who barely participates, the woman who always has a strong opinion about everything, the overachiever who wants to get the entire assignment done in the first few […]
  • 4 Reasons Recruiters May Consider You Unemployable

    Kirk Baumann
    20 Feb 2014 | 5:57 am
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve talked to over 100 college students about their careers. Most of them – despite a slightly better economy and for reasons we all understand – remain scared to death about their pending entrance into the workforce. During these conversations, it became clear that the anxiety isn’t because they’re afraid […]
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    Career Spotlight

  • 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…
  • To-do List: Acrostic Poem Style

    20 Mar 2014 | 10:25 am
    Remember acrostic poems from elementary school? You usually had to make a poem describing yourself using the letters of your first name, tell me I’m not alone here! Regardless, hardly anything makes me more nostalgic than thinking about those wondrous Spring Break vacations my family and I went on throughout my childhood, and thus comes my inspiration for this post! While our younger selves had no responsibility, and certainly no job hunting to be done, us older folk must use this time off school wisely for career gain! Without further ado, here’s a Spring Break to-do…
  • kickSTARt Your Interview

    6 Mar 2014 | 2:19 pm
      Two short weeks ago I was in the heart of the Windy City for the Chicago Advertising Federation Career Day. It was an all day affair complete with breakfast, lunch, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. I learned a lot through my anxiety-ridden experience, and want to share my new-found knowledge with all of you! The lunch portion of the event was particularly helpful because we (the very nervous interviewees) had our very own, real life HR Recruiter at our table. Luckily, she was very nice and let us ask as many questions as our hearts desired, and I asked “what…
  • Ring Ring, Your Dream Job is Calling

    19 Feb 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Our generation is almost a stranger to the art of talking on the phone. If I hear my phone ring I automatically think there’s been some major catastrophe. While we’ve moved away from social communication via telephone calls, professional communication still heavily relies on good ol’ fashioned phone calls. Specifically, recruiters like to use phone interviews instead of making their candidates come in, so it’s important to master the art of phone talk. Here are 5 ways you can be a rockstar on the phone. 1. Smile I know they can’t see you but recruiters can tell if you’re…
  • Colliding Worlds: Student & Professional

    30 Jan 2014 | 2:34 pm
    You’ve been a student your entire life! The daily ritual of getting up, going to class, and doing homework has become nothing short of a habit for you. But unlike Peter Pan, you have to grow up and become a professional with a career. Here are three easy ways to act like a professional while you’re still technically a student. 1. Polish your image You’ve slowly created a public image of yourself over the years. Whether it’s your voice mail, e-mail address, or social media presence, they all speak about who you are. For this reason, it’s important as a…
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  • ROI is our responsibility

    Mallory Bower
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:32 am
    I’m going to make a bold statement: college ROI is our responsibility. ALL of us. Students are shelling out major dough for our higher ed product. Not to mention that a huge chunk of their tuition pays our salaries. Now I’m certainly not advocating for a placement model, but we need to make students 1) know what success looks like for them; and 2) know how to go get it. I know, I know, success  looks different depending on which student you ask. Reality is, many will achieve their first post-grad triumph when landing their first job. Also – we can’t keep ignoring…
  • Don’t Skip Your Career Fair

    Mallory Bower
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This morning I watched Kevin O’Connell’s TEDx talk, “Skip Your Career Fair.” I am forever clicking on links like this (remember that one about why career services must die?) While I agree with Kev’s points about building a solid digital reputation, shopping around, and networking creatively, please don’t encourage students to skip their career fair. But whyyyy? you ask. Ok, twist my arm. I’ll tell you. It’s a cop-outFor the love of Sanford, stop sheltering students from feeling uncomfortable. Networking events kinda freak me out, too. But ya…
  • Hard Truth: It’s not yours

    Mallory Bower
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    When I was younger, my old man wanted me to join the basketball team. I think it was his way of trying to live vicariously through me. Despite a pretty impressive backyard free throw record, and risking Dad’s eternal disappointment, I chose to join the swim team. He still showed up to every single one of my painfully boring meets. I think this happens sometimes in student affairs. We find a student who reminds us of our 18-year-old selves and we try to mold them in our image. It’s just easier to relate to folks who have the same interests. Thing is, it’s not always going to…
  • Negotiation: Can I have onion rings instead of fries?

    Mallory Bower
    8 Mar 2014 | 11:21 am
    “How many of you will negotiate when offered your first full-time position?” In a classroom of 30 college seniors, the majority cited that it was inappropriate to negotiate, or that they didn’t deserve to ask for more money. This has me wondering how many of you have negotiated salary or other terms of an offer. I think we severely undervalue ourselves in this field, but that is a post for a different time! Many of us think of negotiation as engaging in a conflict. But the truth is, we negotiate every day without giving it a second thought. (Ex: Can I have onion rings…
  • In Like a Lion: Free Coaching to Make Your Job Search Roar

    Mallory Bower
    2 Mar 2014 | 6:36 am
    March is the time to take your job search by storm. It’s not the time to apply for ALL THE JOBS, half-ass your resume, or to give vague interview answers. Trust me, I get it. You’re spending so much time preparing your students for the “real-world” that hitting the apply now button gets pushed aside for another day. And then another– Oh hell, what’s one more? Before you know it, you’re  jobless in June. It’s time to make your own future a priority and I want to help. Why? Because friends don’t let friends send crappy cover letters. During…
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  • Be Remarkable

    Claudine Meilink
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Are you graduating soon but still looking for a job? Are you wondering why? I have one question for you – what makes you remarkable? While the economy has certainly improved, the job market is still competitive. If you spent the last four (or five or so) years of your college experience attending class and not much […]
  • Common Ground

    Claudine Meilink
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Recently, I was invited to speak on Personal Branding and Social Media. I love sharing my enthusiasm for both of these topics, however, I had some concerns. The presentation was part of a day-long Women in Pharmacy conference. Perhaps I had some preconceived notions about pharmacists but I had my doubts that pharmacists gave two hoots […]
  • In Honor of March Madness

    Claudine Meilink
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Sure, it’s April, but tonight is the culmination of March Madness. In case you aren’t following me, the Kentucky Wildcats are playing the University of Connecticut  Huskies in the Men’s Basketball National Championship. With 10 National Championships to his credit, John Wooden is the undisputed greatest college basketball coach of all-time. In honor of March […]
  • Clean Slate Club

    Claudine Meilink
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Can we really start over? Wipe the slate clean. Move to a new city. Just start over? Maybe not. We all have things that hold us back. A family. Debt. A job we hate. Or even a job we love. For years I have dreamed of living in New York City. Okay…maybe not in the city, but […]
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  • Western Michigan University Bans Rapper, Burdens Free Expression

    Ari Cohn
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Have you ever been a participant in, or vocally supportive of, the “Occupy” movement? Have you ever spoken in favor of (or against) a controversial cause or idea? Is there something about you that is susceptible to being unreasonably interpreted as even mildly suspicious? If you answered any of these questions in the affirmative, good luck speaking your mind on Western Michigan University’s (WMU’s) campus—at least without the watchful gaze of law enforcement constantly surveilling you and your listeners. That’s the lesson learned by members of the Kalamazoo Peace Center (KPC)…
  • New Campus Sexual Assault Legislation Is Not Enough to Prevent Another Florida State Scandal

    FIRE Co-op
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    By Emily Matchar at The New Republic The front-page New York Times story was horrifyingly familiar. A college student allegedly raped by a sports star. A police department whose investigation was suspiciously perfunctory. A university that looked the other way, seemingly more interested in its multi-million-dollar football program than campus safety. The Florida State scandal is just the latest in a series of dismaying cases that make it hard to deny that the mishandling of college sexual assault is a critical problem nationwide. Recently, numerous big name schools, including Yale,…
  • Mark Steyn on ‘The Slow Death of Free Speech’

    Susan Kruth
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Conservative commentator Mark Steyn criticized the line-drawing frequently employed to limit freedom of speech in a column for The Spectator (UK) this week. Censors, he argues, say they are “striking [a] balance” between freedom and equality, but they are essentially declaring certain topics closed for debate. And though some at least claim that they will “defend to the death” someone’s right to share opinions with which they disagree, others have abandoned that commitment completely. Unsurprisingly (at least for those who have read Unlearning Liberty), American students are among…
  • KY School Responds to Call for Speech Policy Change

    FIRE Co-op
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    By Bob Kellogg at One News Now Western Kentucky University made the change after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and WKU’s Student Government Association challenged a policy that prohibited the use of school email resources for “[t]ransmitting statements, language, images or other materials that are reasonably likely to be perceived as offensive ….” Robert Shibley, executive vice president of FIRE, says similar policies are commonplace on America’s university campuses these days. “Over and over again, FIRE sees universities try to limit speech in an…
  • Enslaving ‘Free Speech Zones’

    FIRE Co-op
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:44 pm
    By Dr. Ibram X. Kendi at Diverse Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.” Whenever I read the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, I am struck by the distance between the American creed and American reality, a distance widening wherever I look. If there is any venue in the United States where our ideas should flow out unrestricted, be it in the medium of…
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  • Traveling Like You Own the Skies

    Guest Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    By Andy Fraher & John Wilkerson “We’d like to invite our business class cabin to board now. We’ll begin our general boarding process in just a few minutes; please wait for your zone number to be called before approaching the boarding gate.” Does this announcement leave you feeling anxious and stressed out? How about angry that, in our society, class distinctions still exist? Are you preparing to throw elbows with the rest of the masses to ensure that you can get to your cramped seat and have space to store your carry-on in the overhead bin? Your reaction likely…
  • Engage with i-Engage!

