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The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is a corporation with roots back to 1895. It is one of the six regional accrediting institutions. The HLC accredits institutions that grant degrees in the North Central region. The states covered in the HLC include: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. (HLC, 2016)

There is often a misunderstanding about whether regional accrediting bodies and the Department of Education work hand in hand. The regional Commissions maintain a relationship with the federal government and the Department of Education. HLC is considered a “gatekeeper agency” and therefore has specific responsibilities defined by the USDE regarding accreditation.

One incredible benefit to teaching online is the ability to travel – internationally – experience other cultures – and work at the same time. Online professors do not have to wait for Paid Time Off, their two weeks of heaven each year, to hit the road. We can see the world while holding down our jobs, albeit stressful at times with the occasional 3am live call with our students. To me, the benefit is worth the price and for a lot of other road-warrior online professors, it is for them too.

With a lot of miles (millions) under my belt and countless international trips to time zones not conducive to working from the minute you hit the ground, a good friend recently asked me for some tips for international travel to keep from going stir crazy when your hours hit 15 or more in the flying tin can. The truth is long hauls do not make me crazy, it feels like a bit of an office with wings; but her question is valid and points well taken.

I was asked by a few folks to share this with other educators who may also be traveling a lot. So here goes – my method to surviving long haul international trips and avoiding jet lag pretty much completely (admitting that lifelong insomnia plays an instrumental role in jetlag survival and staying awake for long periods of time without much downside beyond crankiness). My goal is to land, stay awake until nighttime after being awake the entire flight, sleep a full night, and hit the ground running the next day both at work and enjoying the new sights.

13 Online Faculty Members Answer, "What Are the Causes of Low Morale for Faculty?" and what Academic Administrators can do about it.

For many online faculty, morale is high. Professors look at the bright side of their jobs - the flexibility, ability to work from home, be a full time care-taker while earning an income, and make a substantial difference in the lives of others. And of course, the ongoing running joke in our forum that cats are better co-workers than most cubicle-mates and pajamas for daytime are perfectly acceptable attire. But for others, low morale can take a toll on job satisfaction, and cause schools to lose good faculty. Unsatisfied faculty may still perform high out of duty to students and fear, but managing in this way isn't setting the best tone for your college.

Loneliness has been studied and examined as it relates to e-worker job effectiveness (Grant, 2013). Specifically, the Grant study found that over-working, lack of recuperation, trust and management style also played a role in psychological health of e-workers. Most online professors work remotely, and are therefore potentially at risk for feeling lonely, lacking time to recuperate and may feel overworked.

In the Make a Living Teaching Online group, I asked 6500 educators how they combat loneliness and feelings of isolation associated from working at home without peer interaction with the promise of posting an article to help others who may suffer from isolation or loneliness working remotely but without ideas or tools to cope. Here are some of the ideas; you can read through the entire thread in the group. (All respondents agreed to have their idea and name attributed; some paraphrased with context!)

As an educator who works for institutions that serve underrepresented and at-risk populations (particularly second or third chance students), I feel strongly about the role that colleges and universities play in changing lives and breaking undesirable socioeconomic cycles in order for our economy to grow, for individuals to work out of poverty and for the nation to be vibrant. I enjoy working with students who have been unsuccessful in their past academic pursuits, and for personal reasons choose to go back to school as adults. Often the only schools willing to accept students with a poor academic background are for-profit institutions or community colleges, and for-profit institutions often offer the most flexibility with online programs for working adults.

Many JD's and attorneys who are currently practicing or who want to leave their practice and teach believe that the only subject they can teach is purely, "law". They run their job search in the big job boards for law only, eliminating a lot of other possible teaching areas. While JD's are obviously qualified academically and with experience to teach law courses, there are other subjects that those with a JD are often qualified to teach. Of course we don't recommend that you try to teach in a subject you have no interest in, but here are some areas our clients teach in that may help you brainstorm to broaden your job search:

... from someone who has helped thousands get work as an online professor.

Having worked in online education for over 15 years and working with thousands of clients while maintaining the confidence and anonymity of deans and administrators, I have learned a lot about why candidates don’t get that interview or get the job they were a perfect fit for. In this article, my goal is to share with you this candid feedback – even when it hurts to hear (or just shouldn’t be that way!)