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  • Quiet Please! Valuing the Sound of Silence by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    As we develop as communicators and leaders, we tend to focus on our verbal communication and often overlook the value of silence. In fact, many find silence excruciating, but it can be a powerful tool. When practiced, moments of silence can provide opportunities to refocus on the task at hand, gather more thoughtful responses, and even alleviate tension or conflict. This may not come naturally, though. So how can you use moments of silence effectively?
  • Preparing Your References for Your Job Search by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    "Can you remind me why you are so great, again?" If you receive a similar request from a former manager or colleague you've asked to be a reference, don't be offended. Your achievements may not be top of mind for them, especially if you haven't worked together in years. Instead, help them prepare to give you a good reference by reminding them of former duties and notable achievements, sharing your resume or CV, and filling them in on the desired job.
  • Composing the Board by Robert A. Scott
    There are many things to keep in mind when assembling a university board. Trustees must be trained in the complexities of higher education governance, financing, quality controls, government regulations and legal requirements, and other issues if they are to be effective in their roles. It's also critical that they have an understanding of the institution's history, mission, and purpose, as well as the students it serves. Here's a closer look at best practices in board composition.
  • DeVos and the Limits of the Education Reform Movement by Jack Schneider, from The Conversation
    For years, education reform has left donors, politicians, and policymakers of all stripes with an underwhelming track record. Much of the disappointment can be attributed to one-size-fits-all programs that simply don't work across all schools and a cycle of over-promising and failing to deliver results. However, despite school reform efforts persistently getting lackluster results, the enthusiasm for it hasn't waned.
  • Should You Design Your Own Higher Ed Job? by Justin Zackal
    Do you have unanswered occupational callings? If so, you may want to consider "job crafting," which is the process of redesigning your job to better suit your strengths and interests. Although there may be challenges along the way, this doesn’t require chartering a new institution, leaving your current school, or even changing your job title. Instead, you can redesign your job through task crafting, relational crafting, and/or cognitive crafting.
  • The PROSPER Act’s Impact on Higher Education by Winona Weindling
    The Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization could have a significant impact on colleges and universities and their students. The bill introduced by House representatives is called the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform, or PROSPER, Act. It is still awaiting consideration, but if passed into law, potential impacts include expanded partnerships between higher education and industry, Pell Grant bonuses, and significantly fewer student loan repayment options.
  • How to Avoid Asking Inappropriate Interview Questions: Employer’s Guide by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Before going to an interview, job seekers are often warned to guard themselves against illegal and inappropriate questions. What if instead employers avoided Catch-22 scenarios that forced job seekers to either answer such inquiries or avoid doing so at the risk of being excluded from further consideration? To ensure only appropriate and legal inquiries take place during interviews, hiring managers and search committee members should consider the tips in this employer's guide.
  • Paying It Forward... Mentoring across Lines of Difference by Dr. Shai L. Butler
    It was 1996 when Dr. Shai L. Butler was asked to join a women's group on campus. It was a life-changing moment and ever since that day, she's been working across lines of difference for the benefit of gaining a deeper understanding between individuals. She encourages others to take a chance and reach out to mentor people who are different from themselves -- to contribute to the gradual evolution of a better society.
  • Study: Little Progress in Minority Hiring in College Sports by Aaron Beard, AP Sports Writer
    A diversity report released in February on college sports finds little progress in improving racial and gender hiring practices. The report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida says NCAA member schools continue to lag behind professional leagues in hiring women and minorities. The combined overall college grade for 2017 was a C-plus with 76.7 points, up slightly from the 2016 score.
  • Executive Appointments for February 2018 by Leah Grubb
    The following higher education appointments were announced in February 2018.
  • Financially Independent Students: The “New Majority” in College by Tiffany Pennamon, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    According to new research released by the Institute For Women’s Policy Research, a new majority of college students are more financially independent than students in previous years, particularly women and students of color. The report compares the higher education experience and performance of these students to that of their dependent peers. It also highlights specific challenges these students face as they strive to complete their degrees.
  • Employers Risk Driving New Hires Away with Poor Onboarding by Roy Maurer, from
    According to a recent study, onboarding -- the process in which new hires are integrated into the organization -- is a missed opportunity for most employers. Poor onboarding practices often lead to lower productivity, lower employee engagement, and higher employee turnover. Experts recommend engaging employees as soon as they accept your offer, having them complete paperwork prior to their first day, and extending your onboarding program to ensure new employees have adequate support.
  • Creating Effective Boards by Robert A. Scott
    Problems in university governance and leadership are in the news frequently and often are the result of how campus trustees and presidents think about the alignment of institutional mission and goals with strategies and rewards. In "How University Boards Work," I discuss why I think these four elements -- mission, goals, strategies, and rewards -- should be aligned more closely. Here's a look at how to achieve this alignment and assemble an effective board.
