The Costly Downside to Ditching AP

Does getting rid of AP courses help or hurt students? A recent Washington Post article about private D.C. schools ditching Advanced Placement courses highlights the power of data in the argument. The College Board, the organization that oversees AP, really nailed its statement in the article by including strong, relevant data that gave me pause. Even for elite schools with affluent families, the potential for saving money on college cannot be easily dismissed. Typically, when a move is made to consider the whole student, not just a … Read more…

Week in Review: July 6, 2018

What’s new this week: According to Longwood University professor Catherine Franssen, there’s a scientific reason why some people risk their lives for a selfie. Read more in her Salon piece. This week on Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog, be sure to read a post on how to better understand your institution’s visibility chasm. What we’ve been talking about: Kristine shares what she learned during her first time truly unplugging during vacation and why it’s important for even those who work with media to take a … Read more…

Quitting the News Cold Turkey: Revelations from a News Junkie

I returned to work this morning after nine days off spent in Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. For the first time in my professional life I truly unplugged. I did not check email even once. Not even from the plane on the way home. And I logged on to Instagram only to post two vacation videos. I’ve been inching toward this point for years, slowly checking email less frequently, logging on to social media only for short bursts instead of endlessly scrolling, … Read more…

Week in Review: June 29, 2018

What’s new this week: Professor Jeffrey Roberg explains how tourists are the primary invasive species that are disrupting the Galapagos Islands in this Live Science article. In the wake of biblical “textjacking” from US Attorney General Jeff Session, Professor David Gowler of Oxford College at Emory University weighs in on this CNN roundup of the five most misused Bible scriptures. Scripps College Professor Rivka Weinberg talks with The San Fernando Valley Business Journal about future possibilities and ethical issues in invitro fertilization and embryo selection. Instead of … Read more…

Week in Review: June 22, 2018

What’s new this week: “Discrimination isn’t just unethical. It’s immoral,” says Professor David Gowler of Oxford College at Emory University as he weighs in on the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop decision and the family separation crisis at the border for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Also appearing in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week is Oxford College at Emory University professor Patricia Owen-Smith and the contemplative practices she uses in her classes to cultivate deeper learning. Even though Trump reversed course on immigrant family separation, Longwood University professor Ian Danielsen explains … Read more…

Quick Hit: TVP Comms in the News

Much of the time, the TVP Comms team is behind the scenes helping to secure strong media placements for our clients. But lately, we’ve had some great hits of our own! Last week, Erin weighed in on the social media activity of college leaders for Inside Higher Ed’s piece on Santa Ono’s Twitter presence. While there are many benefits to being engaged and active on social media, she explains, “Mixing policy announcements with personal statements on social media is a ‘challenging’ strategy for university presidents … Read more…

Week in Review: June 15, 2018

What’s new this week: In an article for Carolina Parent, Professor Catherine Bagwell of Oxford College at Emory University explains how neighborhood knowledge and creating opportunities to interact with neighbors is essential for your children to make friends. Longwood University professor Catherine Franssen offers advice on how to prevent and deal with buyer’s remorse for Elliot consumer advocacy blog. A new immigration policy can separate children from their parents as families seek asylum. Professor David Gowler of Oxford College at Emory University considers how Jesus, … Read more…

Brainstorming Can Yield Big Results

Whether you are writing an article, a pitch, a press release or even a blog post (wink, wink), don’t underestimate the power of brainstorming.  Yes, it’s one more meeting you have to schedule or attend; or another conference call you have to dial into.  But a great brainstorming session can yield big results. Here are some tips to better your brainstorming activities: Make the time for it. Here at TVP Communications, a small group of us brainstorm on a biweekly basis. (This is even more … Read more…

Week in Review: June 8, 2018

What’s new this week: In a piece for The Conversation, Professor Ross Haenfler of Grinnell College explains how a masculine culture that favors sexual conquests gave us the incels of today. His essay was also picked up by The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, and WTOP. Be sure to check out this PBS NewsHour episode on how nontraditional pathways can lead workers to good jobs. What we’ve been talking about: Erin reminds us that communication is NOT leadership. Leadership must … Read more…

The Difference Between Communications and Leadership

This week, I had the opportunity to join the ACE Fellows Program participants for their closing retreat. It was a delight to be with these rising higher education leaders at the tail end of a year of great professional and personal growth. It was also a great opportunity to share a message that I find myself repeating over and over and over again as I read about institutional leaders in situations that are or are about to become full-blown crises: Communication is not leadership. Of … Read more…