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.

August 29, 2007 - 6:06am
New Jersey has been all over the higher ed headlines this week. Two pieces of great news:
August 28, 2007 - 6:56am
In a never-ending quest to serve demonstrated needs, we're considering developing certificate programs in some newly emerging professions:
August 27, 2007 - 6:19am
A new correspondent writes:
August 24, 2007 - 8:32am
(I'm thinking out loud in this post, looking for constructive suggestions. This is not some sort of position paper.) How does your college handle grade appeals by students? Has it found a fair, reasonable, and aboveboard way? I ask because we're going through another catalog revision, and having taken a fresh look at some sections that nobody has looked at in a while, I found a pretty untenable grade appeal process. I've called it to my colleagues' attention, who agree that the existing policy doesn't make sense, but we aren't quite sure what to propose to replace it.
August 23, 2007 - 6:47am
An alert reader sent me a link to the Washington Monthly's rating of the top 30 community colleges in America.
August 22, 2007 - 6:16am
A returning correspondent whose pet course got canceled for low enrollment writes: So, I've been thinking what I might do to make it run this spring, beyond hanging up posters in the fall, talking it up with my students, and so on.
August 21, 2007 - 6:33am
In an unrelated discussion with the registrar at my cc, I learned that her previous college – a respectable-but-not-elite four-year private college – wouldn't give credit for college courses taught at a high school.
August 20, 2007 - 6:35am
Over at Bardiac's, there's a thoughtful post on the frustrations of dealing with an administration that makes every class section just a little bit bigger every year. It brought back memories.
August 17, 2007 - 8:30am
A returning correspondent writes: You and your readers were very helpful in responding to my questions about how to convince my college's leadership to consider my textbook project a professional rather than personal project. In fact, college leadership now officially considers my project to be professional rather than personal. But this has led to another situation. College leadership wants to discuss a "revenue sharing agreement."
August 16, 2007 - 8:44am
A new correspondent writes:

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