Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Is This the End of College As We Know It?

 


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NOVEMBER 24, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Is This The End of College as We Know It?
 

Is This the End of College as We Know It? - WSJ
by Douglas Belkin, Wall Street Journal

"Rachael Wittern earned straight As in high school, a partial scholarship to college and then a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is now 33 years old, lives in Tampa, earns $94,000 a year as a psychologist and says her education wasn’t worth the cost. She carries $300,000 in student debt.

Dr. Wittern’s 37-year-old husband worked in a warehouse for several years before becoming an apprentice electrician. He expects to earn comparable money when he’s finished—minus the debt. When and if they have children, Dr. Wittern says her advice will be to follow her husband’s path and avoid a four-year degree.

“I just don’t see the value in a lot of what I studied,” she says. “Unless they have a really specific degree in mind we’d both prefer they take a more pragmatic, less expensive route.”

For traditional college students, the American postsecondary education system frequently means front-loading a lifetime’s worth of formal education and going into debt to do it. That is no longer working for millions of people, and the failure is clearing the way for alternatives: Faster, cheaper, specialized credentials closely aligned with the labor market and updated incrementally over a longer period, education experts say. These new credentials aren’t limited to traditional colleges and universities. Private industry has already begun to play a larger role in shaping what is taught and who is paying for it."

>> Background: "Faith in the four-year degree traces back to the 1960s, when Civil Rights activists pushed for everyone to attend college and become a professional.High schools began to direct students toward college-prep classes and away from vocational training. The federal government started lending money to many more students to pay for college. Universities grew into manicured playgrounds. The proportion of Americans with a four-year college degree climbed to 36% last year from 9% in 1965. But those gains came at a price."

>> The Big Picture: "Between 1979 and 2010, enrollment at two- and four-year colleges and universities more than doubled to 18 million. Since then it has fallen by about 2 million as the number of high-school graduates shrinks and the return on investment for graduates flattens. To adapt, more schools are offering larger tuition discounts, forcing many of them to cut costs, edging them closer to a death spiral. The pandemic and the resulting economic anxiety have accelerated these trends."

>> Reality Check: "Americans aren’t turning their backs on education; they are reconsidering how to obtain it. Enrollment in short-term credential classes during the pandemic increased by 70% to nearly 8 million over the same period last year, according to Jonathan Finkelstein, chief executive of Credly, a digital credentialing network. That increase came as freshman college enrollment dropped by 16%."

>> The Final Word: “College-for-all has been a catastrophically bad system,” says Oren Cass, executive director of American Compass. “It has to change.”

>> Food For Thought

 

2. Simply The Best

Credit: Sewanee Athletic Communications
by ITA Tennis


"In the history of college tennis, some of the most decorated coaches have represented their institutions in a highly successful way. Not only have they transformed the lives of their students-athletes, they also coached their teams to victory.

Matt Turk, CSUN Athletics, dove into the dual match records to find the top women’s tennis coaches of each division.

The following coaches were named to the All-Time Winningest Coaches list in Division III Women’s Tennis. To be selected, the coach had to have at least 10 years of head coaching experience at an NCAA school, and it includes all victories as a coach at a four-year institution."

Victories (DIII only)

  1. Conchie Shackelford, Sewanee, 1987-present, 593-213
  2. Jon Carlson, Gustavus Adolphus, 1990-present, 582-194
  3. Kathy Campbell, Vassar, 1978-present, 571-248-1
  4. Sarah Hatgas, Rhodes, 1976-2014, 481-201
  5. Lynn Imergoot, Washington, Mo., 1975-2005, 435-164
  6. Jackie Bagwell, Amherst, 1991-present, 433-115
  7. Amy Bryant, Emory, 1999-present, 408-103
  8. Rusty Hughes, Franklin, 1988-present, 394-213
  9. Terry Peck, St. Thomas, Minn., 1993-2019, 394-129
  10. Su Oertel, Luther, 1975-2006, 394-196

>> The Lists
 

 

3.  COVID Scorecard
 

We continue to update the winter competition seasons for schools and conferences.

Reminder: For winter sports sponsored by more than 200 institutions, at least 60 percent of those schools must participate in order for the NCAA to offer a national championship in that sport - 70 percent for sports with 200 or fewer sponsoring institutions (i.e., men’s and women’s ice hockey). 

