Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope you had a great end of the semester and are looking forward to an exciting new year.  Today, as is our tradition here at Higher Ed Professor, we’re taking a break from discussing the current issues facing higher education and tips for how to be more productive.

Instead, as my present to you, I want to share my three favorite Christmas music videos.

Take some time to relax and enjoy your family and friends.

Merry Christmas!

The Grinch

Charlie Brown Christmas Dance

John Denver and the Muppets sing 12 Days of Christmas

How to help Houston

I’ve been sadden by the horrific pictures coming out of Houston. Instead of a post this week, I want to share how you can help those in need.

I hope you will consider donating to these causes to support those in need.

American Red Cross

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Houston SPCA

Click here to donate.

Central Texas Food Bank

Click here to donate.


Happy 3rd Birthday Higher Ed Professor

When I began this blog, I had no idea that it still be going three years later. Yet, today is the 3rd anniversary of Higher Ed Professor going live. During these years, I’ve attempted to share content to help inform faculty and administrators and offer my take on the current higher education environment. I have tremendously enjoyed the process and getting to know so many readers.

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Top 10 Posts from Higher Ed Professor’s Third Year

We are celebrating our third birthday! As is our tradition, I want to share the top posts from this past year. I always love seeing the posts that people find the most interesting and connect with readers. For our new readers, I hope you will enjoy seeing some of these posts for the first time. If you’ve been with us from the beginning, did you favorite post make the grade?

  1.  What is the typical teaching load for university faculty?
  2. The five advantages of teaching with discussions
  3. Four qualities of a great research assistant
  4. The strengths and weaknesses of lecturing
  5. Are millennials the dumbest generation?
  6. Studying at the Library of Congress Main Reading Room
  7. What is tuition discounting and why do colleges do it?
  8. The changing curriculum:  Yale Report of 1828
  9. Are college students more brilliant?  The grade inflation debate
  10. Higher education’s endangered values

What is institutional theory?

Organizational theory proves useful for explaining much of what happens in higher education. In particular, I find institutional theory can help provide an explanation for institutional decisions and activities. Unfortunately, students often struggle with grasping some of the basics of institutional theory. In today’s post, I want to share an excerpt from my monograph on institutional diversity that helps explain the role of institutional theory in hopes of providing a foundation for understanding the useful of the theory for higher education.

what is institutional theory

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