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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.

November 8, 2011 - 10:45pm
Quick, what’s the most vexing aspect of academic advising at a community college?
November 7, 2011 - 10:35pm
What does it mean to “support” a program?  
November 6, 2011 - 10:20pm
You know that feeling when you’ve suspected something for a long time but couldn’t prove it, and then someone proves it for you? This article had that effect. It’s about how student attrition in STEM majors is actually higher in more selective institutions than in less selective ones. It brought back vivid memories of my days at Snooty Liberal Arts College, and even of late high school.
November 3, 2011 - 9:21pm
We were lucky. We were only without power and heat for five days.
November 3, 2011 - 7:40am
What if Professors Smith and Jones swapped papers for a semester?  I’d be intrigued to hear from anyone who has actually tried this.
October 28, 2011 - 3:00am
Last weekend we went pumpkin-picking, and then stopped for lunch. I ordered a Blue Moon with my burger, which, to my surprise, came with a slice of orange on the glass.
October 27, 2011 - 3:00am
Lenin famously asked “what is to be done?”  The relevant question now is slightly different.
October 26, 2011 - 3:00am
As a veteran of many an industry advisory board meeting, this report really didn’t surprise me.  A study from the National Bureau for Economic Research says that the income gains from specifically vocational majors (as opposed to liberal arts majors) peter out relatively early in life.
October 24, 2011 - 9:15pm
Academics have a weakness for the latest cutting-edge innovations.  It’s kind of what we do.  And in many cases, that’s a good thing.   This week, though, I’ve seen two older ideas come back as new solutions to current issues.  They’ve both been out of fashion long enough that they actually seem new, even though they’re anything but.
October 23, 2011 - 10:17pm
A thoughtful correspondent wrote last week to express concern about what she perceived as a growing rift between faculty and professional staff on her campus. 


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