Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Earnings Lost by Opting Out of STEM -- updated 6/27

Yesterday (25 June 2012), the online editions of Inside Higher Education and the The Chronicle of Higher Education posted articles that called their readers' attention to a recently published research report, "The Earnings Benefits of Majoring in STEM Fields Among High Achieving Minority Students" by Tatiana Melguizo and Gregory C. Wolniak (Research in Higher Education, Volume 53, Number 4, 2012).

Sunday, June 17, 2012

UVa, Strategic Dynamism, and What Corporate Management Can Teach Academia ... updated 6/19/12

"Corporate-style, top-down leadership does not work in a
great university.  Sustained change with buy-in does work."
This quotation is from a public statement by Dr. Theresa A. Sullivan, former president, University of Virginia, that was linked to an article published by the Chronicle of Higher Education (6/19/12). An article in  last Friday's Chronicle (6/15/12) suggested that the recent and as yet unexplained firing of Dr. Sullivan reflected the influence of a powerful alumnus, a venture capitalist, who proposed that UVa needed leadership that embodied "strategic dynamism" -- whatever that is.

Monday, June 04, 2012

HBCU Websites -- Some Best Practices

Part I -- It's a Web World
A consensus has recently emerged within the HBCU community that lack of public awareness of the recent achievements of HBCUs makes them vulnerable to judgments that they have nothing more to contribute to U.S. society, that HBCUs have a distinguished legacy, but a dubious future. HBCUs need to tell their stories more effectively so that the general public can better understand why they are still needed. I agree with this consensus.