U. Alabama dean resigns after tweets tying American flag, police to racism resurface

The assistant vice president and dean of students at the University of Alabama resigned Thursday after several of his old tweets expressing anti-American sentiments surfaced.

After Breitbart News published several of Jamie Riley’s controversial tweets in a Wednesday article, the university confirmed that the dean had “resigned his position” with the university “by mutual agreement.”

The tweets in question were from 2017, more than a year before Riley began his short seven months as dean. The tweets express disdain for the American flag, American law enforcement officers, and the opinions of “white people” regarding racism in society.

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“The [American] flag represents a systemic history of racism for my people. Police are a part of that system. Is it that hard to see the correlation?”  one of Riley's old tweets read.

"I’m baffled about how the 1st thing white people say is, 'That’s not racist!' when they can’t even experience racism? You have 0 opinion!” another old tweet read. 

In yet another tweet from 2016, Riley questioned the motives of those who make movies about slavery, suggesting that such films might be produced “to remind Black people of our place in society,” rather than “educating the unaware.”

But many who took issue with the content of Riley’s tweets have argued that his resignation is counter-productive, including conservative commentator and talk show host Ben Shapiro who spoke out against the university’s response in a tweet Friday morning.

RELATED: Gonzaga denies Ben Shapiro speaking request. Shapiro denies their rejection.]

“I disagree with this person’s tweets. He shouldn’t lose his job,” Shapiro wrote. “Also, those on the Left who are livid he lost his job should take a look in the mirror about the world they’ve built, and in which both sides will now play by their ugly rules.”

Washington Examiner deputy editor Jay Caruso concurred with Shapiro’s statements, adding that Riley’s resignation was the product of “the kind of culture promulgated by the left for years,” which was “bound to spark equally egregious nonsense from the right u

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What Do Employees Really Need for Job Satisfaction?

To our readers: Today, GoodCall® examines American workers and what they think about jobs – and job offers. First, Terri Williams reports on what employees report they need for job satisfaction. Later today, Terri looks at what’s important to job candidates around the world – and it’s not just money.

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Most employees spend at least eight hours each weekday at work – and some dedicate even more time away from the office, which can lead to unhappiness. A new survey by the Society for Human Resource Management reveals the factors that contribute to job satisfaction.

It’s important because unsatisfied workers can turn into former employees: One-fourth of the workforce is considering changing job within the next few months.

Obviously, there’s a gap between the factors employees view as most important to job satisfaction and how satisfied they are with their employer in those areas.

The five most important factors for job satisfaction

Here are the factors respondents cited in the society’s survey:

65% Respectful treatment of all employees 61% Compensation/pay 61% Trust between employees & senior management 58% Job security 56% Opportunities to use skills & abilities

 

However, the percentage of employees who believe their employers are doing well in this area is significantly smaller. Notice how many workers are “very satisfied”:

38% Respectful treatment of all employees 26% Compensation/pay 33% Trust between employees & senior management 36% Job security 44% Opportunities to use skills & abilities

 

The survey polls employees on a variety of factors related to job satisfaction, including work variety, diversity and inclusion, relationship with coworkers, independence to make decisions, and an eco-friendly/sustainable workplace. So, what is the significance of the five factors that topped the list?

How companies can improve job satisfaction

Scott Love is a high stakes headhunter for partner-level attorneys in Washington and New York, and he is president of the Attorney Search Group. He tells GoodCall® that companies must pay attention to the five most important factors if they want to create a harmonious workplace. “The psychologist, Abraham Maslow, in the 1960s, created the ‘hierarchy of needs,’ which has beco

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Why Do Fewer Students Attend College Now?

With few exceptions, college presents the best route to a job that pays well or at least decently. In fact, 41% of employers hire college grads for jobs formerly held by high school grads. In spite of this, there has been a decline in the number of people enrolling in college. So why do fewer students attend college?

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center receives spring term enrollments on an annual basis, and from Spring 2011 to Spring 2017, there were 2.4 million fewer college students. In fact, in just the past two years, the center noted there were half a million fewer enrollees. According to the data:

Sector Spring 2017 Spring 2015 Enrollment  Enrollment Total Enrollment, All Sectors 18,071,004 18,592,605 Four-Year, Public 7,677,659 7,586,233 Four-Year, Private Nonprofit 3,703,320 3,685,554 Four-Year, For-Profit 993,169 1,217,358 Two-Year, Public 5,399,145 5,729,111

 

There are at least three factors influencing the answer to why fewer students attend college:

An improving economy

Some people weigh the pros and cons of attending college against their chances of getting a good job without a degree. “We are primarily a consumerist society and view most things as a commodity – including education,” explains Dr. Ramani Durvasula, professor of psychology at California State University.