Moving Forward

Waiting to Make Call

Canceled Conference Play and Championships

Canceled Winter Competition

Institutions Opting Out 

 

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4.  Cookies for Caregivers
 

Two Dads Lead Effort to Bake, Deliver Thousands of Cookies for Frontline  Coronavirus Workers
by Morgan Smith, PEOPLE

"Scrolling through Facebook one morning in April, middle school English teacher Jeremy Uhrich noticed something unusual: his friend Scott McKenzie showing off his homemade chocolate chip cookies.

“I work at a small college here in Huntingdon and I was furloughed back in April,” McKenzie, 58, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. “So instead of sitting around and feeling sorry for myself, I told myself I was going to learn something new every week.”

The associate athletic director at Juniata College continues: “I never made cookies from scratch before, but I made them for the first time and they weren't half bad! So like everybody in my generation, I had to brag about what I did on Facebook, and Jeremy here put up on Facebook that he had made cookies the same day and he bet his were better than mine.”

Uhrich, 42, challenged his friend to a bake-off. McKenzie accepted and proposed they let some of the frontline heroes in their Huntingdon, PA community judge the treats as a thank-you for their help during the pandemic."

>> Why It Matters: "The pair created Cookies for Caregivers, a Facebook group where other residents could volunteer to make treats for first responders and business owners. Since April, more than 100 bakers have joined the group, baking and delivering more than 15,100 snickerdoodles, sugar cookies, cakes and more to workers at local hospitals, grocery stores, fire departments and more."

>> What's Next: Each week, McKenzie and Uhrich brainstorm a list of workers that could use a sweet pick-me-up, or bakers in the group nominate people. Bakers drop the cookies off at Uhrich’s house, then he and Scott organize and deliver them to the businesses in large containers.

>> Worth Noting: It's the editor's hometown and he's proud.

>> The Final Word: “There aren’t enough people to thank,” McKenzie says. “Kindness doesn’t have an expiration date.”

>> A Nice Story
>> Washington Post feature

 

5.  Nicknames

Carthage College recently retired its Redmen and Lady Red nicknames for its athletic teams. The quest was on for new team name suggestions and the College received over 450. Every submission was reviewed and here are the some of the semifinalists! The remainder will be released today.
  • Lake Hawks
  • Vanguard
  • Fleet
  • Phoenicians
  • Railsplitters
  • War Elephants
  • Navigators
  • Ice Wolves
     
6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  1 Side Dish Thing


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What about dessert? Every region enjoys pumpkin pie. But beyond that, there are three Americas: The America that disproportionately has apple pie (New England and the Middle Atlantic), the America that has pecan pie and sweet potato pie (the assorted South), and the America that consumes cherry pie (the Midwest and West).

Enjoy your holiday! See you Monday.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

More Than Wins and Losses at Stake

 

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NOVEMBER 23, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  More Than Wins and Losses at Stake



by Associated Press


"As more than 300 teams prepare to start a season that will look nothing like any before it, the conversation isn’t so much about who will be cutting down the nets at the end of March Madness as much as it whether anyone will cut down the nets at all.

If some team, any team, does climb a ladder in Indianapolis — and the top (men's) candidates include the usuals, with No. 1 Gonzaga, Duke, Kentucky and Kansas among them — then consider the season a success.

Anything short of that, and nothing less than the future of college sports could hang in the balance.

This is the new world created by a COVID-19 crisis that is mushrooming to more than 190,000 new cases a day across America just as (men's Division I) college basketball gets set to tip off its season Wednesday."

>> Situational Awareness: "CBS and various cable affiliates are scheduled to pay around $800 million this season to televise America’s most frenetic sports celebration for three weeks each March and April. That’s on top of the millions the biggest conferences generate in media revenue during the regular season. Most of it is money earmarked for distribution by the NCAA and the conferences to the schools, which combine hoops and football revenue to fund smaller sports in their programs."

>> Quotable: “When you look around the country, this has potential to force some schools to recalibrate what they’re capable of supporting,” said John Tauer, the coach at St. Thomas, the Minnesota school that is moving from Division III to Division I. “It’s a complicated question that every school is going to answer differently.”

>> Worth Noting: "Though there’s always a lot of hand-wringing about the outsized role of money — passed both legitimately and under the table — in college basketball, there is no debate about this: Without any games, the money will dry up and college sports as we know it will be reshaped, too."

