2019

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Standardized Personalization

Will Richardson

Just for the record, if you’re an advocate for “personalizing” learning, then you need to do more than just offer some options for how students might work their way through the curriculum. That’s just a starting point. If you really are serious about honoring a student’s interests and dispositions and individuality, then you’re going to have to also honor a “personalized” version of “success” and “achievement.” You’re

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Update: Moving back to the US

Eric Stoller

Just a quick life update. We’re moving back to the United States in April. It’s been a big decision for sure as we’ve made a lot of great friends during our time in the UK and it’s a fantastic place to live. However, with family being mostly located in the States and a little one who loves his grandparents, it makes the best sense for us at this time to make the big move back across the pond.

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Do You Have a Governance Crisis in Your Higher Ed Institution?

The Change Leader, Inc.

Are you experiencing a governance crisis, or is one right around the corner? Higher ed finds itself at a crossroads when it comes to many things, but especially board governance. .

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ResLife Myth #3: Community Happens… Magically

Dr. Paul Gordon Brown

Believing that community building happens naturally and doesn’t require intervention is a myth. This “myth” is often not one that is widely believed by most professionals that work in residence life, but rather those that work outside of it. What many individuals do not realize is the amount of work and intentionality that goes into developing happy, healthy, and productive communities.

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Gratitude and Hope [at Hope]

Hope College Network

This past fall semester, I invited members of the Hope College community to share their gratitude for the people and experiences [at Hope] that made a difference in their lives. Their messages captured what the Hope experience is all about. World-class faculty. Caring staff. Inspirational coaches. Dedicated mentors. Formation of faith. Excellent academics with top-tier research.

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Dealing with harassment at academic conferences: An interview with lawyer Paula Brantner

Higher Ed Connects: Ethics

by Terri E. Givens. During my recent trip to Washington, DC, I was able to connect with attorney Paula Brantner — and given our current newsletter’s focus on ethics, I was interested to hear about the work she is doing with academic associations and conferences. Paula, as the President and Principal of PB Work Solutions , builds harassment and toxic workplace prevention systems that reflect an organization’s values and that can transform an organization’s culture.

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The Wonderful World of Social Media & Faculty Development

Higher Ed Connects: Faculty Development

by Lindsay Curtis. Social media is ubiquitous; nearly every facet of our lives has been touched by it in some way. In the last decade, there has been explosive growth in the use of social media sites, with an estimated 2.65 billion users in 2018 — and this number is expected to reach almost 3.1 billion in 2021. In the United States, the average user spends approximately 1 hour and 57 minutes on social media each day. .

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Our newest In-depth Guide to Artificial Intelligence is released

Higher Ed Connects: Technology

We have a new in-depth members Guide to Artificial Intelligence. This is the third in our series of in-depth guides that are published quarterly. Our AI guide dives into many topics surrounding AI such as, what is AI, how it is being implemented in education, and what the future holds for AI and education. You can log into the member portal for access to the guide, and download your copy – only available to members. .

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College Finances: Not Only a First-Generation Struggle

Higher Ed Connects: Student Success Blogs

by Terri E. Givens. There are many stories to be told about students of color in college, and as I wrote in a column for Inside Higher Ed, finances are often the main issue for these students. For example, when I was an undergrad at Stanford University, it was a struggle for me financially. As someone who was a low-income, first-generation college student, I am painfully aware of the financial issues that students face when they arrive on a college campus.

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Your Typical College Student Has Changed—Why Haven’t College Policies?

Higher Ed Connects: Policy

by Kimberly Yavorski. Despite ever-changing demographics on college campuses, policies have remained largely stagnant. If they are to succeed in today’s world, colleges need to adapt to meet changing needs. In this article we will cover: Understanding the demographics. More older students. More parenting students. More working students. More first generation students.

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5 Crisis Communication Tips Every Higher Education Institution Needs

Higher Ed Connects: Leadership

This article originally appeared in The Biz Blog on January 30, 2018. Universities across the globe face different crises on a daily basis. The media has reported on everything from campus shootings and riots to hazing, hate crimes or another similar critical situation that can result in students feeling uncomfortable and in danger. Institution leaders must learn how to respond effectively and recover from such events to keep students, faculty and staff safe while ensuring family and friends off

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Maximizing the Impact of Experiential Learning: Empowering Students by Developing Transferable Skills in the Classroom First

Higher Ed Connects: Assessment

The following article describes an approach to maximizing the impact of experiential learning by first developing transferable skills in the context of in-class activities. By Steve Joordens. The specified process, captured within a technology called peerScholar, provides structured practice with these skills first in the context of peer assessment, and then in the context of the formative use of feedback.

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TRACS Annual Meeting Learnings | Changing Higher Ed 028

The Change Leader, Inc.

The TRACS Annual Meeting Learnings - Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, an accreditation body for Christian institutions of higher education, works with approximately 100 institutions.

