Grazing - a personal blog from Steve Ehrmann

Steve Ehrmann is an author, speaker, and consultant.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Interesting opening at LaGuardia CC

Bret Eynon and his colleagues at LaGuardia are highly respected for their work on integrative learning and ePortfolios.  Bret asks for help in spreading the word about an exciting new position now open at the College:

"LaGuardia Community College was recently awarded a prestigious $2.9
million US ED "First in the World" grant. “Project COMPLETA:
Comprehensive Support for Student Success” links digital technology
with exciting pedagogical and co-curricular innovations to build success
for more than 25,000 of LaGuardia’s diverse, low-income students.
COMPLETA links a range of High Impact Practices, including the First
Year Experience, into a transformative, college-wide, integrative
design.   We're inviting applications for a Project Coordinator who will
play a critical role in helping to lead this showcase project.

"We're looking for candidates who have experience with higher education
innovation and project management.  COMPLETA links pedagogy, assessment,
professional development, and technology, including ePortfolio and
learning analytics.  We're seeking a smart, energetic innovator who will
be committed to our students, someone who can learn and grow as an
educational leader as they help to advance our nationally-recognized
change initiatives.  Detailed position description and application
information are both available at

"Please share this announcement with anyone you know who you might be
interested and appropriate.  The position is open till filled; resume
review will begin on January 27th.  We will circulate this announcement
now and again after the holidays.   Thanks for any assistance you can

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How regional teaching institutions can compete more successfully

Tom Carey has just written a provocative blog post in Inside Higher Ed, describing how regional four-year institutions and two-year institutions might reshape and market themselves as teaching institutions of distinctive value in their area.  I'd summarize the message as 1) identify learning outcomes of distinctive value in your region (to some degree, the less universal the better) and that can be linked to some teaching/learning strength in which you're particularly strong (preparing for work in a certain type of job, after preparation by a co-op program with numerous, fascinating placements in that same field, for example). His strategy is much more detailed than this, but it's still a quick read.  Once you've read it, let us know what you think!