>> Keep Reading

 


2. Hobart's "Soul Patrol"

Blaxers Blog: The Inside Story of Hobart's Historic 'Soul Patrol' | US  Lacrosse Magazine
by Brian Simpkins, US Lacrosse Magazine
 

"Every generation in NCAA men’s lacrosse possesses a few Black and Indigenous standouts who shape how offenses are run. In the mid-1980s, a brotherhood of three lacrosse pioneers was born on Hobart’s scenic campus. Hobart’s all-Black midfield line, dubbed the “Soul Patrol,” would help the Statesmen maintain their storied success as a small college program.

The moniker “Soul Patrol” was jokingly created by two of the group’s members, Dr. Malcolm Anderson and Mark “Skip” Darden, after their pregame routine of watching musical performances on “Soul Train.” Hobart’s coaches made the nickname commonplace as they shouted substitution instructions at practice. Hobart normally assigned each line a color, and the Soul Patrol’s previous designations were the Blue and Black midfield lines. But “Soul Patrol” had a distinctly better ring to it.

When Hobart head coach Dave Urick shouted “Soul Patrol,” Anderson, Darden and Ray “Tiny” Crawford came running. And opposing defenses quickly went into panic mode."

>> Background: "From 1984-87, Hobart outscored opponents 912-487, averaged 16 goals per game and went 12-0 in the NCAA tournament. In the opening round of the 1986 NCAA Division III tournament, Hobart routed Roanoke 29-1. Urick, who would go on to coach at Georgetown and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, led the Statesmen to 10 straight national titles from 1980-89, part of a 12-year streak that’s unlikely ever to be matched in the sport."

>> Reality Check: “We are standing on the shoulders of our predecessors like Morgan State,” Anderson said. “It shows everyone that playing ability and success comes in all colors. We had a chip on our shoulders. We had a curtain wall of pride and responsibility.”

>> The Key Stat: "There is great optimism that one day soon more college programs will recruit and cultivate their own versions of the Soul Patrol. Even though chance brought them together, Anderson, Crawford and Darden unintentionally paved the way for dynamic offenses as we now know them."

>> Go Deeper

 

3. Fifty Years of Championships
 
The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference office and UW-Stout sports information director Layne Pitt recently sat down with former WWIAC Commissioner Judy Kruckman to discuss the beginnings of the WWIAC. Pitt also spoke with former Stout professor and coach Kay Carter.

As women around the United States were rallying for equal rights in the 1960s and 1970s, Eau Claire State’s Judy Kruckman and Stout State’s Kay Carter were there at the beginning to see Wisconsin colleges – state and private - build a women’s athletic conference.
 
The Wisconsin Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WWIAC), which has since merged with the Wisconsin State University Conference (WSUC) to form the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), was officially launched Jan. 31, 1971, at a two-day weekend gathering at Eau Claire with a group of representatives from 11 schools in attendance. 
 
At the time, Kruckman was teaching physical education and coaching swimming at Eau Claire. Carter was teaching physical education and coaching gymnastics at Stout.  
 
Initially, women’s sports and recreation were limited to the local campuses, with women’s athletic associations participating amongst themselves. Sports days for women were common within the state and around the country. A host school would invite a number of schools to attend the day, generally a Saturday, and participate in different sports. Volleyball would be played in the fall, basketball in the winter and softball in the spring.  
 
“But you couldn’t go as a team,” Kruckman said. “They would split you up.” 

>> Between The Lines: “We wanted to get recognized and wanted to be treated the same as an athletic program,” Kruckman said. “Notice I'm not saying as a men’s program. We walked the biggest tight rope. The women didn’t want to mimic the men’s programs. We didn’t want scholarships. We wanted FTE (full-time equivalency) release time to be able to coach and work with the teams. We wanted the recognition that women were spending their own time and money to get this conference going.” 

>> Be Smart: “The women athletes themselves have proven how worthy this cause is,” Kruckman said.

>> And Worthy Of Your Time

 

4.  COVID Scorecard


We continue to update the winter competition seasons for schools and conferences.

Moving Forward

Waiting to Make Call

Canceled Conference Play and Championships

Institutions Opting Out 


 
5. Weekend Stars Star on Apple iOS 14.2
 

 
6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  1 Burger Thing


Drone's-eye view. Photo: DroneBase via Reuters


Police in Aurora, Colo. — 10 miles east of Denver — reported a 14-hour wait yesterday for the opening of the state's first In-N-Out Burger:

  • "[T]he line wrapped around the mall twice, and there were some nearby hwy backups. Right now we estimate the line to be 1.5-2 miles long."

