Colleges Fight Google Ads That Reroute Prospective Students – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Colleges Fight Google Ads That Reroute Prospective Students – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Wow. This is a new low for for-profit institutions.

When I did a quick search for “Bismarck State College,” this ad appeared on the side:

Bismark State College

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Bismark State College

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Are they just going to skirt this issue now by misspelling the names of colleges and universities to remain “compliant?”

News: Starting from Zero – Inside Higher Ed

News: Starting from Zero – Inside Higher Ed.

This article caught my attention, because it featured Colorado Mountain College, which I used to live near. But now, I’m intrigued by this idea of zero-based budgeting. It’s probably something whose time has come, but folks will be slow to adopt.

To Friend, Follow, or Connect? – Inside Higher Ed

To Friend, Follow, or Connect? – Inside Higher Ed.

Great post from Eric Stoller on the nuances of social networking connections with students and staff in higher ed. I agree and think that if student want to look at photos of my daughter or to see the minutiae of my life, that’s fine with me.

Yes, College is Worth It – Inside Higher Ed

Yes, College is Worth It – Inside Higher Ed.

The first paragraph of Dean Dad’s post should be enough to seal the deal, but it’s well worth reading the whole thing.

A quick thought experiment: if you were offered your tuition back — minus any financial aid — in return for surrendering your bachelor’s degree — and any graduate degrees thereafter — would you take it? Just to make things interesting, let’s say that along with returning the credentials, you also have to surrender any intellectual strength you built in college, along with any jobs that required college (and/or higher) degrees and the money you made in them. In return, you would get the money you would have made and experience you would have gained with the jobs you could have had right out of high school.

Would you take the deal?

I definitely wouldn’t give back my college degrees for the amount of money they cost me.

Is it time to kill the liberal arts degree?

Is it time to kill the liberal arts degree? – Salon.com.

A very interesting look at the value of a liberal arts degree in today’s economy. I work in higher education, but I have to say that I agree with her in many ways. I, too meandered around for a while until I found my true calling working in higher education. I often wonder if I needed that time of meandering or if, as society may assert, it was time wasted.

How Selective Higher Ed Institutions Keep Rich Richer & Poor Poorer

Here’s a very interesting infographic on the disparity between the education offered to the most socioeconomically disadvantaged and advantaged students at the most and least selective schools. Worth a gander, for sure.

Rags to Rags - Riches to Riches
Via: Online Schools

Vince Tinto, Private Eye

OK. So, if you know who Dr. Vincent Tinto is, then you know he’s not a private eye. But I’ve always thought the words sounded good with his name.

Last week, I was lucky enough to learn from him (or should I say “with” him?) at the NDUS Retention Summit.

Here are some of my take-aways.

  • We have to learn better together to help our students learn better together.”
  • “If we accept a student (for admission into our institutions), we have a moral obligation to help them be successful.”
  • “You have to invest in assessment to prove and improve.”
  • “I think everyone should have FYE (First Year Experience) courses.”
  • “Call John Gardner. Tell him, ‘Vinny said to call.'”
  • “Student success does not arise by chance.”
  • “No one rises to low expectations.”
  • Early warning systems are much more effective if they’re early.”

I have a lot more to say about this, but I’ll let you ponder on the above quote while I do the same.