Academic Leadership

Life and learning on the fast track

Is the trend toward accelerated degrees the natural outcome of decades of degree inflation?

Some see the three year baccalaureate as a fad which will ultimately dilute the depth, breadth, and rigor of the true college learning and living experience. Other commentators see the accelerated credentials megatrend as the natural outcome of decades of degree inflation.

Think about the fact that an associate’s degree is no longer the coin of the realm in contemporary American higher education, business, and industry. In fact, in the current economy, one wonders whether four years is too long for a bachelors degree? Enter the three year baccalaureate.

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Inside Look: Performance spaces

The top trend in college performance spaces today is the flexibility being built into them. From adjustable walls and seating that can accommodate a variety of performance types to acoustics that adapt to handle everything from African drums to an orchestra, theaters are expected to match specific events.

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Meeting today’s workforce needs

In today’s competitive higher education market, colleges and universities must prove the value of the degrees they bestow to graduates each year. Traditional measures, such as graduation rates, grade point averages, and cohort default rates, have become only a few of the ways colleges and universities are evaluated. Students and their parents want to be assured that their investment in a college education will pay off.

Meeting today’s workforce needs

College administrators need to make strategic decisions to ensure that students’ educational experiences sync with employer and industry expectations.

In today’s competitive higher education market, colleges and universities must prove the value of the degrees they bestow to graduates each year. Traditional measures, such as graduation rates, grade point averages, and cohort default rates, have become only a few of the ways colleges and universities are evaluated. Students and their parents want to be assured that their investment in a college education will pay off in the form of a self-sustaining and financially-secure career path.

A proactive approach to preventing train wrecks, landmines, and derailment

Challenged by high expectations and a sense of urgency to hit the ground running, newly appointed leaders are prime candidates for performance derailment even on day one. Compounded by insufficient or less structured on-boarding, leaders with the potential to succeed simply don’t. Worse yet, they don’t know what hit them.

Challenged by high expectations and a sense of urgency to hit the ground running, newly appointed leaders are prime candidates for performance derailment even on day one. Compounded by insufficient or less structured on-boarding, leaders with the potential to succeed simply don’t. Worse yet, they don’t know what hit them.

Growth of "peacebuilding" studies at community colleges

Interdisciplinary courses and programs in peacebuilding have existed mainly at four-year institutions and graduate schools. But the offerings are a slow, but growing trend at community colleges.

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Community colleges graduate to 4-year programs

Brevard Community College changed its name to Eastern Florida State College July 1 due to a change in its core mission: The institution now confers four-year degrees in health care management and general business management. Eight more baccalaureate programs will debut next August.

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At-Large: Staff development presentation essentials

Effective recommendations for getting your staff up to speed on online technologies

While digital technologies have become central to our society and our lives in higher education, the continuing development of the internet, mobile phone applications, and social media brings the need for up-to-date professional development. Indeed, standing still with digital technology means we are falling behind, and your staff needs continuing opportunities to evaluate and implement new online options.

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President Clinton to speak at scholarship luncheon

Former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio) annual Presidential Scholarship Luncheon in October. Clinton, the 42nd president and founder of the Clinton Foundation, joins a stellar roster of high-profile speakers who have appeared at the luncheon since it began in 1992.

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Alvin Community College chef named educator of the year

Alvin Community College Culinary Arts instructor chef Leslie Bartosh was named the educator of the year by the Texas Chefs Association, which represents approximately 20 culinary arts programs.

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