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April 28, 2008 - 11:11am
Professor is an odd thing. Students call out "Professor!" in the hall, and sometimes they mean me. Professor Soltan. Yet I never believe Professor means me. Too swell an honorific. Students have to say it twice before I look around. "Professor! ... Professor Soltan!" The latest summoning of UD via the word professor happened last Friday, at the elevators on the sixth floor of Rome Hall, near my George Washington University office. "Professor! ... Professor Soltan! I was at your Philosophy Club talk the other night."
April 27, 2008 - 8:55pm
A new correspondent writes:
April 25, 2008 - 6:39am
Congratulations, Clancy!
April 24, 2008 - 9:53pm
OK, so the blog has been on hiatus for a few days. I haven't. Quite the opposite. Since the weekend, I've been hip deep in preparing for, conducting, and recuperating from Earth Day activities. Earth Day at Greenback is getting bigger every year. Not rapidly, but not glacially, either. (And "glacially" isn't what it used to be!) Students do stuff, some faculty do stuff, but if it's going to be coordinated and substantive and successful, it still requires a huge helping of administrative support.
April 24, 2008 - 2:52pm
When I was very little, my mom took me down to the Mississippi to see a river barge that had broken loose from its tug in a recent flood. It was stranded on the bank, overflowing with coal, and we walked down to the thing and touched its hull. It looked to me like a rusted building stuck awkwardly in the mud. The forces involved were terrifying.
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 23, 2008 - 9:46am
If we are focused on improvement, we have to design a strategy for improvement. Although it is possible to have grand ideas and elaborate discussions about the importance of this or that within the university's portfolio of activities, the critical issue is to know what defines competitive achievement and what drives success in this competition.
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 21, 2008 - 11:35am
NOTE: This semester we’ve had an active conversation in a graduate course on Managing Universities here at LSU. This blog has suffered as my enthusiasm for arguing about university issues has been diverted to the class discussion list. The participants in this course have provoked some good discussion, and what follows is some of the traffic on my side of a conversation about how universities (and in this context we mean research universities) manage themselves to achieve improvement and enhance competitiveness.



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