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Deep Internationalization & Infrastructure

GlobalHigherEd

Note: this entry is also available via Inside Higher Ed here. ~~~~~~. Over the last several years, it has been interesting to see the development of some new and relatively deep collaborative models of institutional (or ‘commercial,’ using GATS parlance) presence in territories outside of universities’ main campuses. These new models tend to be research- and graduate or professional education-oriented, with relatively strong interdisciplinary inclinations.

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5 Proven Benefits Of Play

NPR HigherEd

The nation's doctors are being enlisted in a new fight: reclaiming children's right to play. A research paper urges pediatricians to prescribe playtime.

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Code highlighting: the lowlights

Academic Computing

Syntax highlighting is such a ubiquitous feature in program editors that we often give it very little thought. It’s even like an indicator of program code: you can tell something is code if it is in a fixed-width font and some of the words are consistently coloured. It’s clearly a popular feature but is it actually helpful? The latest paper on this (paywalled, alas) is by Hannebauer et al, which I found via Greg Wilson.

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Who, Where, and How to Engage Partners and Stakeholders in a Residential Curriculum

Paul Gordon Brown

Educational and curricular efforts exist in context. Furthermore, residence life and education departments do not exist on an island. When developing a campus or residential curriculum, it is important to identify partners and stakeholders early on and include them in the curriculum design process. This inclusion can include stages from planning to implementation, and throughout assessment and review processes.

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The #SAGrad School Journey: Belonging and Evolving as a Black Grad in Vermont

The Student Affairs Collective

This post is part three in our three part series on the #SAGrad search for #CSAM18. Check out our previous installments here. I am a second year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Master’s Program at the University of Vermont (UVM). I identify as a queer, gender non-conforming black femme. Along with my enrollment as a graduate student, I hold a graduate assistantship in the Department of Residential Life as an Assistant Residence Director.

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Higher Ed Marketers May Need a Reality Check

Austin Williams

Do traditional college students have different—and higher—expectations than their nontraditional counterparts? It would seem so. A recent national study of more than 600,000 students reveals that traditional students are less satisfied with their college experience than online and adult learners. The 2017 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report found that 67% of adult learners and 74% of online learners reported they were satisfied with their experience overall compared to just over

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10 tactics and tips to help your digital marketing dollars be more effective

Terminalfour

Without a focused strategy it can be money poorly spent. An approach relying purely on outbidding competitors through pay per click is no longer going to work.

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What Your State Is Doing To Beef Up Civics Education

NPR HigherEd

Not enough people know how a bill becomes a law and other aspects of civic life. More than half the states are trying to fix that. See how your state is doing and take our quiz.

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Parenting In The Age Of Screens: Here's What The Experts Do

NPR HigherEd

Many experts on kids and technology are also parents — and they don't necessarily hold themselves up as paragons for parenting in a time when screens are everywhere.

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Empowering Kids In An Anxious World

NPR HigherEd

Teen depression and anxiety rates have been rising for years, and two new books offer advice to parents and caregivers.

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U.S. Degree? Check. U.S. Work Visa? Still A Challenge

NPR HigherEd

With a recent U.S. degree in hand, many international students are left to navigate the complicated immigration system by themselves.

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The 'Over-Parenting Crisis' In School And At Home

NPR HigherEd

Cutting kids' meat or doing their laundry can undermine their sense of self-worth, two books argue.

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Behind The Campaign To Get Teachers To Leave Their Unions

NPR HigherEd

Conservative groups are spreading the word: Teachers no longer have to support the union that represents them.

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Scared Of Math? Here's One Way To Fight The Fear

NPR HigherEd

Kids and grown-ups can both experience anxiety when it comes to math. One college professor has an assignment to help banish the dread.

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Raising Brilliant Kids — With Research To Back You Up

NPR HigherEd

Two experts believe that six C's form a framework that can help parents guide kids as they grow.

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Trying To Get Your First Job? There's A Class For That

NPR HigherEd

Didn't land an internship or job this summer? Maybe next school year you could try taking a class. Many courses help with your cover letter, resume and interview skills.

