Join the Conversation Episode 11 – Interview with Cyndi Rapier

In this episode, we interviewed Director of Housing for International Programs at Green River Community College, Cyndi Rapier.  Cyndi has worked at Green River for 14 years, and has responsibility for a wide variety of issues relating to the International program or “IP.” As an active member of the IP Marketing Team, Enrollment Management Team, and…

A Bold Call to Action

Great article in the NYT about the growing concern of college graduation rates in our country.  It is a sobering fact that half of all students (both non-traditional and traditional) at two- or four-year institutions, fail to earn a degree in six years.  The National Commission on Higher Education Attainment, led by The Ohio State University President,…

Utilizing Informational Videos On Campus

As we plan for the next academic year in student housing, we are all trying to reassess how we disseminate and present information to today’s students. What worked five years ago, probably isn’t going to work well today. Our student’s information environment has changed greatly. We need to think in terms of using smaller bits…

What We’re Reading: Finding the Next Generation

Inside HigherEd posted a really interesting article on “Finding the Next Generation” last month.  I especially liked this excerpt… Reaching out to low-income, urban students is a significant shift for a group  of institutions like Franklin & Marshall whose historic demographic has been  middle- and high-income students. While institutions such as Franklin &  Marshall have…

Looking Deeper at Student Happiness

The Huffington Post recently tweeted a blog article highlighting a list of the “Top 10 Colleges with the Happiest Students.” Seeing as I’m a sucker for top 10 lists, I had to peruse the list.  As I did, I noticed something that showed up in the description of each school listed.  Here are some quotes:…

Avoiding the “Noise”

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about things that higher education professionals like to see on Twitter.  I contacted many people in the #HigherEd community and came to some pretty neat conclusions about using Twitter as a professional development tool. But when I actually contacted these folks, I not only asked them…

Join the Conversation Podcast Episode 4 – Interview with Edward Burger

In this episode, we interview the author of the book “The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking,” Edward Burger. Edward is the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College, and is an educational and business consultant. Read his full bio below. Capstone’s Alton Irwin wrote a blog post on the book recently.  You can find that…

What Does Social Media Mean to You?

What does social media mean to you?  What do you use it for?  What do you get out of it? If you asked these questions to 1000 people, you very well could end up with 1000 different answers.  But if you look closely, those 1000 different answers might not be so different after all.  There…