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What’s Dennis Reading? – 2/25/15

5 Ways to Become More Self-Aware by Anthony K. Tjan, Harvard Business Review Tjan argues you can’t be a good leader without self-awareness. How does one become more self-aware? He suggests meditation, writing down your key plans and priorities, taking psychometric tests, asking trusted friends and getting regular feedback at work. The Future of Higher Education by Janna Anderson, Jan…

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What’s Dennis Reading? 1/28/2015

Success for All Students by Kevin Kruger, Leadership Exchange NASPA President Kevin Kruger suggests that these are the best practices for ensuring the academic success of first-generation college students: 1) identify, actively recruit and continually track first-generation students 2) bring them to campus early 3) focus on their distinctive features 4) develop programs that meet…

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What’s Dennis Reading? 1/14/15

The digital degree by The Economist Universities have passed on the ever-increasing cost of going to college on to its students, as fees for private non-profit universities in America rose by 28% from 2000 to 2012, and have continued to increase. Higher education is now being introduced to massive open online courses, digitally-delivered courses that have advantages…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – 12/3/14

21st-Century Talent Spotting Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, Harvard Business Review  In past decades, organizations have emphasized competencies in hiring and developing talent. Today those responsible for hiring and promotion decisions must focus on potential by assessing five key indicators in current and prospective employees: the right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement and determination  How Netflix Reinvented HR by…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – 11/19/2014

Public Universities at Risk: 7 Damaging Myths by Christopher Newfield, The Chronicle of Higher Education The cuts that have been made in public financial support have affected both public colleges and the students that attend them. Christopher Newfield contends that many administrators of public universities are unable to convince political and business leaders that there…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – 11/5/2014

Surviving Anxiety by Scott Stossel, The Atlantic Debilitating anxiety is the most common form of mental illness, afflicting one in four people at some point in their lives. Scott Stossel, the Atlantic’s editor, is one of them. Paralyzing fears of failure, public speaking, flying, heights and more have overrun him since childhood. He’s used therapy, drugs and…

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What’s Dennis Reading? – 10/22/2014

Student Affairs, Boards, and Rebuilding the Public Trust by Kevin Kruger, Trusteeship Gallup survey results released in April of this year showed that 89 percent of those polled feel that higher education institutions need to change to better serve the needs of today’s students, with only 49 percents of U.S. adults seeing evidence that such change…