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  • Google Docs and Classroom: your school year sidekicks

    Google Student Blog
    Sarah H
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:01 am
    School’s in! As you settle into your classes and start to juggle soccer practice, club meetings and homework, we’re here to help. We’ve been spending the summer “break” creating new tools to help you save time, collaborate with classmates and create your best work—all for free.Schoolwork, minus the work Writing papers is now a lot easier with the Research tool in Docs for Android. You can search Google without leaving Docs, and once you find the quotes, facts or images you’re looking for, you can add them to your document with just a couple taps. That means less time…
  • All in: Optimal Buzz and B'low Optimal at Trinity University

    The Dean's List
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:35 am
    Optimal SwagAfter a two-year pilot program, Trinity has fully rolled out its B'low Optimal alcohol program this fall. The program offers on-campus students an incentive to drink according to Optimal Buzz program guidelines, created several years ago by Dr. Richard Reams Associate Director of Counseling Services. For years Trinity University worked with students, faculty, and staff, through the Trinity Alcohol Coalition to develop cohesive messages and programs that fit to these three tenets: we acknowledge students will drink; we care deeply about student health and safety; and we will follow…
  • Digital Sabbaticals Don’t Make Sense

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:16 pm
    The Digital Sabbatical The idea of a “digital sabbatical” is relatively recent: the earliest traces I can find date to 2008 (e.g., this dated gem from CNN). Its popularity, however, has skyrocketed since then. The mechanics of a digital sabbatical are simple: you set aside a period of time — typically on the scale of days — where you refrain from using some subset of your standard digital network tools. Many reasons are given for these sabbaticals. Some seem contrived, like boosting creativity or losing weight, but most people understand the real appeal of this…
  • Campus to Career Voted 2015 Top Human Resource Blog Award

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:34 am
    First and foremost, we’d like to thank our AMAZING readers, guest bloggers and partners for helping make this possible! YOU ROCK!! ################# Springfield, MO – (Campus to Career) was recently named by Promotions Now as one of the top human resources blog to watch in 2015! Organizations were honored for their human resources insight, business innovation, and […]
  • A Chromebook MS Word Online Fail Story

    Inside Higher Ed
    Joshua Kim
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Blog: Technology and LearningMy MacBook Air is in the shop for repairs.  Somehow the com.apple.appkit.xpc.openAndSavePanelService service is going crazy, pegging the %CPU at over 150%. The result has been that the Air freezes up when attaching a document to an e-mail, or even sometimes saving a Text file. Clearly sub-optimal. I suspect a failure in the solid state hard drive, but we will see. The result of losing my MacBook Air to repair is that I've been working with my backup Chromebook. Before I tell you my Chromebook fail story, I want to stipulate that I am theoretically…
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  • Digital Sabbaticals Don’t Make Sense

    Study Hacks
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:16 pm
    The Digital Sabbatical The idea of a “digital sabbatical” is relatively recent: the earliest traces I can find date to 2008 (e.g., this dated gem from CNN). Its popularity, however, has skyrocketed since then. The mechanics of a digital sabbatical are simple: you set aside a period of time — typically on the scale of days — where you refrain from using some subset of your standard digital network tools. Many reasons are given for these sabbaticals. Some seem contrived, like boosting creativity or losing weight, but most people understand the real appeal of this…
  • Deep Habits: Process Trumps Results for Daily Planning

    Study Hacks
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:04 pm
    The Planning Pitfall Daily plans are tricky. As I’ve long maintained, if you don’t give your time a job, it will dissipate in a fog of distracted tinkering. Simply having a to-do list isn’t enough: you need to provide the executive center of your brain a more detailed target to lock onto. There is, however, a pitfall with this productivity strategy that I stumble into time and again: it’s easy to start associating “success” for your day with accomplishing your plan exactly as first envisioned, and to label any other outcome as a “failure”…
  • Einstein Was Boring Before He Was Brilliant

    Study Hacks
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:24 pm
    The Einstein Myth The story has become lore. Albert Einstein was a rebellious student who chafed against traditional schooling and earned bad grades. After his university education, his brilliance was overlooked by a conformist academy who refused to give him a professorship. Broke and unemployed, Einstein settled for a lowly job as a patent clerk. But this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Free from the bonds of conventional wisdom, he could think bold, original thoughts that changed the world of physics. The reality, of course, is more complicated. Einstein was a rebellious student,…
  • Tim Ferriss in a Toga: The Ancient Greeks on Labor and the Good Life

    Study Hacks
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:08 pm
    The Wondrous Water Wheel Writing in the first century B.C., Anitpater of Thessalonica made one of the first known references to the water wheel: “Cease from grinding, ye women who toil at the mill; sleep late even if the crowing cocks announce the dawn. For Demeter has ordered the Nymphs to perform the work of your hands, and they, leaping down on the top of the wheel, turn its axle….we taste again the joys of the primitive life, learning to feast on the products of Demeter without labor.” I recently encountered this quote in Lewis Mumford’s seminal 1934 book, Technics…
  • Deep Habits: Write Your Own E-mail Protocols

    Study Hacks
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:01 pm
    The Curse of Process Inefficiency A couple weeks ago, I posted some ideas about why we have such a love/hate relationship with e-mail. In this post, I want to return to the conversation with a thought on how we might improve matters. I argue that a major problem with our current e-mail habits is interaction inefficiency. In more detail, most e-mail threads are initiated with a specific goal in mind. For example, here are the goals associated with the last three e-mails I sent today before my work shutdown: Getting advice from my agent on a publishing question. Moving a meeting to deal with a…
 
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  • Campus to Career Voted 2015 Top Human Resource Blog Award

    Kirk Baumann
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:34 am
    First and foremost, we’d like to thank our AMAZING readers, guest bloggers and partners for helping make this possible! YOU ROCK!! ################# Springfield, MO – (Campus to Career) was recently named by Promotions Now as one of the top human resources blog to watch in 2015! Organizations were honored for their human resources insight, business innovation, and […]
  • Blow Your Interviewer Away: Smooth Responses To Simple Questions

    Kirk Baumann
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:28 am
    An interview often happens to be the only thing standing in between you and your dream job; it’s the make-it-or-break-it phase of your job hunt. If you’ve just been selected for a job interview, you may be wondering how to get past that final barrier to the sumptuous package that lies ahead. Well, it’s not […]
  • Innovate. Collaborate. Grow. (Together.)

