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Confessions of a Community College Dean

In which a veteran of cultural studies seminars in the 1990s moves into academic administration and finds himself a married suburban father of two. Foucault, plus lawn care.

August 7, 2011 - 9:01pm
Dontcha hate it when when someone whose views strike you as generally asinine happens to score a really good point?Grumble.In an otherwise awful essay in IHE, Robert Martin strikes a chord in discussing groupthink:
July 28, 2011 - 10:21pm
And the men aren’t.Sometimes just a few statistics can tell a story. Here’s a pair I found fascinating.Our students a year or less out of high school: 48% malesOur students as a whole: 38% malesThe skew gets progressively more pronounced as you move up the age scale. By the time you pass the early twenties, the students are overwhelmingly female. But the fresh-out-of-high-school group is almost even. And to the extent that I’ve seen national statistics, they pretty much tell the same story.
July 27, 2011 - 9:36pm
Dear Congress,
July 27, 2011 - 4:26am
I’d have everyone on campus read Moneyball, by Michael Lewis.
July 26, 2011 - 12:53am
This piece in IHE last week set off quite the firestorm. It’s about the felt futility of teaching the dreaded 8 a.m. class. I would have written it differently, but it raised a valid issue.Been there, done that. Hated it. And it raises one of those questions for which nobody has a great answer.
July 24, 2011 - 10:02pm
A frustrated correspondent writes:
July 21, 2011 - 10:36pm
Should there be a separate orientation for the parents of new students?The idea is gaining some traction locally, and I have to admit seeing some logic to it. It represents an intersection of separate trends, but it also raises some tricky issues.
July 20, 2011 - 10:01pm
Sometimes I feel bad for Illinois. It has had some issues with its state government -- cough -- that have prevented it from coming to grips with, say, a catastrophically underfunded public employee pension system, or with the reality of biweekly paychecks.That said, its recent proposal to use student aid as an incentive for transfer students to start in community colleges is intriguing.
July 19, 2011 - 9:46pm
A former boss of mine used to say that the key to management consisted of asking “the second question.” The second question was a variation on “why?” In his estimation, when confronted with “pushback” -- the approved euphemism for “no” -- your job was to ask the person the basis for his opposition. In theory, you could then get around the pushback by getting at the underlying causes.It’s one of those theories that works perfectly about five percent of the time. The glaring flaw is that it presumes that your interlocutor is both self-aware and naive. Most aren’t.
July 18, 2011 - 9:36pm
Like many colleges, mine is wrestling with a twofold issue: how to improve student success rates generally, and especially how to improve the success rates of students from underrepresented groups (typically defined by race and income, though “first-generation” status would also count).. While the two issues obviously overlap, they aren’t interchangeable.

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