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Top Reads of 2021

The Scholarly Teacher

Designing Self-Care Practices for This Academic Year. Inclusivity Begins with Overcoming Bias. Rethinking our Relationship with Grading: An Invitation to Reflect and Make the Time. Assigning Roles to Increase the Effectiveness of Group Work. Grading as Instruction: Designing for Practice. Moving from Zoom to In-Person Teaching. 10 In the Moment Responses for Addressing Micro and Macroaggressions in the Classroom.

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20-Twenty-Won: Reflections & Reset

Dr. Laura Pasquini

The start of the winter solstice flags a time to rest, renew, and reflect. I don’t know about y’all but 2021 has been quite a year. I’m going to spend some time quiet time at home (thanks, Omicron) to chill out of and recharge before the new year. “Let’s Stay Home” Candle. Here are a few coaching questions I’ll be reflecting on by the fire with care: What are you grateful for?

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Rising Inflation and the Impending Tuition Squeeze

Robert Kelchen

For the first time in the lifetimes of many Americans, inflation has become a legitimate concern. In the last year, the Consumer Price Index increased at a 6.2 percent clip —a rate not seen this century. Trends in inflation over the last two decades (BLS graphic). The higher education industry is far from immune from the effects of an inflationary cycle that was largely unexpected even a few months ago.

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What the Archives of Actual Classrooms Tell about the History of Teaching | A Conversation with Rachel Buurma and Laura Heffernan

Teaching & Learning in HigherEd

In The Teaching Archive: A New History for Literary Study Dr. Rachel Sagner Buurma and Dr. Laura Heffernan turn to archives from the actual classrooms of major literary critics of the past century to see what the available course documents tell about the history of the teaching of literature. This approach contrasts with existing histories, such as Gerald Graff's Professing Literature , which are based on archives of published works about teaching rather than archives of teaching itself.

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Trying New Things

Supporting Student Success

The Supporting Student Success research team began this blog 10 years ago!! This milestone provides a great opportunity to reflect on what the team and the research project has achieved but also to look forward to what this blog could do. I have long thought that this blog could be a place where student affairs and services practitioners globally share the tremendous work they do to support students in realizing their academic and personal goals.

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Racism: the 215 and Ethan Bear Are Connected

Grant McMillan

On May 27, 2021, I was saddened to hear about the discovery of the 215 unmarked graves of indigenous children at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops. I say to my First Nations friends, I see you. I hear you. Your life matters. Your stories matter. You matter to me.

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Weighted GPA or Unweighted GPA?

Great College Advice

What is a weighted GPA and how is that different from an unweighted GPA? How do colleges calculate your GPA in high school in the admissions process? Some students take courses that “weigh” more than others, which can boost their GPA and their class rank. But how do colleges treat these different weights when they read your application? Calculating GPA for College.

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Study in Canada without IELTS – Exemptions, Universities

Buddy4Study

The IELTS or International English Language Testing System is an international examination which uses four distinct exam modules i.e. Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking to gauge an applicant’s linguistic ability. IELTS scores are a necessary part of the admission requirements in popular study abroad destinations like the USA, UK, Australia etc.

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Selecting Rental Comps & Rent In Multifamily Real Estate

MultiFamily Insider

Determining rental comps to use when valuating multifamily real estate is highly important. Especially when you're looking to add value to the asset after a renovation. Part of the process involves some sort of online membership-based software that can query all the assets in a market. Some of it is a gut feeling about whether a comp matches and some of it is an investor's knowledge of the market.

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How to Say “Happy New Year!” in Different Languages

AIFS Abroad

Did you know there are over 7,000 languages spoken on Earth? One of the most fun ways to celebrate holidays — whether your’e wishing someone a happy Valentine’s Day or a happy New Year — is to share your joy in different languages. Here’s how to say “Happy New Year!” in different languages from around the world: 1. Afrikaans.

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Will You Still Respect Me If I Am Not Overwhelmed?

The Scholarly Teacher

Todd Zakrajsek. University of North Carolina School of Medicine. My graduate degree is in industrial/organizational psychology. I spent years studying how to make organizations bigger and better and how to make workers happier, more efficient, and motivated to work harder. I also learned strategies to motivate workers who slacked off and wasted not only their time but also the time of others.

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Thank YOU for the #OEAward2021, @YearsEd Community!

Dr. Laura Pasquini

Last week, I learned that a podcast project I helped to produce won an award from the Open Education (OE) Global community. Clint and I shared a thank you message ( in audio format , of course) for awarding the 25 Years of EdTech: The Serialized Audio Version project a 2021 Open Education Award of Excellence for Reuse/ Remix/ Adaptation. 2021 OE Global Award of Excellence for Reuse/ Remix/ Adaptation.

