Immigrants Optimistic Financial Aid Bill Will Pass This Year
by AP News
Immigrant students without legal status in the United States are hopeful that 2018 may finally be the year Connecticut legislators make them eligible for institutional financial aid at state-run colleges and universities. The bill, which includes some provisions from the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), has passed the senate and will now move to the House of Representatives.
Short Tenures and Stagnant Pay for Top Higher Education Administrators
by Winona Weindling
According to the 2018 Administrators in Higher Education Survey conducted by CUPA-HR, top higher education administrators have fairly short tenures, possibly due to a lack of long-term salary growth. Those with many years of tenure aren't experiencing significantly increased salaries, which may explain why the median tenure is so short. The report also reveals highest and lowest paid deans and information about minority representation in higher education administration.
The Business Model of Higher Education
by Robert A. Scott
Conversations about the “business” or economic models of colleges and universities are often in the news. Politicians and pundits rail against increases in tuition and the slow pace in adopting technology to reduce personnel costs. Meanwhile, defenders of higher education complain about the imposition of corporate models of governance and evaluation methods on academic institutions and point to the damaging effects of reductions in state funding, often as a consequence of tax cuts. Let's take a closer look at both sides.
California Professor: Barbara Bush an ‘Amazing Racist’
by AP News
A California state university is investigating comments made on Twitter by an English professor about former first lady Barbara Bush shortly after her death Tuesday at age 92. “Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” Randa Jarrar wrote. Despite the backlash on twitter, she expressed no concern that she could be fired or face repercussions for her comment.
We Regret to Inform You…
by Dr. Nichole Margarita Garcia, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Rejection is all too familiar in academia. We get rejected from fellowships, grants, academic journals and full-time jobs. At times, we do not even receive a rejection letter or email and are left to our own thoughts in the abyss of silence. With each rejection, we ask if we're not good enough and what we could have done better. Instead, a postdoctoral research fellow recommends seeking out support and creating an environment that endorses community learning and care.
How to Revive Dying Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities in the United States
by Dr. Alex Parnia
What does it really take to keep a small or midsize academic institution open? The news in the past year -- including Sweet Briar College's close call with closure, Wheelock College's merger with Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts' acquisition of Mount Ida -- reminds us that innovative solutions are needed to keep a college relevant. Presidents, especially those leading small liberal arts colleges, must demonstrate courage and the ability to think outside the box.
Matching Your Skills with the Job's Requirements is a Must
by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
A failure to translate one's qualifications into terms that are meaningful to hiring committees can eliminate one from being invited to a first interview or subsequent rounds. The primary responsibility of a job seeker is to bridge the communication and understanding divide between what a position requires and what they have to offer, leaving no doubt that they are a viable candidate for a given position. Here’s a look at three tips for bridging the divide.
Aim for Retention
by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
Institutions of higher education can be thrilling places to work, but as is the case with all industries, job dissatisfaction can fester when staff members feel boxed in. Ultimately, this can lead to turnover, which typically costs 21 percent of the annual salary associated with the position. So how do you keep employees happy, engaged, and ensconced in their roles? Consider these three strategies to promote employee retention.
Court: Women Can't Be Paid Less Than Men Based on Past Wages
by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press
On Monday, a federal appeals court reached a unanimous decision regarding a lawsuit filed by a California school employee who learned over lunch with colleagues in 2012 that she made thousands of dollars less than her male counterparts. The 11-judge panel ruled that relying on a woman's previous salary to determine her pay for a new job perpetuates disparities in the wages of men and women and is illegal when it results in higher pay for men.
Avoiding Implicit Messages that Turn Job Candidates Off
by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
As hiring managers and search committees, we seek job candidates who present themselves well, but are we as attentive to how we're presenting ourselves to job candidates? It's important to remember that we're being evaluated as well -- and to ensure we're not sending any unintended messages that tell candidates we don’t take them seriously or aren’t as inclusive, diverse, and welcoming as our mission statements claim.
Why Double-Majors Might Beat You Out of a Job
by Matthew J. Mayhew and Benjamin S. Selznick, from The Conversation
New research shows double majors beat their peers in one critical way that makes them more attractive to employers. They tend to be more innovative than the average student -- almost three times higher than any other major, including business, engineering and math/statistics. Employers don't just look for good grades -- they seek innovators, meaning that double majors have an edge in today's competitive job market. Colleges and universities may need to consider alternative strategies to help their graduates compete.
For-Profit Colleges Struggle Despite Administration Support
by Maria Danilova and Richard Lardner, Associated Press
Despite assistance from the Trump administration, the for-profit college industry continues to struggle. Over the years, many graduates have struggled to find promised jobs or to transfer credits to other schools, leading to massive student loan defaults. This reputation, which has contributed to declining enrollment -- along with stiff competition from traditional universities -- leaves the future for these schools uncertain. Now, some are seeking to abandon the for-profit world by converting to nonprofit status.
