Higher Education Webinars

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 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.
July 20, 2011 - 10:01pm
Sometimes I feel bad for Illinois. It has had some issues with its state government -- cough -- that have prevented it from coming to grips with, say, a catastrophically underfunded public employee pension system, or with the reality of biweekly paychecks.That said, its recent proposal to use student aid as an incentive for transfer students to start in community colleges is intriguing.

Pages

What Others Are Reading

  • Viewed
  • Past:
  • Day
  • Week
  • Month
  • Year
Back to Top