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Virtual Global Learning Encourages Study Abroad

Study Aborad Association

If you couldn’t attend the December installment of the Gateway Learning Webinar Series titled: Not A Bandaid For COVID: Virtual, Online, And Hybrid Programs , you can still learn about innovative new ways to engage students in global learning by exploring Study Abroad Association’s (SAA’s) 360 GLE (Global Learning Experiences). SAA’s 360 GLE Florence.

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Disagreeing with(in) Antiracism | A Conversation with Erec Smith

Teaching & Learning in HigherEd

I sat down with Dr. Erec Smith, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at York College, to discuss his book A Critique of Anti-Racism in Rhetoric and Composition: The Semblance […].

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To Weather the Storms of Higher Education, Remember Why You’re There

Supporting Student Success

By: Dr. Cali Morrison. The old adage goes, April showers bring May flowers. Spring brings thoughts of renewal in so many ways. As academics, May typically signals the end of an academic year. As learners there is new hope in credentials earned and a future to pursue. As I reflect on my time wearing both of these hats, I recognize the strength of my conviction, the hope I have stems not only from my why, which I share below, but also from the community I surround myself with — virtually or

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Pronouncements Without Consultation

Grant McMillan

Do you struggle with university leaders who make pronouncements without consulting the Registrar’s Office? This can be challenging when you know that what they said is impossible, or at least will be very difficult. It can cause additional work for staff who may not appreciate someone making their lives more difficult. This is a common… Read More Pronouncements Without Consultation.

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Top Five Tips For College Fairs

Great College Advice

College fairs are in full swing around the country. To make sure you have the best strategy for the college fairs you might want to follow these five tips. 1. Research which schools will be attend the college fair. For most college fairs you can find a list of schools that will be attending. It is worth getting a copy of this list. Then going through it to see if there are any colleges that you are considering on the list.

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Roompact Contest 2022 Q1: #RoompactSelfie Raffle [CLOSED]

Roompact

Show us some love on social! Show us some love on social and you will be entered into a raffle to win some prizes! All you need to do is create a public post including a picture of you with Roompact (our website on your screen (DO NOT include any screens with student information), with.

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08 - Dr. Kirk Manning

StudentAffairs.com

We chat with Dr. Kirk Manning, the former Vice President and Dean for Student Development at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Dr. Manning has been in the field of student affairs for over 30 years. Full transcript available at [link].

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Embracing a New Model for Higher Ed Governance Part 4: How The Board and President Relationships Have Evolved

The Change Leader, Inc.

In the last of our Embracing a New Model for Higher Ed Governance series , we discuss how board roles continue to shift, even as higher education’s focus evolves with the rapidly changing environment. These shifts bring pressure on the board to embrace their responsibilities for oversight as well as the opportunity to serve in a consultant capacity to the institution.

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Summer Study Abroad: Spanish and Service Learning in Buenos Aires

AIFS Abroad

Last Updated on December 29, 2021 by Cat Rogliano. Interested in improving your Spanish language skills while also giving back to the local Argentine community? Look no further than the Spanish with Service Learning Program in Buenos Aires this summer ! Volunteering while studying abroad is a great way to give back to the community while also interacting with locals and gaining a deeper understanding of Argentine culture.

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Incorporating Virtual Instructional Strategies that Increase Student Engagement

The Scholarly Teacher

Joanne Ricevuto , Harcum College. Laura McLaughlin , Neumann University What do you do when you are on Zoom (or whatever platform you use) during a virtual meeting? Be honest. Do you pay attention the entire time, or do you multitask by doing other work or texting a colleague to say how boring the meeting is that it should have been an email? Well, if you're not paying attention during Zoom meetings, why do we expect our students to be any different?

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Getting Sparked: Group Coaching

Dr. Laura Pasquini

Much of the work I do as coach is to help clients align their interests and values with how they want to work, lead, and live their own life. I know the last 18+ months have brought new experiences, ideas, and questions of — what do I really want to do now? In my past academic life, I directed my students to the MyNextMove website (a branch of the O*NET Online) if they wanted to understand occupational pathways and how their academic majors might impact their career direction(s).

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20 great examples of institutions who shone a spotlight on climate through COP26

Terminalfour

As the world's eyes fell on Glasgow last month for the COP26 summit, we look at how universities tapped into the conversation around environmental issues to promote faculties, boost engagement and capture the attention of eco-savvy future students.