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Harmonizing Divisional and Departmental Curricula

Dr. Paul Gordon Brown

Student affairs divisional curricula often evolve either from “division-to-department” or “department-to-division.” In the “division-to-department” approach, a division takes the lead in developing a collective educational priority and set of learning objectives that guide curriculum development at the departmental level.

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Five Signs That You Miss Your Pet

Hope College Network

No need to be in denial, missing your pets while at college is a real thing! Here’s the key signs that you’re missing the furriest part of your family and how to deal with pet withdrawals. 1. Every time you see a dog or cat around campus you can’t stop staring. I’ll admit I’ve been caught staring at dogs by many owners. Most of the time they just smile at me, but I have received odd looks here and there.

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The Ethical Debate in Using Trigger Warnings

Higher Ed Connects: Ethics

By Fatma Katr. In a world where education is constantly developing, curriculums are rapidly adopting new learning techniques and content that grasp world reality. Case studies and coursework relevant to real-life situations are some of the best ways students can practically apply what they learn, instead of only debating something in the abstract. .

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How to Spot and Avoid Red Flags in Leadership

Higher Ed Connects: Faculty Development

by Isabel Thottam. Leadership is one of the most important functions of a management team in higher education. Not only do the members of the team represent the organization to its students, stakeholders, and the world—but leaders also represent the organization to its employees. There is a reason we have leaders—we need people to keep the team organized, to make sure it hits goals and meets deadlines.

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Trends in Curricular Change

Higher Ed Connects: Curriculum

by Chris Mayer. Undergraduate curricular change at colleges and universities is undertaken for many reasons. At some institutions, the curriculum has been in place for many years, even decades, and it is time for a change. Demographic pressures and concerns about the value of degrees are also motivations for curricular change as some colleges and universities, especially liberal arts colleges, seek a stronger connection between the college experience and employment opportunities for students aft

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How Virtual Reality is Being Used in Curriculum to Develop Empathy

Higher Ed Connects: Technology

By Fatma Katr. In a fast-paced world where rising human relation issues are often misrepresented or misinterpreted, higher education institutions are moving forward to diversify teaching methods when introducing these issues. One of those methods involves the use of virtual reality (VR) to evoke emotion and empathy among students. . Like any learning technology, VR can be integrated in university curriculums in useful ways, in the sense that it is able to tap into student emotions and their conc

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Not Your Traditional Student: Changing Demographics on Campus

Higher Ed Connects: Student Success Blogs

A student graduates high school, goes on to college, completes his or her degree in four years, and then either continues to grad school or enters the workforce. by Shelley Seale. That is what the education-to-career path has traditionally looked like — but today’s typical higher education student is just as likely to be older when they enter (or return to) university, working while in school, a parent, a first-generation student — or any combination of these.

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Student Assessment of Faculty: Does it Work or Does it Need to Go?

Higher Ed Connects: Policy

by Alicia Betz. Student evaluations of teaching effectiveness (SETs) are such a common practice at the end of the semester that many people don’t even bat an eyelash at their use. But are they really that effective? Are they statistically significant? Are they biased? Are they a waste of everyone’s time? We’ll dive into those questions and more in this article.

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Grad Students Should Consider Administrative Work

Higher Ed Connects: News

This article originally appeared on Inside Higher Ed on August 5, 2019. Colleges and universities are great places to work. Many Ph.D. students who are no longer are attracted to faculty careers are still interested in working in higher education. They are drawn to the teaching and learning mission of the institution, its organizational values, and the opportunity to collaborate with smart people.

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Ed Tech Spotlight: GoCulture

Higher Ed Connects: Ed Tech

Go Culture International (GCI) exists to provide the most reliable intercultural competency assessment tool. With a reliability score of 93% (Cronbach’s Alpa.93), GCI offers industry-leading data accuracy for global citizenship aptitude. Began as a research initiative in 1998 by leading Intercultural scholar Dr. Carley H. Dodd, the GCI assessment and coaching program spent eight years in development, followed by 13 years of testing. .

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The Future of Online Program Management Serviceswith Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Grant Aldrich | Changing Higher Ed Podcast 026

The Change Leader, Inc.

This program focused on the future of online program management (OPM). Over time, OPMs have expanded to include student recruitment, student retention, and support. When online education began to emerge, many higher education institutions didn’t have the wherewithal and talent to ramp up online programs so many companies started offering OPM services in program conception and creation.

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RA Training for Residential Curriculum: Sequencing and Planning

Dr. Paul Gordon Brown

The following is part of a series of blog posts addressing a number of areas related to developing a training program for RAs and student staff members working within a residential curriculum model. Posts included in this series are: An Overview Tone Setting and Basics Involving RAs and Generating Buy-In Sequencing and Planning Resources and Examples Assessment Data and Exercises Throughout the Year After determining the goals and outcomes for a curriculum, the magic happens when you begin scaf

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Preparing for Exams…What is it Like?

