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Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry
A look into today's world of Student Affairs in Higher Education Orientation
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Digital Identity Development: Orientation and Career Services | Inside Higher Ed

Digital Identity Development: Orientation and Career Services | Inside Higher Ed | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

Does your Universities Orientation Program incorporate the idea of digital identity development from the start?

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Hello From the Back of the Room

Hello From the Back of the Room | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

Where do you stand? 

 

Where do you situate yourself for lectures, keynotes, and conference talks?

 

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Five big ideas for freshman orientation - Higher Education

Five big ideas for freshman orientation - Higher Education | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

What should your Orientation programs include? Many school programs do not focus on the overarching concept of academics and tend to be more focused on fun. Here is a list of ideas to keep in mind to stay academic focused while still having fun! 


"The purpose of a freshman orientation program ought to be, well, to orient freshmen in college — that is, to give students a “compass bearing” in the strange and unfamiliar world of college."

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Abby Koski's comment, April 19, 2012 7:28 PM
Even though I'm not involved with orientation programs at all, I really enjoyed this article, and think it raised some really important points. There were certainly a few things on that list I wish had been emphasized more when I was a freshman.
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Four-Year Degrees, Two-Year Schools | Inside Higher Ed

Four-Year Degrees, Two-Year Schools | Inside Higher Ed | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

"Community colleges have the raw material to be the breakthrough sites for innovations in teaching writing, speaking, and math to first-year college students. That’s a worthy and difficult mission, hard to do well but valuable when done right. Let’s do that. I’m content to leave the upper-level stuff to the colleges that specialize in it. Better to do what we do, well."



Should community colleges offer bachelor’s degrees?

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Eric Johnson's comment, April 23, 2012 3:40 PM
"But recast us from “feeder” to “competitor,” and suddenly things get ugly. We have to raise prices substantially to compensate for the extra staffing, extra sections, extra facilities, and extra marketing. The four-year colleges move from 'accepting transfers' to 'poaching,' with all of the ethical dilemmas that implies. We have to reduce our freshman admissions in order to make room for the upper-level students, with directly regressive economic fallout."

Didn't even think about this. Super interested to see how this turns out! It sounds really intense!
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Using Twitter to Talk About Teaching - Do Your Job Better Higher Education

Using Twitter to Talk About Teaching - Do Your Job Better Higher Education | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

How can you use twitter to enhance learning and the teaching expereince? 


"You'll find plenty of people doing interesting work in teaching and learning once you have followed your first few users and see whose research they are referencing and retweeting. You should also find that the accounts you follow, and the ones who follow you in return, build up quickly. In no time at all, you will have expanded your personal learning network in ways that might lead your teaching, your research—and yes, maybe even your breakfast menu or comic timing, if you so choose—in exciting new directions."

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Eric Johnson's comment, April 15, 2012 3:51 AM
Twitter has so many possibilities besides short blurbs about what you're eating for breakfast. It's amazing to see how it's being used. Thanks for sharing! :)
craniumburrito's comment, April 16, 2012 5:04 AM
hola sam...! the first thing that crossed my mind after reading this article is... i wonder how they will accomplish this when one 140 characters are allowed in each tweet. i mean i know it can and will be done, just excited for the future. keep us updated :D
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Top Universities by Reputation 2012

Top Universities by Reputation 2012 | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it
Top Universities by Reputation 2012 published by Times Higher Education. Official 2012 results.



View this short video on how they rank the Universities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RyuSVEnRMkM

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Universities going MOBILE!

Universities going MOBILE! | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

What items are ranked as being the most valuable in mobile form for college students?

 

View the mobile expectaions of college students: http://omniupdate.com/assets/whitepapers/pdfs/MobileExpectations.pdf

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Erin Smith's comment, April 5, 2012 3:25 PM
Thanks for sharing this. Very helpful.
Eric Johnson's comment, April 7, 2012 7:18 PM
I'm still kind of a traditionalist (I don't even have a smart-phone), but I agree with just about everything in this article. Our successive generations are becoming more and more mobile, and colleges need to realize this and adapt.
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Pavlis Institute: Global Technological Institute

"Most of us learn to be leaders. We discover the importance of vision, integrity, and creativity -- then practice these lessons while pursuing our passions. If you want to develop the confidence to become an exceptional leader, meet and interact with people in roles of leadership, and experience working in another culture while making a difference in the lives of others, the Pavlis Institute is for you."

Also, preview their brochure here: http://www.pavlisinstitute.mtu.edu/brochure/PavlisBrochure.pdf ;

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Student Affairs Conference Sessions: Helpful Tips for Success

Student Affairs Conference Sessions: Helpful Tips for Success | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

It is March, and conference sessions are in full swing! Eric Stoller reminds us in a short article on key important aspects to make your conference session not suck. 

 

After recently attending a conference with my co-workers, as photoed, this information could have came in handy for some presentations. 

 

If you enjoy these tips, review his previous article on this topic. http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/student-affairs-and-technology/no-you-cant-have-my-slides

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Iraqi Universities at a Crossroads

Iraqi Universities at a Crossroads | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

"Eight years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and a few months after the withdrawal of the military forces from the country, Iraq's universities, devastated by years of dictatorship, sanctions, and war, are still struggling to recover."

