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Connect through Direct Messaging on Social Media

The Academic Designer

Direct messages are a great way to have conversations. And that means they're my favorite way to network. Echo Rivera, PhD and I talk direct messages and social media for networking as introverts.

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The Future of Live Events in Higher Ed

HigherEdWebTech

This year has been much different than we all expected. Obviously. Sorry for the hyperbole, but it’s true, especially when it comes to hosting events in higher ed. We all saw our large planned events like admitted student open houses, commencement, alumni reunions, lectures and more postponed, done on Zoom, or cancelled. I have sat through many Zoom events this spring and summer as the parent of an incoming freshman college student.

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Knowledge Management: an expanded role for higher ed in a changing world

Changing Higher Education

In a post back in 2006 entitled What business are we in? , I suggested that a broader definition of the business of higher education might be Knowledge Management. At the time, the pieces were not in place to envisage how such a definition might usefully extend the roles of the university. Some key pieces now seem to be in place. Lifelong post- baccalaureate learning has become a career necessity for an ever-increasing number of workers; employers are struggling to hire and retain employees with

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2020: A Year of Crises and Opportunities in Higher Education

The Change Leader, Inc.

The year 2020 has been a year of crises and opportunities in higher education. The year’s challenges have given higher ed institutions a chance to practice change management, as well as necessitated a sustained focus to build leadership capacity for higher ed and more targeted higher ed branding.

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School of Languages and Literatures Festive Poem!

#Deaning

by Professor Rosario Gomez. ‘Twas the week before Christmas in the tower of MacKinnon, Not a creature was stirring, not even Dean Brennan For months no one came in, twas the worst of pandemics 2020 was a bad year, especially, for academics. We pedagogues were nestled, all snug in our homes, With visions of office shelves, with still unread tomes. And all in our pjs, attended zoom meetings Looking to stop, the students from quitting.

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Phygital Education: Strategies for Embracing One of Marketing’s Fastest-Growing Trends

Austin Williams

At this point, the word phygital isn’t exactly new; reports on this hybrid of physical and digital marketing go back at least five years. However, the rapid and ongoing evolution of digital technology does mean that the ways marketers can combine physical and digital techniques and experiences are constantly growing. While the future is ever changing, there are two types of phygital marketing poised to become increasingly relevant for brands across industries—particularly in finance, higher educ

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How to Support Professors Who Are Parents

Rena Seltzer, Leader Academic

Even as we hear good news about a vaccine on the horizon, Covid-19 cases are surging across North America and Europe. Although no one is spared from pandemic-related stress, many of the parents with whom I work are at their wits’ end as they struggle to keep up with homeschool and childcare at the same time as juggling all other aspects of an academic career.

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Adult learner organizational benchmarks

EAB

Use the industry-wide data and resources below to inform your graduate, online, and adult degree completer growth strategy. Data shown on this page is drawn from EAB’s Organizational Benchmarking Survey. The survey collects over 80 different data points from nearly 300 institutions on academic governance, portfolio composition, and revenue outcomes for professional, continuing, and online education divisions.

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How Many Pundits Can Dance on The Grave of a College?

Jon Boeckenstedt

I remember an early 1990’s encounter with a university president who had an interesting take on higher education: He pointed out that there are really only a few institutions that have existed largely in their current form since the latter part of the Middle Ages: Some German breweries, The Catholic Church, and Higher Education. I […].

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Getting Through This Together, As We Always Have

The Student Affairs Collective

I was quite surprised. On March 15 th , I came across a post on the Facebook from one of the Assistant Vice Chancellors of Student Affairs at my university, UC Santa Barbara. Her posts are usually so upbeat, but she had re-posted a quote that said “Want to know what it’s like being a student affairs professional during this coronavirus pandemic? Remember when the Titanic was sinking and the band continued to play?

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Aaron Shepard Talks NASA, Robots, and Starting Company Cogito

The Academic Designer

Aaron Shepard is a robotics intern at NASA Langley. This feature interview focuses on talking about your science on video. Learn about Aaron's TEDx Talk and why he loves science communication.

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Backup Series: Where Should I Store My Backups?

HigherEdWebTech

It’s time for the third and final post in our series on website backups. If you’re just jumping in now, take a few minutes to review part one here and part two here. So far, we’ve talked why you need to be backing up your website, and not relying on your web host or server provider. Second, we’ve talked about how often you should be backing up your site.

