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November 22, 2007 - 10:02pm
Professor Thomas Doherty of Brandeis University will be in UD's Thanksgiving prayers today. Most Americans can't stand professors -- they've got their reasons -- but Doherty is why they should reconsider.
November 21, 2007 - 2:48pm
A couple of weeks ago I called my old friend Frenchy and asked if he’d come for Thanksgiving. It wasn’t a small request, since he lives across the country, so we were all thrilled when he said he’d catch a train and be out to stay with us for a few days.
November 21, 2007 - 10:32am
Aspazia, characteristically, has a thought-provoking post about applied ethics. This time it's about some partial scholarships that her husband's college has extended to some economically challenged students. In essence, the scholarships are enough to make the college seem affordable, but the students still have to work outside of class a significant number of hours to make ends meet.
November 19, 2007 - 11:17pm
My cc is taking a new look at guidelines for "advisory boards" for various "occupational" degree programs. (A quick definition: an "occupational" degree refers to one designed primarily to make students employable in a given field upon graduation. Its counterpart is the "transfer" degree, which is intended to be the first half of a bachelor's degree. Transfer degrees typically include much more "gen ed," and their intended audience is four-year colleges and universities, rather than employers.)
November 19, 2007 - 8:43am
The Chronicle has had a series over the last week or so about the salaries of college Presidents.
November 17, 2007 - 4:57am
The spate of fake hate crimes at America's universities makes going after these people and punishing them crucial. Truly malicious sorts, observing the big-time response of schools and media to nasty symbols and speech, are increasingly staging their own victimization.
November 15, 2007 - 8:41pm
A new correspondent writes: I am a Department Head for a large urban CC in a very small vocational program.Seven years ago I hired a friend who was well qualified for the Instructional Aide position (part of our FT faculty bargaining unit). She came to me this week to let me know she is leaving at thebeginning of the Spring semester (January 11th).
November 15, 2007 - 9:48am
OK, I’m following the conversation in Washington about putting universities and colleges on a watch list if they increase their tuition by a percentage deemed too high. What a wonderfully nonsensical notion.
November 14, 2007 - 10:38pm
There was a roundtable here last Friday on creative-writing pedagogy. I hadn’t RSVP’d for the event but agreed to go at the last minute to represent administrator Rory, sick in bed with stomach flu. It would be easy. I’d just smile a lot and pretend I had a goatee.



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