Hope College Network

By: Andie Alsgaard Everyone approaches Exam Week a little differently in college. It depends on where you like to study, how you like to study and what you’re doing for your final grade. As a STEM major, specifically an engineer, I rarely write papers. Instead, I’m studying for final exams. Exam Week is a unique time of the year. Everyone wants to be home and the only thing holding them back from being reunited with their family (and pets!

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The Increasing Relevance of Honor Codes

Higher Ed Connects: Ethics

by Kimberly Yavorski. The recent admissions cheating scandals highlight a potential crisis in academia, indicating that perhaps we need to place more focus on personal responsibility and good citizenship—in effect, to restore “honor” to our campuses. For centuries, honor codes have made honorable behavior an expectation; a number of schools have added their own versions of an honor code over the past few decades.

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Secret Boss Training: How to Observe and Assess Teaching in any Format

Higher Ed Connects: Faculty Development

by Thomas J. Tobin. Much of what we know about observing and assessing teaching comes from our own experiences as learners, and many widely-held practices are not supported by best practices. We can adopt three broad principles in order to allow even non-subject-expert observers to provide meaningful—and legally defensible—assessments of teaching quality regardless of the subject, level, format, medium, or approach being used by instructors: Good teaching practices share seven core elements.

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Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data—book review and author Q&A

Higher Ed Connects: Diversity

by Shelley Seale. In a Higher Ed Connects issue centered around the theme of diversity, we introduce some provocative questions on the topic: Is diversity counter-productive? Is affirmative action still needed? Do students self-segregate in ways that defeat diversity measures? What about the aspects of class vs. race? These are legitimate questions that Julie J.

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Innovations and Ethical Considerations for AI in Higher Education

Higher Ed Connects: Technology

by Terri E. Givens. In November I attended the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) annual meeting of Chief Academic Officers, which was held in Baltimore, Maryland. One of the more interesting discussions during the conference revolved around artificial intelligence (AI). Illah R. Nourbakhsh, Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University, discussed a series of issues related to AI and its potential applications.

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Campus Resources and Tools for Mental Health Advocacy

Higher Ed Connects: Mental Health

by Shelley Seale. Mental health issues are a serious, pressing issue on campus today — and one that administrators and leaders need to address with a full arsenal of resources to assist students, faculty, and themselves when needed. That’s why we at The Center for Higher Education Leadership decided to dedicate an entire issue of our newsletter, Higher Ed Connects, to the topic of mental health.

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10 Steps to Increase Study Abroad Participation

Study Aborad Association

Studying abroad has been shown to give students invaluable learning opportunities that aren’t available in a traditional classroom setting. International education also opens doors to increasing cultural awareness and better career opportunities after graduation. In 2000, researchers assessed the impact of studying abroad on students across Georgia, and found that students had “ improved academic performance upon returning to their home campus, higher graduation rates, and improved knowledge of

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What a Tech Company’s Big Shift Portends for the Future of the Master’s Degree

Higher Ed Connects: News

This article was originally appeared in The Chronicle for Higher Education on August 7, 2019, written by Goldie Blumenstyk. The end of the master’s degree as we’ve known it? 2U’s stock plunged last week after its executives announced some business changes in response to shifts they were seeing in the market. Lots of higher-education leaders and faculty members should be paying attention to that, even if they don’t care about the future of OPMs, or even know what those initials mean.

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Ed Tech Spotlight: Relecura

Higher Ed Connects: Ed Tech

Relecura is a technology exploration and invention analysis platform for researchers, academics, IP professionals and business leaders. Research directors can use Relecura’s AI/ML-based advanced analytics to accurately track technology trends, plan research programs and identify potential sponsors for research. With its world-class cognitive platform, Relecura enables researchers and students to support their study and research through machine-guided exploration and discovery of relevant informa

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Neg Reg 2019 and HEA UpdatesHigher Ed News Washington updates with Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Tom Netting | Changing Higher Ed Podcast 027

The Change Leader, Inc.

Neg Reg 2019 and HEA updates on this Higher Ed News Washington update podcast with guest Tom Netting. The Department of Education published final regulations that had achieved unprecedented consensus prior to the reporting deadline for the master calendar. However, two of the three regulations were not finalized in time for the publishing deadline and so will not go into effect on July 1, 2020, but at a later date.

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Utilizing Existing Campus-Wide Assessments and Measures in Your Curricular Approach

Dr. Paul Gordon Brown

As one of the essential elements of a curricular approach, assessment should occur at all levels of your curriculum. This includes on-the-ground assessment of individual learning activities, but also broader based assessment of overall curriculum effectiveness. One way of achieving this broader-based assessment is to utilize data collection instruments you may already be using and assessment data you may already be collecting.

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How I knew Hope Was The Right Fit

Hope College Network

I remember very vividly getting asked multiple times about which school I was going to choose and attend. In fact, I recall that question coming at me in about eight different forms for at least a year. It is a stressful time of life, and deciding on a college is probably the biggest decision a lot of us had to make up to this point in our lives. However, looking back, choosing Hope College was the best decision of my life.

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