Magazine article The Catalyst

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Magazine article The Catalyst

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When I become frustrated with the constant change that seems to go on around me, I think of Louella, my grandmother. Louella was born in the 1890's on a small farm in central Illinois, a time when there was no indoor plumbing or electricity readily available.

Transportation was by horse and buggy, and a trip to the city 30 miles away was an overnight excursion. Louella left this world in 1979, and when I think of the technological changes that she experienced in her life (indoor plumbing, television, electric lighting, refrigerators, stoves, telephone, automobiles) and how she welcomed change into her life, it makes it easier for me to embrace the changes that are happening during my lifetime (personal computer, IPad2, smart phones, Internet, Google, Bing, 24/7).

As I look at the changes that higher education is undergoing, they can seem challenging and even painful. Money is getting tighter and tighter while demand for spending is rising. State and local funding is being reduced and challenging institutions to look long and hard at how limited dollars should be spent. Many colleges have experienced a rush of enrollments due to the downturn in the economy, which has resulted in increased class sizes and/or the necessity to add additional sections. Technology is changing at an increasing rate and is challenging institutions to keep up and even be ahead of the changes. College websites and online education are but two avenues for communicating with and educating students these days. …

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