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Summer Reading | Orientation at Michigan Tech

Summer Reading | Orientation at Michigan Tech | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

Michiagn Tech's Orientation program offers a program called Summer Reading. Faculty, staff, current, and incoming students participate. During Orientation week, Orientation Team Leaders along with a faculty or staff member lead an insightful discussion with first-year students. Through critical reading of the book, the Reading as Inquiry program hopes to prepare each incoming student for college-level reading, inquiry, and discussion.

 

"Students attending Orientation can participate in the Summer Reading series and have the chance to meet the author during Orientation Week."

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Jessica Kennedy's comment, April 9, 2012 10:43 PM
I've loved every book from the Summer Reading program I've read so far and am looking forward to this one! I think my favorite was 'The Glass Castle' by Jeannette Walls. Actually, my dad and I went to D.C together last year and we listened to it on the way there. I was so excited when the author came and spoke about her book at the Rosza. It really makes connecting with the author and the story so much stronger. I recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it! I'm looking forward to classes being over and reading LIttle Princess. Thanks for reminding me to do so!
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The Higher Education Bubble

The Higher Education Bubble | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

"An infographic series on the current crisis facing higher education." What do you think about this?

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Global Citizenship in relation to Higher Education

Global Citizenship in relation to Higher Education | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

"As the field grows increasingly complex and the instrumental goals of internationalization become more prominent, it is important that campus discussions and planning efforts sort out their language, underlying concepts, and implied or explicit values. Otherwise, people run the risk of talking past each other and developing strategies that may not match their goals."

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The Incredible Impact of the Internet on Higher Education [Infographic]

The Incredible Impact of the Internet on Higher Education [Infographic] | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it
College students are among the leading adapters of technology.
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Some college students deserve failing grades?

Some college students deserve failing grades? | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

"I do not enjoy watching students fail any more than I did 15 years ago, but now I see failures as part and parcel of the total experience of a college education. Like so much in life, failure and success are just different ends of the same spectrum. Learning to navigate that spectrum with integrity, grace, humility, and a little grit, is one of the most important skills colleges can teach."

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Online Reputation Important for Grads in New Job Market

Online Reputation Important for Grads in New Job Market | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it
Big Blue Robot founder Dan Sorensen argues that developing and protecting one’s online reputation is vitally important for graduates entering the job market.


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Stanford Education Experiment Could Change Higher Learning Forever

Stanford Education Experiment Could Change Higher Learning Forever | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it
Fascinating article on a potential future for higher ed...
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In Brazil, a Liberal-Arts Experiment Brings Diversity to One Campus - Global - Higher Education

In Brazil, a Liberal-Arts Experiment Brings Diversity to One Campus - Global - Higher Education | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

This article shares how Brazil is prepping their students to take f the hardest entry exams for a University in Brazil called University of Campinas, known as Unicamp.

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Hiking Heights for Higher Education

Hiking Heights for Higher Education | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it
Micheal Gingerich & Suzanne F Stevens summit Mt. Kenya, second highest mt. in Africa, March 16, 2012 to raise funds for African women’s tertiary education   Do you want to get involved – Either Hike with Us, or Donate?
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Higher Ed Online Schools-Who they benefit and why.

Higher Ed Online Schools-Who they benefit and why. | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

"Especially with today's economy, the reality is that in order to have any form of job security you need some form of higher education. This makes the existence of the Internet so valuable in that if offers the opportunity to enroll into one of the many degree programs provided, allowing those of us with families to support to keep working during the day."

 

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Outdoor Orientations: Can this help your student body?

Outdoor Orientations: Can this help your student body? | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it
As students apply to college, they may want to consider schools with wilderness orientation programs.
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What YOU need to know about Graduate School

What YOU need to know about Graduate School | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

Karen Kelsky shares the ins and outs of what you need to know about graduate school and finding a job. 

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Eric Johnson's comment, April 2, 2012 2:35 AM
I personally am not interested at attending grad school at this point in my life, but if I ever do, I will keep in mind the advice I've found in this article. "Keep an eye on the job you wish to have at the end." That's good. It might not be the most romantic mindset, but it's practical, and in this day and age, with the economy the way it is, that matters a lot.
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Is higher education fit for the global urban era?

Is higher education fit for the global urban era? | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

"It is also worth questioning if traditional providers of higher education are built for the much more stretched out spatial era emerging in almost all of our world regions. And if not, what are the options -- technological, organizational, etc. -- for addressing a provider-society disconnect that will surely deepen over time?"

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First Generation

First Generation | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

Do universities take enough time to focus on first generation college students? 

 

"Nearly one in six freshmen at American four-year institutions are first generation, according to a 2007 study by the University of California at Los Angeles’s Higher Education Research Institute."

 

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Generation Me on Trial

Generation Me on Trial | Taking the First Steps: A Professional Inquiry | Scoop.it

"Tolerance and equality are among Generation Me's greatest strengths, and should continue to be celebrated. But sometimes equality is not enough. For true peace and compassion, we need a healthy dose of empathy. It's not enough to realize that someone else is equal—we have to think about what it's really like to be him or her. That, perhaps more than anything else, is the lesson we must teach Generation Me—and ourselves."

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