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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 10, 2011 - 9:31pm
I’ll miss Borders.Although most people remember Borders as a big-box suburban store, to me it was always a big-box chain awkwardly appended onto a really nifty, quirky store on State Street in Ann Arbor.
August 9, 2011 - 9:02pm
Gary Olson, a former provost, has a piece up over at the Chronicle detailing advice he would give to a new administrator. As with any “if I knew then what I know now” exercise, there’s some value in it, but this paragraph has been bothering me since I read it:
August 8, 2011 - 9:24pm
A returning correspondent writes:
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.


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