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Tim Hall is the president of Mercy College in New York. Prior to that he was president of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee from 2007 to 2014. Before his time at Austin Peay, Hall was for many years a law professor at the University of Mississippi and Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 2002 to 2007.

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Listening and Leadership

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 1:12 PM

The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2014 Great Colleges to Work for survey results came out recently. For the second year in a row, Austin Peay State University, where I served as president until two months ago, earned a place among the ten large universities on the survey's Honor...

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It Matters Whether Our Students Succeed

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 10:32 AM

It matters to colleges and universities whether students succeed.

It didn't always, though.

Of course, we wished our students well. It gave us no pleasure to see them fail or drop out, but they're doing so did not materially affect us. We lost their tuition, but we managed...

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Offering the Courses Students Need When They Need Them

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 6:01 PM

When my daughter was a freshman at Austin Peay State University, I reminded her about preregistration for her first spring semester. "Remember, you have to go online at midnight to select your courses. Make sure you have the course numbers you need written down in advance so you can register...

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Liberal Arts and the Work Place

(7) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 6:19 PM

The half-baked idea that liberal arts degrees have no workplace value is making the rounds again. It's bad enough that this view assumes the world of work is the only world worth being prepared for, as though preparing for citizenship or even life were trivial college pursuits. But it also...

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The Department of Education's College Scorecard

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 2:00 PM

I'm giving the Department of Education's recently released College Scorecard a D+. Although it provides college-bound students with some useful information, it misleads them about institutional performance by focusing on the six-year graduation rate to "score" colleges and universities. Use of the six-year rate is misleading for two...

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Shared Governance and Student Success

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:16 PM

I don't mean to explain the intricacies of shared governance at colleges and universities. Let me simply set forth the following idea: if student success matters, shared governance matters.

By student success I mean the important focus institutions of higher learning now place on the persistence and graduation of...

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Performance Funding for Higher Education

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 1:14 PM

I'm a believer in performance funding for state institutions of higher learning, at least where some measure of sense is displayed in devising the appropriate formula. In 2010 Tennessee adopted a performance-funding model which funnels 100 percent of our state funding through the performance formula. This formula is a huge...

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Developmental Education and the 'Iron Triangle'

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 11:44 AM

I don't get the "iron triangle" that some higher education leaders believe exists between cost, quality and access. That is to say, I think it's possible to reduce at least some of the costs of higher education without threatening either quality or access. In one area at Austin Peay State...

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An Individualized Higher Education Experience

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 4:09 PM

I'm not very impressed by uses of technology that make higher education less personal for our students. The more we treat a student as just a number, the farther away we are from the idea of university posited by John Henry Newman: "An Alma Mater, knowing her children one by...

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