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Negative Comments Take 2: My Personal Rules

Many people have asked lately, ‘how do we deal with negative comments’? It is always asked at the start of a new social media campaign, usually in fear or as an excuse. Be it in Facebook, Twitter, blog comments, etc., this still is an issue I think becomes more personal than institutional. Of course companies [...]

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CO to State Facebook Users: “Shut. Down. EVERYTHING.”

CO to State Facebook Users: “Shut. Down. EVERYTHING.”

Wednesday we received information that was both surprising and almost unbelievable from a friend and reader of ours over in Colorado. After some digging and communication with other contacts we have confirmed with other schools and the CO State Controller that it appears that the state of Colorado has advised state agencies, including higher ed, [...]

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The Web Singularity is Near

The Web Singularity is Near

I should probably feel terrible for making a play on Ray Kurzweil’s famous book title, because I don’t think I’m quite good enough to borrow from someone like him. But, I did it anyway. I know, I’m without shame. I’ve come to terms with that. I want to go a little editorial on you all [...]

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IMHO 7 Reasons Why Higher Ed Is the Best Gig in All the Web

IMHO 7 Reasons Why Higher Ed Is the Best Gig in All the Web

Okay, I simply couldn’t resist tossing out a counterpoint here. This topic was started by Mark Greenfield (who was following up on a Steve Krug presentation) and continued here recently by my colleague Nikki. The reason that I want to run this from the other side is twofold: one, sometimes we just need a boost.  [...]

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Is There a Brain Drain Coming?

Is There a Brain Drain Coming?

Just last night, it was announced that the State of Kansas would be making its fifth round of budget cuts (cutting higher ed back to 2006 levels), now equaling a full $1 billion in cuts from of what was originally supposed to be a $6 billion state operating budget.  Kansas is small potatoes.  Students recently [...]

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Book Review: Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig

Book Review: Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you might have caught on that I recently got into the book Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity by Lawrence Lessig, one of many that I’ve been meaning to check off my least of to-reads.  Let me spoil the review by telling you not to [...]

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The Online Education Game is Changing

The Online Education Game is Changing

The walled garden of higher education just took a volley from one dangerous cannon.  It’s a cannon that might not knock the wall down this time, but there will certainly be successors that could.  What I’m talking about is a place called StraighterLine.com.  The short of it is that for $99 a month, you can [...]

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Web Leadership’s Role in Higher Ed

Web Leadership’s Role in Higher Ed

Last week, I was fortunate enough to graduate in the second annual Pittsburg State University Leadership Class.  This is a program modeled after other similar programs around the state and nation, programs which are designed to groom and cultivate forward minded people into folks capable of stepping up and contributing to the growth and development [...]

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Highlights from E-expectations: Class of 2009

Stephanie Geyer, Associate Vice President for e-strategy and Web development at Noel-Levitz, released their latest E-expectations survey of 1,005 college-bound high school seniors in 2009 at the OmniUpdate Users Conference this morning. This is their fourth year doing this research study in conjunction with James Tower and the National Research Center for College and University [...]

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Reining in the outliers for a university-wide cohesive Web presence

Reining in the outliers for a university-wide cohesive Web presence

A prospective student does a Google search for “English composition [university name]” and is brought to your English department’s site. While there, they find the program that intrigues them, and decide to jump off course to learn more about tuition and fees, housing, and dining services. Along they way they bounce through three additional department [...]

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