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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.

May 6, 2012 - 9:27pm
A longtime correspondent writes: "Out here in California, cc's are facing a real budget crisis.  At my campus, we're trying to cut $5 million out of this year's budget, and this year was not a good year."
May 3, 2012 - 8:53pm
“What is space expanding into?” -- The Boy
May 2, 2012 - 9:16pm
This is one of those “thinking out loud” posts, as opposed to some sort of fully thought out proposal. Constructive feedback is very, very welcome.
May 1, 2012 - 9:59pm
My state is considering tying individual colleges’ shares of the state higher ed allocation to “performance” on a series of measures. And it has no intention of increasing the size of the allocation.  In other words, for Northern State to get more, Southern State would have to get less. We’ll be funded on a curve.
April 30, 2012 - 9:47pm
Late Spring is always difficult. It’s the end of the academic year, so that brings with it the Revenge of the Rubber Chicken Circuit -- a cascading series of evening events calculated specifically to defeat family time. Each event is worthwhile in its own right, of course, but the sheer number of them becomes wearing.
April 29, 2012 - 10:13pm
Half of new bachelor’s degree grads are either unemployed or underemployed, according to the Associated Press. The market isn’t ready to absorb them.
April 26, 2012 - 11:03pm
We have a grant-funded program designed to get students with severe educational deficits into basic skills programs, and then into “contextualized” remediation that leads into short-term employable certificates. The idea is to help folks who would normally be consigned to the economic margins to become employable at higher, if still fairly modest, levels. 
April 25, 2012 - 9:39pm
This story in IHE generated quite the firestorm yesterday, and for good reason.  Apparently, the Education School at the University of Southern California has decided to ban certain adjuncts from teaching at any other college or university as a condition of employment.
April 24, 2012 - 9:13pm
A few years ago, my college started a January intersession in which students take a single course for two weeks. It was a runaway hit; enrollments have grown every year, course completion rates have hovered around 90 -- off the charts by community college standards -- and faculty feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
April 23, 2012 - 9:43pm
A regular correspondent writes: "My state wants cc administrators to be able to change grades if faculty demonstrate 'error' or 'unfairness.'" 

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