In his book Deep Work, Cal Newport offers some guidance to those who wonder if they could survive without being connected to social media. Quit all your social media platforms, unannounced, for 30 days, he advises, then consider whether 1.) you missed out on anything essential in the world and 2.) anyone said anything to you about being gone. If your life went on just fine without social media, and if no one noticed your absence, then perhaps you should disconnect from social media entirely. (Newport also gave a great TEDx talk on this subject.)
I’ve thought about Newport’s counsel many times over the past several months, but not only in terms of the social media platforms I use. I’ve also thought about it in terms of this blog, and whether to continue it.
Earlier this week, Inside Higher Ed released its 2017 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors in the U.S. (available for download), and according to the headline from IHE‘s own analysis of the survey results, admissions officers face “pressure all around” to meet enrollment goals, recruit the right mix of students and bring in the money to pay the institution’s bills. Only 34 percent of admissions officers surveyed reported that they met their institution’s enrollment targets. That’s down from 37 percent a year ago and 42 percent two years ago. Continue reading “Friday Five: Takeaways from @insidehighered’s admissions officers survey”