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Vouchers In Puerto Rico; Secret Service Guides Schools; Special Education And Race

NPR HigherEd

A judge rules private school vouchers are against Puerto Rico's constitution; the Secret Service releases a plan to help prevent school shootings; and the Department of Education faces another suit.

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iTeach: A Guide To The Most Useful Apps For The Classroom

NPR HigherEd

Here are five educational apps — endorsed by an expert — that teachers love. Plus, what teachers can look for when choosing apps for the classroom.

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Developing A Culture of Assessment in Your Residence Life and Education Program

Paul Gordon Brown

Because developing a residential curriculum entails refocusing your departmental efforts towards student learning, it necessarily follows that you must develop a culture of assessment. A culture of assessment is one in which decisions are data-driven and tested through the design, implementation, and review of assessment measures. As Lakos and Phipps (2004) describe it, a culture of assessment is: An organizational environment in which decisions are based on facts, research, and analysis, and wh

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There is No Time Like the Present: Starting your Own Journey on the SA Job Search

The Student Affairs Collective

If you’re reading this, you are imaginably in the same boat as me: currently working on a master’s degree in some aspect of higher education, expecting to finish soon but have no inkling as to how to begin your journey to your dream student affairs (SA) job. This describes my situation in a nutshell. I will be graduating in May 2019 and have started preliminary thinking about my job search, causing my mind to now run at the speed of light.

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The Best Stories Start with a Journey

The Student Affairs Collective

If you’re looking for a classic student affairs story, keep looking. Highly involved undergrad with lots of school spirit and more extracurriculars than classes? For sure! But the part where I realize that all that undergraduate involvement could actually lend itself to a career path that matches my passions and personality? That comes later. My student affairs story is really more of a student affairs journey full of shifting dreams and heart to hearts with myself on what I really wanted.

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The Road Less Traveled

The Student Affairs Collective

We’ve all been guilty of those moments of panic where we aren’t quite sure what we should be doing with our lives. Insert me… a 25 year old ex-college athlete trying to discover who she is and what she wants to do with the rest of her life. They say to take the road less traveled and that is certainly what happened with me. Growing up, I always had this plan that I would go to college and play soccer, become an athletic trainer, get a dog, have a family and so on and so forth.

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The #SAGrad School Journey: “You’re In! Now What?”

The Student Affairs Collective

This post is part two in our three part series on the #SAGrad search for #CSAM18. Check out last week’s installment “Finding Your Fit” here. Join us next Wednesday for part three in our series: “Belonging and Evolving as a Black Grad in Vermont.” Attending the University of Southern California has been a decision I have been proud of since I submitted by intent to register.

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The #SAGrad School Journey: Finding Your Fit

The Student Affairs Collective

This post is part one in our three part series on the #SAGrad search for #CSAM18. Check back here next Wednesday for part two in our installment: “You’re In! Now What?” Once you’ve determined that you’re pursuing a Master’s Degree, you have to find a program! As you begin your search, I suggest utilizing NASPA’s Graduate Program Directory because it allows you to filter your search based on locations, options to defray costs, GRE requirements, and other helpful criteria.

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Not enough time for a strategic plan? Make a Playbook. #SACareer

The Student Affairs Collective

If you are reading this, there are a few scenarios you might be experiencing: Scenario 1: You are experiencing a significant change at your institution/within your team; so a well-founded, long-term plan is needed to move forward with confidence and clarity. Scenario 2: Your team/stakeholders identified assessment as a necessity to understand the impact of your work, for clearer decision-making.

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Student Affairs Collective Writers Wanted!

The Student Affairs Collective

CALLING ALL WRITERS! The Student Affairs Collective is looking for excited, passionate people to join our writing team! Ever thought about writing about student affairs and higher education? This is your chance! . Requirements. Do you work in or have experience working in student affairs and higher education? Do you have good writing, editing, and proofreading skills?

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Student Employee Self-Assessment: Getting Them to Do the Work for You! #SACareer

The Student Affairs Collective

“Success lies in absorbing negative feedback and making the best use of it” ~ Osama Sarwar. As a supervisor of student employees, an important aspect of your role is to prepare them for their next job. This process includes providing feedback. To aid in this practice, I recommend incorporating feedback from students’ coworkers. In most situations, coworkers can provide more insightful and specific feedback.