  • How is Financial Aid Changing and What are the Effects? by Andrew Hibel
    In this month’s Higher Ed Careers Interview, Andy Hibel spoke with Billie Jo Hamilton, associate vice president of enrollment planning and management at University of South Florida and chair of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) board of directors. They discuss how NASFAA is supporting higher education professionals, best practices in financial aid, and how current policy proposals may impact financial aid for students and institutions.
  • Blending Two Cultures in Our Classrooms by Scott Hartley
    The greatest challenges in business aren't in coding. They're in managing the psychological, philosophical, and anthropological impacts that technology has on individuals and society. Colleges and universities need to prepare students for a changing world, one in which they need technical literacy, but also one in which they need strong values. A well-rounded education that truly prepares students will need to blend STEM and the liberal arts.
  • Five Ways Cognitive Crafting Prepares You for an Interview by Justin Zackal
    Although resumes and CVs are key to landing interviews, hiring decisions often come from the subjective way candidates craft a convincing case for their hiring. Rather than recite your resume/CV in an interview, you must interpret who you are beyond what’s on that sheet of paper and how you fit into the role beyond just fulfilling the job requirements. Here are five ways to practice cognitive crafting before an interview so you can best describe yourself, tell your story, and get hired.
  • 1 in 5 College Students Have Anxiety or Depression. Here’s Why by David Rosenberg, from The Conversation
    Research shows that anxiety or depression affects nearly 1 in 5 university students. In fact, according to the latest Center for Collegiate Mental Health report, they are the top reasons college students seek counseling. So why are these mental health disorders so prevalent in today's college students? A professor of psychiatry and practicing psychiatrist lists a variety of factors behind the trend and explains how colleges and universities can provide support for students at risk.
  • How to Perform Well When Interviewers Ask Bad Questions by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    When it comes to conducting interviews, some search committees ask deep, insightful, and probing questions, while others ask recycled and seemingly random, unrelated questions. Poor questions have telltale signs such as being too long, having too many parts, and leaving too much room for interpretation. When responding to one of these difficult, awkward, or generic questions, there are several helpful tips to keep in mind so you can make a favorable impression.
  • Students, Alumni Challenge Legacy Preference at Top Colleges by Collin Binkley and Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press
    Students and alumni at some of the nation's top universities are urging their schools to reconsider admissions policies that give an edge to relatives of alumni in order to give more low-income and first-generation students a shot at attending prestigious schools. Though these campus groups aren't immediately asking schools to ban the practice, they want to start a conversation about how to make admissions more equitable.
  • Life in a Post-Tenure World: Next Steps on Your Academic Journey by Emily Allen Williams
    So, the months and years of working have culminated in the much-sought academic pinnacle -- tenure. Now, of course, you know that your work is not done! You probably received plenty of advice and mentoring on your path to tenure, but the fountain of advice for the next part of your academic journey -- surprisingly -- may not flow so freely. Here are some suggestions for next steps in a post-tenure world and how you can lend a hand to your pre-tenured colleagues.
  • Help for Puerto Rican College Students has Islanders Worried by Collin Binkley, Associated Press
    Hundreds of Puerto Ricans have come to colleges on the U.S. mainland following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, drawn in by offers of free or discounted tuition from schools hoping to help students continue their education while the island recovers. Though schools are encouraging students to return home to complete their degrees, educators in Puerto Rico worry that their brightest students may not return to the island.
  • Does College Turn People into Liberals? by M. J. Mayhew, A. N. Rockenbach, B. S. Selznick & J. L. Zagorsky from The Conversation
    Conservative activists have claimed that universities brainwash students and indoctrinate them into believing a liberal ideology, but according to research, it appears as though the first year of college is doing what it should -- exposing students to experiences that teach them how to think rather than what to think. In fact, a new study reveals that students gain more appreciation for both liberal and conservative views during their freshman year.
  • Strategies to Support College Students with Learning Disabilities by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    While high school students with learning disabilities can rely on school staff to help them acquire support, post-secondary students often face the challenge of self-advocating in order to secure resources. Both faculty and administrators play a critical role in building awareness of available resources and helping students acquire the support services they need. Here are some strategies to consider to ensure students with learning disabilities have equal opportunities to succeed.
  • Trump Era Throws Wrench into Grad Students' Hopes for Unions by Karen Matthews, Associated Press
    Graduate teaching assistants at private universities had high hopes 18 months ago when the National Labor Relations Board ruled that they had a right to collective bargaining, but now some schools are taking another shot at halting the movement. Administrators insist that unionizing would have a negative impact on the relationships between graduate students and their instructors, but they may also anticipate that the board, now including several appointees from President Donald Trump, will declare that graduate students are not employees after all.
  • How to Improve Your Communication Skills Before Your Next Interview by Allison B. Coffin, Ph.D.
    No matter what type of position you're interviewing for in the higher education field, it's important to communicate clearly during one-on-one interviews, at meals, with campus administrators, and during all other interactions throughout the interview process. In fact, effective verbal communication is one of the most sought-after skills by employers these days. So how can you practice and enhance this critical skill in advance of your next big interview?
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