    Guest Blogger
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    By Bradley Moon Greetings, international educators, from sunny San Diego! The NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference is less than two months away! If you have not already registered, don’t forget that early-bird registration for the conference ends April 18. This year’s conference includes a very special session designed to provide conference goers with  unique insights into the cross-border and cross-cultural issues and initiatives facing San Diego and Southern California. Inspired by the spirit of the innovative educational format of TED Talks, this session, I-Engage Talks, will be offered on…
  • PHASE II: Staying Involved

    Guest Blogger
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    By Michael Smithee If you are like me, you have spent your professional life discovering how truly broad the field of international education is. You have developed a fount of knowledge and impressive skills, and likely you do not want to retreat into a shell. (Maybe you want to disengage for a short period of time.) As you consider your next move, you may find yourself attracted to adventure, or perhaps you will be a searcher for new options, or someone who just lets the day unfold. For myself, I am someone who wanted to continue using my knowledge, skills, and interests in international…
  • How to Use Networking and Informational Interviews to Start a Career, Further a Career, or Change a Career

    Guest Blogger
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    By Ellen H. Badger and Shawna Szabo Networking with professionals can be a daunting task. However, informational interviews can lead to that “foot in the door” we all need when it comes to starting or advancing a career in international education. The truth is that people love to talk about themselves and their career path. Use this to your advantage. Compile a list of professionals in the field that you can contact to arrange a 15- to 20-minute informational interview. Be sure to utilize your college alumni network, former and current colleagues, as well as friends and family members.
  • Planning Your Free Time in San Diego

    Guest Blogger
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:34 am
    By Bradley Moon Greetings international educators! For those of you planning to come explore San Diego a little early, or to stick around the weekend after the conference, this blog post is for you! If you are someone who prefers wines and a sophisticated nosh, you can head north of San Diego to check out Southern California’s wine region near the town of Temecula. More adventurous individuals fancying mariachis and margaritas can consider crossing the border to take in the sights and sounds of Tijuana, while baseball fans should not miss heading over to Petco Park to cheer on the…
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    Edu in Review Blog

  • Naps: Not Just for Toddlers

    Elizabeth Simmons
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Want to increase your ability to learn and remember what you learned? Then grab a pillow and find somewhere comfy, because you need a nap. Multiple studies have proven the benefits of taking a mid-afternoon nap, especially in the areas of learning, focus, and memory. Researchers with Berkeley found taking an hour-long nap during the day can dramatically increase the ability to learn and remember. A nap provides an opportunity for your brain to reboot; your short term memory is cleared out, and the brain is prepared to take on new information. Slipping a nap between morning and afternoon…
  • Let the Madness Begin! The NCAA Tournament is Here Again

    Elizabeth Simmons
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:04 am
    It’s mid-March, and I’m not sure what’s more mad: the NCAA Tournament itself or all the drama it causes year after year. For an annual event, it sure knows how to create controversy. Everything from complaints about the team rankings to the supposed difficulty of the region is called into question and discussed at great length. If you’re in to that sort of thing, you’re in luck because the NCAA Tournament, better known as March Madness officially starts today. Half of the 64 teams in tournament will play today, and the rest will play tomorrow. That comes to 32 basketball…
  • Supreme Court Rules Kansas Public Schools are Underfunded

    Elizabeth Simmons
    7 Mar 2014 | 9:17 am
    Crowded classrooms, higher fees, fewer after-school programs and staff – if you’re thinking that all sounds like a scholastic nightmare, you’re close. It’s the reality of education in Kansas. The Kansas government made the decision to cut certain funding to schools as a way to help get the state through the “Great Recession.” The cuts made led to a lawsuit being filed in 2010 on behalf of parents and school districts who felt the state had harmed students, especially those in poorer districts. The case has now been ruled on by the Kansas Supreme Court, and…
  • Major Changes are Coming to the SATs: Here’s What You Can Expect

    Elizabeth Simmons
    6 Mar 2014 | 3:59 pm
    1600 is perfect again! On the SAT that is. On March 5, the College Board announced its plans for a redesigned SAT which will be introduced in the spring of 2016. The updated exam will feature three sections: “evidence-based” reading and writing, mathematics, and an essay. The essay portion will be optional, which goes against the previous change made to the SAT in 2005. Makers of the SAT said the new exam will feature “relevant” vocabulary words students are likely to encounter in college, a more in-depth focus on fewer math topics, and questions asking students to…
  • Greek Life: Not Just What You See in the News

    Elizabeth Simmons
    1 Mar 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Another day, another story about Greek-letter organizations doing things to reinforce every stereotype people have against them. What was it this time? The chapters of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Chi Omega sorority on the University of Pennsylvania campus held a mixer with a “gangsta” theme. The chapters are now, deservedly so, getting reamed for being culturally insensitive. This party led a columnist for Philadelphia Magazine to label UPenn students “shmucks” in a letter addressed to “Penn Kids.” He wrote, “You’re not actually kids, after…
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  • Divergent: Just like recruitment and our new member processes?

    26 Mar 2014 | 2:12 pm
    For those of you not in the Divergent loop (don’t worry, half of us weren't either), the plot of the movie centers around a society broken into five factions: Abnegation (selfless) Erudite (intelligent) Amity (peaceful) Candor (honest) Dauntless (brave) Following the results of a special test, teenagers are forced to make a binding decision of which faction they want to join. Should they
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Conference Experience

    4 Feb 2014 | 9:04 pm
    They are happy because they read these tips! The new year has arrived, and with the new year comes new opportunities to learn and engage at a variety of conferences, academies, and institutes hosted by institutions, inter/national fraternities and sororities, and interfraternal organizations. How can you make the most of these opportunities in 2014? Be sure to pack these seven tips I’ve
  • Let's Make 2014 the Year of the Member (Part 2)

    27 Jan 2014 | 11:14 am
    So you read part 1 of "Let's Make 2014 the Year of the Member." Now you're ready to make your plan and implement programs that are about the member instead of checking off your box of stuff you have to do. Let's do it! Making the plan For each bullet point, checkbox, or requirement, go through the following steps: Brainstorm ways to accomplish this task that will make members want to be a
  • Let's Make 2014 the Year of the Member (Part 1)

    22 Jan 2014 | 9:56 am
    There is a good chance your campus or headquarters (or both) requires large amounts of documents to ensure chapters are performing up to a required minimum standard. I would like to begin by saying that I am not suggesting your chapter throw that process out the window. BUT if I were a betting man, I would bet your chapter spends more time making sure the minimum required attendance was met
  • nourish: your mind, your body, your soul

    20 Dec 2013 | 9:21 am
    The Questions What would it look like if women in our field had the opportunity to come together regardless of age, position, or affiliation to just be with their thoughts, their fears, their dreams, their hopes and their insecurities? What if we found a way to be more self-aware so we don't aspire to be someone we ARE NOT and were comfortable living as the person WE are? How would our
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    International Higher Education Consulting Blog a project by David Comp

  • 'Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story' - Advice for U.S. College Students Abroad - A 28:08 FBI produced dramatization

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    A 28:08 dramatization entitled 'Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story' (produced by the FBI Counterintelligence Division) was released yesterday morning via the FBI News Blog and can be viewed below: You can read more about the Glenn Duffie Shriver story at: can also watch a 4:34 minute interview with Glenn Duffie Shriver from Federal Prison entitled 'Don't Be a Pawn: A Warning to Students Abroad' below:
  • International Higher Education Consulting Bookstore

