• Sabbaticals in Higher Education

    Posted on April 30th, 2019 sbbaron No comments

    Sabbaticals are an interesting and unique concept and opportunity in higher education. Sabbaticals in very simple terms from McClain (2006) are breaks from the “day to day grind” of teaching and working within higher ed, to prevent burnout, focus on research, or travel to new parts of the world. While at first glance people, including myself, see taking a semester or year long sabbatical as a “vacation” that is rarely the case. Anyone who has worked or studied in higher education can relate to the day to day monotony of higher education and how it can get in the way of completing research or publishing.

    The idea to allow freedom from these responsibilities, wither monotonous tasks or just time consuming teaching or advising demands, provides those in academia the opportunity to have a unique time to focus on their research or writing. Allowing those in higher ed to take sabbaticals allows them to expand their research, writing, or experience through focused time to catch up or get ahead on these tasks. This time away from monotonous activities also provides a sometimes much needed break to prevent burnout.




    Henriquez, M. (2018, June 28). Work Gave Me a Sabbatical and It Was the Best Thing Ever – Kveller. Retrieved April 29, 2019, from https://www.kveller.com/work-gave-me-a-sabbatical-and-it-was-the-best-thing-ever/

    McClain, L. T. (2006, October 6). A Sabbatical Ends. Retrieved April 29, 2019, from https://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Sabbatical-Ends/46756




  • Diversity & Inclusion

    Posted on April 29th, 2019 sbbaron No comments

    Diversity and Inclusion are two terms that are usually merged together and considered by many to be the same thing. Most people never think to separate the two terms and acknowledge their differences. In higher ed we are only recently coming to terms with the differences and that diversity without inclusion cannot be considered a successful environment. I believe the following graphic is a great visual representation of diversity & inclusion, and how the two interact with each other. Having diversity does not mean that the environment is inclusive and functional. I think we have focused for so long on diversity because it can be measured fairly easily whereas inclusion is nearly impossible to fully measure.


    Image result for diversity vs inclusion




    Rashid, L. S. (2017, February 01). Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion. Retrieved April 29, 2019, from https://hbr.org/2017/02/diversity-doesnt-stick-without-inclusion

    Valuing Diversity & Moving Towards Inclusion. (2019, March 20). Retrieved April 29, 2019, from http://www.cfmco.org/2019/01/valuing-diversity-moving-towards-inclusion/

  • Changes in Higher Ed

    Posted on April 21st, 2019 sbbaron No comments

    College living: On campus versus off

    I think one thing in the future that will need to change in higher ed is the housing mandates that many schools have. Virginia Tech is one of many schools that has a mandatory requirement for most of its freshmen to live on campus in the dorms. A lot of students may have scholarships that cover tuition, or parts of tuition, but one of the biggest expenses facing first year college students is the price of the dorms. Financial strain is one of the main reasons people can’t go to college, or remain in college.

    Not only is it a financial strain on individuals, colleges are accepting more and more students in each class, making it harder to ensure adequate on campus housing for all of them. Accepting more students each year can allow public schools to make attending the school and obtaining a degrees cheaper than in the past. But accepting more students means overcrowding in dorms.

    Overall colleges are quickly approaching a time when they will need to adapt to the growing number of students wanting and willing to attend college and understand the real financial burden their policies place on the students and families having to pay for on campus housing.




    Church, M. M. (2017, November 06). College living: On campus versus off. Retrieved April 21, 2019, from http://www.collegiatetimes.com/lifestyles/college-living-on-campus-versus-off/article_e353410c-c338-11e7-821f-9b1b912e6b19.html

    College Dorm Life and Other Alternatives – Student Housing Reno NV. (n.d.). Retrieved April 21, 2019, from http://www.kramershouse.com/college-dorm-life-and-other-alternatives-student-housing-reno-nv/

  • Tech & Higher Ed

    Posted on March 31st, 2019 sbbaron No comments


    This article titled “Tweeting on The Front Lines” encompasses how faculty of Higher Education can either let social media be a distraction and get in their way of goals, or embrace the positive benefits technology and social media can bring. This article focuses on how higher ed can use social media to communicate with their populations of students. It’s no secret that college students and potential college students use social media in many parts of their life. Students and potential students use it to communicate with friends, receive news, stay informed on updates of organizations they follow, and to keep up with new trends.



