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  • Confessions of a Liberal Arts “Bias” Residing in Technical Education Learning Environments by Dr. Steve Tyrell
    Recently, there has been much debate in and outside of higher education regarding the value of a liberal arts education. After years of working in higher education, at both four-year and two-year institutions, Dr. Steve Tyrell has reached his own conclusion about the debate -- that it is largely misplaced. Even at community colleges that are focused on training students in trades, students are acquiring many of the knowledge competencies valued in a liberal arts education.
  • When Race Triggers a Call to the Campus Police by Brian N. Williams, Andrea M. Headley, & Megan LePere-Schloop, from The Conversation
    College campuses are often thought of as safe spaces. However, as recent incidents involving racial profiling demonstrate, this isn't always the case. Researchers argue that a longstanding view of minorities as outsiders has contributed to racial profiling by proxy, which ultimately leads to negative encounters with campus police. To reduce such encounters, they suggest creating brave spaces for conversations about race and racism -- and thinking objectively before calling the police.
  • The First 25 Phone Calls a President Should Make the First Day on the Job by Gerald B. Kauvar, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Dr. E. Gordon Gee
    Your days as a college or university president are sure to be hectic, diverse, challenging, interesting, and mixed with delight, humor, and occasional grace. In preparation, the authors of "Leading Colleges and Universities" say there are 25 phone calls and connections you need to make during your first day on the job. Among those 25 are calls to the local chief of police, fire chief, and editor of the local newspaper. Who else made the list?
  • Are You Searching for a Job or Building a Career? by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    Searching for a job and building a career are two very different tasks. Finding a job usually means finding acceptable work at a good salary or good work at an acceptable salary. Building a career implies an occupation or calling with a series of related assignments. Before you start any employment search, be sure to ask yourself which goal you're trying to achieve and adjust your strategies and tactics for landing acceptable employment accordingly.
  • Considering Race in College Admissions – 3 Questions Answered by Stella M. Flores, from The Conversation
    The Trump administration recently announced that it will reverse several policy memos issued by the Obama administration which outline how colleges and universities can use race as a factor in admissions. Many higher education professionals worry that the reversal could hinder colleges and universities' diversity efforts, including Stella Flores, associate professor of higher education at New York University. She offers her insights on the likely effects of the change.
  • Five Reasons Why You Keep Getting Rejected by Justin Zackal
    When you're not getting invited for interviews or always coming in second place as a finalist, you may blame yourself, fate, or those stupid search committees who don’t know what they’re missing. However, before continuing your job search, take some time to reflect on why you may be getting rejected and how you can improve your chances of getting hired. Are any of these five factors hurting your job search?
  • Not Your Mother’s Diversity Training by Dr. Shai L. Butler
    Dr. Shai L. Butler, Chief Diversity Officer at the College of Saint Rose, is calling for new and improved ways to encourage conversation about race. The traditional model of bringing groups together for a few hours just to check the professional development box for the strategic plan or accrediting body won't cut it, she says. Truly breaking down systemic and individual racism calls for the creation of safe and brave spaces that invite all people to join the dialogue.
  • Black Students, College Choice and HBCUs: Enrolling the Next Generation by Janelle L. Williams, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    In past years, enrollment has been a concern for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). However, there was an increase in freshman student enrollment and substantial increases in enrollment for a small number of HBCUs in 2017, which inspired a conversation on Twitter about how to keep the momentum going. Suggestions include rethinking recruitment, enlisting the support of alumni to help meet enrollment goals, and illustrating HBCUs uniquely safe and supportive environments.
  • Executive Appointments for June 2018 by Leah Grubb
    The following higher education appointments were announced in June 2018.
  • How to Quell Job Search Anxiety by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    Job searching can be an exciting project, but it's also stressful and can leave many of us feeling anxious. That's a natural feeling especially when you're interviewing and facing tough competition -- and when you really need the job. However, it's important not to let anxiety and negativity take control, which can zap your energy and sabotage your efforts. Consider the following strategies for reducing your stress and boosting your confidence during the search.
  • Why Trump’s Proposal to Merge the Departments of Labor and Education Should Fail by Nicholas Tampio, from The Conversation
    The Trump administration recently proposed a merger of the federal departments of Labor and Education, which reflects their narrow focus on building an "education-to-career pipeline." A scholar voices concerns shared by many higher education professionals -- that education goes far beyond workforce training and the proposal fails to recognize higher education for its role in helping young people broaden their thinking and preparing them to create a better world.
  • Faculty and the Future of Higher Education by Robert A. Scott
    Politicians and pundits often criticize faculty for being “liberal” and expensive, and complain that administrators aren't controlling costs, but reducing full-time tenure-track faculty and hiring more part-time faculty isn't a path to success, says a distinguished higher education leader. Faculty are central to the institution's mission, giving life to the programs that fulfill the campus purpose and nurturing in students a love of learning and a commitment to inquiry.
  • Higher Education Employment Grows in Q4 2017 Reversing Last Year’s Trend by Amanda Bucher
    According to the Higher Education Employment Report, published by HigherEdJobs, the total number of jobs in higher education increased during Q4 2017, which was opposite the trend from last year in Q4 2016. The number of job postings also increased, but saw weaker growth compared to Q4 2016, primarily due to a decline in part-time postings.
