Blog Profiles: Higher Education Blogs
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The holidays bring back our college students, and so many of my young friends have wrapped up finals and returned home.
And while it was eons ago that I graduated from school, I have an enormous appreciation for the work that goes into a successful college career.
So this week, we’re going to focus on some great higher education sites that have taken education to the next level.
The College Puzzle is a college success blog by Stanford University’s Michael W. Kirst, professor emeritus of education and business administration.
This blog definitely would’ve helped me when I was at school. Some of the posts remind me of things I could cover for the school paper, including How to Keep Yourself Motivated in College: No Matter What.
In this post, blogger Melissa Burns accurately writes about motivation.
“Motivation is a tricky thing – we all understand that there are things we ought to do if we want our life to get better: work diligently, look for new ways to enrich our lives, be ready to grasp new opportunities, widen our horizons … but more often than not we cannot be bothered to do it all,” she says. “We are more than content to keep to our cozy little world, even though it means that the entire universe passes us by. We simply don’t feel motivated to do it.”
That honestly could translate into life beyond college, especially when you’re caught in a rut.
Follow @Michael_Kirst on Twitter.
Wired Campus covers the latest on tech and education. It’s a product of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The blog itself is one of several blogs offered by the chronicle.
I like this blog because it covers hard-hitting news material. An example is the post At Liberal-Arts Colleges, Debate About Online Courses is Really About Outsourcing.
Other posts I found interesting include An App to Make Career Counseling More Like a Video Game and Surprising Gadgets, Not Just Books, Are Ready for Checkout at College Libraries.
Some of those surprising gadgets? Drones and Google Glass. Pretty interesting.
Follow @chronicle on Twitter.
Huffington Post College covers a ton of ground.
Features there include college rankings, “majoring in debt,” millennials, Greek life, and student activism.
As a journalist, I appreciate Huffington Post College because it tackles some very tough subjects.
Posts that immediate caught my eye include Regretting Your Career Choice? Here’s What You Need to Know, UPenn President Criticized For Joining Protesters’ ‘Die-In”, and Moving Community College Graduates Toward a Four-Year Degree.
In the latter, blogger Brian C. Mitchell says there is “growing consensus that more attention must be paid to increasing the number of two-year graduates who go on to complete a four-year degree.”
“While over 80 percent of first year community college students state completion of a four-year degree as their intention, less than 12 percent of them accomplish their goal,” he writes.
Follow @HuffPostCollege on Twitter.
Campus Technology is a resource for campus professionals, providing “in-depth coverage on the technologies and implementations influencing colleges and universities across the nation.”
The site was launched in Oct. 2004.
I like this site because it forces me to think outside the box. Some posts can be quite technical – networking/wireless, AV & presentation, software & systems, security, etc. – but they’re incredibly interesting.
“The digital textbook of tomorrow probably doesn’t look like a book at all,” the last post reads. “Imagine, instead, an online service that remixes itself on the fly for consumption via any device, with concepts tailored to a specific student’s knowledge gaps and learning style — and examples and problems updated to immerse the learner in timely, compelling content.”
Follow @Campus_Tech on Twitter.
P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for higher education news, let us know. We’re happy to customize that feed for you on PR Newswire for Journalists.
Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. She’s going to take a break from Blog Profiles for the holidays. She wishes you all incredibly joyful holidays and a great start to 2015! Follow her @cpcube.