    Kirk Baumann
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
      Sometimes, after careful contemplation, I find that it’s best to write about the things that bug me. You know, the things that keep me up at night. This is not a rant. It’s just an observation. I’d love to get your perspective on the matter… ********** Think outside the box. Don’t reinvent the wheel. […]
  • How to Answer 15 of the Most Popular Interview Questions

    Kirk Baumann
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Even if the prospect of a job interview makes you nervous, with a little preparation you’ll be ready to face even the most meticulous recruiters out there. Instead of guessing what kind of questions you might be asked, here’s a list of 15 most common job interview questions along with some easy tips on how to […]
  • 5 Things Recruiters Want to See on Your Resume

    Kirk Baumann
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today’s tight job market presents job-seekers with a barrage of fluffy blog posts promising “secret” information recruiters “don’t want you to know.” With titles like “This one weird trick will get you hired IMMEDIATELY,” the implication is that the only thing separating your resume from those of the job-seeking illuminati is one crucial piece of […]
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • A Chromebook MS Word Online Fail Story

    Joshua Kim
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Blog: Technology and LearningMy MacBook Air is in the shop for repairs.  Somehow the com.apple.appkit.xpc.openAndSavePanelService service is going crazy, pegging the %CPU at over 150%. The result has been that the Air freezes up when attaching a document to an e-mail, or even sometimes saving a Text file. Clearly sub-optimal. I suspect a failure in the solid state hard drive, but we will see. The result of losing my MacBook Air to repair is that I've been working with my backup Chromebook. Before I tell you my Chromebook fail story, I want to stipulate that I am theoretically…
  • Cool Tools for School

    Barbara Fister
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Blog: Library Babel FishJust in time for a new school year, I’m fighting off a tiresome bug that features a sore throat and a constant feeling that I should be taking a nap. Not good, when you’re starting a new semester. But I thought I’d share a few cool tools that I’ve been experimenting with lately. You might find them useful for classes or for sharing your own research. Pressbooks is a Wordpress-based platform that takes in your writing (whether blog posts or other materials) and converts them into publication-ready documents in four formats: html, PDF,…
  • Can You Really Work with an iPad?

    Eric Stoller
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Blog: Student Affairs and Technology Last week, my MacBook Pro stopped working. It was a Monday morning and I was reading an email when the screen on my external display flickered and then went blank. I unplugged the monitor and opening my laptop's clam shell. It was at that moment that the laptop restarted on its own. Not yet realizing the seriousness of this crash, I waited patiently for my computer to reboot. It made it to the Apple logo plus progress bar screen and then it would reboot again. Over and over again it restarted without completing its loading process. I was getting…
  • Math Geek Mom: Labor Day

    Rosemarie Emanuele
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Blog: Mama PhDIn my work as an economist, I have focused on studying the economics of the nonprofit sector. Central to this has been the study of labor markets in that sector, such as the market for volunteer labor. I found myself thinking of labor markets, and the study of such things in general, as our country prepares to celebrate Labor Day this weekend. When my grandfather arrived in the United States from Italy in the early years of the 20th century, laws required him to have a relative sign for him so he would be allowed to immigrate to the United States. It is not surprising,…
  • Iowa's New President Is Choice Faculty Opposed

    Scott Jaschik
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The Iowa Board of Regents this afternoon selected Bruce Harreld, a businessman who has not led academic institutions, as the next president of the University of Iowa. As soon as his name was announced as a finalist, faculty members started speaking out against his selection, saying he lacked the necessary experience in higher education. A detailed report will appear on Inside Higher Ed tomorrow. Here is an article on Harreld's visit to campus after he was named a finalist. A poll of faculty members on Wednesday found that only 3 percent believed he was qualified to be Iowa's next…
 
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  • AAUP Censures Louisiana State Over Buchanan Case, Prompting LSU to Play Dirty

    Catherine Sevcenko
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:48 am
    When I took employment law in law school, the professor warned us on the first day that personnel disputes would be among the most vicious we would encounter as lawyers because they are, by definition, personal. Louisiana State University has proved my professor’s point by launching a series of attacks against Professor Teresa Buchanan, who, in spite of having tenure, was fired from the university in June 2015 on the flimsiest of grounds: her use of profanity constituted sexual harassment. LSU’s action was absurd and, as it is discovering, indefensible. Yesterday, the American Association…
  • College Students and Faculty Return to Campus with FIRE on Their Side

    FIRE
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:02 am
    FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project has restored the free speech rights of nearly 200,000 students and counting Over the summer, UNC Chapel Hill and Western State Colorado University earned FIRE’s “green light” rating for free speech In July, FIRE helped pass a new Missouri law banning unconstitutional “free speech zones” at the state’s public colleges PHILADELPHIA, September 3, 2015—More than half of America’s top colleges and universities maintain policies that infringe upon the free speech rights of students and faculty. But as the new academic year begins, the…
  • Another Disappointing Circuit Court Ruling on Off-Campus High School Speech

    Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit became the most recent of the federal circuit courts to expand the power of secondary schools to punish students for their off-campus Internet speech. In an en banc decision in Bell v. Itawamba County School Board, the Fifth Circuit took a significant bite out of students’ First Amendment rights outside the schoolhouse gates. The decision sets a disappointing precedent that will not only impact students in elementary, junior high, and high school, but could very well leak onto college campuses. The case began in 2011 after Taylor…
  • Sam Houston State University Caves to Internet Mob, Promises to Investigate Student for Tweet

    Peter Bonilla
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:04 am
    You might remember that at the end of last year, FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff dubbed 2014 “The Year of the Heckler.” There’s still a ways to go with 2015, but recent events are making a compelling case to dub it “The Year of the Tattler.” We recently publicized, for instance, that Texas Christian University (TCU) suspended student Harry Vincent for postings Vincent made on Facebook and Twitter after a non-student living in Maryland complained to TCU about their content and rounded up an Internet posse to call for Vincent’s punishment. Now Sam Houston State University…
  • Now That It’s Being Sued, ‘Red Light’ Columbia Cozies Up to Free Speech

