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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.

November 1, 2007 - 8:49pm
From the "Sometimes I Get Tired of Being Right" department: a few days ago I posted "How Chrysler stays in business is a complete mystery to me." Yesterday, Chrysler announced another RIF of 12,000 jobs. Honestly, I wouldn't have minded being wrong on that one.
October 31, 2007 - 10:07pm
Careful readers will notice that, from time to time, I take the occasional potshot at some of the tenured types.Today, in the interest of being fair and balanced, I frag some of my administrative colleagues. Specifically, those who insist on "retreats."For those mercifully untouched by retreats, they're sort of like reeducation camps, except with air conditioning and flip charts.
October 30, 2007 - 9:40pm
IHE's story yesterday about a kerfuffle over Gen Ed reforms at the University of Kentucky convinced me that the issues are the same everywhere.
October 30, 2007 - 5:00am
Last week, car shopping went abruptly from "I should think about that" to "I need to do this right now," so I've spent way too much time lately at dealerships and on car websites.Apparently, someone passed a law saying that all car salespeople must be male. Over the past week, I've dealt with I don't know how many salespeople, and they've been a multiracial, multiethnic group of young men. The demographics are pretty much the same as a minor league baseball team. I have no explanation for this.
October 29, 2007 - 7:01am
A new correspondent writes:>Why do community colleges mail catalogs to everyone? It seems like a lot>of expense for something that's unlikely to generate a lot of new students.This is a very live issue on my campus. It's a tough one, because beliefs are held strongly, and almost entirely without evidence.Most community colleges that I know of produce several different types of publications for public consumption. The most common are1. Catalogs2. Course Schedules3. Flyers
October 25, 2007 - 9:32pm
An assiduous undergraduate correspondent writes:
October 24, 2007 - 8:57pm
Sherman Dorn has a thoughtful post up about the difficulties institutions have in dealing with faculty instructional practices that aren't quite enough to get someone fired, but that do result in lousy teaching and valid student complaints.
October 24, 2007 - 6:20am
I don't usually do followup posts, but this topic seems to need one.In higher ed, there's no such thing as fundraising. Instead, there's 'development,' or, in more sophisticated quarters, 'institutional advancement.'
October 23, 2007 - 6:42am
A long-suffering correspondent writes:
October 19, 2007 - 6:12am
What are the odds? There was actually a staggeringly brilliant piece in the New York Times yesterday! (The piece is here.) Gail Collins fired off several great ones, but my personal fave:

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