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NEW FREE Fourth Edition of the “Developing a Co-Curricular Learning Model” Book on Residential Curriculum and Curricular Approaches:

Paul Gordon Brown

I’m excited to release the new fourth edition of my eBook on residential curriculum and curricular approaches, sponsored by Roompact. The content is expanded from the third edition and now includes more visuals and worksheets. It is also now designed in an 8.5 x 11 format. This should make it easier to print, if you wish! As before, it remains freely available for you to download and use.

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Strategic Board Leadership Creates New University Governance Paradigmwith Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Henry Stoever | Changing Higher Ed Podcast 066

The Change Leader, Inc.

Strategic board leadership is an emerging paradigm of university governance that can help higher education institutions navigate multiple challenges. This podcast features Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Henry Stoever, president of AGB. Changing Paradigm of University Governance Typically, higher education boards are made up of individuals who are appointed as trustees because they have made significant philanthropic contributions, either to the institution or, in the case of public universities, to a

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Are we there yet? :)

#Deaning

We’re in the middle of week 8 of fall term and there’s just another month of classes to go. I don’t know about you, but my sense of time isn’t doing so well during the pandemic. I think it’s got something to do with not leaving the house! Some days it feels, with my graduate seminar, that term has just flown by–how can it be week 8 already?

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More Than Ever, Retention Is the Name of the Game: How to Keep Your Current Students

Austin Williams

In the college marketing landscape, student retention has long played second fiddle to new enrollment. Not anymore. In the face of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever for colleges to not only attract new students—but to also retain existing ones. And it won’t be easy: 62 percent of parents say they’re anxious about sending their kids back to college and 52 percent of students believe going back to school in the fall is a bad idea, so retention is more crucial than ever.

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Reflections on Anti-Racism

Rena Seltzer, Leader Academic

Ijeoma Oluo, author of the NYT bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race , tells us, “The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself.” Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility reminds white people that to avoid re-wounding people who have already been harmed by racism, white people need to start by doing anti-racism work on ourselves and among each ot

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King and Mitchell: How to Run a College

College Viability

This 2018 book by Joseph King and Brian Mitchell (Johns Hopkins University Press) provides some timely thinking points as we move closer to the two phases of college consolidations over the next many months. The first p.

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Students missing university life recreate campuses in Minecraft

Terminalfour

With COVID19 forcing universities to temporarily close and adapt to hybrid learning solutions, some creative students are recreating their campuses in Minecraft

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Congratulations. You’re Test-optional. Now What?

Jon Boeckenstedt

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we were experiencing a wave of colleges and universities going test-optional for freshman admission. And with societal change in California, and all the Ivy League institutions deciding they can make admissions decisions without the benefit of an SAT or ACT score (at least for one year), the wave has […].

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Productivity during COVID-19

The Student Affairs Collective

The higher education field is experiencing uncertainty. Many institutions have already implemented hiring freezes, furloughs, and professional development fund decreases. It is normal to feel a sense of career anxiety when you hear about what maybe to come for higher education. While you may not currently have the ability to be fully productive in your position, it is possible to use the extra time you have to increase your career productivity by following these tips: Become more active in profe

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When Tweets Go Wrong: Dealing with Negative Reactions on Twitter

The Academic Designer

A common fear or anxiety academics have about Twitter is that someone will have have a strong negative reaction to something you share. The extreme version of that fear: What happens if your tweet becomes front page news? Let's talk about what happens when tweets go wrong.

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Backup Series: How Often Should You Backup Your Website?

HigherEdWebTech

Welcome back. In part one of this series , we talked about why you should backup your WordPress site, and explored a few of the plugins that are available to make backing up your site easy and painless. In this post, we’ll explore how to find a backup schedule that works for your site, content, and posting schedule. It’s important to come up with a schedule for your backups.

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Things to Remember When Embarking on Your Journey to a Residential Curriculum or Curricular Approach

Paul Gordon Brown

As you embark on developing a curricular approach for your division or your department there are a few key concepts that you should keep in mind. Think of these as a set of reminders and guiding principles. They represent the core of the philosophy behind the curricular approach. Curricular approaches are focused on learning. One thing curricular approaches always come back to is learning.

