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  • Rewriting Your Story to Ace the Interview by Justin Zackal
    Your candidacy for a position depends on the way you perceive your career, present facts about yourself, and express the value you bring. Before you deliver your next story in a job interview you must kill the story in your head about who you think you are and why you do what you do, and create a new story based on actions. Here are a few tips for telling action-based stories during a job interview.
  • Corruption Probe Prompts Reviews of NCAA Teams by Eddie Pells, Associated Press
    The spate of arrests, details of under-the-table bribes to teenagers and the downfall of one of the sport's best-known coaches have triggered uncomfortable soul-searching among the institutions at the heart of college basketball, including internal reviews by more than two dozen schools of their own prominent programs. At stake is the future of a business that, over the span of 22 years ending in 2032, will produce $19.6 billion in TV money for the NCAA Tournament, known to the public, simply, as March Madness.
  • Though Off Field, 5 College Cheerleaders to Protest Anthem by AP News
    Five cheerleaders at a college in Georgia say they'll kneel in the stadium tunnel when the national anthem is played at Saturday's homecoming game, moved off field by their university after an earlier protest. The so-called Kennesaw Five will kneel until the U.S. flag "represents what it should," Kennesaw State University cheerleader Shlondra Young told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution .
  • Becoming a Vulnerable Leader: One Leader's Journey by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Last month, Daniel Griffith described the process outlined in "Ego Free Leadership: Ending the Unconscious Habits that Hijack Your Business" for transforming dysfunctional, ego-driven organizational cultures into open, collaborative cultures with leaders who are authentic and, yes, vulnerable. This month, he shares the story of his own journey through this process, as well as key strategies for becoming a more authentic, vulnerable leader.
  • Why is Change Difficult? Implementing Change to Increase Inclusivity by Rhonda Brown
    We all know the advantages that a diverse student body brings, but change is often difficult to accept. Individuals have to be willing to forgo the familiar in order to advance a greater educational good. Rhonda Brown, a Chief Diversity Officer at Occidental College, explains why it is so important to overcome your fear of change and strive to create a more inclusive and diverse community at your college or university.
  • How 11 Institutions Are Becoming Leaders in Diversity and Pay Equity Practices by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    For the past 15 years, professionals from CUPA-HR have been documenting and analyzing employment and salary data from institutions across the world. Their August 2017 study reveals that gains in representation and pay for women and minorities in higher education are barely noticeable, but it also identifies 11 schools that have been consistently successful in both areas. How have these institutions been able to foster equity and diversity, and what practices can other institutions adopt to follow their lead?
  • How to Lead from Where You Are by Christina Folz, from
    The idea that only outgoing individuals at the top of the corporate ladder are good leaders is one of the past. Today's leaders are often reserved, energized by failure, and have roles all over the organizational chart, including at the bottom. Their strength and influence come from the inside out, not the other way around. At the recent SHRM Leadership Development Forum, executives from around the country echoed these sentiments, explaining that opportunities to lead are available to anyone willing to step up and take them. Here is their advice on how to effect change as a 21st century leader.
  • Former South Carolina Schools Chief Could be Nation's No. 2 by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press
    This week, President Donald Trump announced his choice of Mick Zais as deputy secretary of education. The former South Carolina schools chief said Wednesday he's eager to help expand parental options if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. and that his goals align with those of his would-be boss, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
  • Empowering Faculty to Retain Students by Emily Allen Williams
    Most faculty members have heard (or will inevitably hear) first and second-year students lament that their general education courses are a waste of time and money. It's our responsibility as administrators and faculty to help students see these two years for what they really are -- an incredible opportunity to not only ‘explore’ disciplines but also to maneuver in interdisciplinary manners in classes, seminars, and experiential activities. So, how can we help students embrace this foundational experience, thereby increasing retention and graduation rates?
  • Executive Appointments for September 2017 by Leah Grubb
    The following higher education appointments were announced in September 2017.
  • Student Loan Default Rate Rises Slightly by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    According to the U.S. Department of Education, the portion of students defaulting on their federal student loans inched up 11.3 to 11.5 percent, marking the first increase of the three-year federal student loan cohort in four years. Meanwhile, the department continues its efforts to undo Obama-era regulations and initiatives meant to protect students, setting off fears that student loan borrowers may fare even worse in years to come.
  • What is the Future of Nursing Education? by Andrew Hibel
    Nurses are always in high demand, thus nursing education is an increasing priority in higher education. In this month’s interview, Patricia Demers, faculty member at Northern Essex Community College and president of the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing discusses her current role, the role of nursing faculty, and current challenges facing nurse educators.
