Day 47 – Remembering Higher Education’s Middle Kids – #100DaysofHigherEd

I am not very private about my upbringing. If you are a friend of mine, you know that I grew up in some desperate circumstances. The child of teenaged parents, I grew up mainly lower income. For a few years there we were outright poor. Neither of my parents went to college and they bothContinue reading “Day 47 – Remembering Higher Education’s Middle Kids – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 46 – Zen is Hard to Come by – #100DaysofHigherEd

Zen is hard to find. So today is April 16, 2021. I am 48 years old and in 639 days I will turn 50. For those of you who are already 50, I have watched your journey and know this is not an easy moment in life. As we grow older the reality of ourContinue reading “Day 46 – Zen is Hard to Come by – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 45 – The Culture of Fear and an Abundance of Caution – #100DaysofHigherEd

The Culture of Fear and an Abundance of Caution This is not really a higher ed post. Here in Florida the stories are common. Swimmer goes to the beach and instead of getting some sun and sand, the person gets bit by a shark. Here in Florida, it is almost always a blacktip shark, andContinue reading “Day 45 – The Culture of Fear and an Abundance of Caution – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 44 – On Risk Management – #100DaysofHigherEd

It was 1997, I had not been working at Stephen F. Austin State University for a month and I faced my first major risk management issue. We produced a summer carnival for students to let off some steam during the summer school session. It was a typical set-up. A small stage with a couple ofContinue reading “Day 44 – On Risk Management – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 43 – A Book I Keep Going Back To – #100DaysofHigherEd

One of the central tenets of working in higher education and our work is the concept of lifelong learning. As educators we believe that learning only really stops when you do. From the moment we are born we find ourselves absorbing and consuming the world around us and making sense of it. We also continuouslyContinue reading “Day 43 – A Book I Keep Going Back To – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 42 – What Zillow and HigherEdJobs.com have in common – #100DaysofHigherEd

As higher education professionals we love a good job search. One of the things I miss the most about not getting to NASPA the past two years is all the who is where doing what chatter. While you can still get that via Facebook, it just hits harder when you are in the exhibit hallContinue reading “Day 42 – What Zillow and HigherEdJobs.com have in common – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 41 – On Karoshi, Higher Ed, and Eating Stress – #100DaysofHigherEd

In 2013 a 31-year-old journalist in Japan just died at her desk due to heart failure. Her name was Miwa Sado and she died after logging over 150 hours of overtime in a single month. And she was not alone. In 2013 over 3,000 workers in Japan died from what they call Karoshi, or deathContinue reading “Day 41 – On Karoshi, Higher Ed, and Eating Stress – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 40 – The thing we don’t remember will hurt our future – #100DaysofHigherEd

I love the history of higher education. I believe there is much we can learn from it. Today’s post was supposed to be what I fear most about the future of higher education and it occurred to me that I have already written on this. But more because I like to write about the pastContinue reading “Day 40 – The thing we don’t remember will hurt our future – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 39 – On Being Nice – #100DaysofHigherEd

In the south there is a saying and it basically goes, “Bless their heart.” It is basically code for, get a load of this guy or serves as the nicest insult in the English language. As Southerners we are taught from a young age that being nice is often more important than being right. ThatContinue reading “Day 39 – On Being Nice – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 38 – My Favorite Higher Education Websites – #100DaysofHigherEd

Higher Education are some of the most innovative folks who work in just about any space. Just about any technological or theoretical innovation is embraced by higher ed leaders with speed and voracity. We are truly early adopters. The same holds true for information. We love to report and disseminate the latest findings and ideas.Continue reading “Day 38 – My Favorite Higher Education Websites – #100DaysofHigherEd”