    Alex Morey
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:52 pm
    In an ironic twist, Columbia University—long branded a “red light” institution by FIRE for policies that restrict free speech on campus—asked a federal judge to dismiss a high-profile Title IX lawsuit against the university on Friday, invoking the First Amendment Columbia cited its deep commitment to the ideals of free speech in arguing it could not have stopped then-student Emma Sulkowicz from publicly accusing plaintiff Paul Nungesser of being a serial rapist and then carrying her mattress around campus in a for-credit act of performance art. Nungesser said Columbia’s failure to…
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  • A Student Story from Kenya: Education Unlocks Dreams of Following in President’s Footsteps

    Rachel Banks
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    During President Obama’s recent travels to Kenya and Ethiopia, he had the opportunity to meet a 16-year-old girl named Linet Momposhi Nenkoitol during a civil society roundtable held at Kenyatta University in Nairobi. She shared with the President her efforts to pursue education as a girl in Kenya, compared to one of her primary school friends who, unlike Linet, was forced to be married off at age eleven and had undergone horrific female circumcision. Linet avoided this same fate because she had the fortune to grow up in the same village as Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya, the founder and president of…
  • No Rest for Voting Rights Advocates

    Lisa Rosenberg
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    Photo by David Sachs, SEIU, licensed under CC BY 2.0. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act tomorrow, it would be natural to assume that securing the right to vote for people of color could be crossed off America’s to-do list. Instead, it has become clear that the law’s roots are beginning to wither, threatening the integrity of the principles on which our democracy was founded. A Problem in Need of a Solution In 1870, the 15th amendment to the United States Constitution ensured (male) citizens of their right to vote regardless of their “race, color, or previous…
  • Engagement Doesn’t Stop with Opening of U.S. and Cuban Embassies

    Katie O'Connell
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    At 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 20, the Cuban flag was raised outside of the newly official Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., for the first time in more than 50 years. The crowd erupted into applause and cheers of “iViva Cuba!” Nearly ten hours later, I walked up to the embassy on my way home from the NAFSA office and was happy to see that the celebrations had not died down. A large crowd was still chanting, singing, drumming and dancing on the sidewalk. Colorful signs calling for the end of both the travel ban and trade embargo were still weaved through the posts of the fence in front of…
  • Immigrating to the United States: One Man’s Story of Luck, Hope, and Perseverance

    Heather Stewart
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    Could you use an elixir for disillusionment with the U.S. political system or the hand-wringing about the future of the United States? Listen to “Abdi and the Golden Ticket,” a story broadcasted on NPR’s “This American Life” about Abdi Nor, a Somali refugee living in Kenya who won the Diversity Visa (DV) program lottery. The goal of the DV lottery, when it was created by Congress in 1990, was to diversify the immigrant population by allowing people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States to apply for one of 55,000 green cards available annually under the…
  • Victory for Voters and Democracy: Supreme Court Deals Blow to Gerrymandering

    Lisa Rosenberg
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    The Supreme Court delivered a victory to representative democracy today, ruling in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission that under the Constitution’s Elections Clause, an independent body, and not only a state legislature, has the power to create voting districts. In 2000, the people of Arizona voted by referendum to create an independent redistricting commission to draw voting districts, taking the process away from the legislature and outside of the political pulls associated with redistricting efforts. The Arizona legislature sued to overturn the…
 
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  • Good news: Texas Tech recolonizes Beta Theta Pi chapter

    Hank Nuwer
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:36 am
    Here is the latest from Texas:  Excerpt from the Tech Toreador: David Greis, the colony development coordinator for Beta, said he will be in Lubbock the remainder of the school year to help the chapter recolonize. “We are trying to find the guys to build up the Beta chapter,” Greis said. “And to really be […]
  • 13 chapters suspended at the Univ. of South Carolina for rush infractions

    Hank Nuwer
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:31 am
    Here is the list of chapters that have been told to stop rush activities: Alpha Epsilon Pi; Alpha Tau Omega; Chi Psi; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Kappa Alpha Order; Lambda Chi Alpha; Phi Gamma Delta; Phi Kappa Sigma; Phi Sigma Kappa; Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Sigma Chi; Tau Kappa Epsilon and Theta Chi. Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/news/state/south-carolina/article33297981.html#storylink=cpy
  • University of Central Florida investigates complaint of hazing

    Hank Nuwer
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:28 am
    Here is the link to the Orlando Sentinel story. Excerpt: A UCF fraternity pledge said he was forced to do exercises while his brothers pulled out a blindfold for him, screamed at him and threw a ball at him, according to an investigative report released by the university. Sigma Chi, a fraternity at the University of Central […]
  • No charges in Georgia baseball hazing case

    Hank Nuwer
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:47 am
    Police in Gwinnett County decide not to prosecute Parkview High baseball players.  The incident happened out of state.  Here is the excerpt from WSBTV: “He just said, ‘We’re not going to prosecute,’” attorney Kurt Hilbert, who represents one of the freshman players, told Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant. “What was going through my mind was, ‘I […]
  • Susan Wagner High School parents in New York react to punishment

    Hank Nuwer
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:42 am
    Three players and a volunteer coach were suspended in a hazing incident as a football sports camp. Some parents complain that the actions of a few players have caused the school to cancel the next football game.
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  • Late Track – School Discipline & College Access

    eriqfelix
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:54 am
    Inter century anthems based off inner city tantrums Based off the way we was branded Face it, Jerome get more time than Brandon When Yeezy raps, “Jerome get more time […]
  • Icaria

    eriqfelix
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    I never learned from Icarus I took a dis, internalized it, and ran with it My future was planned for me, n college wasn’t part of it. Elementary teachers reinforced […]
  • Helping My Brother Along the #Comm_College Pathway

    eriqfelix
    6 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    My work has always been personal, whether in student affairs, admissions counseling, or educational research. I’ve invested myself in these endeavors believing that maybe, in a small way, my work […]
  • Time to do the work

    eriqfelix
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Knowing that community colleges serve students who have been historically marginalized it is vital to understand state policies, institutional structures, and student dynamics that facilitate transfer success. For those seeking […]
  • Nos Vemos en Esquipulas

    eriqfelix
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    My earliest memories as a child are with my grandfather. One of the first pictures I have is of him holding me at my baptism. Another memory is when he […]
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  • Hurt so Good

