How Is Being A Musician In An Orchestra Similar To Leading A Higher Education Institution?

Nancy Uscher Inagurated as Cornish College of the Arts President

Dr. Nancy Uscher, president of Cornish College of the Arts, in Seattle, Washington, sat down to talk with us about how her roles as a president and a musician have some key similarities.  Dr. Uscher became president of Cornish in August 2011, becoming the 1st female president of the College since its founding in 1914.

Dr. Uscher holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, a master’s degree in music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. in music from New York University.  She is also an Associate of the Royal College of Music in London, where she spent her junior year in college.  Additionally, she spent two decades as a concert violist, performing and teaching around the world, including six years leading the viola section of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, before transitioning full-time into academe.  She is also the author of dozens of articles and 2 books.


Marketing in the Higher Ed World

camilleCamille Barkley is the Executive Director of the Office of Communications and Marketing at Auburn University.  She sat down with us to talk about what marketing an institution in the higher education and housing worlds looks like and what strategies they are using at Auburn.

Ms. Barkley has more than 25 years of marketing experience, having worked in print production, promotion and marketing for several publishers, including Rolling Stone, Random House and Simon & Schuster. She has spent the last 10 years serving at Auburn in their Marketing Department.

Vote for an Overall Winner to the 2014 Move In Photo Contest

We had some great submissions for the 2014 Move-In Photo Contest!  Every one of these winners received a $20 Amazon gift card, but now we need you and all of your friends to vote on which photo best displays the spirit of the hard work put on during the move-in process!  The overall winner will win an additional $100 Amazon gift card.  So get the word out and vote!  We’ll hold the poll open until Monday at 5 pm CST.

online poll by Opinion Stage

Bill Gates on Higher Education

Global Economic Crisis: Role and Challenges of the G20: William H. Gates III

If you were fortunate enough to attend the NACUBO Annual Conference in Seattle this summer, hopefully you were able to hear the keynote speaker’s address to the assembly.  Bill Gates was the keynote this year and had some very good, yet sobering perspectives on the challenges faced within higher education today and the changing landscape of higher education.  He hit the highlights on many topics being discussed and debated right now, as well as a number of topics that are not being discussed nearly enough right now.

His remarks are shared here and are worth taking the time to read. I’ll leave you with his closing comments and hope you will read his full address when you have a few moments.

“The role of education is more critical than ever. The role for equality, the role for our country, the role to lead the way, create the jobs of the future, using technology. It can all be done in an amazing way. It will be a period of turmoil and challenge, and I think you will rise to the occasion.”


10 Ways Social Justice Educators are Hurting the Cause…and How to Correct Them

9ipA7q4iEHigher education is unique in that so many of us in the field have social justice issues in the forefront of our attention.  But for all our good intentions, it is easy to act in a way counterproductive towards progress.  In this great write up, Cody Charles spells out ten of these counterproductive behaviors, explains why they aren’t helpful, and how to correct them if you see them in yourself.

It’s a short piece, and absolutely worth the read of anyone working in education, especially those with social justice in mind.



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