Earlier this week a relatively junior administrator asked me if there was any advice I could give him regarding a career in higher education administration. Wanting to resist stating the obvious (find what you feel really passionate about and devote your time, attention, and energy to that area), I thought about the crucial advice given to me early in my career and two specific pieces of advice came immediately to mind.
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March 21, 2010
March 14, 2010
Early this week, a graduating senior came to my office to ask for a recommendation to Law School. Since I had known the excellent work done by this student since he entered Hofstra, I was pleased to say yes. In the course of the conversation, I asked about his LSAT score, which turned out to be OK but not spectacular and then asked whether he had taken an LSAT review course. I ask any student who contacts me about coming to Hofstra and any student who talks to me about graduate school or Law School after Hofstra, the same question: have you taken a review course.
March 7, 2010
My kids love the snow. They can’t wait to have another snow storm after which they will spend hours snowboarding and just return home for periodic snacks and meals. My feelings are not quite as positive. I love the beauty of newly fallen snow; I hate driving in it, walking in it, and I equally hate the after snow clean up of my walkway and driveway. The more snow, often the greater the beauty and inevitably the greater the hatred.
February 28, 2010
The dean position has become one of the most challenging administrative positions in higher education. Not only does a dean need to provide long term as well as day to day academic leadership but the dean also needs to be a willing and, over time, successful fundraiser. To find a good dean, colleges and universities typically undertake a national search and often use a “head hunter” to help make sure that the effort is as comprehensive as possible. I am presently involved in two deans’ searches, both for very important schools at Hofstra University.
February 21, 2010
A major story in last Tuesday’s Inside Higher Ed was that Middlebury College “will plan its budgets each year by capping its ‘comprehensive fee’ – the equivalent of tuition, room and board at other private colleges—at an upward limit of 1 percentage point above the Consumer Price Index.” Certainly this move makes good sense in terms of positive publicity for Middlebury and it also provides a valuable fiscal restraint framework to operate under.
February 14, 2010
I have just made my airline reservations to Fort Lauderdale for the middle of February. This is not a vacation; rather I am serving on an ABA reaccreditation team for Nova Southeastern Law School. Over the years, I have served as a Middle States periodic reviewer (most recently as the first reviewer for Johns Hopkins and the second reviewer for American); ABA reviewer (most recently for Memphis Law School) and during my earlier life as a business school dean, I served not only on visiting teams but as a member of the Initial Accreditation Committee of AACSB.
February 7, 2010
I am fortunate to have a broad vantage point on education that spans kindergarten through graduate school. In addition to my position at Hofstra I have served on two school boards, the first at a Quaker School my kids were attending at the time and currently I serve on my local school board where my kids now attend. I also serve on the board for ProjectGrad Long Island, which provides extra support for economically disadvantaged school districts. And I have worked closely with Hofstra’s NOAH program, which was the template for New York State’s HEOP program, for over 25 years.
January 31, 2010
At our mid-year commencement a few weeks ago, a faculty member I have known for many years asked me if I had been reading his Huffington Post blog on a regular basis. I answered yes and he asked me what I thought.
January 24, 2010
A day after our December commencement exercises and two days after a 24” snowstorm, I am on an airplane flying to Hawaii. At this and every other commencement, I always watch the parade of graduates – from the bachelor’s level to the doctorate- march across the stage. And as they march, I wonder whether we have done all that we can do to provide an education that will serve their needs and society’s needs.