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March 10, 2014
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How academic job interviews are like presidential debates
Academic job hunters should approach the interview process in the same way a presidential candidate prepares for a debate, Hope College English professor William Pannapacker writes in this commentary. He advises candidates to conduct research, prepare for the interview and practice for on-campus meetings and presentations. "And even if you don't win the interview process, you are probably better off -- better prepared for your next job opportunities or for staying in your current position -- than you were before," Pannapacker writes. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content) (3/10)
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The rules for establishing LinkedIn connections
Experts recommend that you accept LinkedIn requests only from those you know and avoid asking someone you've never met to connect. When in doubt, ask yourself, "Would you do a favor for this person, or ask a favor of them?" says author Alexandra Samuel. "If so, make the connection. If not, take a pass." The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/On Leadership blog (3/7)
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Higher Ed Employment Trends
Employers turn to private insurance exchanges, new networks and more
Large businesses are increasingly attracted to privately run insurance exchanges for employee and retiree benefits, surveys find. Many are also shifting some costs to employees, and some are experimenting with other ways to control spending, such as opening on-site clinics or new types of provider networks. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/6)
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Higher Ed in the News
Ala. university to offer MBA program online
Samford University's Brock School of Business is planning to offer its full Master of Business Administration degree program online beginning in the fall, officials say. The Alabama university is hoping the program will attract nontraditional students who need the flexibility of an online program. "We have a number of [alumni] who would like to earn an MBA from the Brock School, but who are unable to attend class on campus," Barbara Cartledge, assistant dean of academic programs, said. AL.com (Alabama) (3/6)
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Report: Dual-enrollment programs provide students with multiple benefits
A report by the Education Commission of the States found that high-school students who take dual-enrollment courses are more likely to graduate and continue their education, compared with students who do not. The research also revealed that more than 600,000 students take classes that fulfill high-school graduation requirements and help them earn technical certificates or college credit. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (3/6)
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Leadership Focus
Survey questions college presidents about transparency, government role and more
Three-quarters of college presidents believe their institutions should report information such as job placement rates, student debt levels and graduate school enrollment numbers, a new survey shows. However, only half of the presidents surveyed believe the U.S. government should be collecting and publishing such data. The wide-ranging survey also asked presidents their opinion on issues such as campus race relations and the financial stability of colleges and universities. InsideHigherEd.com (3/7)
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