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    In need of of some new international education literature for your nightstand?  If so, the new and improved IHEC Bookstore might have something of interest for you!IHEC Blog is an Affiliate
  • University of Chicago Celebrates the Opening of the new Center in Delhi

    28 Mar 2014 | 7:13 am
    This is a big weekend for the University of Chicago as the new Center in Delhi opens! You can learn more about all of the program of activities and tune in via the University of Chicago website.If you are on Twitter you can also follow along via #UChiDelhiTweets about "#UChiDelhi"
  • First lady Michelle Obama Answers Questions About Study Abroad

    27 Mar 2014 | 3:51 pm
    via CNN iReport
  • I'm working to get through the IHEC inbox...

    21 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The number of e-mail messages from colleagues in the field and others to my seeking assistance and advise is tremendous (meaning I receive more than I can respond to) and greatly appreciated (I recieve quite a bit to my Univ. of Chicago address as well).I apologize if you have sent me a message in the last 6+ months and I haven't replied.  I receive on average 3-4 requests per week and I struggle to find the time to respond and assist outside of my full-time job of father to three and husband to one and my work at the University of Chicago as well as…
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    Lindsay in Progress

  • Past-Lindsay Tweets, Vol. 5

    Lindsay Cochrum
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re back with tweets from Fall 2010, aka the first semester of my senior year at Mizzou! My first semester in my own apartment, my semester at a Freshman Interest Groups Student Coordinator, my first semester as a leader in my church. There are a lot of tweets about my good friends from LT and The Rock this time. It was a right of passage to do a wheelie in my friend Justin’s wheelchair. Breezy is legitimately one of the funniest people I know. Hahahaha this still cracks me up. In case this needs context, Google the book “Captivating.” I stopped regularly working out…
  • Favorite Things Friday #4 (Wedding Edition!)

    Lindsay Cochrum
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Happy Friday! For this edition of Favorite Things Friday, I wanted to share some of my favorite things that have been super helpful in the wedding planning process. Hopefully they’ll help out some of you brides-to-be or will be things to tuck away for later if you get engaged! Disclaimer: These things have been super helpful for my wedding, but they may not work for your style. We’re on a small budget with a huge guest list, so we’re keeping it simple and chill. No matching linens (slash no linens at all, honestly) or letter-pressed stationery for us. Also, we’re…
  • Past-Lindsay Tweets, Vol. 4

    Lindsay Cochrum
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Welcome to the fourth installment of Past-Lindsay Tweets, Colorado LT edition! I got food poisoning pretty much right off the bat at LT. It was bad. Truer words have never been spoken. She got me. My first neti pot! Which is now a staple in my medicine cabinet. Luckily the sicknesses ended after that. #boom I was pretty proud of that card. I even blogged about it. So many firsts that summer… See next tweet for how that turned out… Awkward. Nice, Barclay. Summer 2010, aka the summer I realized I was homesick for Tejas. Present-day Lindsay approves! And forever since this day,…
  • Past-Lindsay Tweets, Vol. 3

    Lindsay Cochrum
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Welcome to the third edition of Past-Lindsay Tweets! This post comes to you from Spring 2010, aka my spring of my junior year of college. Reading these tweets was actually sort of hard at times for me. This semester, as I have written about previously, was really tough on me academically and with my job-load. I also recall struggling socially transitioning friend groups and (I’m a little embarrassed I tweeted vaguely about this) with a few crushes that year. Anyway, here are some funny and poignant tweets that sum up that spring! Things to know: I was still an RA and front desk…
  • Past-Lindsay Tweets, Vol. 2

    Lindsay Cochrum
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    More tweets from Past-Lindsay! This time it’s from the fall of my junior year of college, aka Fall 2009. Things to know: I was an RA in Mark Twain Hall and also ran the residence hall front desk. I should have seen my career change coming from a million miles away. Blech. Can’t believe I used to follow that “news” regularly! YES. Vague Blink 182 song-lyric reference to the boy I liked at the time. I should have known I would never be a journalist… My life as one of the only girls in the Twain canvas group. I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THIS. People used to trip on this…
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    Eric Felix

  • Holistic Review in the Anti-Affirmative Action Era

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    In the anti-affirmative action era, the process of “Holistic Review” has been used in college admissions as a comprehensive approach to evaluating students beyond the traditional high school GPA and […]
  • Getting Ready for #AERA14

    19 Mar 2014 | 4:22 pm
    So I just received a flight reminder for my trip to #AERA14.  Really, a reminder to get ahead in my coursework, decide what to pack, and yelp the best places […]
  • Keeping the PhD Life in Perspective

    25 Jan 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The first semester of my PhD program is over. As the next semester starts, I met with my advisor to get feedback on my performance. We talked about a variety […]
  • The PhD journey begins

    21 Aug 2013 | 10:25 pm
    Driving home from orientation I realized the privilege I have in front of me. The ability to spend the next four years developing as a scholar. To focus my time […]
  • Discovering Southern California’s Murals

    15 Jul 2013 | 9:03 pm
    For the last six weeks, I’ve been driven back and forth from San Diego to USC in Los Angeles. In trying to cut my commute, I started finding short cuts […]
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    The Dean's List

  • Rare Bird

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    A housewife from Montana gave the sport of shooting clay pigeons the name "skeet" in 1926. Her name was Gertrude and "skeet" is Scandinavian for shoot. Which means Swedish basketball teams skeet baskets. This is one of many things I never knew about trap and skeet.I learned several things from senior Erica Post recently, who was decked out in her shooting duds for the ACUI tournament held in San Antonio last week. Erica explained to me the difference between trap and skeet, which surprisingly I never thought about. Trap shooting is when clay pigeons are hurled in uni-directional arcs whereas…
  • Homeland

    27 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The renovation of most upper-class residence halls is looming. The renovations tentatively being considered to take place sometime in the next five years include North/South Halls and the McFarlin Complex (Isabel, Myrtle, and Susanna). It takes time to move from conceptual planning, to drawings, to consultation with students, to funding requests, to final drawings, to construction, etc. But we start at the beginning...Over the last several years, we have discussed how to best renovate these dorms without keeping the same pre-existing room configurations (suite style: four people in two rooms…
  • Magic Figures

    27 Feb 2014 | 3:09 pm
    This doesn't seem right...Recently, student tour guide extraordinaire Matt Mitts stumbled by as I was conducting an informal campus tour for some UTSA colleagues. We were near the "Magic Stones" - a sculpture set in the middle of campus - and I asked Matt to talk about these pieces. He said that, according to legend, if you rub the "Stones," before an exam it will bring you good luck. He also stated that there is an identical set in some Scottish glen, presumably in Scotland. A Scottish glen would actually be an outdoor museum, but certainly there are mystical creatures near there studying…
  • Week Spots

    10 Feb 2014 | 6:08 am
    Last week, an alumna published a Facebook post questioning Trinity University's sexual misconduct policy, which elicited a significant amount of social media attention. As a result, the Student Government Association (SGA) coordinated a campus-wide forum for discussion. The SGA President, Evan Lewis, properly felt that the topic of sexual assault  had been simmering after a high-profile case decision in the fall became public, and following the return to campus of a previously suspended student led a survivor to transfer. The large student turnout at the forum was gratifying and the…
  • Pizza, Pleasure and Parents (oh my)

    9 Jan 2014 | 4:12 pm
    I always thought my kids should know about sex when they were pretty young. I found out, too early, from my slightly older neighbor Richard Whiting, who also had access to his dad’s Playboy collection. That was followed by a very scientific discussion from my father involving diagrams, things that looked like tadpoles, and a drawing that appeared to show a wire that seemed to connect husband and wife while they slept. That reminds me, now, of planes refueling in the air. Though I have never seen a plane on the ground smoking a cigarette. It all helped me understand why I had a certain…
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    Student Affairs Explorer

  • ACPA 14 – Reinvent in Indy

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Hello all! Last week I had the great privilege of attending my third ACPA (American College Personnel Association aka College Student Educators International) National Convention. I’m still in the process of digesting and reflecting upon the conference. I’m hoping to legitimately put some new ideas from this conference into practice. This year’s national convention took place in Indianapolis. I arrived on Saturday afternoon, just in time to enjoy some nice weather for a few days. I even broke out capris and sandals! Sunday afternoon was the official opening to the…
  • Recommended Consumption

