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Summer Turns to Fall

Dr. Michael S. Brophy | Posted 08.28.2014 | College
Dr. Michael S. Brophy

Orientations, convocations, photos being taken for ID cards, students auditioning for plays, fraternities welcoming pledges, walk-on athletes gathering up the courage to try-out, etc. That exciting time when it feels like the sky's the limit.

Top 10 Guide to Professional Dress for Student Teachers

Sue Gober | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

Are you student teaching this semester? A quick look in the mirror might be the most important thing you do all day.

Education Is the Avenue to Prosperity in America

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 08.28.2014 | College
Jamie Merisotis

America's most affluent have made their fortunes in different ways, but one thing is clear: Education beyond high school is the common link among them. Of the 50 wealthiest Americans in the states, only seven did not obtain some form of higher education.

The Myth of the Rational Health Care Consumer

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 08.28.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

In a rational model of health care, the consumer must have the ability to distinguish bad products from good, and must have enough information and emotional distance to make purely rational choices about their or their loved ones' health care. There are a number of reasons this simply is not the case.

Removing a Bottleneck to Community College Success

Bob Hildreth | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
Bob Hildreth

William Gomez Perreira and his mother, Ana, live in Chelsea, Mass., a working class city hard by Boston, that sends a good number of students to community colleges. The students -- largely low income and minority -- face a serious obstacle once they set foot on the community college campus.

A Salute to America's Working People

John T. Delaney | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
John T. Delaney

Today, the value of unions is increasingly being called into question, including by college professors in the classroom. Unions are seen as out-of-date and unnecessary, and the reason for every problem in the business world.

What Is Competency-Based Education, and Why Does It Matter?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

The curricula for competency-based programs as a whole are purpose-built to prepare students for industry and careers as they evolve

Welcome Back! Why College Students Are Better Than You Think

Sophia A. McClennen | Posted 08.26.2014 | College
Sophia A. McClennen

It is time to admit that this generation has inherited a lot of real challenges and that, by and large, they have met those challenges with resilience and social commitment.

Thinking at Harvard: What Is the Future of Learning?

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
Sriya Chakravarti

The future of learning should be such that it gives greater flexibility to the learner, confidence that the self can learn anything, basic idea clarity on complex thoughts and processes and awareness about the world at large and tolerance.

Don't Sweat the Advice: Welcome Class of 2018

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.25.2014 | College
Wayne Meisel

An occupational hazard (or should I say opportunity?) of my profession is that I often get last-minute calls asking me to substitute for some famous commencement speaker who suddenly can't make it.

Here's Why Parents Have No Business Giving Their Kids Life Advice Anymore

Michael Price | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Michael Price

The only person who knows what's best for your kids is your kids. That may sound like a radical and ridiculous idea, but think about it.

Ten Steps to Using Twitter in the College Classroom

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 08.25.2014 | College
Jason A. Llorenz

Having experimented with social media for learning -- especially Twitter -- across my courses, I am convinced that social media offers powerful opportunities to connect with students, by providing new ways for them to own the learning.

Putting the "Trust" Back in Trustee: The Role of the Trustee in College Governance

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.25.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There will be a shakeout in which some colleges and universities will do better than others. Those that prosper will put into place much of what this report suggests is needed.

An Encore Professor

Jay Halfond | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jay Halfond

The choice to reinvent rather than retire is both exhilarating and daunting. Perhaps unique to academe, I can embark on this new career somewhat seamlessly within my own institution, within familiar surroundings.

Lives of Curiosity and Conseuqences

Michael Benson | Posted 08.22.2014 | Education
Michael Benson

Much can be learned from the lives of these two remarkable brothers from the most modest and ordinary of backgrounds. Grit, determination, persistence, discipline... and curiosity.

Increasing College Diversity

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.18.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

In most four-year college strategic plans, there is a good-faith statement calling for increasing diversity as an institutional goal. There are good -- even noble -- reasons for doing so. The proof is in the execution. And that's where American colleges and universities have a role to play and much still to learn.

Why Fundraising Matters in Higher Education

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 08.15.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

The news over the summer that Bethany College had reached the $47 million mark in gifts and pledges during our current $52 million capital campaign wa...

Rebuilding My Life after My Unemployment Benefits Ended

Evangeline Yvonne Samples, MS, RDN, LD | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Evangeline Yvonne Samples, MS, RDN, LD

I have been trying very hard to rebuild my life. I am not asking taxpayers to take care of me. I would like to see some changes in employment laws. I think that policies of noncompetition should be limited in duration and scope, if not abolished.

Is Creative Thinking The Next Big Productivity Hack?

Brian Horn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Brian Horn

Very few of us are working on assembly lines, yet we're still using assembly-line thinking in the way most of us do productivity. It's like oil and water, they don't work together.

Affirmative Action and the Crisis in Higher Education

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

A new academic year is upon us. Students, parents, and faculty are excited. But they are also nervous. These are difficult times for higher education ...

Recapping the Women's College Advantage

Diane Propsner | Posted 08.13.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

As a women's college alumna, my contention is that women's colleges are today's best kept secret in higher education. It's the main reason I started blogging and with so many advantages, it would be remiss of me not to continue to do so.

Why Rules Matter

Gary A. Olson | Posted 08.12.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

It is not that compassion and flexibility are bad; it is that in violating rules and deadlines, other people might be injured or disadvantaged.

A Surprising Success Story: Jobs and the Arts and Humanities

Christine Henseler | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Christine Henseler

As the world gets bigger and the world's problems become more complex, employers seek more critical, comprehensive, and creative leaders. And the Arts and Humanities provide just that.

U-Lab: Prototyping the 21st-Century University

Otto Scharmer | Posted 08.14.2014 | Education
Otto Scharmer

Summing up the problem: higher education is overpriced, out of touch, and outdated in both curriculum and purpose. The solution? The solution is beginning to emerge in many places today.

College Parents: How to Say the Long Goodbye

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.11.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

When families arrive at move in day, there is a subtext to the college's drop-off invitation. While the message is direct and blunt, it's important for parents to understand that the rules have changed.