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.

June 14, 2011 - 10:06pm
Over 90 percent of our online students aren’t online students.They’re onsite students who also take online classes. They use online classes to round out their schedules and reduce conflicts with work. In most cases, the majority of their coursework is onsite. The pure “online student” is very much the exception.
June 13, 2011 - 9:48pm
A new correspondent writes:I am a rather new full time faculty member at a community college. I have not been here long enough to qualify to run for chairperson of my department. My dean has expressed to me that he wants me to run for this position. I love teaching and really don't feel that this is the direction I want to take right now. Further, most of my department is off contract currently and I feel that if I were elected chair, this would serve to divide the department.Would it be wiser to to run for chair rather than refuse?
June 12, 2011 - 9:52pm
A longtime correspondent writes
June 10, 2011 - 3:57am
Several alert readers pointed me this week to the launch of the New College of the Humanities in England. Although much of what I’ve read about it has been maddeningly vague, it seems to be a for-profit enterprise in which students will be charged premium tuition for access to courses (though not yet degrees, apparently) in humanistic disciplines, with a smattering of employment skills.
June 8, 2011 - 9:36pm
“But this is a wonderful program! The students love it, and the results are impressive! Why aren't you a fan?”
June 7, 2011 - 9:51pm
Several alert readers sent along info that Connecticut and Rhode Island are considering streamlining their internal education governance systems, presumably to save money. Connecticut’s proposal involves combining oversight of community colleges, state colleges, and compass direction universities in a single board.
June 6, 2011 - 10:05pm
“What about Dave? Um, I mean the Registrar?”In working through the implications of some recent and pending retirements, I’m running headfirst into the legacy of structures built around individual people.In any rational organization, Smith would have reported to Jones. But Smith and Jones just couldn’t get along, so Smith was moved to report to Johnson. When Smith retires, it’s fair to ask to whom the replacement should report.
June 5, 2011 - 9:12pm
This weekend’s tale of the tape:
June 2, 2011 - 11:56pm
This was Career Week at TB and TG’s school. Parents and other adults came in and talk to the students about their careers.I hadn’t done Career Week in previous years. I just couldn’t figure out how to explain my job to grade schoolers. “Kids, do you know what a rubric is?” “Kids, let’s talk budget cuts!” Academic administration lacks the kid appeal of, say, firefighting.
June 1, 2011 - 9:49pm
Don’t tell anyone...The brief gap between graduation and the start of summer classes is blissfully quiet.I can actually get some work done. I can even have open-ended conversations without looking at my watch every ten minutes. (Yes, Gen Y readers, I wear a watch. It’s a generational thing. Boomers wear digital watches. X’ers wear analog watches. Y’s just use their phones.)


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