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  • 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 psychiatry professor lists a variety of factors behind the trend and explain how colleges can support 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?
  • Why You Should Focus on Your Strengths Instead of Weaknesses by Justin Zackal
    Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. For many of us, especially higher education professionals, our instinct is to analyze what’s wrong and make corrections. But for our own development, this can be a waste of time. Instead, using our strengths, which comes naturally, results in a more efficient process and a more polished product. Knowing your strengths can also help you stand out in an interview, giving you the confidence and self-assuredness you need to land a job.
  • Executive Appointments for January 2018 by Leah Grubb
    The following higher education appointments were announced in January 2018.
  • Protecting the First Amendment While Fostering Civility on Campus by Andrew Hibel
    Colleges and universities are facing competing pressures from those who demand unadulterated free speech on campus and those who believe speech must be limited to foster an inclusive campus culture. In the face of this pressure, many college administrators have struggled to find a balance between free speech and civility. In this month’s interview, Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA, shares his thoughts on recent free speech controversies and employment in student affairs.
  • Trump Administration Supports Suit over Berkeley Speakers by AP News
    The Trump administration on Thursday threw its support behind a lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley that accuses the school of a double standard for campus speakers that restricts conservative viewpoints. The allegations raised by the Berkeley College Republicans and Young America's Foundation would violate the First Amendment if proven true, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing.
  • Refresh Your Career Marketing for 2018 by Wendy Enelow, from
    With the start of the new year comes the opportunity to update, refresh, and modernize your resume, LinkedIn profile, and job-search letters. Whether you're actively looking for a new job or just want to be prepared in case a great opportunity presents itself, having up-to-date career marketing communications is essential. Not sure where to start? The following guide provides a step-by-step approach to efficiently make important updates.
  • More Community Colleges Are Hiring Chief Diversity Officers by Tiffany Pennamon, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    Following the model of four-year institutions, community colleges across the country are hiring chief diversity officers (CDOs) at increasing rates in response to growing numbers of students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. While this growth indicates a step in the right direction, CDOs still face many challenges in their efforts to create cultural change. So, what are the current obstacles and how are CDOs working to overcome them?
  • Michigan State President Resigns in Wake of Nassar Scandal by Larry Lage, Associated Press
    Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon submitted her resignation Wednesday amid an outcry over the school's handling of allegations against Larry Nassar. The announcement that Simon was stepping down came hours after the sentencing of Nassar, who worked at Michigan State as a doctor and received 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting young girls and women under the guise of medical treatment.
  • Soft Skills at the Center of Hard Problems by Scott Hartley
    In today’s more algorithmic world there is an assumption that technology skills will reign supreme. While it's undoubtedly true that we must become conversant in technology, it’s presumptuous to believe that this will supersede or replace our need for soft skills. Counter-intuitively, it is the soft skills that matter in solving the hardest problems. As technology replaces the more routine aspects of our work, the fundamental human skills of collaboration, communication, empathy, and adaptability will rise to the forefront.
  • DeVos Speech Shows Contempt for the Agency She Heads by Mark Hlavacik, from The Conversation
    US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's anti-Washington rhetoric at the American Enterprise Institute on Jan. 16 represents a radical departure from that of previous education secretaries. By positioning herself on the outside -- outside of Washington, outside of the education’s community of experts, outside of education politics as usual -- Secretary DeVos has succeeded in distinguishing herself from her predecessors. However, she has also positioned herself as one of the Department of Education’s strongest critics.
  • Research, Rehearse, and Write It Down: Managing Interview Anxiety by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    Interview anxiety is a phenomenon that plagues us all. How can one overcome the natural nervousness that comes from sitting before an interview panel while a half-dozen potential colleagues scrutinize your every word looking for reasons to knock you out of the running for that coveted position? The key to interview success shares some humor and an acronym with the foundational elements of literacy. Instead of reading, writing, and arithmetic, job search candidates are advised to research, rehearse, and write it down.
  • A Model for Talking about Culturally Sensitive and Controversial Topics at Work by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    In Talking about Controversial Topics at Work, I discussed parameters for higher education employers and managers to consider for engaging employees in necessary, though difficult, conversations on culturally sensitive and controversial topics. I noted the importance of fostering an environment where employees may engage in such conversations, as appropriate to their work settings. Here's a closer look at how to facilitate such conversations in a safe learning environment and why they're more effective than traditional diversity training.
  • Faculty Professional Development: Beyond Conference Attendance by Emily Allen Williams
    Faculty at accredited colleges and universities are required to engage in professional development on an annual basis, yet institutional quarterly and annual reports often reveal that the majority of what is referenced as faculty professional development is recorded as conference attendance. While attendance at conferences will remain key in the disciplines for years to come, it is only one means of professional development. So what other innovative approaches can institutions take to cost-effective and results-driven faculty professional development?
  • The Scourge of Unanswered Emails: Tips to Enhance Your Professionalism by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    What message do we send when we fail to respond in a timely manner to emails from colleagues, co-workers, acquaintances, and others? You don’t have to risk negative perceptions about your professionalism just because email senders make requests and demands that you are not able to quickly address. Here's a look at how to be upfront and transparent about your abilities and limitations in responding to email instead of leaving senders guessing with your non-response.
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