Back into the breach, opening day

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead. In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man, as modest stillness and humility: But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger. ~ William Shakespeare Tomorrow will begin myContinue reading “Back into the breach, opening day”

The Higher Education Zodiac

You might be a teacher if…you are thankful that your thought bubble is invisible in staff meetings. ~ The Teacher Next Door The Higher Education Zodiac I was sitting with a couple of colleagues talking and someone joked about their Sun Zodiac symbol and then we got talking about our Chinese Zodiac signs and itContinue reading “The Higher Education Zodiac”

Happy New Year Higher Ed

What’s so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you’re constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that. ~ Billy Crystal After thirty-five years in higher education, the calendar year loses relevance. For those of us in higher education July 1st is New Year Day. To celebrate my academic New Year’sContinue reading “Happy New Year Higher Ed”

The Miracle of Graduation

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success. ~ Robert Orben Tonight a jointly published post on both the Ministry of Happiness and my Higher Ed Mentor blogs.  Today, once again, for my thirty-fifth year inContinue reading “The Miracle of Graduation”

Managing High Performers in Higher Education

No one on his deathbed has ever said, I wish I spent more time in the office. ~ Paul Tsongas My first president when I began working in California was an incredibly honest and straight forward type of person. At one point we got into a discussion about management philosophy and he came straight outContinue reading “Managing High Performers in Higher Education”

Managing people in Higher Ed

Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission. ~ Colin Powell I encountered a piece recently entitled 103 pieces of advice I wish I’d known, it was really quite wonderful and the advice is great. Embedded in this list was some excellent advice forContinue reading “Managing people in Higher Ed”

Is college still worth it?

Is college still worth it? I’m hearing this question quite a bit lately and it’s funny there seem to be two quite opposite campus in agreement on the answer that college is no longer worth it. On one side is a conservative mindset that has developed in our country that is heavily anti-intellectual. They don’tContinue reading “Is college still worth it?”

The truth about student loans

Don’t go through life, grow through life. ~ Eric Butterworth There’s a lot of shouting these days about how college isn’t worth it. I’ve recently written a piece entitled, Is college still worth it, to address this question. But a lot of the shouting around education these days has to do with student loan debt.Continue reading “The truth about student loans”

The Advantage of Being and Old Dean

As much as I loathe this aging thing, I’m beginning to recognize that I am now a healthier person in terms of self-worth and knowing who I am and where I fit in the world. That’s been a good trade-off for the wrinkles. ~ Patty Duke For administrators it has been a particularly hard timeContinue reading “The Advantage of Being and Old Dean”

Should Colleges Go Back Online in January?

I wrote a piece not too long ago for this blog entitled the hardest semester of your career, Fall 2021. This piece was focused on the fact that as part of emergency operations training you are taught that the recovery phase is the hardest phase in emergency management. Well, that was when we were allContinue reading “Should Colleges Go Back Online in January?”