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November 17, 2007
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 16, 2007
I’ve always liked Adam Gopnik’s writing, but his
November 15, 2007
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
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
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.
November 14, 2007
Although the very thought of it makes some academics blanch, I'm beginning to think that "evidence-based management" could be really useful in solving some nagging academic problems.As I understand it -- and I'm no expert -- "evidence-based management" takes as a given that it's appropriate to look at statistical patterns that have emerged over time, and to use those as reality checks for future decisions. It's particularly helpful in testing long-held assumptions for which we somehow keep noticing exceptions.
November 14, 2007
In the context of discussing ways to encourage her colleagues to try to reach students at different levels of demonstrated ability, Dr. Crazy inadvertently a very different issue:
November 12, 2007
According to IHE, the latest proposed extension of the Higher Education Act contains, among other things, a provision requiring that colleges and universities "develop a plan for offering alternatives to illegal downloading or peer-to-peer distribution of intellectual property."Huh?
November 12, 2007
Norman Mailer's death has brought out the bow ties, the tightly-wound and the closely-cropped, for whom the only noteworthy thing about Norm was that he was abnorm.
November 11, 2007
A left coast correspondent writes (this is a long one):We have had a kerfuffle blow up today at my CC. This morning our VP of Student Services sent out the following email:



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