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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.

December 22, 2011 - 10:38pm
1.  The Girl actually -- and I am not making this up -- asked for her two front teeth for Christmas.  As she put it, utterly deadpan, missing her front teeth “makes it hard to eat apples.”  I thought she had a pretty good point. 2. Some successful hires at the college.
December 21, 2011 - 9:44pm
It’s time for another round of every administrator’s favorite game, “Spot the Contradiction.” See if you can isolate the double bind that drives good people around the freakin’ bend.
December 20, 2011 - 8:53pm
Is a free textbook a good deal?
December 19, 2011 - 9:58pm
I don’t think of myself as Scrooge, but this time of year the endless questions around “secret Santas” and informal gift exchange always crop up.  Lesboprof’s take is particularly thoughtful.
December 18, 2011 - 9:10pm
It’s the end of the semester, which means it’s time for some students to figure out that they’ve taken the “wrong” courses for their programs.
December 15, 2011 - 9:50pm
I’ve never really come to terms with taking attendance in college classes.  Maybe it’s me.
December 14, 2011 - 10:06pm
I love this question.  A longtime reader writes: I was chatting with a colleague yesterday.  As we talked, a common theme emerged:  neither of us has found a way to do the following: 1) Easily and collaboratively share and revise documents or other materials on our college’s content management system 2) Easily and collaboratively share and revise documents or other materials on our college’s course management system (or on other open-source course management systems used on campus) e.g create a moodle course for a particular committee or task force and use this as a space to get some collaborative work done on a project.
December 14, 2011 - 4:09am
Why hasn’t the Great Recession triggered a massive restructuring of American higher ed yet?
December 12, 2011 - 8:57pm
The Boy’s team competed in the local Lego league championships last weekend.
December 11, 2011 - 9:07pm
The best performing community colleges aren’t necessarily those with the highest graduation or transfer rates; they’re those that consistently punch above their weight.

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