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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.

April 8, 2010 - 9:55pm
An alert reader sent me this story from Time. Apparently, Lansing Community College (MI) is guaranteeing students in certain pre-career certificate programs that they'll get jobs within a year of graduation, or they'll get their tuition back.Gotta admit, I never thought of that. Of course, there's a reason for that.
April 7, 2010 - 9:12pm
I have to admit getting a good laugh from this.Apparently, there's a company that employs people in India with graduate degrees to grade papers for American professors. For twelve bucks a paper, they'll give not just a letter grade, but comments. The idea is to free up faculty to focus on instruction (or, more accurately, research), rather than grading. It also saves the university money, since outsourcing the grading allows you to run classes at much larger sizes.
April 6, 2010 - 9:52pm
A self-identified Gen X correspondent writes
April 6, 2010 - 4:27am
My new co-blogger at IHE has a nice piece on job titles that raise more questions than they answer. It's basically a call for titles that describe at least something about the duties of the job.
April 4, 2010 - 9:34pm
My friend and erstwhile colleague Lesboprof has a wonderful, thought-provoking post up about deciding not to take a shot at a job she wanted for fear that she wasn't ready, only to discover that her record would have stacked up well against the finalists. It's worth reading, and it got me thinking about the whole "I'm not ready" kind of hesitation.
April 1, 2010 - 9:13pm
The "what ten books have influenced you?" meme is making its way around the blogs, and while I don't usually do memes, this one is just too much fun to pass up. In fairness, I have to admit that I've interpreted "books" pretty liberally below.In roughly chronological order, defined by when I read them:
March 31, 2010 - 9:39pm
A new, but beleaguered, correspondent writes:
March 31, 2010 - 4:27am
According to this story in IHE, Bristol Community College in Massachusetts is partnering with a for-profit provider (The Princeton Review) to create what amount to express lanes in its Nursing program. The idea is that students who currently get waitlisted for the Nursing program at Bristol will have the option of paying more to get seats in the Princeton Review's program. It's a chance for students to substitute cash on the barrel for the opportunity cost of waiting.
March 29, 2010 - 11:31pm
A new correspondent writes:I'm wondering if you have any advice for those of us in school in "abstract" or "theoretical" fields who have seen the light and want to teach community college.
March 28, 2010 - 9:09pm
In a comment to my post asking why webinars always suck, Dr. Crazy brought up a great point:

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