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Pandemic Influences University Presidential Search with Dana Cohick | Changing Higher Ed 059

The Change Leader, Inc.

In this podcast, we discuss how the pandemic influences university presidential searches and the challenges colleges and universities face when dealing with leadership changes.

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Sally Hickson and the fly on Mike Pence’s head

#Deaning

When the School of Fine and Art and Music’s Sally Hickson posted on social media about the role flies play in art, on the occasion of a fly landing on Mike Pence’s head during the US vice-presidential debate, I immediately leapt in to ask if she’d consider writing something for The Conversation. What’s The Conversation, she asked.

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5 Crucial Questions Digital Marketers Should Be Asking Themselves Now

Austin Williams

The COVID-19 pandemic has left marketers stumped. This is an unprecedented situation—we can’t consult digital marketing case studies that were conducted during global pandemics for data and guidance because there are none. . Businesses are left wondering how they should market themselves ( if at all ). While in most cases that answer is yes they should market themselves, there are some follow-up questions you should ask yourself to ensure your digital marketing strategy is still as solid as befo

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New Offerings for Deans and Associate Deans – Starting in Late September

Rena Seltzer, Leader Academic

I am pleased to announce two new offerings, the Deans Roundtable and the Associate Deans Roundtable. Please help to spread the word by sharing this announcement on social media or with colleagues who could benefit. Registration is now open with a discount for registration by September 8. . Deans Roundtable. A university deanship requires a complex set of competencies even in “normal times.

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Daemen College May or May Not Have Long Term Viability

College Viability

It has been almost a handful of college leaders this very day suggesting (without proof) that they are doing fine. Let me suggest in each case, they are doing their job in protecting the interests of their respective co.

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Coronavirus, campus life and the 2020 student mindset

Terminalfour

Find out how students are reacting to the changes and read actionable insights you can use to inform your recruitment activities, communications and marketing

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Without Better Postsecondary Data, We’re Leaving Stakeholders in the Dark

IHEP

by: Kim Dancy, Amanda Janice Roberson. This post also appears in the Today’s Students Coalition blog series. When exploring new territory, it’s wise to have a flashlight to illuminate areas that aren’t e asily visible. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has upended nearly every aspect of our nation’s well-being and profoundly disrupted the higher education experiences of nearly 20 million students, put higher education in uncharted territory.

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Student Activities Without the Students: One Practitioner’s Account of Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19

The Student Affairs Collective

Student Activities Without the Students: One Practitioner’s Account of Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19 . For several weeks, there was persistent chatter. Rumblings, guesses, and questions asked among my co-workers and colleagues across the country. How would COVID-19 affect our universities, our students, our jobs? Not to mention our health.

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How To Make An Academic Website

The Academic Designer

This step-by-step guide teaches you how to create an academic personal website. From content creation to launch, this guide is the how-to you need.

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Backup Series: Why, How, and Where to Store Your WordPress Backups

HigherEdWebTech

In the past, I’ve written extensively about improving the performance of your WordPress site. That’s very important work you can do, as speed matters. But what happens if something happens to your site? What if you’re hacked, or the hard drive on your server dies? These are all common events that could leave you high and dry with all your website content gone.

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2019: A Look Back On My Travels This Year

Paul Gordon Brown

2019 was another record-breaking year for my travels in a number of ways. I had the most flights I’ve ever had, squeaking across the finish line at 119 flights (one more than my previous record of 118 in 2017). I traveled further in distance flown than I ever have (thanks in large part to my trip to Hong Kong and Singapore). And I flew in first class more frequently than any other year (again thanks to my heavy travel resulting in status-earned upgrades.

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Anticipating Significant Changes to Higher Education Policywith Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Mike Goldstein | Changing Higher Ed Podcast 065

The Change Leader, Inc.

There are two components of this: one where agreement may be found, and one where there will be disagreement. The first is the general acceptance that education—and especially higher education--has to be faster, better and less expensive. However, the second, that higher education needs to be more accessible to people.

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NACAC and Standardized Testing

Jon Boeckenstedt

I’ve been a member of NACAC for a long time, and even though I’m from Iowa, my most frequent observations about the organization’s limitations have centered on its propensity to avoid confrontation. It was usually more Iowa-nice than even I could handle. Of course, I can only imagine how hard it must be to run […].