    19 Mar 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Happy Spring Break all! Well, it might not be Spring Break for you, but it is for me. I love this week. I’m still working, and I have the time to really dig into a couple of projects, along with relaxing a little. With all of my relaxing, I’ve been doing some reading around the interwebs, so I thought I’d share some of what I’ve found to be of interest lately. There’s no real theme, just blog posts I’ve saved in my Feedly Reader for fun and for work. Enjoy! Setting & Tackling Big Goals by one of my favorite ladies to follow, Elise Cripe On Young…
  • 4 is a Cool Number

    6 Mar 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Hello all! Apologies that it’s been a little quiet here. I blame being busy at work (and rather tired in the evenings) and the Olympics. On Tuesday I celebrated having my blog up and running for 4 years. Woo! I still can’t believe it’s been 4 years since I decided to take the plunge and claim my little corner of the internet. Instead of writing a post with some witty take on the number four, I just thought I’d share some insights I’ve had lately. Social media is a beautiful thing. I get to learn, teach, and observe all at the same time. Through all my hard work…
  • The Love and Hate of February

    5 Feb 2014 | 7:52 pm
    I really do have a love-hate relationship with February. I love it because it’s the opportunity to watch students I’ve been working with blossom and go after opportunities they find for internships and first jobs. It’s fun to help them prepare for and calm the nerves at career fairs. This year, I also have a hate relationship with February. It’s only the 5th and I already hate it. Really, I could lump the last 2 weeks of January into this feeling. I’m busy, but I’m busy with the minutiae of the day. I read my email and a few career blog posts, set up tweets for the day, edit and…
  • Around Here This Weekend

    19 Jan 2014 | 11:05 am
    Weekends are a great time to relax and spend time with people. So far, this weekend has been a good one. On Friday, we started the process of saying good-bye to Aaron and Addy, who are gearing up for their next great adventure in another city. They will be greatly missed from our Friday happy hour group. Saturday kicked off with a coffee and yarn exchange with Addy and then moved into a fun Skype session with my sister. Kendra and I met up for the rest of the day just to hang out. It was a beautiful brisk day, so we decided to venture up the North Shore. First stop was Gooseberry Falls State…
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    The Evolution of Strength

  • But Why Not…

    Ardith Laverne
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    “Okay, #SAchat. I have something to admit: I feel like I’ve let you down. I feel cynical and uninspired, and I’m uncertain how to change it.” I sent out the above tweet earlier today. I sent it out right in the middle of a weekly #SAchat happening, but it wasn’t directly related nor triggered by the conversation. In fact, it wasn’t even related nor tied to particular #SAchat threads. No, it’s something I’ve been sitting on for quite some time, and I can’t even pinpoint how long ago that I started to feel this way. Since making the move…
  • Still Here

    Ardith Laverne
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    I had a whole something ready to type out, and it was going to be a really great follow-up to my post about being happy, and it was probably also going to be my thoughts on the How I Met Your Mother finale (because the internet *really* needs more opinion posts on that episode, am I right?). However, life’s continuing to do its “lifey” thing, and I’m in the middle of several projects. I have a presentation this Sunday at the university, discussing medical school applications. I’m following that up with a quick trip to San Francisco for another presentation at the…
  • A Wild Extrovert Appears!

    Ardith Laverne
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:53 am
    I’m sick today, and I’m about to go back to bed. However, I thought I’d just share a photo from last Thursday at CrossFit Bellevue, from the CrossFit Open 14.4 announcement. This is–in short–what happens when I go out in public and am in a fun high-energy environment. It’s not, “Oh hello, Dave Castro, I enjoy the work you’ve put into designing the workouts in this year’s open.” No, instead it’s, “How’s your back? Great. We’re going to cradle now.” Oh, the joys of being an extrovert and a woo. I can see…
  • Everything I Wanted

    Ardith Laverne
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Note: Someone apparently found my blog with the search terms “cumberpatch oscars” this week. Huh. There’s that. This is the year that many of my friends and I will mark our tenth year out of high school. I’ve heard some laments of, “Oh, I’m so old now! Where did the time go?” yet I can’t help but marvel at all that’s happened in the past decade. I moved to the rainy side of the mountains, after enrolling in college. I met great people. I decided to take my major in a completely different direction. I had some adventures. Maybe I even fell…
  • A Study in Being

    Ardith Laverne
    3 Mar 2014 | 10:37 pm
    This weekend was a downer in many ways. For starters, I opened the CrossFit Open with a pretty sad score. The CrossFit Open 14.1 WOD: AMRAP10 – 30 double-unders; 15 power snatches (or ground-to-overhead) @ 55lbs. The WOD began with double-unders, which if you recall, are one of three key elements that are holding me back. This is mostly my fault, as I spent about a year and a half not working on them; I have just started to really consistently work on double-unders in the last few weeks, so I was not expecting to do so well. Regardless, I wanted to do well. I can usually do a…
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    Finding the Words

  • LeaderShape, Day Five: Living and Leading With Integrity

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Note: This Spring Break, I served as a small group facilitator on LeaderShape, a six-day immersive leadership experience for college students. This was my first time working with a LeaderShape experience, so I wanted to record and process my reflections and learning here on my blog.Previous LeaderShape Posts: Day Zero, Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day FourAs the LeaderShape week winds to a close, the concepts that the facilitators work on with participants get more complicated. LeaderShape works on the principle of self -> group -> community development, and you can…
  • LeaderShape, Day Four: Bringing Vision to Reality

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Note: This Spring Break, I served as a small group facilitator on LeaderShape, a six-day immersive leadership experience for college students. This was my first time working with a LeaderShape experience, so I wanted to record and process my reflections and learning here on my blog.Previous LeaderShape Posts: Day Zero, Day One, Day Two, Day ThreeHalfway through the week of LeaderShape, it's easy to feel exhausted. Not only are the days long - breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. and the last piece of the day usually ends between 10 and 11 p.m., with faculty meetings after - but the…
  • LeaderShape, Day Three: Challenging What Is, Looking to What Could Be

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Note: This Spring Break, I served as a small group facilitator on LeaderShape, a six-day immersive leadership experience for college students. This was my first time working with a LeaderShape experience, so I wanted to record and process my reflections and learning here on my blog.Previous LeaderShape Posts: Day Zero, Day One, Day TwoOne of the most powerful pieces of the LeaderShape experience is that of the vision. All participants of LeaderShape take time during Day Three to create a vision of "the kind of world they want to see." When creating a vision, you start with two…
  • LeaderShape, Day Two: The Value of One, the Power of All

    24 Mar 2014 | 7:12 am
    Note: This Spring Break, I served as a small group facilitator on LeaderShape, a six-day immersive leadership experience for college students. This was my first time working with a LeaderShape experience, so I wanted to record and process my reflections and learning here on my blog.LeaderShape makes a point to set a theme for each day of its Institute, and these themes all build upon one another and on the learning of the participants. Day One's theme is Building Community (see my blog post on Day One here, and on our faculty training on Day Zero here), and Day Two's theme is "The Value of…
  • LeaderShape, Day One: Building Community

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:52 am
    Note: This Spring Break, I served as a small group facilitator on LeaderShape, a six-day immersive leadership experience for college students. This was my first time working with a LeaderShape experience, so I wanted to record and process my reflections and learning here on my blog.LeaderShape is BIG about its verbiage; I'm learning a whole new lens and language this week as I'm facilitating this awesome experience. Day Zero was a faculty training day, and we (as a team of colleagues) worked on both understanding the curriculum so we can share it with our participants and on setting goals to…
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  • Welcome to SJG’s New Website!

