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.



Know the Signs

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With the recent suicide of Robin Williams, I think it was a very heartbreaking yet harsh reality about depression and suicide.  I’m glad that it is bringing awareness to the topic.  Because we work in housing, we may be the ones who catch on to these signs more than parents or families of students who are far away from them.  Suicide is the second leading cause of death of college students and many struggle with depression and anxiety.

I think it is a perfect time to re-educate ourselves on our client population and some of the struggles they may be dealing with.  There are so many articles about it, but here is a blurb with some informative stats relative to college students and depression.

I worked as a health promoter in the past, so this is a topic (among many) that is important to me and I know important to housing administrators.


2014 Move In Photo Contest

2013 Move In Contest Winner: The University of Houston

It’s that time of year again… That time when the masses of students are migrating back to campus and moving trucks are getting ready to be unloaded.  It’s one of the busiest times of the year for on-campus housing – move-in!  And we’d love to see you in action.  So, we’re putting on the photo contest again, with tons of opportunities to win.  See the finalists from last year!

Here’s the deal:  EVERY SINGLE DAY starting tomorrow, Friday, August the 15th, and going all the way until Sunday, August the 31st, we’re giving away a $20 gift card for the best photo we receive.  AND at the end of the two weeks, we’ll vote for an overall winner that will win a $100 Amazon gift card!

Schools across the country have all different move-in dates that stretch from August through September, and so if your institution is moving-in outside of this time frame, do not fret!  Move-in is a much bigger process than the actual moving of the boxes!  We want to see all facets of the move-in process!

  • Turn
  • RA training
  • Move-in prep
  • Registration
  • Students moving in
  • Volunteers helping
  • Any anything else associated with the move-in process!!

You can win multiple times, so send us your best pictures as you get them!  You can submit your photos four different ways:

We’ll be posting the daily winners on Twitter, Instagram, and here on the blog so make sure to follow along.

Knowing and Knowing Better – An Interview with Dr. Peggy Williams


Dr. Peggy Williams began her career as a social worker, and upon entering the field of higher education she held various faculty and administrative positions within the Vermont State College system and at Trinity College in Burlington, VT. She served as president of Lyndon State College for eight years prior to being named the seventh—and first woman—president of Ithaca College, where she served for 11 years.

Dr. Williams joined us for a chat about her experiences from living in a residence hall, to working in higher education, to being a university president.  She talks about what higher ed means to her and the concept of “Knowing and Knowing Better.”

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