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:15 am
    T-Pain (far right, I think) dazzles the crowd.Editors note: There are several fun links in this post, check 'em out.I didn't really know about American Authors when they were announced as the Welcome Week concert act for August 28, 2015. But I happened to hear "Go Big or Go Home" on Sirius radio shortly thereafter and was intrigued. Could this finally be the big name and current artist we have always wanted for the Welcome Week concert? So I downloaded their album "Oh, What a Life," and couldn't believe my ears. First, I also recognized "Best Day of My Life," but more importantly, I fell in…
  • All in: Optimal Buzz and B'low Optimal at Trinity University

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:35 am
    Optimal SwagAfter a two-year pilot program, Trinity has fully rolled out its B'low Optimal alcohol program this fall. The program offers on-campus students an incentive to drink according to Optimal Buzz program guidelines, created several years ago by Dr. Richard Reams Associate Director of Counseling Services. For years Trinity University worked with students, faculty, and staff, through the Trinity Alcohol Coalition to develop cohesive messages and programs that fit to these three tenets: we acknowledge students will drink; we care deeply about student health and safety; and we will follow…
  • Pizza and Pleasure Redux

    13 Jul 2015 | 12:27 pm
    In January 2014 I wrote about some push back to the Trinity Pizza & Pleasure program. This series offers sex education and pizza (as an incentive to draw attendance). Briefly, some (mostly parents - and not many) objected that the series seemed to emphasize promiscuity and there was no forum for alternatives. Program architect Dr. Richard Reams agreed to add some different topics. Here is the lineup and attendance figures from 2014-2015:Getting What You Want from Sex (Sept. 18; 60 attendees) Presented by Cay Crow.Getting What You Want from Abstinence (Sept. 25; 22 attendees) Presented by…
  • Seventh Annual: The Year in Review - 2014-2015

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    The portrait of Dennis Ahlburg hangs in the Northrup Hall Presidential suite.Another academic year is in the books, and as is tradition, I take a look back at the year that was. I try to think broadly, beyond the Student Affairs perspective. I have certainly missed some things and invite readers to post on those things in the comment section. I will write a handful of posts between now and August, but look for more regular posting to occur when we begin the 2015-2016 academic year.Top Stories1. March SadnessThe Trinity University community was rocked by two very public tragedies. On March 4,…
  • Life, Death, and Student Affairs

    8 Jun 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Legends: Janet Waltman, Jim Potter, Debbie Kimbell, Pete Neville, Margaret Farris, Thurman Adkins, David Tuttle, Coleen Grissom, Gary Neal, Peg Layton, and Richard ReamsIt's still too soon to talk about "the accident." But we'll get there. This April, as the curtain fell on the Division of Student Affairs, it seemed perfect that former colleague Pete Neville was back in town for the first time since he left over ten years ago. After all, Pete, the Director of Student Activities was here when I began my Trinity University Student Affairs career in 1987. He was one of many. We'll get there too.
 
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  • The Start of Something

    ellenhatfield
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Today marked the start of the Fall semester at UMD. We’re starting a whole week early. No more starting after Labor Day for our campus. I supervise the Peer Educators who work in our office. These students are primarily juniors, with a few sophomores and seniors thrown in there. This is a group of students (this semester 7) who primarily assist other students who would like help on their resumes. The group does so much more than that though. Today, the Peers met for the first time as a group. We covered the craziness of job fair season that we are entering (just to prepare people). We…
  • Rockies Wildflowers

    ellenhatfield
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:13 pm
    I just got back from a wonderful 9 day vacation in Colorado. While I did a lot of different things (including a concert at Red Rocks & sampling some fabulous breweries), my favorite time of the whole trip was in Rocky Mountain National Park. The alpine area (well really the whole park) was absolutely stunning. While there, it was wildflower season. Here’s one of my favorite wildflower photos I captured:
  • Type Class

    ellenhatfield
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Over the past 12 weeks I have whole-heartedly participated in a class by Ali Edwards called Type. Ali is pretty big in the memory keeping/scrapbooking world and I’ve been reading her blog for a couple years now. I love that the core of her work is always the story. Type was a brand new class with a focus on ways to get words onto our projects in different ways. I waffled for weeks about taking the class. The class was kinda pricey, but I knew from previous experiences with Ali’s educational content that it would be worth the money. The night before the class was to start, I pulled…
  • What Makes Me Happy

    ellenhatfield
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:19 am
    My default mode is positive, optimistic, happy, however you want to describe it. This doesn’t mean I never get sad or upset. I just choose to look at the world with a glass-half-full attitude. This past week I started reading the book The Happiness Project with my blog friend Stephanie. The author started her year-long happiness project not because she was sad, she just thought her happiness could be greater. As I was reading the lengthy intro and first chapter, I started thinking about what makes me happy. I also thought about what could make me happier, or things I think would…
  • 5 Years of Blogging

    ellenhatfield
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Happy Birthday to my blog! I claimed my little corner of the internet 5 years ago today because I wanted to share my summer adventure of interning at EOU in Oregon. Since this birthday was a major milestone for the blog, I took some time to reflect about whole experience. What I’ve learned by blogging the past 5 years: Having a space to process and share my experiences (both work and non-work related) has helped me to actually take the time to do that processing. The community of bloggers is huge. So huge, that there are many communities. I’ve met some really cool people and been…
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    Ardith Laverne

  • In Love and in Numbers

    Ardith Laverne
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    I’m starting to read this article that was shared with me via the all-campus email. It’s about love in the age of data, but there’s more to it, including the history of love and how we in the West have made love our unofficial religion and purpose. And isn’t it so? Does it feel like this blog was/is a testament to all the failed attempts at love I had in nearly three decades of existence? (For the most part, yes, plus a lot of learning and education in the formal sense.) Thankfully, what I learned from my mistakes (and frankly, the mistakes of others at my own expense)…
  • On This Day: Love and Loving