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group is proud to present our brand new website! The beautiful, original new artwork you see is by Sarah Knotz, a graphic artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Sarah earned a 2006 BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design before pursuing her 2010 MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She draws inspiration for her work by exploring new cities, constant immersion in music, books, and films, and watching the seasons change in NYC. You can view her website at: We have also given our…
  • Congratulations to the 2014 NASPA Outstanding New Professionals

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:25 pm
    We would like to extend a big congratulations to the 2014 NASPA Outstanding New Professional Award Winners: Richard Zereik, Associate Director of Services for Students at McGill University Laura Smith, Internship Coordinator/Career Advisor at Towson University Cord McLean, Program Advisor for Multicultural Services at Texas A&M University Wilson Okello, First Year Advisor at Miami University Emily Ambrose, President’s Leadership Program Coordinator and Instructor at Colorado State University Nate Panelo, Ethnic Student Center Coordinator at Western Washington University Kayla Wiechert,…
  • NASPA 2014: SJG presents “Preparing for Professional Advancement: The Pathway from Director to a Dean or AVP”

    15 Mar 2014 | 6:24 pm
    SJG will be presenting a conference session at NASPA 2014 entitled “Preparing for Professional Advancement: The Pathway from Director to a Dean or AVP”.  The session will be held in Room 310 of the Convention Center, on Tuesday, March 18th, from 11:05 to 11:55 AM. If you are unable to attend, come visit us in person at Booth #123! You can follow our posts from #NASPA14 @sjgsearch or on Facebook at: We look forward to meeting with you!
  • SJG welcomes our Newest Search Associate, James M. Norfleet

    12 Mar 2014 | 6:23 pm
    SJG welcomes our newest search associate, James M. Norfleet! Jim joins SJG after three decades in higher education, most recently as Vice President for Student Affairs at The College of New Jersey. Prior to his work for The College of New Jersey, Jim served in several capacities at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, including Associate Vice President for Student Services and Executive Director of Educational Equity Services. Earlier in his career, he worked in academic affairs at Nyack College where he directed the Higher Education Opportunity Program and was Associate Dean of…
  • Join Us at the 2014 NASPA Annual Conference

    10 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Come visit with us at the 2014 NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Annual Conference, March 15 – 18! The SJG Team will be exhibiting at booth #123. We will also be sponsoring the Outstanding New Professional Award, and presenting a conference session entitled “Preparing for Professional Advancement: The Pathway from Director to a Dean or AVP.” More information about the 2014 NASPA Annual Conference can be found here: We hope you will attend, and to see you there!
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  • “Psychedelic Rather Than Intellectual”: A 1960s Sociologist Observes the National Student Congress

    Angus Johnston
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Landed in Madison, Wisconsin last night for a training this afternoon with the student government association at the University of Wisconsin. This morning I popped into Paul’s Books, like I always do when I’m in Madison, to check out their education section. By far the best collection of obscure student movement histories of any bookstore I’ve ever been in. Anyway, I was flipping through the shelves and stumbled across a book called “The Dignity of Youth and Other Ativisms,” which I’d never heard of, by a sociologist I’ve never heard of. It’s a…
  • Some Thoughts On Student Government Campaign Rules

    Angus Johnston
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    I recently stumbled across a story about this spring’s student government elections at UMass Amherst, and it raised some issues about campaign regulations that I see fairly often. Five slates ran candidates for president and vice president in this month’s UMass SGA elections, and the ticket of Ellie Miske and Gabrielle Cook won—decisively, if not overwhelmingly. The two picked up 36% of the votes cast in a fractured field, beating their nearest competitor by about a hundred and fifty votes. A third member of their ticket, Emily Devenney, won the college’s student…
  • The Weatherman Songbook

    Angus Johnston
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    So sometime not long before they went underground and started working in earnest to overthrow the United States government, Weatherman—the radical revolutionary fringe faction of Students for a Democratic Society—put together a songbook. Yes, a songbook. And it wasn’t a collection of old activist songs, either. There were no union hymns or indigenous folk songs. It was a book of song parodies. As best as I can figure out the Weatherman Songbook was written for the group’s December 1969 “War Council,” the six-day meeting at which the group formally endorsed a…
  • Kitty Genovese, Truth and Myth, Fifty Years Later

    Angus Johnston
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    Fifty years ago today a front-page article in the New York Times turned the Kitty Genovese murder into one of the central myths of contemporary urban society. In The New Inquiry this morning, I take a look at the ways in which new research has rendered the Times account unsupportable. An excerpt: Karl Ross heard the first attack — at least he heard screaming. Then the screams died down and for a few minutes he heard nothing. But soon he heard other sounds, sounds coming from the lobby of his own building. Genovese had staggered there after Moseley had been scared off, but he had tracked…
  • Six Questions Every Journalist Should Ask Before Quoting Social Media Posts

    Angus Johnston
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Twiter is a public space, says Gawker, and conversations you have in public spaces are public. You want private? Take it to email, or text, or phone. Seems legit. But apply this rule to the offline world, and it falls apart pretty quickly. Don’t want me butting into the conversation you’re having in a coffee shop? Take it to a hotel. Don’t want me snarking on that phone call about your cancer diagnosis? Talk quieter. Don’t want me putting your reaction to the car accident that killed your kid on YouTube? Grieve when you get home. The reality is that the boundary…
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    E-Learning Queen

  • Free: Technical / Professional Writing in a Device-Driven World

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    While technical and professional writing goals have remained the same, the world in which such writing is being produced has not. Smartphones, tablets, social media, GIS-enabled extreme interactivity have changed the way we communicate dramatically in just the last 18 months. What is the impact on you? How must you change your approach to maintain effectiveness? View an archived webinar,
  • Creating Quick, Responsive Web and Mobile Map Applications

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:47 pm
    It is not easy to find a GIS web app builder that takes you all the way from the basic initial steps of familiarizing yourself with HMTL, CSS, and JavaScript to fairly complicated web applications.  Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript, by Eric Pimpler and published by Packt Publishing has two main advantages: first, you can use high-quality GIS data (or at least
  • Narrative Milestones Capture Hearts & Minds

    9 Mar 2014 | 10:51 am
    Narrative milestones can be your secret to presentations that capture the hearts and minds of your audience for both technical and creative writing. Have you ever listened to a presentation or a story and lost interest because it's just a jumble of information? Did you get the sense that the forest was being lost for the trees? Or, even though the presentation was well organized and the
  • Seven Top Cloud File Storage and File-Sharing Sites

    2 Feb 2014 | 10:30 am
    Cloud-based file storage and transfer solutions change all the time, and it's often hard to keep up with their new features and plans. Here are seven excellent providers of cloud file storage and transfer, and each one has scalable solutions. I've made a quick list of their main attributes, but I encourage you to visit each site. Please share your own user experience, and let me know what you
  • Five Easy Ways to Improve Your Audio Recordings

    10 Jan 2014 | 11:33 am
    I'd like to start by confessing that I am a huge audio quality offender, but I'm trying to reform. I've recorded hundreds of podcasts and videocasts, and have cheerfully distributed them, thinking that pops, stumbles, background noise, and long pauses did not matter. After all, they were just going to be listened to via smartphone from a podcast or cloud-hosted file (SoundCloud or YouTube, for
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    On the Go with Ed Cabellon

  • My Reinvention at ACPA

    Ed Cabellon
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    I never saw it coming, I suppose I should have… but I really didn’t. While our #ACPA14 Convention Planning Team had set the theme over a year ago, I had no idea the foreshadowing it had for me personally and professionally. After three days of refection after the experience ended in Indy, I wanted to quickly share some thoughts on the ACPA 2014 Convention: ACPA Changed The Student Affairs Conference Experience:Everything changed in Indy. Those who were present, read about it on Twitter, or even got a glimpse at Brene Brown’s amazing closing speech witnessed what happens…
  • A Student Affairs Social Media Marketing Approach

    Ed Cabellon
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:08 am
    Yesterday, as part of Social Media Week at Bridgewater State University, I shared this venn diagram of our marketing approach when using social media as our main communication tool. This information isn’t anything new or groundbreaking, but as a visual learner, I thought it may help conceptualize things better. As I enter my new role in July, I’m curious about your thoughts on this, particularly from those who do marketing work in Student Affairs as part of their job description or work in formal higher education marketing positions. I recognize that this maybe oversimplifying…
  • 21 Crazy Days Ahead

    Ed Cabellon
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:09 am
    These are the times in my life where I earn the name of this blog The next three weeks mark a significant amount of change and transition, marked by a flurry of travel and activity. I really shouldn’t be writing this post right now, I should be focused on all the things I have to do in preparation. However, I wanted to share this with all of you so if I’m lucky enough to be in your presence in person or online, you understand my current mindset. By the weekend of April 11-12, I will have travelled almost 4,500 miles and seen some major projects come to life: 1. Social Media Week…
  • Electronic Notifications and Productivity

    Ed Cabellon
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Like many of you, I often find myself negotiating for more time… to spend with my family and friends, to check off my to-do list, to get my doctoral work done, or even squeeze in a quick workout. If your campuses are anything like ours, I’m sure you are just as, if not busier, than I am these days trying to get everything done. Certainly, you can’t control the clock (which is why I never liked the term ‘time management’), but you can control the way you spend the time you have. Given the current transition I’m in, I needed to be more focused on what I…
  • My New (Upcoming) Role at Bridgewater State

    Ed Cabellon
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:43 am
    As some of you may or may not know, the division of Student Affairs at Bridgewater State University (BSU) has been discussing realignment plans since last summer. We spent most of the fall semester assisting our Vice President, Dr. Jason Pina and other division leaders in gathering data to assess how we could be best aligned to serve students. Given the backdrop of BSU’s ongoing conversations of updating the institution’s mission, vision, and values, the experience of going through the realignment process (particularly at a state institution) has been educational and enlightening!
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  • Open Learning Analytics

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The future of systems such as business, government, and education will be data centric. Historically, humanity has made sense of the world through discourse, dialogue, artifacts, myth, story, and metaphor. While those sensemaking approaches won’t disappear, they will be augmented by data and analytics. Educators often find analytics frustrating. After all, how can you analyze the softer aspects of learning? Or can analytics actually measure what matters instead of what is readily accessible in terms of data? These are obviously important questions. Regardless of how they are answered,…
  • What will universities monetize in the future?

