Confessions of a Community College Dean

Confessions of a Community College Dean

In which a veteran of cultural studies seminars in the 1990s moves into academic administration and finds himself a married suburban father of two. Foucault, plus lawn care.

June 11, 2008 - 5:03am
A new correspondent writes:
June 9, 2008 - 10:00pm
A longtime reader writes:
June 8, 2008 - 8:53pm
A new correspondent writes:
June 5, 2008 - 9:16pm
From the 'Signs of Hope' department: apparently, the top-selling vehicles in America for the last fifteen years have been trucks. In May, they were the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic. In my mind, the change is an unambiguous good. Now if the American carmakers could get their stuff together and produce some well-made, small, efficient cars that don't suck, we'd really be in better shape. From the 'Time Passes' department, an actual exchange with The Boy yesterday: TB: Dad, what's a Walkman? (pause) DD: It's like an ipod.
June 5, 2008 - 5:29am
As a card-carrying administrator, I loves me some FERPA. FERPA is the privacy law that forbids us from discussing an individual student's performance, or schedule, with anybody other than the student – read: parents – without a waiver signed by the student. It comes in handy when I get irate calls from parents asking why Johnny got a C instead of the A he obviously deserved: "Gee, I'd love to discuss that with you, but federal law says I can't." Good stuff. The folks over in Student Affairs consider FERPA pretty much the greatest thing since sliced bread.
June 3, 2008 - 10:08pm
Every so often I read or hear about something so obvious, and so brilliant, that I actually get mad at myself for not having thought of it first. This is one of those times.
June 2, 2008 - 10:32pm
Several alert readers sent me links to this article from the New York Times. Apparently, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, and several other major lenders have stopped providing student loans to students at many community colleges and some less-tony four year schools. The key quote:
June 1, 2008 - 10:04pm
We had to get out of Dodge this weekend for a whole series of reasons, so my Mom invited us to take the kids on a Duck tour of Nearby Big City.
May 29, 2008 - 9:33pm
A new correspondent writes: I graduated from (Elite SLAC) two years ago as an English major with a concentration in creative writing, and I am now very interested in becoming a community college English teacher.
May 29, 2008 - 6:12am
Reason #456 we need to hire the next generation of administrators, from an actual conversation I had this week with somebody very highly placed: Bigwig: "Of course, there'll be golf. You do play golf, don't you?" DD (horrified): "Oh, God, no." (pause) Bigwig: "Oh." Apparently, I didn't get the memo saying that it's still 1973. It must have been posted by the water cooler, which I've also never actually seen in an office. It's probably next to the typing pool.

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