  • Revolutionizing the University for the World We Live in Now by Cathy N. Davidson
    Almost all colleges and universities need to rethink what they offer by way of web skills and literacies. Cathy Davidson explains how a few innovative professors are revolutionizing their universities--by giving their students a fighting chance in a world where technologies, to date, have been created and disseminated without the kind of thoughtful attention to equity, consequences, social justice, and social equality that a decent, just, democratic human society needs and deserves.
  • How Colleges Can Help Students Keep Out of Academic Trouble by R. Sekhar Chivukula & Kristen A. Renn, from The Conversation
    Of more than two million students who began their academic careers at colleges and universities across the U.S. this fall, hundreds of thousands of them will be on academic probation by winter break, putting their college educations in jeopardy. Though student success remains a work in progress, two MSU professionals share proven strategies to prevent academic probation and help students who are already on probation make it to graduation.
  • Colleges Offering Legal Tips, Hotlines Amid DACA Uncertainty by Jocelyn Gecker & Sophia Tareen, Associated Press
    With uncertainty still surrounding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), students at institutions across the country are facing fears of deportation and questioning whether they'll be able to continue their education if they can't work. Amid the confusion, colleges and universities are stepping up efforts to protect students enrolled in the program, telling them to be hopeful but plan for the worst.
  • How to Stop Bad Habits and Start Good Ones by Joe Jones, from
    As Charles Duhigg puts it in his book "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" (Random House, 2014): "Habits are powerful, but delicate. They can emerge outside our consciousness, or can be deliberately designed. They often occur without our permission, but can be reshaped by fiddling with their parts." Reshaping habits certainly is challenging, but here are a few tips to make it easier.
  • In Data Science, Campus Leadership is Evolving by Joyce A. De Leo, PhD
    Data science is the latest hot topic in business, healthcare, and many other sectors, including higher education. As our data collection methods advance, there is a growing need for data scientists who can analyze, extract, and interpret these data. Using this knowledge, data scientists in academia can make a powerful impact, even driving programs' research and education agendas.
  • Book Review - Ego Free Leadership: Ending the Unconscious Habits that Hijack Your Business by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    In a climate of increased competition for students and talent, pressures to develop different instructional models and adapt to changing demographics and consumer demands – to name just a few challenges – academic leaders can ill-afford to continue ego-driven leadership practices. In “Ego Free Leadership: Ending the Unconscious Habits that Hijack Your Business,” Shayne Hughes and Brandon Black examine ego-driven dysfunction, the causes of it, and strategies for becoming more open, collaborative, and authentic leaders.
  • Experts: True Equality for Women Still Not a Reality by Tiffany Pennamon, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    Despite 97 years of progress fighting for gender equality in political offices, in the workplace, and in civil rights movements for women starting with the passing of the 19th Amendment, AAUW and political experts say there is still work to be done in the fight for women’s equality.
  • Preparing for a Dozen Types of Interviews by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    Getting the job requires being prepared for multiple interviews, not just preparing to ace a single interview. Think of every interaction with anyone from a potential employer as a form of interview, and remember, there are dozens of types, such as phone screenings, one-on-one sessions, and panel interviews. Do you know how to prepare for each type of interview?
  • How to Get the Most Out of Faculty Orientation by Justin Zackal
    Faculty orientation is a valuable opportunity for newcomers to get introduced to an institution, its resources, and its unique culture. Recently, some institutions, like Slippery Rock University, have made efforts to simplify orientation. Rather than introducing all topics at once, they're leaving some to be discussed later in the semester when they are timelier. No matter how an institution conducts these sessions, though, faculty can feel like they are being asked to drink from a fire hose. Focusing on a few simple takeaways can help you get the most out of the experience.
  • Remembrance Planned at Eastern Michigan for 9/11 Victims by AP News
    Eastern Michigan University has scheduled a 9/11 remembrance ceremony on the school's Ypsilanti campus.
  • Retaining Your “Hidden Middle” by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    When you think about your efforts to engage and motivate your team, do you find that the bulk of your attention gets absorbed by your star performers or employees with poor performance? If so, you're leaving the vast majority of your employees unrecognized and in what Debra Jerome calls the "hidden middle." Employees in this group have tremendous capacity but are also more likely to seek positions elsewhere. Are you doing everything you can to keep them?
  • More Women's Colleges Open Doors to Transgender Students by Collin Binkley, Associated Press
    Until last year, Ninotska Love would have been barred from attending Wellesley College. She's an accomplished student who has persevered through hardship, but under longstanding rules, the college would have rejected her. Now, many women's colleges are allowing transgender women, like Love, to enroll, but others have been reluctant to change amid lingering differences over the role of women's colleges.
  • Happy New Year! Faculty Resolutions for the New [Academic] Year by Emily Allen Williams
    You've likely reflected (at least mildly) on some new academic year resolutions, but here are a few simple pieces of advice that will assist in the creation of an enhanced beginning to the new academic year.
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