Friday, December 12, 2014

Top ten posts 2014 (part 2)

At the end of the year, it's typical to reflect on the milestones we've reached over the last twelve months. So it is during this time that I like to review articles I've shared on this blog, and highlight several via a "top ten" list. I shared five of my "top ten" on Monday; here is the rest of the list. These are presented in no particular order:

A new library for a new generation
At the University of Minnesota Morris, we have been working on plans to extend our library to become a new "learning commons," a destination for both individual and group learning. We have actually been developing these plans for a number of years. Related: The library is not just for books.
Amazon as the new bookstore
"Can you imagine what it would be like if we outsourced our bookstores to Amazon?" It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone working in higher ed that costs are a major concern, and have been for years. This extends even to the books that students must buy for their classes. Universities have long sought new ways to lower textbook costs. Purdue's move to partner with Amazon is an interesting step for higher ed, one that other institutions will seek to emulate—with Amazon, or with other textbook resellers. 
The changing role of the CIO
The role of the chief information officer has changed dramatically over the years. I've discussed this several times, including one article about the CIO of the future. Citing Jerry DeSanto, vice president for planning and CIO at the University of Scranton (PA), chief information officers in the 1990s described their role as Building,Spending, Technical, Physical, Obscure, Functional, User-centric, Operational, Manager. But the CIO of the future must instead embody collaborative qualities: Sharing, Optimizing, Well-rounded, Virtual, Visible, Value-added, Customer-centric, Strategic, Leader.
Treating student jobs as real jobs
In Computing Services, we have always given our student workers realistic work assignments. Rather than use students as cheap labor, we seek to expand the educational mission of the university by giving "stretch" assignments to our student workers, according to their individual capabilities. So it's not surprising (for us, anyway) to see this white paper from Noel-Levitz, about "Enhancing Student Success by Treating Student Jobs as Real Jobs." This brief report (8 pages) describes how institutions may advance student learning: how campus jobs help to prepare students for the post-collegiate working world.
Your tie says a lot about you
How you dress says a lot about who you are as a person. Whether we like or not, our professional appearance often precedes us. What we wear to meetings is often just as important as what we say and how we act at that meeting. And you might not know it, but your tie says a lot about you.

That may be ten, but that's not the end of the "top ten" list. I'll share a few "bonus" items on Monday!
photo: AASU Armstrong University Archives

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