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June 15, 2007
Like a number of big sports campuses, Auburn University has designated faculty-enablers who smooth the way toward a bogus degree for athletes who don't have time to take courses and read books and that sort of thing.
June 14, 2007
According to a piece in IHE, Democrats in Congress are considering establishing penalties for colleges that increase tuition by too high a percentage over any three-year period.To illustrate why this is a painfully stupid idea, I'll trot out some math. Assume 3 percent annual inflation, which is probably in the ballpark. The cap is twice the inflation rate, or 6 percent per year.
June 12, 2007
A while back I posted a question from someone going for a department chair position.Check out the message she posted yesterday:
June 12, 2007
There's a thought-provoking post over at Lesboprof's about career goals, timing, and the importance (and shock!) of counting backwards. It's about the shock of recognition when you say “I want to be in place x by year y. To do that, I'd have to get to x-1 by year y-5, which means...” and suddenly realizing that the seemingly endless expanse of time before you is, in fact, quite brief.
June 11, 2007
We finished reading for the AP exam in Louisville on Saturday, and I’m home now. But before I left, I sat down with Jim Barkus, Chief AP Reader for Literature and Composition, and Professor of English at Baylor University, to ask a few questions.
June 11, 2007
Weirdly for this time of year, I've been getting a lot of questions about job interview etiquette. Excerpts from two of the better ones:
June 9, 2007
Europe's worst university system -- and that's saying a lot -- has done it again. Ten senior academics at Panteion University in Athens have stolen almost eight million dollars in state funds over the last five years or so. They bought luxury goods with the money, which was intended to support academic programs at Panteion. What's striking about the coverage from Greece is that the harshness of the verdicts, rather than the enormity of the crime, has shocked people.
June 8, 2007
Some of you were curious if the man in the slideshow in my previous post is me. Alas, no.

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