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.
April 30, 2008 - 9:37pm
A new correspondent writes: I've been a faithful reader for a while now ... an issue has been brought to my attention recently regarding my alma mater.
April 29, 2008 - 8:13pm
My brother -- who sometimes comments as "brother of dean dad" -- sent me an email yesterday about rhetorical moves that set off his internal crap-o-meter. I responded with a few of my own, and thought it might be fun to throw it open to my wise and worldly readers. First, the exchange: From "Brother of Dean Dad":
April 28, 2008 - 10:08pm
Someone I respect asked recently why administrators s/he otherwise likes and respects occasionally make horrible, offensive decisions. Why would an intelligent person of goodwill support something terrible? It struck a nerve. I've been in that situation, or close variations on it, more often than I care to admit. Why would a smart person with ethics and a sense of reality support decisions that it seems Satan would endorse?
April 23, 2008 - 9:53pm
This time of year, community colleges suddenly get a lot more attractive. High school seniors who applied to college for the coming Fall got their notifications and aid awards - if any - by or around April 15. Depending on the school, they usually have until May 1 or May 15 to respond.
April 22, 2008 - 9:59pm
Adjuncts and Accreditation, RevisitedAcademic Cog and Lumpenprofessoriat posted some thoughtful pieces in response to my skepticism about using accreditation agencies to force colleges to reduce their percentages of adjunct coverage. I don't usually do two posts on the same topic in such short order, but their pieces deserve some attention.
April 21, 2008 - 9:38pm
The Boy announced on Sunday that when he grows up, he wants to be a Ninja. Naturally, this got me thinking about a 'Pre-Ninja' program for my cc. In turn, that got me thinking about outcomes assessment for the Pre-Ninja program. From the Pre-Ninja program's report to the Curriculum Committee in 2014: Student Learning Outcomes: By the end of the program, students will be able to:
April 20, 2008 - 10:23pm
I've been doing a fair bit of interviewing at other campuses lately, but I've also been interviewing candidates for an administrative position (not my own) on my campus. (My VP knows I'm interviewing elsewhere, so there's no issue of failure to disclose.) Having been through the wringer myself several times in the last few weeks, watching others interview has been fascinating.
April 17, 2008 - 8:41pm
A Tennessee correspondent writes: Does building a new community college make economic sense for a cash-strapped community? Where can one go to get a good analysis of the cost to a community to build, staff, and operate a community college? Our country commissioners have slipped $3 million into a $70 million general bond issue to fund a community college. Details are vague (and apparently not forthcoming) about who is going to actually own the property, how the operating budget will be funded, etc.