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A New Beginning for Direct Network

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 16, 2018 8:30:00 AM

To bring you the latest and best information about the trends in education that impact your students, faculty and school, Direct Network is adopting a new, streamlined format that will keep your community ahead of the curve.

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The Unexpected Longevity of Print

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 11, 2018 5:30:00 AM

When the iPad® first appeared in 2010, I was among those who believed print texts were going the way of vinyl. Print might fulfill the longings of future collectors and fetishists, I thought, but for those of us whose profession relied on books, the practical attractions of a digital library would trump any sentimental attachment to the gleam of a paperback spine.

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5 Things Successful Executives Do to Increase Productivity

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 10, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Too often people need more hours in a day. The lists of tasks that need to be completed grow rather than shrink in size, especially when you are the central decision-maker for a school. Meetings, interruptions and office politics eat away at your time. Here are five ways some of the country’s top executives manage their time to increase productivity.

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5 Tips for Handling Rush

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 5, 2018 5:30:00 AM

As the school year draws near, so does the course materials rush. Along with the pressure to ensure everything arrives before day one, come calls and visits from students, faculty and parents — some polite, some angry, some frantic.

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Trouble in Mind: A New Study Shows a Need for Strong Mental Health Networks on Campus

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 2, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Hate-crime, anorexia, trauma, rape, psychosis, suicide: They're words no one likes to utter, but neglecting to do so can be a tragic (and costly) failure to address the realities of college life. New research shows that now more than ever campuses must take preventative steps to protect student mental health.

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Expecting Tech

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 27, 2018 5:30:00 AM

A student shows up to class with their digital textbook after having turned in their homework and checked their grades on the learning management system. Later that day the same students receives an email alert about upcoming events on campus, participates in an online group discussion and gets an SMS notification about an urgent campus update. Would you consider that school tech savvy? Students wouldn’t.

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Is Standardized College Admissions Testing on the Way Out?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 26, 2018 5:30:00 AM

ACT, SAT, GPA, class rank, essays or various other entrance exams, what is the best way to determine a student’s probability of success? There is a fair amount of debate on this subject as more colleges are choosing to forgo the traditional ACT or SAT scores in favor of a closer examination the student’s overall high school performance. Proponents of test-optional college admissions argue that reliance on standardizing testing weakens diversity and first-generation student applicants. Whereas opponents believe that the ACT and SAT do not impact diversity — it is simply an unbiased predictor of college outcome.

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Under the Influence: Social Media Takeovers

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 25, 2018 5:30:00 AM

A commercial comes on, what do you do? Get up and walk away, fast forward because no one watches live TV anymore, or ignore it while you talk to your family or play on your phone. This is the problem all brands, regardless of size, are running into. How can you reach a targeted audience in a way that won’t be easily tuned out?

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Career Matters

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 21, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Winning the heart of today’s student means showing you care about the two things: money and career.

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Three Ways to Connect With Students

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 20, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Text messaging, email, website, phone, mail, apps, chat, social media, advertisements, in the age of information communication shouldn’t be difficult. The many options for how we speak with one another haven’t made communication simpler. Instead, they have created a cloud of noise that is difficult to maneuver through. How can you ensure your message reaches your specific audience?

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