    12 Mar 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Universities do more than teach. Research is one of the most important activities of higher education. From the lens of students and society, however, the teaching and learning process and what it costs, is the primary focus. The university economic and operational structure, in relation to educating learners, can be seen as consisting of three legs of a stool: content/curriculum, teaching, and assessment. The past decade has not been kind to higher education’s economic model as two legs of the stool – content and teaching – have started to move toward openness. Academic…
  • University of Texas at Arlington

    12 Mar 2014 | 11:40 pm
    This is likely not news to most readers as it has been posted in various blogs, forums, and announced at the MOOC Research conference in December, but I have applied, and received approval, for a leave of absence from Athabasca University to establish and set up a digital learning research lab at University of Texas at Arlington. I will be based in Arlington, but will continue to work with my AU doctoral students. My research to date has focused on the social and technological learning, sensemaking and wayfinding activities of individuals in digital information environments and how these…
  • The challenge of coherence

    27 Jan 2014 | 5:18 pm
    I’ve been thinking about coherence formation in the learning process for many years (it was a key topic of my phd). Traditionally, coherence of knowledge is formed by the educator through her selection of readings and lectures. The assumption underpinning learning design is something like “decide what’s important and then decide how to best teach it or foster learning activities around it”. When students take a formal course, success is measured by how well they internalize (whatever that means) and repeat back to us what we told them. Most grading and evaluation…
  • The vulnerability of learning

    13 Jan 2014 | 11:17 am
    In a meeting with a group of doctoral students last week, one individual shared her challenging, even emotionally draining, experience in taking her first doctoral course. Much of her experience was not focused on the learning or content. Instead, she shared her self-doubts, her frustrations of integrating doctoral studies into her personal and professional life, the fatigue of learning, and feeling overwhelmed. Personal reflections such as these are important but are usually not considered when discussing learning and being a successful learner. In education, seemingly in tandem with the…
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  • Apply for a 2014 Google Policy Fellowship

    Sarah H
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Cross-posted from the Google Public Policy Blog.The Internet policy world ripe with fascinating policy issues. From government surveillance and data security to patent reform and copyright to free expression and open access to information, there has never been a more exciting time to get involved. We’re excited to launch the 7th summer of the Google Policy Fellowship, connecting students of all levels and disciplines with organizations working on the forefront of these and other critical issues for the future of the Internet. Applications are open today for North America and Latin America,…
  • Introducing the AdMob App Developer Business Kit

    Sarah H
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:04 am
    In collaboration with The AdMob Student App Challenge, AdMob has developed a comprehensive developer business kit for review as various developers to reference as they are building their apps. Some highlights of the AdMob App Developer Kit include:Consumer research in key markets to unlock the secrets of building a great app.The latest case studies and best practices.Interviews with app developers and established industry experts.Developers will also find content related to turning a great idea into a great app, with insight into app design and development, funding, and how to actually make a…
  • Getting to know a Google Marketing Intern in Seoul, Korea

    Sarah H
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Cross posted from the Google Korea blog.Ever wondered what it’s like to work as a marketing intern in Google Seoul? Meet Hyungjun Lim, a student at Seoul National University majoring in Political Science, who just finished six months interning on the marketing team in Google Korea.Tell us a bit about your marketing project.Google’s marketing process varies according to each of its products. For example, our marketing activities cover specific products as YouTube, Android and G+ but we also do marketing for Google’s advertisers (both large companies and SMB). Although my title on the…
  • Getting to Know a PhD

    Sarah H
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:46 am
    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 Cynthia Liem, a PhD student, Google European Doctoral Fellowship Recipient and former Google Anita Borg Scholarship recipient who interned as a Software Engineer on the research team in Mountain View, CA last summer.So Cynthia, tell us about yourself and your PhD topic ... I’m a PhD student at the Multimedia…
  • Publishing to Google Play Launch Checklist

    Sarah H
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:29 am
    Most apps for The AdMob Student App Challenge are finished at this point; it’s now time to think developing a product marketing plan for your teams app. For a more in-depth pre-launch guide, take a look at the Android checklist here. The goal of this post is to provide some context around the best way for your team to prep your app for launch, and to make sure it’s as successful as possible on the Google Play store.Understand the publishing process.Please see the publishing workflow for more information.Understand Google Play policies and agreements.Test for core app quality.Determine…
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • Owning My Privileges

    Joe Sabado
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:13 am
    There’s a certain level of privilege when we start telling others to conform/adopt our beliefs. When we tell others that they “should” do things in certain ways because that’s how we think things ought to be, sometimes we forget not everyone may not have the same level of resources, same experience, and have the luxury […]
  • Celebrating the Success of Others

    Joe Sabado
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:55 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice if the success and accolades given to others are not taken as threats to our own? One of the wonderful things about social media is that I get to read about the personal and professional accomplishments of my friends and colleagues. Life can be hard at times for everyone and so […]
  • Technologies, Assessment, and the Future of Student Affairs

    Joe Sabado
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Technology will increasingly become a major factor in future of student affairs. This blog post includes what I see as changes in the landscape of consumer technologies and how campus information system providers will need to change their approach in designing applications for devices and how end-users may interact with systems in ways they don’t […]
  • Resistance to Social Media Amongst Student Affairs Professionals

    Joe Sabado
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    I worry when I hear other student affairs colleagues I come across online and face-to-face say they don’t believe in social media  because  they’re a fad and/or they don’t see the value in these tools. I worry when I hear comments like “I don’t use facebook, I don’t see why others are using it” or […]
  • Self-Reliance and Career Development

    Joe Sabado
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:31 am
    I have had several mentors and sponsors who have guided and advocated for me throughout my career. For this, I am very grateful. There is no way I would have advanced in my career without the help of many.   However, at times, I also fell into the trap of relying on others for my […]
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  • I’m Not A Programmer But Programming Skills Are Still Extremely Useful

    Kevin R. Guidry
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:15 pm
    I don't work in IT, software development, or anything even closely related to those fields so I'm often surprised at how much programming I do in my daily work life.  At times I write scripts or light programs (e.g., this set of Excel macros), usually to save time and ensure accurate, well-documented, and reproducible results.  More often, I directly use some of the skills of programming, especially flow control and abstraction, to make tasks easier, elegant, or possible. When I first entered college in 1996, I began as a computer science major.  After a few years I…
  • The Psuedo-curriculum

    Kevin R. Guidry
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:39 pm
    I know this will be provocative for some of you but lately when I've heard people use the phrase "co-curriculum" I've silently translated it in my head to "psuedo-curriculum." I'll explain more below but understand that I am not devaluing out-of-class activities but expressing frustration that we don't really value them. My frustration here has been long simmering but two strands of experience and thought are mingling and bringing things into focus for me. First, I'm teaching another graduate course in pedagogy this semester. Last semester we focused on…
  • Essential Reading for Technology in Student Affairs v1.1

    Kevin R. Guidry
    25 Feb 2014 | 3:59 pm
    A few weeks ago, I posted a set of recommended readings that I originally sent to a colleague who asked me what I would recommend as essential reading for understanding technology in student affairs.  I’ve updated this list adding two sets of resources.  First, I included danah boyd’s new book It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens now that (a) I have read it and (b) it’s available for purchase and download (for free!).  It supersedes her 2008 book chapter “Why Youth (Heart) MySpace: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life” in…
  • Essential Reading for Technology in Student Affairs

    Kevin R. Guidry
    4 Feb 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Last week, a colleague asked me what I would recommend as essential reading for understanding technology in student affairs.  Others may also be interested in this topic so this is what I told him (with a few minor edits): If we limit the list of essential student affairs technology articles to those written by student affairs scholars or professionals, published in student affairs journals or books, or about student affairs then I’m hard pressed to name an article that I consider essential.  There have been some good articles, books, and chapters that are important in particular,…
  • They Said it Better Than I Can

