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Dr. James Michael Nolan
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President of Southwestern College

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In Higher Education Social Media Is Your Job

(16) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:29 PM

I have altogether too many friends and colleagues in higher education who seem to think that being active in social media is a choice, on par with, say, choosing to watch Breaking Bad, or taking up golf.

A few still try to collect "cute points" for not being active...

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Higher Education: When Will Digital Natives Share Leadership?

(10) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 11:49 AM

Very interesting: Last week I was in Chicago, at the Higher Learning Commission Conference, where over four thousand people discussed, for five full days, the future of Higher Education and accreditation, setting the course for America's youth and future.

At that meeting, it seemed like no attendees were under...

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Disruptive Innovation Needed in Higher Education

(40) Comments | Posted February 9, 2013 | 11:47 AM

"Disruptive Innovation" is a buzz phrase that is running wild through the world of entrepreneurship these days. There are Disruptive Innovators discussion groups on LinkedIn and Facebook. Though president of Southwestern College, Santa Fe, I am a card-carrying member.

What is disruptive innovation? It may be more elucidating to...

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What IS Teaching Anymore, Really? From a College President

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 8:32 PM

"Teaching" at Southwestern College, Santa Fe

Most of my colleagues "love teaching"... they proclaim that with great gusto at faculty meetings. I am way behind them. I don't know what "teaching" means anymore, and I am being serious. And that might contribute to why it is very difficult...

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Digital Natives: Higher Education's Multicultural Marketing Challenge

(4) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 2:06 PM

OK, here is something the world needs.

Authentic, committed, serious, spirited, informed, good-humored, action-backed, energetic and collaborative conversations and team-building around "Social Media and Higher Education."

Oh, sure there are LinkedIn and Facebook groups that kind of look like they could be having these conversations, but mostly they amount...

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Student Loan Debt "Story": Chicanery? Inadvertent or Intentional?

(39) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 2:00 PM

During this past year, the irrepressible and contentious media buzz has been that there is now more student loan debt than credit card debt. Of course there are so many details that are NOT reported, it is ridiculous. But the press likes the headline story a lot, and it gets...

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The Season of Hope in Higher Education

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 12:53 PM

It is fall in the world of higher education. It's better than New Year's. Lives that have grown too small are bursting forth in rainbows of transformation. A new day is about to dawn for new students all over the country. It is magical.

We, the leaders in higher education,...

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Are You Sure Affordability Is Really the Issue in Higher Ed?

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 9:43 AM

There is a part of me that loves that virtually any American can pursue a college education. When I am aligned with that part of myself, this value feels right, and feels quintessentially American. The land of endless opportunity. It feels good.

Ah, but you know, stuff gets complicated...

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Is Education Supposed to Be About Getting Jobs?

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 3:31 PM

Is Education Supposed to Be About Getting Jobs?

Because Southwestern College embraces what some people consider the lofty mission statement "Transforming Consciousness through Education," I am especially sensitive to the culture's current call for affordable, sustainable education that leads to jobs, to careers. The suggestion, sometimes, is that...

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New Thought on Job Creation

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 9:51 AM

How Do Jobs Get Created? The Way You Believe They Do...

Most conversations about job creation carry an assumption or perspective that jobs are created out there in the world, that when economic conditions are thus and such, and the political climate is this and that, then the market does...

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Social Media in the Business of Higher Education

(7) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 3:09 PM

If Social Media were a person, I would have to make her the highest paid employee at Southwestern College. Her job description would be five pages long. Maybe ten.

As it is, I am the president of a graduate school, I am in my fifties, and...

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Ethics in the Helping Professions: Moving From Swats to Consciousness

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 8:31 PM

The teachings of Kohlberg and Gilligan offered us new ways to understand that our behaviors can be motivated from a number of directions on the moral compass. Any given action might be driven by fear of punishment, or nobility of purpose, each creating radically different personal and social meanings.

It...

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