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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.

February 21, 2012 - 10:05pm
As regular readers know, I enjoy my technology. Though largely useless with analog technology -- like hanging curtain rods -- I have great fun trying to get black boxes that beep to do stuff that they weren’t entirely meant to do, or to do it for a lot less money than its producers had hoped. Technology allows me to be both forward-thinking and cheap, which is a lovely combination.
February 20, 2012 - 9:41pm
We have family friends whose older son started college this Fall. Apparently, when he got his Fall grades last month, he had his head handed to him. Having reeled from the shock for a while, now he’s studying much more aggressively than he ever has before.
February 16, 2012 - 10:04pm
I’m told that community colleges will lose the option to admit students on an “ability to benefit” basis as of July 1.
February 15, 2012 - 9:29pm
A new correspondent writes: Six months ago, I accepted an assistant deanship at an institution that requires a long daily commute. I've since come to regret my decision, finding that the 60+ hours away from home is damaging my family life, which, in turn, makes me ineffective in both work and family roles.  
February 14, 2012 - 9:56pm
A longtime reader writes:I've been told by one of my employers that I am not allowed to accept friend requests from students on Facebook or any other social media site save Linkedin. In my field (probably in most fields) networking is really important and therefore this is a serious bummer.
February 13, 2012 - 10:14pm
In a study of childcare arrangements done by the census, childcare provided by mothers is counted as parenting, but childcare provided by fathers is counted as babysitting. And the report isn’t subtle about it.
February 12, 2012 - 9:05pm
Given the level of stupidity regularly emanating from Arizona, I’m almost reluctant even to raise the topic.  But stupidity has a way of metastasizing if left unchecked.
February 9, 2012 - 8:58pm
This Marketplace report brought me up short. It’s about Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, endorsing gay marriage in New York.  The report notes that CEO’s of major banks aren’t generally known for taking positions on potentially divisive social issues.  
February 8, 2012 - 9:55pm
Fun trivia fact: this is a Presidential election year.  But you wouldn’t know it from walking around campus.
February 8, 2012 - 3:51am
A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to discuss a proposed and relatively dramatic policy change with someone fairly high in state government.  I objected to the change with some vigor, and outlined several objections that I thought added up to a compelling case.  She listened politely, and then gave an answer for which I hadn’t prepared.


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