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What’s Dennis Reading? – 7/16/2014

  Is College Worth It? by Pew Research Center | Social & Demographic Trends Though 57% of Americans say that the U.S. higher education system fails to provide students with value for the money spent on college, 86% say that college has been a good investment for them personally. While Americans value college, they value character…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – 7/2/2014

Making the Economic Case for More Than the Minimum Wage by Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek Social justice demands a minimum wage of more than $20 an hour, however economics won’t allow for one much higher than $10. The way out of the dilemma is to acknowledge that the minimum wage is being called on to…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – 6/18/2014

The ‘Legalization’ of Student Affairs by Brian A. Carlisle, The Chronicle of Higher Education Student Affairs is often displayed as an institution that is committed to developing the whole student. In recent years, the “legalization” of student affairs has left its professionals wondering how to sustain the commitment to student development. An increased amount of…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – May 4, 2014

Higher Education’s Six Sigma by Brandon Busteed, Gallup Business Journal The Gallup-Purdue Index has found that there are six factors of the college experience, three that pertain to feeling supported and another three that apply to experiential and deep learning, that influence a student’s well-being and engagement at work. College grads who reported feeling supported during…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – May 21, 2014

Study: You Really Can ‘Work Smarter, Not Harder’ by Nanette Fondas, The Atlantic A team of researches from HEC Paris, Harvard Business School, and the University of North Carolina found that learning is activated in a more efficient capacity if a lesson or engagement is followed with thinking about what was just presented. By reflecting on…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – May 7, 2014

Campus Climate Study: Summary of Systemwide Findings by University of California Though a large majority of the UC community is satisfied with the overall climate at the university, efforts to increase underrepresented minority and multi-minority respondents’ comfortability with the overall climate and the workplace climate are underway. Some of these efforts include the hiring of dedicated…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – April 23, 2014

  Don’t Know What To Do With Your Life? Neither Did Thoreau by Maureen Corrigan, NPR Like many twentysomethings today, Thoreau was unsure of his future. Though he was equipped with a vast amount of knowledge, as well as a Harvard degree to back it up, he turned down a lucrative teaching career and helped out…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – April 9, 2014

Colleges respond to growing ranks of learning disabled by Matt Krupnick, Hechinger Report An increasing number of colleges and universities are focusing attention on getting reluctant students with learning disabilities to divulge their needs before running into inevitable issues in the classroom- issues that will likely plummet schools’ increasingly important graduation rates. Only a quarter…

What’s Dennis Reading? – March 12, 2014

When May I Shoot a Student? by Greg Hampikian, The New York Times Thanks to a bill passed in Idaho, the state’s colleges and universities now permit guns on campus, creating widespread controversy and an unnecessary evil that professor of biology and criminal justice at Boise State University, Greg Hampikian, facetiously commends as the perfect way to…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – Feb. 26, 2014

Religious Dorms Sprout Up by Arian Campo-Flores, The Wall Street Journal Faith-based residence halls are making appearances at public colleges and universities nationwide, including the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Texas A&M University- Kingsville and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. The push to create large-scale faith-based residence halls, mostly at public universities, is relatively…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – Feb. 12, 2014

Note that access to some articles may require creating a free account. A Course in Online Civility by Brian Goedde, The Chronicle Review A professor of both online and traditional in-person composition classes, Brian Goedde details how civility and respectful disagreement can be achieved in both face-to-face and virtual forums. Though the students he teaches…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – Jan. 29, 2014

Note that access to some articles may require creating a free account. Jeff Bezos: The Ultimate Disrupter  by Adam Lashinsky, Fortune Magazine Named Fortune’s 2012 Businessperson of the Year, Jeff Bezos has grown Amazon exponentially, venturing into the sales of everything from couture retailing and feature-film production to iPad-worthy tablet manufacturing. Bezos has consistently taken many…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – Jan. 15, 2014

Note that access to some articles may require creating a free account. Degrees of Value: Making College Pay Off by Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Wall Street Journal The public is becoming increasingly skeptical of the value of a college degree, and parents and students are scrutinizing the gap between college debt and post-graduate earnings. According to…

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What’s Dennis Reading – November 25th Guest Reader Sarah Morgan!

This week Sarah Morgan, Assistant Principal of Preston Residential College, is reading: “‘Snowplow parents’ overly involved in college students’ lives” by Bella English The infamous group better known as “helicopter parents” has recently transformed into “snowplow parents.” Attending their children’s job interviews, requesting menu changes in the dinning halls and making roommate changes for their child have…

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What’s Dennis Reading – October 30th

This week, Vice President Dennis Pruitt is reading: * Note that access to some articles may require you to sign up for a free account. “Designing Trustworthy Organizations” by Robert F. Hurley, Nicole Gillespie, Donald L. Ferrin and Graham Dietz With so many different companies in the news for fraud and mistreatment of employees, how does…

What’s Dennis Reading? – Oct. 16

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a guest contributor. Thanks to Jen Skidmore from the Student Success Center, we get to remedy that today. Jen Skidmore, financial literacy coordinator, is reading:    Closing the Financial Literacy Gap to Combat Student Overborrowing and Default Despite recent changes meant to simplify student loan repayment, we’re finding…

What’s Dennis Reading – October 2nd

This week, Vice President Dennis Pruitt is reading: * Note that access to some articles may require you to sign up for a free account. “College Football, Minus the Students” by Ben Cohen College football stadiums across the country are seeing a decline in student section attendance. Some people blame the lack of competitive schedules,…

What’s Dennis Reading – September 18

This week, Vice President Dennis Pruitt is reading: * Note that access to some articles may require you to sign up for a free account. “Art Attack” by Will Ellsworth-Jones Banksy is an international graffiti artist taking his passion to the streets to spread positive messages. After being named one of “Time” magazine’s top 100…

What’s Dennis Reading? – September 4

This week, Vice President Dennis Pruitt is reading: * Note that access to some articles may require you to sign up for a free account. “Campus Sexual Assault: Suggested Policies and Procedures” by American Association of University Professors The AAUP suggested these policies and procedures for preventing and dealing with sexual assault on college campuses.…

What’s Dennis Reading – August 21

This week, Vice President Dennis Pruitt is reading: * Note that access to some articles may require you to sign up for a free account. “‘Tuning’ the Disciplines” by Norman Jones “Tuning” is a European concept, which involves all subject-area teams from different schools to develop common curriculum, learning outcomes and competencies for certain degrees. The Utah…

What’s Dennis Reading – July 24th

This week, Vice President Dennis Pruitt is reading: * Note that access to some articles may require you to sign up for a free account. “The Network Secrets of Great Change Agents” by Julie Battilana and Tiziana Casciaro Change doesn’t come easy, especially in large organizations. Many times workers oppose change and the restructuring of a…

What’s Dennis Reading – July 3rd

This week, Vice President Dennis Pruitt is reading: * Note that access to some articles may require you to sign up for a free account. “Connect, Then Lead” by Amy J.C. Cuddy, Matthew Kohut, and John Neffinger Is it better to be loved or feared? It is an age-old question that many leaders have found themselves…