    Ardith Laverne
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Today, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states of the USA. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t happy. I am thrilled to know that all my friends can choose whether or not they want to marry. I didn’t find out about the ruling until a coworker told me; I was listening to Spotify on the ride in to work today. As the news continues to sink in, I am more and more moved. I understand that I have friends from many walks of life, including walks of life that do not account for same-sex relationships as valid nor moral. They are struggling with what they…
  • Actually, You Aren’t Enough

    Ardith Laverne
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Ardith Laverne:Someone had to say it, and say it well. I’ve been trying to live in the moment, trying to celebrate each little step forward, and to think critically about what I truly want and hope for myself in this life. Nothing is 100% certain, that’s for sure, and nothing will come without failure. But failure doesn’t come without trying, and that’s the important part right now. Originally posted on The SA Pro Next Door : You Are Enough. Those three words frustrate me. I don’t always believe in them. For some of us, the goal of perfection has been a burden for…
  • And That Was It: 15.5 and the Close of the 2015 CrossFit Open

    Ardith Laverne
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    I’ve had some time to recover since the Open concluded on March 30th. Well, it concluded for me on March 27th because I had plans that weekend. I’m so glad this year’s Open is done. 15.5 was… 27-21-15-9 Row for Calories Thrusters (95/65lb.) Thrusters! Yay! (Kind of.) Rowing! Eh. Nothing in 15.5 surprised me when it was announced. It was a for-time work-out, meaning I had to get through every single rep to earn a score. It had two movements which work the same muscle groups, which I knew would burn quite quickly. And so, I knew this would be a mental grind, and the…
  • 15.4: Upside-down and inside-out

    Ardith Laverne
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    A little late, given that the Open is now done. However, I’ll keep with the “tradition” and recap things individually. I started this just a few days after 15.4, so excuse my tardiness. Before 15.4 was announced, I predicted handstand push-ups (HSPU) would be in the WOD. Given this year’s inclusion of several more demanding technical moves, I thought HSPU would be a given. I was right. 15.4 was only an 8-minute AMRAP, but it comprised of HSPU and heavy cleans. It opened with HSPU, which meant for the second week in a row, the Open WOD began with a move I had never…
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  • Disarming Restructuring

    Jenny Braudaway
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:18 am
    What? Your position has been eliminated? And, after all those years of solid performance reviews and good work? Sometimes it’s true, bad things happen to good people. In the face of senior leadership changes, new strategic priorities and/or institutional financial constraints (or add your own rationale here) many professionals have had an up close experience with restructuring—and it’s rarely a pretty experience. For those who suddenly find themselves without a job, the initial impact can be devastating. The obvious solution might be to quickly jump into job search mode. Here at SJG, we…
  • Looking Into Your Student Union

    Jenny Braudaway
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    By: Search Associate, Heather Larabee As a search associate for SJG, I have the privilege of traveling all over the country to visit campuses and meet fascinating people. I love seeing the different campuses; the architecture, landscaping, and design. Perhaps one of my favorite buildings, and one that I always try to see, is the student union. This is due in part to my history in student affairs and also, as a student, the union was one of the places I felt most connected. Student unions on any campus should be a buzz of activity filled with members of the campus community and welcoming…
  • Position Yourself for Enrollment Management

    Jenny Braudaway
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    In the past several years, SJG has completed many searches for Enrollment Management professionals, and we expect that this trend will continue. Potential candidates often ask us what clients are specifically seeking in enrollment management candidates, so below are some skill sets you may wish to gather and/or areas with which you may wish to partner as you take steps to position yourself as a candidate in the professional realm of enrollment management:   Data gathering, reporting, trend analysis and predictive modeling – If you are not already highly proficient with your…
  • Higher Education Financial Outlook

    admin
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    Negative Financial Outlook for Higher Education Sector The two most prominent investment rating firms (Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s) have recently issued negative outlooks for higher education. Moody’s expressed concerns about the ability of colleges and universities to significantly increase tuition revenues the way they have for the past 20 years.  Additionally, there is little optimism that state funding for public institutions will grow enough to offset increased expenses. The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEOA) reported in 2014 that total…
  • The Higher Cost of Higher Ed

    Julie Smith
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Political Pressure Mounting to Control the Cost of Higher Education The costs of higher education have come under increasing scrutiny during the recent recovery from the Great Recession. Over the past 30 years, tuition and fees have grown at a rate that significantly exceeded general inflation. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), the published “sticker price” for tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year was more than 3.5 times the published price 30 years earlier, adjusted for inflation. As the overall economy has struggled to regain its footing…
 
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  • A New Cooper Union

    Angus Johnston
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:39 am
    Cooper Union is back from the dead. This afternoon at two o’clock the New York State Attorney General will announce the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Committee to Save Cooper Union, a group of activist students, faculty, and alumni against the Cooper Union trustees. The settlement will impose various reforms to Cooper Union governance, establish an independent financial monitor for the college, and begin the slow, difficult process of re-establishing Cooper Union as a free, healthy institution. Today’s settlement is a huge victory for those who have fought to preserve…
  • Freddie deBoer on Trigger Warnings

    Angus Johnston
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    One thing that makes it hard to talk seriously about politics with Freddie deBoer is his dogged insistence that none of his antagonists on the left are willing to talk seriously about politics. Actually, let me rephrase that, because I’m actually not just talking about one thing here, but two — his insistence that his interlocutors are willfully misrepresenting reality, and his insistence that they refuse to address crucial questions raised by their positions. I think of the first as an “everybody insists…” move, and the second as a “nobody will…
  • Syllabus Trigger Warnings: A How-To, And Some Reflections, One Year Along

    Angus Johnston
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Last year, after quite a bit of discussion with friends and colleagues online, I added a trigger warning (or, as I describe it, a content note) to my syllabus. Here’s what it said: Course Content Note At times this semester we will be discussing historical events that may be disturbing, even traumatizing, to some students. If you ever feel the need to step outside during one of these discussions, either for a short time or for the rest of the class session, you may always do so without academic penalty. (You will, however, be responsible for any material you miss. If you do leave the…
  • The Unworthy Attack on Sara Goldrick-Rab