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Now You’ve Read Those Things, Too | A Conversation with Arlene Wilner

Teaching & Learning in HigherEd

I sat down with Dr. Arlene Wilner, Professor of English at Rider University, to discuss her new book Rethinking Reading in College: An Across-the-Curriculum Approach. Central to her approach is […].

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Higher Education’s Moment: Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Equity

Supporting Student Success

By J. Cody Nielsen and Jenny L. Small. Throughout its history, higher education has sought to introduce students to the perspectives of a global citizenship. The last few decades have seen students’ opportunities to experience these perspectives dramatically increase, as social media, technology, and world travel have all accelerated. To effectively educate students through a global lens requires institutions confront issues of inequity.

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Sharing Strategy: Internal Communication & Strategic Planning

Credo Higher Ed

What Does Your Community Know About Your Strategic Plan? If you asked any member of your campus community about your strategic plan, would they know your vision and the things that are most important in achieving it?

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TLC LATAM 2021 Recap

Blackboard Higher Education

El Teaching and Learning Conference – LATAM reunió a la comunidad educativa de América Latina a través de una experiencia virtual de enseñanza y aprendizaje, ofreciendo una amplia gama de temas y programas de aprendizaje para educadores a nivel regional e internacional. Los dos días de sesiones interactivas, paneles de clientes y charlas sobre tecnología se enfocaron en los temas y tendencias más críticos que impactan el futuro de la educación en la región.

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3 Res Life Quick Tips for Engaging Residents through Social Media

Roompact

Roompact’s “Res Life Quick Tips” series highlights ideas and suggestions you can utilize in your residence life and education practice. Take a look through our past quick tips. Social media can be an excellent platform for student engagement.

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Finals and Winter Break 2021

Missouri State

Now that we have come back from Thanksgiving break and December has begun, it can only mean one thing: the end of the semester is quickly approaching! At the end of the semester, two big events come for students: Finals and Moving out. Finals. The week of finals will take place from Saturday, December 11 through Thursday, December 16. It is important to note your final exam period could be at a different time than your regular class period.

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Stakeholders Are Shaping a New M&A Model for Higher Education at PASSHEChanging Higher Ed Podcast 100 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Dr. Dan Greenstein

The Change Leader, Inc.

A new M&A model for Higher Education has taken shape with the Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) merger. PASSHE has 14 public universities, and most of its institutions teach to the undergrad and master’s level and are regional institutions. The system has one research institution. These institutions primarily serve rural areas, which is an area that is changing, especially due to the growing inequality in the United States.

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Our Favorite Global Reads: AIFS Abroad Staff Picks

AIFS Abroad

Last Updated on December 27, 2021 by Cat Rogliano. by Emily Merson , co-founder of Global Experiences and Executive Director of AIFS Abroad. Like most international educators, we don’t just love to travel, we also love to read about the world. It doesn’t take long when we are all together for discussions to turn to what we are reading or latest recommendations.

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The Colbeck Scandal (South University and the Art Institutes)

Higher Education Inquirer

(Updated January 9, 2022) In July 2019, DC lawyer David Halperin published an expose on Colbeck Capital Management, a New York-based firm tied to two failing for-profit school chains: South University (South) and the Art Institutes (Ai). South University and the Art Institutes have been failing for a decade, first as schools in the Education Management Corporation chain, then as a renovation project of Dream Center Education Holdings.

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Getting Unstuck In the Middle

Dr. Laura Pasquini

If you have not faced any challenge or change in your life over the past year, I’m not sure how you avoided it. The last 18 months has been nothing but that for me. It’s been a weird and evolving period of space and time where I’ve thought more about what I’ve been doing and how I’m contributing to society. Accelerated by the pandemic and social/climate events worldwide, there has been more perspective-taking on how to move forward.

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Learning at the Edge with Michael Schwartz

Kay Peterson

In our interview with Dr. Michael Schwartz, former president of Cleveland State University and Kent State University, he talks with Kay Peterson about the current state of higher education, the critical role of the university administrator and his or her relationship with students, and the importance of that learning relationship as part of the “hidden curriculum” in universities.

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07 - Dr. Josie Ahlquist

StudentAffairs.com

We chat with Dr. Josie Ahlquist , a digital engagement and leadership researcher, speaker, and author. She teaches teens, young adults, education professionals, and campus executives how to humanize technology tools and prioritize building online communities. Full transcript available at [link].

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Your ‘Nowhere’ is my ‘Somewhere’

Supporting Student Success

By Tricia Seifert , Associate Professor of Adult & Higher Education at Montana State University. Everyone had a story that connected them to rural students. Maybe they were from a rural place themselves, having moved to a bigger community where less sky was in view between buildings and confronting a public transit system with pent up tears and frustration.