    Kevin R. Guidry
    29 Dec 2013 | 8:03 pm
    I’m a bit ashamed and embarrassed that I haven’t written anything here in so long!  The fall semester was very, very busy but one reason why I haven’t written anything is that there are so many eloquent, informed people who have written things that I want to say much better than I could have done so.  Here are some of the blogs that I follow that regularly impress me: e-Literate: Led by Michael Feldstein, this group of authors routinely post insightful and detailed information about technology and U.S. higher education e.g., What Faculty Should Know About Adaptive…
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    TechKNOW Tools

  • This Is My Recap of #et4online

    Laura Pasquini
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Another year at the #et4online conference brings various researchers, educators, practitioners, and then some to talk about the online learning landscape. I presented a session, attended a few workshops & sessions, learned a great deal (see my notes taken on Twitter), and connected to some new ideas and people. Each time I attend #et4online I find myself surrounded by some of the usual #edtech suspects who banter about pedagogy and talk about learning — rather than just the technology… and this is refreshing. A few of my own #et4online highlights include: Running my own (and…
  • #iamAcAdv – The #AcAdv Chat Community Topic for the NEXT @AcAdvChat

    Laura Pasquini
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Join us for Tuesday’s (4/15) #AcAdv Chat from 12-1 pm CT on Twitter as the academic advising community discusses, shares,  and challenges ideas put forth in a recent article and blog post. Follow the moderator (MOD) @AcAdvChat  and conversation on Twitter with the #AcAdv & #iamAcAdv hashtags From my own experience, Jeff Selingo’s thoughts that faculty in higher education are not advising , are completely off the mark and inaccurate: “While advising takes time away from research and teaching, not all professors favor relinquishing their role to professionals. Many…
  • Q: Should I Start Blogging? A: Maybe.

    Laura Pasquini
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    A common question I field from teachers, faculty, graduate students, higher education professionals, and researchers these days: Q: Should I start blogging? My response: A: Maybe. Image c/o Blogiau Blogging and maintaining a blog is not for everyone. I often ask a follow up question to this inquiry to learn more about the motivating factors for the blog: Why do you want to start blogging? [purpose, goal, sharing, reflection, etc.] Do you enjoy writing? i.e. beyond 140-characters & comprehensively What format do you want your blog to be? Written or other, i.e. video, photo-sharing,…
  • Curating Tweets: Social Media Content and Marketing Planning

    Laura Pasquini
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    With the 2014 CASE Social Media Survey results recently published, I thought I’d curate a few of my tweets shared regarding social media content creation and marketing practices. Although this sounds similar to my dissertation research on social media guidance, it is not. This exercise was to provide a few quick resources for an education organization as they redesign their communication (social media, publications, website, etc.) plan and develop a more effective social media content calendar (Example 1 or Example 2). Content Creation The 7 Biggest, Counterintuitive Social Media…
  • Preparing for the Academic Job Interview #AcJobInterview [Workshop Notes]

    Laura Pasquini
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Interview via @phdcomics Life in Academia: Preparing for the Academic Job Interview Tenure provides you a secure job for life, but getting a tenure track job is no easy task. How do you present yourself to land a tenure track position in these difficult economic times? Toulouse Graduate School, will share critical information for landing a tenure track job. Come and learn everything you need to secure a tenure track position and a secure future. Topics covered include the tenure track job interview, the research and teaching presentation, and salary negotiation. My NOTES from today’s…
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    Wired CampusWired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • QuickWire: Twitter Names Winners of Data Grants

    Marc Parry
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    In February, Twitter announced a new program offering researchers the chance to get free data for their studies. Apparently the idea has broad appeal: The company received 1,300 proposals from more than 60 countries, according to a blog post revealing the six institutions that have won the first round of grants. The research projects will study “the diffusion and effectiveness of cancer early-detection campaigns” and the “happiness of cities,” among other things. The two American winners are the Harvard Medical School and the University of California at San Diego.
  • Digital Public Library of America Celebrates Its Birthday

    Jennifer Howard
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Like most youngsters, the Digital Public Library of America has been growing fast. Officially a year old, it now encompasses more than seven million items, three times what it started with 12 months ago. Designed to be a gateway to information rather than a final destination, the DPLA doesn’t actually ingest digitized books, manuscripts, photos, moving pictures, recordings, or other materials. Instead, it works with a nationwide network of institutions to aggregate the metadata that describes their digitized holdings. Bringing such information together makes it easier for users to…
  • Cornell U. Researchers Put Robots in Conversation, and the Result Is Surprisingly Human

    Steve Kolowich
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    When the machines take over, much will change. But perhaps not the exquisite frustrations of a halting philosophical debate. Researchers at Cornell University’s Creative Machines Lab have demonstrated this by putting two artificially intelligent avatars in conversation with one another. The avatars, called Cleverbots, are sophisticated versions of the classic Eliza program, developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1960s. The Cornell researchers—two doctoral students and an associate professor—downloaded the Cleverbot, then used additional software to render them…
  • Udacity Will No Longer Offer Free Certificates

    Steve Kolowich
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Udacity hopes the certificates it offers to people who complete its massive open online courses are worth something. Now the company plans to charge students accordingly. The company, one of the big three MOOC providers, said on Wednesday that it would no longer give learners the opportunity to earn free, “non-identity-verified” certificates. People will still be able to view Udacity’s online-course materials without paying, but those who want a credential will have to open their wallets. “Discontinuing the ‘free’ certificates has been one of the most…
  • 2014: The Year the Media Stopped Caring About MOOCs?

    Steve Kolowich
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    The news media’s appetite for MOOC stories has been insatiable. So when the University of Pennsylvania sent an email inviting several hundred education reporters to a seminar on massive open online courses, it anticipated a healthy turnout. But as the catering deadline approached at the National Press Club, in Washington, organizers realized that they had barely enough registered attendees to justify a platter of finger food. “We didn’t have a set thing in mind as to how many would attend, but what we were thinking was 15 to 20 from, let’s call them, ‘established’ media…
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    Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog

  • 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.
  • Conference anti-harassment campaigns do work: Three existence proofs from SF&F, atheism/skepticism, and open source

    28 Aug 2013 | 5:00 am
    Guest Post by the Ada Initiative, a not-for-profit organisation supporting women in open technology and culture (originally published at the Ada Initiative blog)
  • One Reason Why False Rape Allegation Statistics Are So High

    25 Aug 2013 | 3:55 pm
    Guest Post by Dana Hunter Men, even good men, believe women lie about rape. There’s this myth that runs amok saying that some enormous proportion of rape accusations are just women lying to get attention, or revenge, or to hide their summer fling from mommy and daddy. And they believe it without question. When male friends toss that grenade at me, I toss it back by asking if they know what the percentage is. “Fifty percent,” they’ll say, or above, depending on which MRAs their stats are coming from. “It’s two to eight percent,” I say, and I need to remember to never do this when…
  • #FF101 Call for Links: On Silencing Campaigns Against Feminists Online

    1 May 2013 | 3:06 pm
    Anything you have bookmarked over the last few years regarding this issue would be useful.
  • Call for Feminism 101 Links V

    9 Feb 2013 | 1:30 pm
    Drop your favourite introductory/clarifying-concept/debunking-factoids feminist posts here! Recent links ideally, but older links that you just keep on sharing are also welcome. Shameless self-promotion is totally OK.
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    AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

  • 5 Ways Faculty and Staff Can Fight Sexual Violence on Campus

    Mollie Lam
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    College faculty and staff play an important role in preventing, addressing, and ending sexual violence on campus. Faculty and staff interact with students on a daily basis, can serve as confidants, and may witness important behavior changes. Here are five ways faculty and staff can take action today to end sexual violence. 1. Encourage educational and prevention programming on campus. Sexual assault is a learned behavior. By fostering a campus culture of gender equity and respect through programming, training, and awareness campaigns, faculty and staff can help prevent sexual assault. Faculty…
  • 3 Reasons Young Women Should Run for Office

    AAUW Intern
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Women get ready to run at an Elect Her training at Virginia Tech in 2013. It’s no secret that women are sorely underrepresented in political leadership, from Capitol Hill to local elected offices. Part of the solution begins with you: Just ask women who have real-life experience. At a recent event I attended, former congresswomen encouraged young women to run for public office and eradicate the leadership gap. Here are three takeaways for young women today. 1. Your perspective is valuable — and needed. Women in office are more likely to bring up women’s issues because…
  • Protecting Women’s Rights at Work Is Harder than We Hoped