    Angus Johnston
    18 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    In the last few days sociology professor Sara Goldrick-Rab, one of the nation’s leading advocates for free higher education, has come under sustained and increasingly preposterous attack for some of her social media posts. The attacks have focused on two sets of tweets. In one, posted several weeks ago, Goldrick-Rab twice characterized Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who recently slashed budgets and eviscerated faculty governance and tenure the University of Wisconsin system where Goldrick-Rab works, as a fascist. Those tweets were dumb, Goldrick-Rab has apologized for them, and…
  • Black Sociology Prof Who Tweeted About Confederate Flag, White Supremacy Out at U of Memphis

    Angus Johnston
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Zandria Robinson, an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis, has left her job in the wake of media attention to her tweets on whiteness and the Confederate flag. Robinson’s Twitter account is now locked, but according to an article in today’s Washington Times she recently tweeted that the Confederate flag is “the ultimate symbol of white heteropatriarchal capitalism,” and that “Whiteness is most certainly and inevitably terror.” She also retweeted a Tweet declaring that”the USA flag stands for the same thing as the confederate…
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    E-Learning Queen

  • Cantinflas: Genio del Posmodernismo en Soy un prófugo (1946)

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:35 am
    Mario Moreno Reyes, mejor conocido por su personaje, "Cantinflas," es un genio de posmodernismo. Así, sus obras contienen y demuestran una energía subversiva y interrogación de las estructuras del modernismo que existían en la primera mitad del Siglo XX con sus los vestigios del colonialismo que todavía impusieron jerarquías y límites en la sociedad mexicana. A través de su personaje, Cantinflas,
  • Interview with Braulio Perdigao, Petrolessons: Innovators in E-Learning Series

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:03 pm
    With the "great crew change" accelerated by the oil and gas downturn, knowledge transfer is more important than ever. Welcome to an interview with Braulio Perdigao, PMP, CEO/Founder of Petrolessons.com - the first knowledge marketplace dedicated to the oil and gas industry. What is your background? What are your areas of experience? I'm Brazilian and I've been in Houston for 15+ years. I have
  • Infographics as Working Memory Boosters & Engagers for Learning

    12 Aug 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Infographics can serve a unique purpose in an online course or training program in that they both engage learners and provide a very handy mnemonic which assists in the storing and retrieving of information. Infographics are easily incorporated into courses, and can be deployed via social media and within learning management systems. Further, it is a simple process to store your infographic in a
  • Interview with Rajeev PS, Blobeo: Innovators in E-Learning Series

    5 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Making effective, collaborative expert instruction and mentoring readily available is an ongoing challenge. Welcome to an interview with Rajeev PS of Blobeo, a new entity dedicated to facilitating the process of bringing together industry practitioners and those seeking practical knowledge. 1.    What is your name and your relation to eLearning?My name is Rajeev PS and the Co-Founder of
  • Using Web 2.0 in Online Courses: Creating Mystery & Engagement with a Collaborative Story Line

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    One interesting way to engage students is to put together a PowerPoint presentation that can be shared via social media, and which gives the opportunity to create a response presentation, and which includes a mystery / adventure story line. In this case, which was for a basics of petroleum geology course, I created a six-slide PowerPoint presentation which I shared using Slideshare.  The story
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    Google Student Blog

  • Google Docs and Classroom: your school year sidekicks

    Sarah H
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:01 am
    School’s in! As you settle into your classes and start to juggle soccer practice, club meetings and homework, we’re here to help. We’ve been spending the summer “break” creating new tools to help you save time, collaborate with classmates and create your best work—all for free.Schoolwork, minus the work Writing papers is now a lot easier with the Research tool in Docs for Android. You can search Google without leaving Docs, and once you find the quotes, facts or images you’re looking for, you can add them to your document with just a couple taps. That means less time…
  • Intern Spotlights - Daniel Wiskman

    Sarah H
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    At Google, interns have the opportunity to work on some of the most cutting edge and innovative projects in the world. Interns also work across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Spotlights. This week, the spotlight is on Daniel Wiskman, a Business Intern in Google’s Dublin office. He was born in Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast but is currently living in Uppsala and attends a…
  • The results are in for the 2015 Google Online Marketing Challenge!

    Sarah H
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:18 am
    Digital marketing is a growth machine for many businesses, and the Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC) enables us to share knowledge through hands-on experience with the e-marketers of tomorrow. By participating in the GOMC, students and academics get to work with real businesses and real budgets, and provide them with an opportunity to deliver tangible results. Every year, as part of the annual Google Online Marketing Challenge, Google gives hundreds of student teams across the world an AdWords online advertising budget of US$250 and three weeks to help a local business improve their…
  • Young people who are changing the world through science

    Sarah H
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    Posted by Andrea Cohan, Google Science Fair Program Manager(Cross-posted from the Google for Education Blog) Sometimes the biggest discoveries are made by the youngest scientists. They’re curious and not afraid to ask, and it’s this spirit of exploration that leads them to try, and then try again. Thousands of these inquisitive young minds from around the world submitted projects for this year’s Google Science Fair, and today we’re thrilled to announce the 20 Global Finalists whose bright ideas could change the world. From purifying water with corn cobs to transporting Ebola…
  • Q&A with Dave Vos, Head of Google's Unmanned Delivery Vehicle Program

    Sarah H
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Dave Vos heads up Project Wing, Google's unmanned delivery vehicle program. Originally from Capetown, South Africa, he came to the United States at age 26 in order to do graduate work at MIT. While there, he earned his master's and PhD degrees. He has been involved in creating automated flying machines for over 20 years.Q: It seems like everybody’s talking about developing delivery drones lately. Why the big fuss all of a sudden?A: Many of the same technologies that have put smartphones in our pockets—smart software and small, inexpensive sensors like GPS and accelerometers—can be used…
 
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • The Importance of Being Heard