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Thalia’s Emerging #SAPro Journey: First (Gen)

The Student Affairs Collective

Your social media timelines are most likely full of decorated mortar boards, tassels, gowns– heartfelt posts of what it means to be a graduate of their respective institution and more. Yes, folks, graduation season is among us. Speaking from experience, the feeling of submitting that final assignment that concludes one’s undergraduate/graduate career is indescribable.

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Wellness: The New Work-Life Balance #SACareer

The Student Affairs Collective

As I was scrolling through my LinkedIn feed the other day, I came across a Business Insider article that had the following title: “Jeff Bezos says his advice to Amazon interns and execs is to stop aiming for work-life ‘balance’ — here’s what you should strive for instead” [ Article Link ]. In short, Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos believes that work and life should not be this balancing act of leading very separate lives.

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2018 Commencement Celebration #CelebrateSAGrads

The Student Affairs Collective

As the academic year draws to a close, thousands of students across the country are celebrating commencement, including higher education and student affairs graduate students. As our newest colleagues prepare to leave graduate school and move on to the next phase of their lives, we wanted to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our #SAGrad students.

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#SAGrad Capstones and Culminating Experiences

The Student Affairs Collective

As I prepare to wrap up my graduate school experience in the next 3 weeks, I really wonder in the most cliche way possible: where did the time go? It seems that the last two years of classes, assistantship experiences, practicum internships, and relationship building has flown by now that I’m nearing the end. UConn HESA students present a capstone oral examination at the conclusion of the program to be successfully hooded with the degree of Master of Arts.

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I Need a Hero: Job Search Mentors #SACareer

The Student Affairs Collective

Job searching looks easy from the outside. Especially for those office culture chameleon-types. You know who I’m talking about. They’ve had 5 jobs in the past two years just because they can. For the rest of us unlucky souls, the job search process can be overwhelming and frustrating – particularly because it usually accompanies other large [unwanted] life changes.

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Thalia’s Emerging #SAPro Journey: The Importance of Accountability in Diverse Settings

The Student Affairs Collective

Diversity work in higher education can be difficult and tricky to navigate. It can be exhausting, heavy, and triggering to work alongside students in situations that are embedded within social identity, power hierarchies, and social location. As educators, we recognize the importance of being alert to problematic behavior and rhetoric that can be harmful to a campus community.

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Michelle’s Emerging #SAPro Journey – Reflections from Both Sides of the #SASearch

The Student Affairs Collective

(Credit Image: © Nicolaus Czarnecki/ZUMA24.com). This semester, I’m helping my boss fire me. That sentiment is a little less scary than it could be, considering I’m a second year graduate student approaching graduation! And now that I’m involved in the selection process for the next graduate assistant who will fill my role, it has been nice to see things from the other side of table.

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Thalia’s Emerging #SAPro Journey: Is Self-care Rubbish or Legitimate?

The Student Affairs Collective

For as long as I’ve been in a higher education setting, the term self-care has been constantly thrown around. I’ve attended more presentations on the concept than I can count – I’ve even delivered presentations on the topic. I consider myself an advocate for self-care, especially in the field of higher education where both professionals and students are constantly going at full throttle. .

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Navigating Office Politics as a New Professional #SACareer

The Student Affairs Collective

Office politics are a reality in every work environment, no matter how “laid back” the members of an office team may seem. As new professionals, it can feel overwhelming to work in a new office where you’re unsure of the team dynamics and to have your assumptions and perceptions challenged. Without understanding institutional history and the backstory of the team, you may be missing crucial pieces of information that play into the political climate of an office.

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8 Months In: Reflections on Transitioning to a New Job Recruitment Platform #SACareer

The Student Affairs Collective

In May 2017, I was approached about being the coordinator for Mercer University’s transition to a new job recruitment platform. What I later learned is I had 58 days to make this transition happen. At eight months post implementation, I can share that not only was the process educational, but also extremely successful. I offer to you my six steps for success.