Colleges Must Confront Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Head On
by Tricia Serio, from The Conversation
Statistics on sexual assault and harassment on campus demonstrate the need for change. Recently, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation to hold campus leaders accountable for sexual abuse that happens on their watch, but a group of researchers argues that colleges and universities can be doing more to rid their campuses of sexual assault and sexual harassment. They outline key strategies for ensuring the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff.
A Dual Book Review - Universities and Their Cities: Urban Higher Education in America and Higher Education and Silicon Valley: Connected but Conflicted
by Emily Allen Williams
Colleges and universities are a central part of our culture in the United States. How they ‘fit into’ their communities -- physically and metaphysically -- are becoming major points of scholarly, political, and economic examinations. Two new texts provide the opportunity to reflect upon the perceptions and realities of higher education institutions from both historical and present-day perspectives.
Howard University Student Protest: 3 Questions Answered
by Marybeth Gasman, from The Conversation
In the wake of an alleged financial aid scam, the student protest over conditions at Howard University continues, now on its seventh day. Students are currently occupying the administration building in protest of issues that range from lack of housing to indifference to sexual assault on campus to financial malfeasance. A scholar weighs in on what this fallout means for the university and other historically black colleges and universities.
Orientation to Board Service
by Robert A. Scott
The quantity of information required for a thorough trustee orientation is such that a one-time meeting is not sufficient. Orientation should be a continuing process that includes briefings with university officers and other key contributors, relevant reading material, and discussions about the institution's mission and the population it serves. This brief guide outlines specific topics to cover and information to provide in order to properly prepare a new board member to serve the institution.
Executive Appointments for March 2018
by Leah Grubb
The following higher education appointments were announced in March 2018.
Inspired Higher Ed Professionals Need a Story That Answers ‘Why?’
by Justin Zackal
When asked about work, higher education professionals tend to respond with a bullet-pointed list of "how" and "what." Although our wells of inspiration may have dried up as we've advance in our careers, it's important to remember why we work in higher education, especially if we're to influence students, co-workers, or a hiring committee. As author Simon Sinek repeated in his popular TED Talk, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it."
Higher Education Employment Growth Slows in Q3 2017
by Amanda Bucher
Higher education employment increased 0.3 percent, or roughly 10,200 jobs, during the third quarter of 2017. This was the one of the smallest third quarter increases in higher education jobs in ten years. Much of this increase can be attributed to a growth in jobs at private colleges and universities.
New Federal Program Tackles Spiraling Costs of College Textbooks
by MacKenzie Smith, from The Conversation
Over the years, as the cost of higher education has continued to rise, college textbooks have become unaffordable for many students. Individual textbooks can cost up to $400. A new US$5 million pilot program aims to solve this problem by supporting the creation and improved use of open textbooks at colleges and universities. This effort to use free online textbooks could collectively save students $50 million annually.
How to Handle the Overly Chatty Co-Worker
by Lisa Frye, from SHRM.org
Building relationships is critical for success at work, but it's important that employees balance their socializing with the needs of others in the workplace who might be distracted by too much conversation, or who find it unnecessary and irritating. The overly chatty co-worker is among the leading culprits for lack of workplace productivity. Consider these tips and suggestions when addressing concerns about a talkative employee.
Webcast: How to Launch a Successful Job Search
by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
Launching a successful job search in academe requires planning, research, and document preparation. During this webcast, Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR explains the four-step process that virtually ensures that you will land a promising opportunity in a more efficient, effective, and timely manner.
Tips for Transitioning into Higher Ed
by Winona Weindling
Breaking into higher education from the business or for-profit sector is possible, but it often requires some extra work on your part to market yourself and prove you're a good fit for higher education and the specific institution. Dr. Stacy J. Adkinson, president and chief academic officer at CapEd, shares tips on how best to prepare and market yourself in order to land a job in higher education.
Why Colleges Must Fight the Wage Gap
by Elizabeth Todd Byron, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
While it took more than 130 years for the United States to give women the right to vote, the country is going on 230 years without fair pay for women. How can colleges and universities help? By setting an example of just treatment toward female employees and creating general education courses that empower female students to fight for their rights in the workplace, colleges can be the change agent for gender equality in America.
Just Competing in March Madness is a Fundraising Win for the Schools
by Brad Humphreys, from The Conversation
Taking part in the NCAA men’s basketball championship, better known as March Madness, can result in a bump in donations. Behavioral economists say that seeing a favorite team compete can instill a warm glow that may move fans and alumni to open their wallets. These gifts range in size, but they tend to make a bigger difference for public universities that garner relatively few donations.