  • How to Navigate Confusing Gov't Loan Forgiveness Program by Sarah Skidmore Sell, AP Personal Finance Writer
    The public service loan forgiveness program may seem straightforward. Just take a job to help the greater good and get some debt relief down the road, right? In reality, the process of getting that promised relief has been a struggle. Fewer than 1,000 of the 16,000 applicants for loan forgiveness are expected to actually be eligible. Without the right kind of loan, the right kind of job, and right kind of repayment plan (and payments), many have been denied.
  • How Colleges Must Collaborate to Lift Up the Communities Just Outside Their Door by Nancy Cantor & Gordon Gee, from The Conversation
    Universities teach students and produce research, but do they have responsibility to engage with the communities that surround them? Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Rutgers University - Newark, and Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University, explain why their answer is an emphatic yes and how each of their universities is working to improve the lives of the residents within their respective communities.
  • How Understanding Personality Tendencies Can Help You in the Workplace by Kelly A. Cherwin
    It's important to recognize and understand others’ personalities or tendencies, especially if you’re a manager or team leader. Gretchen Rubin, author of "The Four Tendencies," explained at the SHRM Talent Conference & Exposition how understanding personality profiles can make you happier, more productive, and more effective. So what are the four tendencies and how can we use our knowledge of them to improve experiences in the workplace?
  • Limits on Chinese Graduate Student Visas May Protect U.S. Intellectual Property but Drive Away Talent by Jack Marr, from The Conversation
    The Trump administration’s plans to restrict visas for Chinese students to curtail intellectual property theft may be necessary, but could also scare away talent and ultimately cause a drop in student enrollment, a U.S-China relations expert warns. In fact, the Chinese media is already fighting back. Instead of a blanket policy, such as a one-year visa, he suggests alternative methods of protecting U.S. intellectual property.
  • The Representation of Women of Color in the Higher Education Workforce by Winona Weindling
    CUPA-HR's latest brief, Representation and Pay of Women of Color in the Higher Education Workforce, examines inequities and the daily experiences of women of color at work. Research shows that women of color are paid 67 cents on the dollar as compared to white men and are also underrepresented in higher education, specifically in higher-paying roles. The report also offers advice to institutions on how to address these inequities.
  • Explaining Gaps in Employment and Frequent Job Changes by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    There are many occasions when there may be discontinuity in one's chronological employment record, such as being laid off, caring for others, or simply quitting a job that was a bad fit. While these are all legitimate reasons, gaps in employment are generally perceived negatively by future employers. Rather than letting employers make assumptions about any gaps, it's best to explain them on your own terms in your application materials. Here's how.
  • New Tax Concerns for Non-Profits and Their Million-Dollar Employees by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    What implications does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 have on public universities and other non-profits that recruit and retain employees who receive $1 million or more in annual compensation? Norah L. Jones, partner at Quarles & Brady, LLP, whose practice focuses on advising tax-exempt organizations, provides insights on what these organizations must consider now and in the future as a result of this new law.
  • How to Recognize and Escape a Toxic Workplace by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    Are you in a toxic work environment? In contrast to healthy professional environments, where culture is often focused on upholding ethics and standards, the culture at toxic workplaces centers around the dysfunction and abusive climate that exists there. Here are some red flags to look for when identifying whether you're in a toxic environment, as well as tips for encouraging culture change in the workplace.
  • HSI Increases Reflect Growing Student Enrollment, Matriculation by Tiffany Pennamon, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    New data analysis from Excelencia in Education and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) reveals that Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are on the rise around the country, including in states you may not have expected. The growing number of institutions earning this HSI designation indicates that Hispanic student enrollment is growing. Both organizations expect to see continued growth in enrollment and the number of institutions meeting the 25-percent HSI-threshold.
  • With Federal Funding for Science on the Decline, What’s the Role of a Profit Motive in Research? by David R. Johnson, from The Conversation
    Money always seems tight for university scientists, and federal funding for research continues to dwindle, leaving scientists to turn to industry funding. Some say that partnerships between academia and industry are sensible, while critics argue that introducing a profit motive in science could result in bias and conflicts of interest. A sociologist conducted hundreds of interviews to see what scientists think about funding sources and profit motives for research.
  • Mastering the Art of Strategic Planning for Your Institution by Robert A. Scott
    Among a university board's most important responsibilities is overseeing a strategic plan to help guide the institution. With that comes setting goals, upholding the school's mission, outlining principles for decision-making, and monitoring progress. For both new and seasoned board members, here are some helpful tips, including how to implement useful metrics, best practices for board meetings and retreats, and tips for succession planning.
  • Considering a Job Change? Know When to Repot, Jump, or Flip a Coin by Justin Zackal
    John Gardner originally introduced the idea of repotting in 1963, a career philosophy that professionals, after reaching a certain level of achievement, should change occupations every 10 years to stay relevant, engaged, and innovative. Fortunately, there are many ways to repot in higher education, including ways that you can refresh your role or routine at your current institution. But how do you decide if it's time to repot or make a career jump?
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