The California-based In-N-Out, which has a cult following à la Krispy Kreme, expects to sell 60,000 burgers in Aurora over the weekend. (Denver Post)
 

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Friday, November 20, 2020

When Even Good Leaders Make Enemies

 


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NOVEMBER 20, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  When Even Good Leaders Make Enemies
 

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by Rob Jenkins, Chronicle of Higher Education

"It’s certainly true that bad administrators make a lot of enemies on their campuses. But it’s also true that good leaders sometimes make enemies too. Incurring a certain amount of opposition is simply an unpleasant but unavoidable part of the job. It usually means you’re doing something right.

In fact, if you’re in an administrative position, and you’ve never made any enemies, then you probably haven’t proposed much real change in your realm, and that’s a different kind of bad leadership.

As a former college administrator — with stints as a department chair, a program director, and even, briefly, a dean — I am now a faculty member and a leadership coach. After more than three decades in academe, I can confirm that there are many reasons why, as a good leader, you might occasionally inspire enmity, including the following:

  • You Can't Please Everyone
  • You Do What's Right
  • You Are Who (And What) You Are
  • You Represent Change
  • You Tell The Truth
  • You're Successful
  • You Messed Up
>> The Final Word: "So yes, sometimes as a leader you will make enemies as a result of your own words, deeds, or mistakes. Part of the challenge of leadership is learning to work around those obstacles and become the kind of good leader who may not be valued by every faculty member but will at least be appreciated by most."

>> Keep Reading 

 
2.  Strategic Planning and Finance Recap
 
 

At its meeting via teleconference Wednesday, the Division III Strategic Planning and Finance Committee proposed a one-time, three-year budget cycle for 2021-22 through 2023-24.

The three-year budget cycle was recommended due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and members’ belief that a three-year cycle, versus the division’s traditional biannual cycle, will best position the division. The Management and Presidents Councils will review and finalize the recommendation during their January meetings in conjunction with the 2021 NCAA Convention. In June, the committee had endorsed budget cuts of nearly $2 million a year annually for fiscal years 2021-24 to offset projected budget shortfalls.

“Typically Division III works on a two-year budget cycle, but with the unique challenges COVID-19 has had on our budget, this one-time, three-year budget cycle allows us to best work through those,” said Fayneese Miller, chair of the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee and president at Hamline. “I applaud this committee and our leadership across the division on the way they continue to make the necessary decisions to position our membership and student-athletes well for the present and future.”

The committee also was given a report that the division finished 2019-20 with a $7.2 million deficit after a catastrophic insurance payment of $5 million was received. The deficit is being covered by the division’s mandated reserve.

 


3. #d3Donates


The Division III Assistant/Associate Commissioners Group (DIIIACG) launches its inaugural #d3Donates campaign for the 2020-21 academic year.

The #d3Donates campaign is, at its core, a voluntary, student-athlete driven initiative. Activating participants throughout the Division III landscape – and the division’s 180,000-plus student-athletes – will be largely dependent on both the cooperation and collaboration of our student-athletes. Developing creative and effective ways to engage and connect with their peers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hasn’t been easy, but the perseverance of Division III student-athletes is what will make this incredible initiative a success.

>> Situational Awareness: The #d3Donates campaign is a five-month endeavor that will showcase the many ways that NCAA Division III student-athletes are positively impacting their communities. Through the donation of an individual's time, food, or other resources, the initiative will promote the spirit of giving throughout the athletics community.

>> Of Note: Student-athletes who participate in #d3Donates can share photos and videos of their community service efforts on social media by using the hashtag #d3Donates. The hashtag #d3Donates should also serve as a call to action for Division III student-athletes to participate in the campaign. #d3Donates will not compile metrics related to the campaign but encourage participation for the good of the community.

>> What They're Saying: “I commend the members of the DIIIACG’s SAAC Standing Committee for their work on this initiative,” noted DIIIACG Chair, Mike Christie. “Division III student-athletes are consistently assisting their communities in a variety of ways throughout the academic year and #d3Donates is a great way to help showcase those efforts.” 

>> Go Deeper

 

4.  COVID Scorecard
 

We continue to update the winter and spring competition seasons for schools and conferences.

Moving Forward

Waiting to Make Call

Canceled Conference Play and Championships

Institutions Opting Out 


 

5. Comings and Goings
 
 
6.  1 Smile to Go




Spotted at the giant panda protection and research center in Aba, Sichuan, China.


- courtesy of Axios

 
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