    Beth Scott
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:47 am
    The Supreme Court just doesn’t get the modern workplace. First it essentially tells Lilly Ledbetter that her employer had discriminated against her long enough to make it legal. Then it tells Betty Dukes that she can’t team up with other co-workers to take on Wal-Mart for discrimination. And now it’s telling American workers that their bosses may not actually be their bosses. Last year, the court issued a 5–4 decision that created an artificial distinction between different types of “supervisors,” thereby letting employers off the hook for harassment by lower-level…
  • A Storyteller of the South

    AAUW Intern
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Our list of AAUW Achievement Award Winners is composed of some of the most influential people in history, ranging from the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State to the founder of pediatric cardiology. Standing out among these top women in history is Eudora Welty, who received the award in 1985 for her essential contributions to American literature. Her 1972 novel, The Optimist’s Daughter, which tells the story of a woman’s journey home after the death of her father, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1973. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1909, Welty wrote with a strong sense…
  • 10 Ways to Fight against Sexual Assault on Campus

    Ivonne Ramirez
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Our campuses are in crisis. The chance of a woman being sexually assaulted during college is about the same as her chance of catching the flu during an average year — except she can’t just take Nyquil and rest in bed for a few days. Sexual assault has lasting effects on students. If this statistic troubles you, know that you can take action. Here are 10 ways you can bring this fight to your campus. 1. Share resources and groups that help survivors. The first step in helping survivors heal is to believe them. Research shows that only 2 percent of survivors disclose their sexual assault to…
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    This Side of Theory

  • You Put Your Left Foot In…

    Stacy Oliver
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    (This was originally planned as a Pecha Kucha talk for #ACPA14. Due to a strong sense of responsibility to other areas of my life, I was unable to attend and have turned it into a blog post instead). I love the hokey pokey. I love it because it’s message is so simple, but often overlooked — you are the sum of your parts. You are more than your right arm, your left foot. In the end, you put your whole self in, and that’s what matters. That’s how people get to know you and celebrate you. Or is it? I started seeing a specialist in August for pain after I self-diagnosed myself using…
  • Current Bobcat Resident

    Stacy Oliver
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    In December, as part of my 31 Random Acts of Kindness, I mailed a gift card for a pizza place to the current residents of the residence hall room where I lived my first year at Ohio University. I was feeling nostalgic for finals week and, watching my current students prepare for their exams, I thought about those times with my friends in our hall fifteen years prior. Like most of my random acts, I sent it off into the world, and didn’t think much about it again. Until this morning. I checked my mail on the way to work and there was a letter addressed to “Current Bobcat…
  • A Culture of Invisibility

    Stacy Oliver
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:54 pm
    People don’t really see each other. You often hear the adage that people hear one another without listening; I would argue the same to be true for seeing. Since having surgery, I’ve stood in waiting areas of restaurants and doctors’ offices while others sat, wondering what it would take for someone to offer me their seat. Never in the eight weeks since surgery, despite a fairly obtuse walking boot, has anyone offered to trade spaces with me. Tonight at a retail store, a woman pushed past me in the checkout lane — literally pushing me forward and trapping me between the cashier’s…
  • #31RAOK: The Random Acts of Kindness

    Stacy Oliver
    1 Jan 2014 | 11:39 am
    I texted Kathryn yesterday afternoon about a sweet elderly woman who was getting her first pedicure where I was getting a manicure. She was tentative and nervous; she was also apologetic about her lack of experience, her brittle nails, her difficulty hearing. And so when she mentioned that she was 80 and has five children, still lives independently, and is taking care of her ill husband, I was in awe — this woman, with so much life experience and strength, was apologizing for not knowing how a pedicure proceeds. As I paid for my manicure I gestured to my vacated chair where she was now…
  • A Civil War on Christmas

    Stacy Oliver
    22 Dec 2013 | 1:24 pm
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard a lot about the supposed War on Christmas. Much of it was to do with my involvement in the planning of a holiday luncheon and discussions of how representative they should be of other faiths and cultures, as well as inclusive for non-believers and doubters. But I’ve also read articles and blog posts about the war, with special attention paid to Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly. I even briefly changed my Facebook profile to the Grinch, a slight nod to the idea that I, as a Jewish person, was undermining Christmas and attempting to take it away from…
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    eighteen and life

  • Want to appear intelligent? Just smile.

    Debra Sanborn
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    There’s something in my pocket it belongs across my face. I keep it very close at hand in a most convenient place. ~Brownie Smile PsyBlog featured a new research study on facial evaluation and the power of a smile. The study found that when judging men just on their facial appearance, there was a relationship with actual intelligence. But when it came to judging women, there was no relationship between how intelligent they were perceived and their actual intelligence. The study suggested that this is because women are primarily judged on their attractiveness overruling…
  • National Student Exchange: Your place to BE

    Debra Sanborn
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    This will be an excellent opportunity to really get to know myself, network and make new friends — and prove to myself that I can succeed in any environment.                                                                                                  ~ William Rabe, ISU sophomore Next fall, an Iowa State University student will experience a National Student Exchange (NSE) to the University of Alabama — just like his father did 31 years ago as a college student in North Dakota. It was a fateful trip for William Rabe’s father,…
  • dé·brouil·lard

    Debra Sanborn
    9 Mar 2014 | 7:03 am
    dé·brouil·lard [dey-broo-yar]  French. adjective. feminine débrouillarde. 1. skilled at adapting to any situation; resourceful. noun, plural dé·brouil·lards  [dey-broo-yar]   2. a resourceful person who can act independently or cope with any development.
  • Anniversaries

    Debra Sanborn
    21 Feb 2014 | 2:27 pm
    For many years, a popular student peer mentor who is now an alumnus of our program would greet everyone on their Facebook profile with “Salutations on the anniversary of your birth!” to celebrate birthdays. It always made me smile. It still does. Thanks, Wm. Josh!
  • The Rise of the College Graduate

    Debra Sanborn
    12 Feb 2014 | 11:43 am
    In case there is still debate over the value of a college degree, the Pew Research Center is trying to put the argument to rest, once and for all, with a new report The Rising Cost of Not Going to College. Most convincing is the finding that when compared with previous generations, there is even more income disparity between college graduates and those with a high school diploma. For those who question the value of college in this era of soaring student debt and high unemployment, the attitudes and experiences of today’s young adults—members of the so-called Millennial…
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    Higher Ed Live » Student Affairs

  • Women in Student Affairs

    Heather Shea Gasser
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Wednesday, April 9th at 1:00pm EST Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLiveDespite gains in women’s equality in the workplace, women remain underrepresented (and underpaid) in some professions and overrepresented in others. Student Affairs is often characterized as “feminized” profession, though many of the senior student affairs officers and directors of our student affairs departments are not women. After a rousing conversation on #SAChat on March 6, co-host of Student Affairs Live, Heather Shea Gasser, who recently worked as a director of…
  • Social Media Strategy for Orientation

    Chris Butler
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:39 am
    As orientation time approaches, do you have a social media strategy in place? Hear from three experts in the field about how they reach out to engage incoming students and parents before, during and after orientation. This week, Chris Butler discussing social media strategy for the upcoming orientation season. Joining Chris are:Alex Kappus, Coordinator for New Student Services at UT-AustinMeg Bernier, Assistant Director for Social Media at St. Lawrence UniversityTanner Newcomb, former Orientation Leader at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Critical Issues Facing Senior Student Affairs Officers: Lessons in Leadership

    Heather Shea Gasser
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:13 am
    Wednesday, March 5th at 1:00pm EST Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLiveThe dynamic social, political, and economic landscape in higher education creates many layers of complexity for student affairs leaders. Increased scrutiny by outside agencies results in student affairs administrators being put on the defensive, forced to justify expenditures as critical to student learning and success. The ability to understand as well as articulate student learning learning and assessment measurements with transparency have become required skill sets for all who work…
  • Collaborations for Student Success

    Chris Butler
    19 Feb 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Wednesday, February 19 at 1:00pm EST Broadcasted over Google+ Hangout On-Air Conversation: #HigherEdLiveHost Chris Butler is joined by Alison Cross, Assoc. Director, Virginia Tech Rec Sports, Dr. Sherry Benton, Director of Counseling and David Bowles, Director of Recreation at University of Florida. Join as they discuss creating unique partnerships to foster student success. David Bowles is the Director of Recreational Sports at the University of Florida where he leads an excellent staff and 700 student employees. David came to UF in 1989, opened two recreation and fitness centers and…
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