    McKenzie, L. (2018, August 29). The perils and pitfalls of higher ed social media management. Retrieved March 30, 2019, from https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/29/perils-and-pitfalls-higher-ed-social-media-management

    Spangler, T., & Spangler, T. (2018, October 29). Is Twitter Planning to Get Rid of ‘Likes’? Retrieved April 29, 2019, from https://variety.com/2018/digital/news/twitter-dropping-like-button-1203006970/

  • Open Access

    Posted on March 4th, 2019 sbbaron No comments

    The International Journal of Law and Public Administration is an online and print open access journal published by Redfame Publishing. It is printed semiannually and accepts submissions online and through e-mail.

    The scope of topics of the journal is to encourage research and studies in the fields of:
    • International law
    • Constitutional and administrative law
    • Criminal law
    • Contract law
    • Tort law
    • Property law
    • Equity and trusts
    • Public administration
    • Public policy
    • Public management
    • Politics and international relations

    The journal uses double blind systems for peer review, authors and reviewers identities are kept secret. Papers are reviewed by three experts, one editor from the journal and the other two are outsiders.


    The IJLPA believes that having an open access policy is important because it allows the public access to knowledge and research as this is important for the exchange of ideas and knowledge in an array of areas.

    The following graphic shows their process for paper selection and publishing:




    International Journal of Law and Public Administration. (n.d.). Retrieved March 3, 2019, from http://redfame.com/journal/index.php/ijlpa

  • Ethics

    Posted on February 18th, 2019 sbbaron No comments

    Before I chose one case to focus on I skimmed a few different cases on the ORI site. Seeing how widespread misconduct in the research community is was not something I was expecting. I focused on this case because of its’ connection to healthcare. I find new ideas and innovation in the medical community a very interesting topic.


    I was surprised that in the medical community someone could so easily falsify research. The case cites that the “respondent intentionally, knowingly, and/or recklessly falsely labeled figures in both the original submission and the revised submission of the manuscript.” I feel that falsifying research in the healthcare field has a lot of consequences. With so many people working to find cures and treatments for diseases such as cancer, putting false information in reports and manuscripts can lead to misinformation for those seeking out the information.

    I found that the punishment/probation period of 2 years of extra supervision was a bit lenient. The pressure that researchers face to produce results must be intense but holding them strongly accountable is important to maintaining the ethical standards needed in research.



    Case Summary: Santhanam, Srikanth | ORI – The Office of Research Integrity. (n.d.). Retrieved February 17, 2019, from https://ori.hhs.gov/content/case-summary-santhanam-srikanth

    What Is Medical Ethics, and Why Is It Important? (n.d.). Retrieved April 29, 2019, from https://www.medscape.com/courses/section/898060

  • Mission Statements

    Posted on January 29th, 2019 sbbaron No comments

    I chose to compare the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University, located about 200 miles apart. Both schools are in the state of Indiana but for reference Indiana University is roughly 50 miles south of Indianapolis and Notre Dame is about 100 miles east of Chicago. Notre Dame is much smaller with about 8,500 undergrad students while Indiana University has about $33,000. As a public University, Indiana University runs about $10,500 for in state tuition and 35,500 for out-of-state. Notre Dame has the same tuition despite residency, which runs about $53,000.

    University of Notre Dame
    Notre Dames mission statement has a focus on the Catholic Identity of the University.As a private university Notre Dame is able to have a focus on religion that publicly funded schools don’t necessarily have. The Notre Dames mission states that while a particular affiliation is not required, a respect and conversation on what gives Notre Dame its life and character is asked of it’s scholars and students.

    Indiana University
    Indiana Universities mission has a focus on access to all students, diversity, and partnerships with communities. As a public institution one of their goals is to provide educational access to students. Indiana University’s focus on diversity is important to them, as they strive to become as diverse as possible

    It surprised me how much longer Notre Dames mission statement was then Indiana’s, and was very centered around their catholic roots. It didn’t surprise me for a private Catholic University that their mission had a focus on religion but it was much longer of a mission statement than Indiana’s and other Universities that I have seen. Indiana’s was substantially shorter and much broader in their founding and how that influences their mission. Both Notre Dame and Indiana University have a focus on learning and development, of their students and culture.




    Communications | University of Notre Dame. (n.d.). Mission. Retrieved January 28, 2019, from http://www.nd.edu/about/mission/

    Mission Statement as a Marketing Tool? (2011, July 27). Retrieved April 18, 2020, from https://cwcc.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/mission-statement-as-a-marketing-tool/

    Mission & Vision. (n.d.). Retrieved January 28, 2019, from https://www.iu.edu/about/mission-vision.htmlUniversity