    Joe Sabado
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:34 am
    I have read employees leave organizations because of their managers. I think one of the most frustrating situations that lead to employees looking for other jobs is because they don’t feel heard by their managers who they expect to guide and protect them. As managers, sometimes we are too focused on getting the tasks done that we fail to notice […]
  • Getting Caught Up in Our Own Worlds

    Joe Sabado
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:04 am
    It’s easy to get caught up in our own world and the challenges we face which could lead to thinking we are the only ones who are going through difficult times. Sometimes, we might think we’re the only ones who are working after hours and the only ones who must face so much work for […]
  • How I Lost 20 Pounds in 3 Months

    Joe Sabado
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:45 am
    For the last three months, I committed myself to losing weight towards better fitness and as a challenge. In the past, I had gone through two separate personal challenges when I ate at least 1 salad for a meal/day for 100 as well as 40 consecutive days. I had set out to lose 20 pounds […]
  • Employees’ Sense of Ownership for Better Customer Service

    Joe Sabado
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:19 am
    My wife and I had lunch at Chinois in Santa Monica last week for my birthday. The food was as delicious and the portions were definitely served for family style. We were very impressed indeed! More impressive was the customer service and the sense of teamwork I observed amongst the staff. Frankly, I’ve been to […]
  • IT Organizational Management & Leadership

    Joe Sabado
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
      I have learned a lot in my role as the acting Executive Director for my IT organization, a role I’ve held for the last 7 months. While I’ve held management positions for more than a decade, I have learned more in this position when it comes to organizational change dynamics as well as leadership/management […]
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    TechKNOW Tools

  • Content Curation: Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

    Laura Pasquini
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:22 pm
    In planning my courses this term, the textbook for my LTEC 4000 course will be OPTIONAL. With a wealth of training and development resources digitally available online, in databases, from many professional organizations, and in our library system, I decided to have my three sections of my class be rhizomatic in their learning. (Thanks for modeling this learning approach for a few years now, Dave.) Learning is more than consumption. By encouraging my students to curate their own knowledge, I hope it will help  contextualization how these course objectives are applicable for the world of work.
  • #ACPA16 CFP: Genius Labs and Pecha Kucha Powered By @ACPA

    Laura Pasquini
    16 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    August brings us to a time of back-to-school fun, but it also means the deadline for the 2016 ACPA Convention (#ACPA16) program proposals is coming fast! There are plenty of program categories to choose from for your #ACPA16 proposal; however, on behalf of the Technology Programs Team, let me highlight two NEW additions to the CFP this year and how you can successfully submit your proposal(s) for Genius Labs and Pecha Kucha Powered By ACPA. Genius Labs The convention’s Genius Labs are 20-minute skill-building workshops highlighting a number of practical activities (primarily focused on…
  • Bringing Our Personality and Self(ie) to the Online

    Laura Pasquini
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:42 pm
    You can’t help but bring yourself to anything you are passionate about. I truly believe this. This past week has brought conversation and debate prompted from a single blog post about The role of personality in education. Thank you, Martin. This post shared thoughts on how individual courses emerged with a “cult of personality” to drive it towards success, collaboration, interaction and then some. For these type of MOOCs, the learning design was intentionally focussed on the characters (Yes. Dave and Jim are characters… who I adore) to encourage participation and…
  • The Future of Advising

    Laura Pasquini
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:40 am
    This week I am at the NACADA’s International Conference, Melbourne, Australia (#NACADAmelb) with The Global Community for Academic Advising. Today our panel (George, Catherine, Jennifer, and myself) started a conversation around the following prompt: “The Future of Advising: Current and Past Predictions to Shape Our Future.” This panel was designed to poke at the issues and uses of technology in higher education for student support, academic advising, and personal tutoring. Much of the discussion was focussed on the Lowenstein’s chapter, Envisioning the Future (as…
  • PSA: Laura Down Under for June

    Laura Pasquini
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:42 pm
    This just in: I’m in the LAND DOWN UNDER! {Sorry if this is delayed information, as I just landed into Oz… but hey} As this is my first visit to Australia (yeah, I can’t believe it either), so I thought I’d make the most of it. I’ll be in Sydney (until June 17) and Melbourne (June 18-July 1)to catch up with from friends, family & tweeps. I will be researching and teaching online — so if you  need me I am available by phone (text preferred to my Google Voice office number: 940-268-5920) or shoot me an email. I’ll do my best respond there or other…
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  • Penn State Starts Network for Entrepreneurs With Focus on Online Learning

    Mary Ellen McIntire
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:56 am
    Education-technology companies are hot these days. So are online programs by universities. Pennsylvania State University hopes to tap into both trends with a new effort to turn its campus into an innovation hub for ed-tech companies. The effort is called the EdTech Network, and officials hope it will spark entrepreneurship around the campus geared toward improving services for online students, said Craig D. Weidemann, the university’s vice provost for online education. That could help Penn State reach its 10-year goal of increasing enrollments in its online World Campus to 45,000…
  • Readers’ Definitions of Ed-Tech Buzzwords: Confusion and Skepticism Continue

    Jeffrey R. Young
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    Professors, administrators, and ed-tech vendors don’t always speak the same language when it comes to talking about experimental approaches to teaching and research. Terms like “flipped classroom” and “digital humanities” get thrown around a lot these days, but different people often mean different things by them. And some people still don’t know what they mean, despite their buzzword status. To get a sense of the buzzword landscape, we asked Chronicle readers to give their definitions of four ed-tech terms. We emphasized that we weren’t looking for the perfect definitions, just…
  • As Coursera Evolves, Colleges Stay On and Investors Buy In

    Jeffrey R. Young
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:56 am
    Three years ago everyone was talking about Coursera, which had begun partnering with some of the world’s most elite colleges to offer free courses. There was overheated hype, as pundits speculated that it could be a magic bullet to bring down college costs. And there were tough questions, as people wondered what the goal was for partner colleges, and how the Silicon Valley company could make enough revenue on free courses to survive. Today the MOOC hype has dissipated, but the company’s leaders say Coursera has found a way to make money, and that partner colleges have found a clear reason…
  • How an App Helps Low-Income Students by Turning College Life Into a Game

