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February 18, 2008 - 9:49am
Psst. Hey! Lean in a second. Come closer. Closer still.
February 18, 2008 - 7:51am
It’s funny, how sometimes the best way to understand big issues in big, complex, institutional contexts is to solve little problems in little, simple, personal contexts. A case in point ... Last Friday, a terrible thing happened in my house. I put coffee in the filter, put the filter in the basket, added water, hit the button and nothing happened! (If you want to take a moment to recover from the sheer horror of that situation, it’s OK. I’ll wait for you. Just say when.)
February 16, 2008 - 8:28pm
Sustainability’s a huge topic. And higher education is an industrial sector not renowned for the agility of its participants. So where do you start greening a campus, and how? To the extent that there’s an orthodoxy in this emerging field, it goes like this:
NIU
February 15, 2008 - 9:35am
I was watching the BBC yesterday afternoon when they cut in with breaking news of the shootings at Northern Illinois University. In addition to the feeling we all know so well now--shit, it's happening again--many memories came back, since my BA is from Northern. My thoughts are with you and your families.
February 14, 2008 - 9:40pm
Every parent's nightmare happened again, this time at NIU. My condolences to the students, faculty, and families there.
February 13, 2008 - 10:02pm
A regular reader writes: A probationary faculty member in my college plagiarized his entire statement of teaching philosophy in his RST (Rank, Salary, and Tenure) file. Not just lifted a few phrases, but downloaded someone else's teaching philosophy from the Internet, omitted a few paragraphs that were too specifically about the actual author, and put it in his file.
February 13, 2008 - 12:00pm
Evidence of UD's still-throbbing 'sixties sensibility. A list that will be added to as UD thinks of more stuff. 1.] Usually UD finds students who come to class without the book -- without even paper to take notes! -- a royal piss-off. If the student's a mentally-askew hippie, no prob. 2.] No wrist-watch.
February 13, 2008 - 10:33am
A column by a British (sometime-) academic may point the way toward research opportunities for American universities.
February 12, 2008 - 10:47pm
Oso Raro has a thought-provoking, if maddening, piece up - check it out - on the changing role of the Student Life side of the house, or what he calls The Fifth Estate. In his telling, as I understand it, what he calls the Fifth Estate of Student Life professionals represents a liability-driven resource suck, a sort of brainless parasite growing fat on the diverted resources of its increasingly dessicated host. As he puts it,

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