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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

FREE Webinar: Back to School: Understanding the Mindset of Today’s Modern Student

  Understanding the Mindset of Today’s Modern Student
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Back to School: Understanding the Mindset of Today’s Modern Student
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Central (convert to your time zone)

It happens every year. You face a lecture hall full of college freshmen and feel how cavernous the generation gap has become. To you Amazon is a river in South America; to them it’s an online shopping giant. You understand what ‘don’t touch that dial’ means; they’ve always had a remote control. You wanted to be like Mike; their NBA heroes are Kobe and LeBron.

Ever wish you could get inside their minds to really understand where they’re coming from? Here’s your chance. On Tuesday, August 28 at 1 p.m. Central, you’ll have a rare opportunity for live Q&A with the authors of the Beloit Mindset List.

Ron Nief and Tom McBride, the men who literally wrote the book on what generations of Americans think is normal, will present, “Back to School: Understanding the Mindset of Today’s Modern Student.” They’ll cover:
  • How technology has accelerated the widening of the generation gap
  • What they’ve learned over the 15 years they’ve been creating the mindset list
  • Their favorite “Mindset Moments” and how you can leverage them to keep relevant
Whether you’re in front of a classroom of college freshmen, or work behind the scenes on the facilities and technologies they’ll use on campus, we guarantee you’ll gain new insight of the next generation of students. And maybe even get a good chuckle in the process.

Ron Nief
Ron Nief, Beloit College’s former Public Affairs Director, and Tom McBride, Keefer Professor of the Humanities, are creators of the Mindset List, which provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. The list was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, and quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation. They are co-authors of the book, The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think Is Normal (John Wiley & Sons.)
Tom McBride

Sean Brown, Vice President, Sonic Foundry. Sean's core focus is simplifying digital media to improve use and outcomes. Before coming to Sonic Foundry in 2002, Sean developed 17 years of product management and education business development experience at IBM, Apple and Oracle. He is a past president and board member of the Hopkins Foundation for Innovation in Education. Today, Sean also hosts Sonic Foundry's popular, monthly best practices webinar series for higher education.

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2011 CHEA Almanac of External Quality Review Now Available!

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August 14, 2012
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has recently published the 2011 CHEA Almanac of External Quality Review. The bi-yearly Almanac is the most comprehensive source of information about accreditation and external quality review of higher education in the United States. Each current CHEA institutional member will receive a complimentary print copy of the Almanac by mail.
The 188-page Almanac contains information about accrediting organizations, state higher education offices, federal and state roles in quality review and the recognition of accrediting organizations. Contents include:
  • An overview of U.S. accreditation and recognition in 2010-2011.
  • CHEA information and advisory materials on topics ranging from the value of the degree, student learning outcomes and transfer of credit responsibilities to combating degree mills.
  • Information on all regional, national and programmatic accrediting organizations recognized by CHEA, the U.S. Department of Education or both, including contact information and a profile of the organization's accreditation activities in 2010-2011.
  • A directory of State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEOs) including contact information.
The Almanac is available in print and electronic versions. Copies are $85 (print or electronic; $70 for two or more copies), postage included. To order your copy, please use the online order form or call (202) 955-6126.

A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of approximately 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. For more information, visit CHEA's Website at


The AAUP Online: Plan to participate in the AAUP’s Annual Shared Governance Conference

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AAUP will hold its annual governance conference in October, and is now accepting presentation proposals on topics relating to governance.
The conference will take place at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, DC, October 26–28, 2012. In addition to paper presentations, the AAUP conference will once again include a series of training workshops for current and future governance leaders that will be spread out over the three days of the conference. Workshops will include discussions of new AAUP statements on the faculty role in program closures and on the role of contingent faculty in governance, as well as presidential search and evaluation, faculty involvement in budgeting, and the importance of faculty handbooks. Professor George Cohen, chair of the University of Virginia (UVA) Faculty Senate, will deliver a plenary address on Saturday about the lessons to be learned from recent events at UVA.
The early conference registration fee of $300, due by October 5, includes a reception on Friday evening, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and a closing breakfast on Sunday. The late registration fee will be $350. Special room rates of $169 per night will available for conference participants.
Register for the conference.
Submit a Proposal
Proposals are sought from individuals or groups on topics relating to college and university governance. Proposals can be configured variously as twenty-minute individual presentations, paired or group presentations, or roundtable discussions on particular topics. Proposers are encouraged (but not required) to explore connections between their institutions and other institutions, and to consider the relevance of AAUP governance policies to problem-solving solutions.
Possible areas of focus:
  • Corporatization and challenges to governance
  • Governance and assessment, accountability, and accreditation
  • Faculty participation in budgeting, financial exigency, or strategic planning
  • Principles, structures, and best practices of shared governance
  • The role of faculty in hiring, promotion, and tenure
  • Faculty governance, pedagogy, and curriculum
  • Governance and collective bargaining
  • The relationship of faculty governance to central administrations & legislatures
  • Motivating faculty to participate in shared governance
  • The role of contingent faculty
  • Departmental governance issues
Proposals of one to two pages should be sent by September 4 to: Lenore Beaky, AAUP Committee on College and University Governance, at All accepted presenters must register for the conference.
Larry Gerber,
Emeritus Professor of History, Auburn University
Chair, AAUP Committee on College and University Governance

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