    Sarah Brown
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:55 am
    Studying in the library, getting help from a tutor, even cheering at a college football game — all of those activities carry a little extra reward for low-income students at Ball State University. The university is in its second year of offering a mobile application called “Ball State Achievements,” designed for students who come to Ball State on federal Pell Grants. The app essentially gamifies their college experience; they earn points for engaging in specific aspects of campus life, which can then be cashed in to purchase items in the university’s bookstore or on-campus Starbucks.
  • ‘Machine Teaching’ Is Seen as Way to Develop Personalized Curricula

    Mary Ellen McIntire
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison say they are getting closer to designing a system to deliver the ideal lesson plan for each student, through a process they call “machine teaching.” If the idea of machine learning, a popular area of artificial-intelligence research, is to let computers learn from data to detect patterns and better deal with large data sets, machine teaching looks for the best way to share particular information with a student, says Jerry Zhu, an associate professor of computer science at the university who is leading the project. Eventually,…
 
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    AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

  • Native Women Have to Work 9 Extra Months to Make the Same Salary as White Men Made Last Year

    Elizabeth Bolton
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: There’s a pay gap between women and men, and that gap is even wider for women of color. But here are a few facts you might not have heard before: American Indian and Alaska Native women are paid just 59 cents for every dollar white men are paid. For Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, that number is 65 cents. September 8 marks Native American women’s equal pay day, the day that the wages of American Indian and Alaska Native women catch up to the money white men earned last year. (It took about nine months, if you’re counting.) We’re using…
  • Title IX’s Unintended Revolution for Women’s Athletics

    AAUWguest
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:03 pm
      The law that has become synonymous with women’s sports was never meant to address inequality on that kind of playing field. How did sports become Title IX’s best-known legacy, and how has the law changed women’s opportunities? Image by Matthew Schnall, Flickr Creative Commons This story was written by Susan Ware and originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of AAUW Outlook Title IX has been called “the biggest thing to happen to sports since the invention of the whistle,” but that outcome was not on President Richard Nixon’s mind when he signed the Education…
  • 5 Women Scientists of AAUW’s War Relief Project

    AAUW Intern
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:33 am
    During World War II, AAUW offered scholarships and other services that helped Jewish scholars escape from Europe and parts of Asia. This project, called the War Relief Fund, connected women with teaching positions in safe countries, provided living expenses for students abroad, and offered other services after the war. Among those helped by the fund were a number of scientists who made major contributions to their fields at a time when few women were even allowed to attain higher education. Below are some of these marvelous women. 1. Lise Meitner Lise Meitner, then a visiting professor of…
  • 5 Things I Learned from Losing an Election

    AAUWguest
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    Women are more than half the U.S. population, yet they make up less than 20 percent of members of Congress. I learned during an Elect Her training that a key reason for women’s underrepresentation in elected office is not that women can’t win; it’s that they don’t run. When women run for office, they win at the same rate as men, but women don’t run at the same rate. One big reason is that the confidence gap — and in part, a fear of failure — means that women must be asked to run for office not once, not twice, but seven times. But is losing an election really a failure? I would…
  • Gender Equity Quiz: Would Your College Pass AAUW’s 1914 Accreditation Test?

    AAUW Intern
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Just because U.S. colleges finally started opening their doors to women in the 19th century doesn’t mean they offered women the same experience as men. After struggling to be admitted, many women had to put up with inferior resources, biased leadership, and fewer programs. That’s why, from the early 20th century through the 1960s, AAUW individually accredited colleges and universities before their graduates could become members. To earn AAUW’s accreditation, schools needed to meet certain criteria that illustrated equitable treatment of women students and faculty. Though the main…
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    This Side of Theory

  • Student Success: End of the First Week Check-In

    Stacy Oliver
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Update: The revised community meetings, by all accounts, went well. The Resident Assistants raved about being able to focus on building relationships with their residents instead of reading off a list of policies. I drove past several on my way to the office after the President’s Welcome Dinner and was positively thrilled to see students outside actively engaging with one another rather than being forced to sit quietly and listen to someone drone on and on at them. It also helped the RAs learn their students’ names earlier than ever, a critical piece of students feeling like part…
  • Don’t Ruin Your Student’s First Year of College

    Stacy Oliver
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    For students and parents alike, the transition from high school to college is often filled with excitement, challenges, opportunities and many important ‘life lessons. Yet, for parents that are used to being extremely involved in every aspect of their child’s academic and social experiences in high school (commonly referred to as “helicopter parents”), the transition to college can be particularly daunting. Just as students must learn to adapt to a new environment, lifestyle and schedule associated with college life, parents must also learn to take a step back and allow their children…
  • You Will Change…

    Stacy Oliver
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    You move in a week from today. I can almost see the anxiety and nervousness in the space between the words in your frantic Facebook messages, emails, posts in the Class of 2019 group. I can hear it in the rushed voice mails I listen to after hours in my office. Do you want to know a secret? Everyone on campus is anxious and nervous about your arrival too. You were selected by the staff in Admissions to join our community. Athletics recruited many of you to join our teams. Residence life helped you find communities in which you can successfully live and assisted some of you in finding…
  • Student Success: Reframing the Floor Meeting

    Stacy Oliver
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Tomorrow morning I’m meeting with the Resident Assistants of the first-year halls to talk about student success and the role RAs play in supporting residents. It’s a first step in redefining how our department interacts with students and how we contribute to the campus goals of student success and retention. I’m not typically a procrastinator, but I’ve been putting off tackling this presentation because the topic feels audacious. I believe RAs are our frontline in student success initiatives. They most often lay eyes on residents, know about the social turmoil…
  • An Unusual Blog Post

    Stacy Oliver
    6 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    This is an unusual blog post, my friends. Typically I come to you with a story, an opinion, or a recipe. But today I’m asking for assistance. Yesterday I launched a GoFundMe campaign, a decision I grappled with for weeks. We all want things and we could all use more money to fund those things. It pains me to do this because I don’t think I’m special, but I’m in a position where I need to supplement my professional development funding if I want to attend the ACUHO-I Business Operations Conference. In 2009, I was registered to attend the conference — BizOps, as…
 
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