Linking Diversity to Work Force Need
Despite the evolving interpretation offered by state and federal courts, American higher education as a community remains committed in its support to increase diversity among students.
Something to Talk About
Conversation is the coin of the realm in American higher education.
Shared governance rests upon reasonable, open and transparent communication. Internal and external constituencies - including parents, alumni, donors, political leaders, and the media - embrace the motivations and actions that shape education, often more so depending upon who delivers the message.
The Little Engines That Could
In the recent blizzard of press over the cost of higher education, the impact of technology, and the continued relevancy of the curriculum, much of the ongoing effort by higher education institutions to improve their environment has been lost as other more polarizing stories pushed to the front of the queue.
For much of their history, most colleges and universities stood as well-defended “cities upon a hill,” isolated by perceived images of wide green lawns, brick walls and massive gates sending an unwelcome and exclusionary message to outsiders. By concentrating on the academic enterprise, colleges and universities failed to develop an organic, systemic relationship with their environment. As urban environments changed – and many older urban centers declined -- local pressure to increase tax revenue set higher education institutions against their communities.
Three Tests for a Website That Makes Every Prospective Student Want to Matriculate
What makes a website stand out as superior? There are some key qualities we all subconsciously look for when we scout a new site, but they are too often forgotten when it comes time to build or revise our own.
That Best Most Imperfect Place
A long, tough week has ended -- more or less -- in Boston.
An important issue has yet to take center stage in the debate simmering over the impact that credentialing will have on the relevancy of a college degree. There is a difference between completing certification that leads a student/employee to present credentials and verification that credentials actually demonstrate proficiency. What happens if our commitment to increasing access effectively leads to a “dumbing down” of learned outcomes? In the end, who's in charge
Building Your School's Domain Authority and Trust Through Local Link Building
Online competition from other schools, job boards, pay-per-lead directory sites and more, are forcing educational institutions to take a look at how they can increase their Search Engine Optimization (SEO) through easy and effective ways. It’s no secret that being at the top of a Search Engine Results Page (SERP) is where you want your school to land. An October 2012 study by Compete.com looked at “tens of millions” of consumer-generated SERPs and found that 53% of all clicks go to the first listing on a search results page, dropping to 15% for the second listing, 6% for the third and 4% for the forth. So how can your school compete with a national job listing site or directory? One-way is to build your school’s website domain authority.
Preventing Evil or Reacting to Evil at the Front Door?
The evil that arrived at the front door of Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 was horrible tragic and morally unbelievable. This tragedy also provided an extremely scary lesson in reacting vs. preventing.
I'm Qualified, But the Offer Hasn't Been Made
Having a degree(s) and multiple years of experience in one or more fields is a key asset in the job market. This can demonstrate that you are strong at multi-tasking and able to adapt in multiple business groups and environments, which employers value. Though you look great on paper, it does not mean you can properly market yourself to an employer about why you are their next “hire.” During an interview, and while you network, prepare your communication about your path and career choices. Your presentation should highlight you, your successes in chronological order, and how they apply to the job you are seeking.
The Evolution of Faculty Governance
Historically, three groups share principal responsibility in collegiate governance. Boards of trustees are charged with financial stewardship, administrative oversight, and creating a climate in which all parties, especially the president, can succeed. Presidents and their senior staffs manage the enterprise. The faculty plays a critical role in program development and review.
New Opportunities for Independent Higher Education in the American West
While acknowledging the many reasons not to proceed, we argued that the drive to hold down sticker price, competition with each other and from for-profit and accredited online courses, adaptive use of new technology, and shifting consumer preferences intersect to effectively call the question. Fundamental to these realities, however, is a basic assumption that opportunity - dramatic and sustainable -- exists for those who can see the forest from among the trees.
Applicant Tracking Systems
Have you been applying to various positions on company job boards with no success? The diction utilized on your resume may be the challenge. To be more specific, the actual words used to describe your experience and skills may not match what the employer is looking for, even though you may be fully qualified for the position. Many employers have started using applicant tracking systems to improve their talent acquisition efforts. The lack of the human element is where a disconnect can occur.
And the Winner Is...Competition Through Cooperation in Higher Education
American colleges and universities have reached a tipping point in their evolution. The old business, financial and program models are insufficient. Consumers now balk at the advertised sticker prices charged. Local government, trapped by a spiral of declining revenues in a long and deep recession, challenges the nonprofit status of these institutions. Endowments - at least for a few colleges that have endowments that actually impact their bottom line - are only now approaching 2007-2008 levels. Donations are flat or at best increasing modestly except at that those institutions that have long-established pipelines in place.
New Career New Graduate - New Opportunities
As companies have various positions to fill, they look for the most qualified candidate to meet the job level. Common words visible on job openings that a “career launcher” or “career changer” should focus on are “minimum 1-2 years experience required.” Yes, an employer is seeking someone with experience in the specified field; however, they may not receive resumes from qualified people, opening the door for those new to the industry. Also, they may not be aware that you have hands-on experience, which, if given the opportunity to demonstrate what you know and can do, demonstrates that you, too, are capable of doing the job. Employers appreciate how someone transitioning careers or recent graduates is trainable, open to pay, open to various work hours and is very flexible. Therefore, I advise you to still apply. If you are contacted, be prepared to market yourself in the interview.
The Wallet Resume
Many job searchers make the professionally fatal mistake of handing out old business cards with new information hand-written on the back. Not only is this very unprofessional, but it also says to the receiver that you are still attached to a job which is long gone and unable to move on to a new professional identity.