The majority of workers say the office perks they most want are a view of the outdoors and natural light, according to a survey by the HR advisory firm Future Workplace. Data show those perks were more popular than on-site child care, fitness centers or cafeterias.
An analysis involving 34 college and university presidents who left their posts within three years or less reveals a "mismatch" could be to blame for their short tenures. Clara Lovett, president emerita of Northern Arizona University, who compiled the data, says her conclusions point to a need for better onboarding of presidents to ensure they understand the values and mission of the institution.
University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft says in her 18-year tenure at the institution she's seen the role of a college president evolve from boosting enrollment to ensuring students graduate. In this Q&A, Genshaft, who is retiring next year, says new presidents need to focus on the needs of the students and lead with integrity.
Drexel University Provost Brian Blake says the biggest challenge to hiring faculty of color is a limited pipeline of candidates. Temple University Provost JoAnne Epps, appearing recently on a panel with Blake and other African-American university leaders, says search committees need to be mindful about increasing the size of the pool for faculty hires to improve diversity.
Maryland high-school principal Robert Dodd says his top priorities will be creating an equitable educational atmosphere, building teacher-student relationships and helping better prepare students to manage stress. Dodd, who has worked for the district for 25 years, says he hopes to build a culture based on open communication between teachers, students and staff.
Performance feedback should fill an employee's need to know they're meeting expectations, are good at what they do and how to advance to the next skill level, writes Markus van Alphen. The best feedback is specific and replaces criticism with an emphasis on moving toward mastery of tasks, he writes.
Doane University will use a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to recruit and train students who want to teach science, technology, engineering and math in Nebraska schools. State data show districts had 28 openings for STEM teachers in the 2017-18 school year, with many courses unfilled or taught by teachers without STEM endorsements.
A study of 11-year-olds who live in cities in England shows a relationship between the availability of green spaces, such as parks, and the spatial working memory that students need to succeed in math. The researchers, who published their findings in the British Journal of Educational Psychology, say students with fewer available green spaces in their area display weaker spatial working memories.
The Illinois state board of education is proposing new programs to attract more teachers to the state after a report showed that educators want more money and job security. The report showed most vacancies are in poorer and rural areas and in subjects such as special education and foreign languages.
University presidents, especially those leading minority-serving institutions, can improve their social media engagement with students by offering diverse content and getting to know students who follow them, according to a report from the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. The report also provides strategies for boosting student engagement through on-campus connections and events.