“Since we largely don’t view education as a tool for growth or enhancement – a perspective that is a luxury – from a dollars and cents perspective, it is quite likely that college is no longer a ‘formula’ for earnings, and this tends to be the primary metric by which people make this decision,” Durvasula says.

It’s a view shared by Anthony Carnevale, research professor and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. “Attendance follows the economic cycle and the lower the unemployment rate, the fewer kids go to college.”

During the recession, Carnevale says that jobs were scarce. “If you wanted to get a degree, this was the perfect time to go to college, so people could slip out of the economy and when they returned, they were more educated, which made it easier to find employment.”

Carnevale explains that this type of cyclical behavior applies more to men than women. “Men are the least likely to go to college – and 20% of them can get jobs

Read more: https://www.goodcall.com/news/fewer-students-attend-college-011541/

Get a Master’s Degree from MIT – Without a Bachelor’s or a High School Diploma

A master’s degree provides an advanced level of knowledge, and can result in promotions, raises, and even new career opportunities. It’s a great investment – but it is an investment. Grad school tuition averages $30,000 at public schools and $40,000 at private ones. However, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a master’s program that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

That’s not all. Unlike master’s programs at most schools (and even other master’s programs at MIT), admittance is not based on grades and entrance exams. In fact, applicants don’t need a bachelor’s degree – or even a high school diploma.

MIT’s Department of Economics offers this innovative master’s program in data, economics and development policy. It starts with an online program that dispenses students from the usual requirements. Instead, students take five online courses. Each class is free, but, depending on income level, the exam for each course ranges from $100 to $1,000. The next step is to pass a proctored exam at a designated testing facility (which are located globally). After passing the exam, students are awarded a MicroMaster’s, and can then apply to MIT’s master’s degree program.

The actual program is on MIT’s campus in Cambridge. Admitted students take two semesters of classes, in addition to completing a capstone project and writing a master’s thesis. Financial aid is available to help students pay for coursework and living accommodations.

Worth the commitment? Consider this: The average person with a graduate degree will earn $400,000 more over a lifetime than an individual without a graduate degree. And, an MBA has a $1 million return on investment.

Increased access and affordability

MIT’s program reflects a trend toward providing greater access for students and/or making advanced degrees more affordable. For example, Harvard Law School recently dropped its mandatory LSAT requirement, allowing applicants to also take the GRE. Also, Georgia Tech offers an online master’s degree in computer science for only $7,000.

Anthony Carnevale, research professor and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, tells GoodCall® that he applauds MIT’s efforts to offer more cost-effective options with liberal admissions requirements. “It’s a fairly progressiv

Read more: https://www.goodcall.com/news/masters-degree-mit-011535/

How Important Is Your College Major?

Increasingly, college is seen as the only path to a successful career. As a result, many students link their hopes and dreams to the attainment of a degree. Increasingly, though, students are finding that their choice of a college major exerts a major impact on their success after graduation.

GenFKD, a financial literacy organization, recently released a report that reveals many millennials are not enjoying the fruits of their academic labor. According to survey respondents:

One in five are unemployed or unable to find a full-time job. Only 45% work in a position requiring a degree. 40% said their college degree did not help them find work.

So, it’s probably no surprise that 34% do not think college was worth the investment. But is it possible that these students chose the “wrong” college major? According to a new survey by Course Hero, some college majors are more employable than others:

Grads with these majors were most likely to have a job lined up:

54% Architecture or planning 50% Engineering 48% Business or finance 48% Computer science

 

However, six months later, grads with these majors were still looking for a job:

29% English or literature 25% Communications 21% Arts 21% Social sciences 20% Political science

 

A full 36 percent of grads did not think their dream job was related to their college major. Percentages were higher among these majors:

47% History or political science 44% Criminal justice 44% Social sciences 43% Business or finance

 

Only 16 percent of students said they would choose the same major again, consistent with another report that found college students often second-guess their school and degree choices.

When some students are pursuing majors that don’t lead to gainful employment, while others (some of whom are majoring in in-demand fields) aren’t happy with their choice of major, what’s the solution?

College major choice: Passion versus paycheck?

The popularity of STEM and business majors has led many to pursue degrees in these disciplines, but Jennifer Lee Magas, MA, JD, clinical associate professor of public relations at Pace University, tells GoodCall®, “I’ve seen students miserable in classes they either dislike or struggle with because they feel pigeonholed into a certain major.”

Magas has spent more than 20 years helping stude

Read more: https://www.goodcall.com/news/college-major-011490/

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