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The New York Times reports that US college admissions officers are being hit with a wave of thank-you notes, the newest trend in applicant attempts to put their best foot forward.  Some students use thank-you notes as a sort of cover letter and include catchy slogans, while others are written on campus stationery to show that students belong on campus -- and the odd one asks to be rejected.  College tour guides and alumni -- anyone who is likely to be involved in the interview process -- are receiving as many as 60 thank-you letters per day. 

Applicant Thank-You notes the newest trend Top Ten Tue, 10/09/2007 - 21:32
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HBO plans to produce a movie about the Duke Lacrosse team rape case, having acquired the rights to a book on the topic -- Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case.  Racism and class issues, which helped the case leap into the national media spotlight, will be explored in the film. 

HBO to explore racism in Duke lacrosse assault case Top Ten Sat, 10/06/2007 - 21:24
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(Please permit our Friday Top Ten to occasionally entertain as well as enlighten.) Oso Raro, the pseudonymous author behind the blog "Slaves of Academe," has suggested a tongue-in-cheek taxonomy of liberal arts students based on his/her experience at "Cold City U."  Students are segmented into 11 categories: The Spy, The Smart White Girl, The Student Activist, The Politicised Woman of Colour, The Cautious Woman of Colour (rather like Oprah), The Showstopper, The Shy Girl (Ugly Betty), The Skepticon, The Dude, The Grade Grubber, and The Dullard.  Reader comments suggest even more. 

Blogging prof identifies student types, from Showstoppers to Grade Grubbers Top Ten Thu, 10/04/2007 - 23:46
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Some US colleges and universities have started opening up their student career services to their entire alumni population, not just students and recent graduates.  A few institutions are hiring full-time counsellors specifically to serve alumni.  uHouston offered services to alumni when the oil industry went bust in the 1980s, and similar demand rose across the continent during the tech collapse in the early 2000s.  The concept of having staff entirely dedicated to alumni career services is, however, a new phenomenon -- possibly caused by trends toward multiple career directions.

US colleges offering expanded career services to mature alumni Top Ten Wed, 10/03/2007 - 21:49
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Four of Canada's illustrious college and university presidents have taken to keeping personal blogs on their school websites.  A presidential blog can carry the same information as a formal presidential statement or news release, but with a much more personal flair that seems to be all the rage in corporate communications lately.  The University of Calgary's president is joined online by fellow presidential bloggers at Mohawk College, Red River College, and Quest University. 

From the president's mouth Top Ten Tue, 10/02/2007 - 19:55
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Academica Group is sponsoring a conference on higher education marketing next year, and in collaborative "wiki" spirit we're inviting our friends and clients to help shape a thought-provoking, enjoyable and energizing event. What? When? Who? Please take a few moments to share your thoughts with us in this month's "One-Minute Poll" on our website. 

What would it take to get you to another conference? Top Ten Mon, 10/01/2007 - 20:17
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Following a recent incident in which police officers stunned a University of Florida student with a taser during a public forum with US senator John Kerry, student protesters are arguing that the high-voltage devices should be banned from campuses.  Amnesty International reports that the weapons have been "associated with at least 70 deaths in the United States and Canada since 2001 and may increase the risk of heart failure."  Use-of-force policies differ from institution to institution, but even officers who support tasers say they should be used judiciously.  Other experts warn against the use of tasers on campus, saying that such forceful tactics eliminate the officer’s need to problem-solve.

US students protest use of tasers on campus Top Ten Sat, 09/29/2007 - 08:12
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Here is yet another real business with real employees, based on the virtual world of Second Life. The SLNN offers in-depth reporting on breaking news and events in Second Life, as well as real-life developments that affect the Second Life world. SLNN claims to fill a much-needed gap by serving people unbiased and objective information about relevant topics on a daily basis. Will we be seeing SLNN reports of your institution making waves in the Second Life education space anytime soon?

Look out CNN, here comes the Second Life News Network Top Ten Thu, 09/27/2007 - 19:17
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According to recent estimates, only 15% of colleges and universities have implemented a Content Management System to ensure quick and efficient site updates.  In order to effectively deploy a CMS, experts recommend getting other users on-board early in the decision-making process, tailoring the product for the right user group, and applying standards to help ensure long-term sustainability.  These (and 6 other best practices) will help to "ease the transition from performing ad hoc Web efforts to adhering to the structure of a CMS."

9 best practices for implementing a website CMS Top Ten Wed, 09/26/2007 - 22:41
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According to eMarketer's latest report, 24% of the 34.3 million US child and teen Internet users will visit virtual worlds once a month in 2007 -- a figure expected to rise to 53% within the next four years.  Although Second Life has received a lot of media attention as of late, a number of other virtual worlds have been even more successful with kids.  Marketers are starting to realize the untapped potential, but continue to struggle with effective ways to reach this audience.

Children and teens move to virtual worlds Top Ten Tue, 09/25/2007 - 22:05

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