Friday Five: final post edition (with a look back at some favorites)

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.

I’ve decided that it’s time to give up this blog. Continue reading “Friday Five: final post edition (with a look back at some favorites)”

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Friday Five: St. Patrick’s Day Eve edition

Missouri S&T's first female St. Pat is geology student Katelyn Jones, shown here with S&T interim Chancellor Chris Maples and members of her Court of St. Patrick. (Photo by Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T)
Missouri S&T’s first female St. Pat is geology student Katelyn Jones, shown here with S&T interim Chancellor Chris Maples and members of her Court of St. Patrick. (Photo by Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T)

This post has absolutely nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day. But working at Missouri S&T as I do, we are in the midst of our 110th annual celebration of St. Pat’s — and it’s the first in the history of this storied event in which a woman is portraying the venerable saint of engineers — so I feel an obligation to reference this holiday in some fashion. And if you read no further than this lead paragraph, then you should at least try your hand at our old-school snake invasion video game. You’ll thank me later for wasting your Friday. Continue reading “Friday Five: St. Patrick’s Day Eve edition”

Friday Five: Building brand equity, the ‘Iconic Advantage’ way

Iconic Advantage is a new book by Soon Yu

Today’s Friday Five is lifted straight from the pages of a book I recently picked up called Iconic Advantage: Don’t chase the new, innovate the old, by Soon Yu with David Birss. This isn’t a book about branding or marketing. It’s a book about building on the intrinsic “iconicity” of a brand, product or service. But it contains troves of great information for any brand manager or marketer. An early chapter on brand equity offers five great reminders about what drives iconic brands. Even if you don’t think your brand is iconic, you can learn from Yu’s wisdom. Continue reading “Friday Five: Building brand equity, the ‘Iconic Advantage’ way”

Friday Five: #GroundhogDay edition

@PunxsutawnyPhil has seen his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.

Happy Groundhog Day, gentle reader. It is now official: Punxsutawny Phil has seen his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter. So stay warm, pour yourself a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and cozy up to a short list of list-like posts, all relevant to your higher ed interests. Continue reading “Friday Five: #GroundhogDay edition”

Friday Five: Takeaways from @insidehighered’s admissions officers survey

Inside Higher Ed’s 2017 survey of admissions officers is now available

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”