new rules for success

First post in a long while…sometimes life gets in the way. I’ve been thinking about a new frame of student success – and re-read the first chapter in Eric Barker’s book, “Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong” (2017).  With that subtitle, why wouldn’t … Continue reading

the path to purpose

Gallup, Inc. just produced a report on “The State of the American Workplace” (here’s where you can find it:  In the report, they share that only 33% of employees are engaged at work.  More interestingly, they share the following: “Underlying all of this is an evolving employee attitude about what a job should and should … Continue reading

high impact practices

Last month, I was at a meeting on my campus regarding High-Impact Educational Practices, where the discussion centered around the need to incorporate more of these practices into students’ educational experience.  If you don’t what High Impact Educational Practices are, here’s a list, as determined by the Association of American College and Universities (here’s a … Continue reading

know your why…

I just returned from the FYE Conference; enjoyed the experience very much – connected with a few absolutely AWESOME people!  It was my first time at the conference in at least 20 years – and well worth it!  I’m amazed at how much it has grown! I presented a session titled, “Reinventing Academic Advising with … Continue reading

the purposeful

This week, we’re asking students to write ONE SENTENCE that describes their meaningful work.  We are using the Meaningful Work Activity (link below) to help them pick their major(s) and identify future experiences.  The goals is to figure out how they want to serve others, make a positive contribution, and become a better person.  As … Continue reading

reinventing academic advising

The academic advisor (in its current form) will become extinct in the near future.  Due to changes/upgrades to sophisticated software programs that assist with registration, scheduling, and degree-monitoring, advisors who spend most – if not all – of their time on these tasks will be replaced.  If you don’t believe me, check out these articles: … Continue reading