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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.

January 23, 2012 - 9:55pm
Non-superstar academics under the age of about 60 typically have plenty of good (and bad) rejection stories. This post is an attempt to look at rejection from the other side.
January 23, 2012 - 3:00am
If you know what “middle skills” are, you’re nearly as nerdy as I am. They’re the hot new thing in discussions of both economic development and community colleges.
January 19, 2012 - 11:01pm
Apple’s latest foray into the education market caught my eye. It’s promising, but I can’t get past some sticking points.
January 18, 2012 - 9:23pm
“Daddy, I figured it out!” I never get tired of hearing that.
January 18, 2012 - 4:36am
“How to Handle Good News” should be a handout given to every new administrator. It’s remarkably easy to handle it wrong.
January 16, 2012 - 9:25pm
The Presidents of the Chicago area community colleges will keep or lose their jobs based on the graduation rates at their respective colleges. This is an awful and great idea. I’d hate to be in their shoes, though.
January 12, 2012 - 9:39pm
The blogosphere has been atwitter (can I say that?) about the latest study showing the economic damage to students of leaving underperforming teachers in place.
January 11, 2012 - 10:18pm
If you had to apply for the job you have now, under current criteria, would you be qualified?
January 11, 2012 - 4:25am
The rise of Super PACs and the glorious display of democracy that is the Republican primary season got me thinking about attack ads in other contexts. What if colleges ran attack ads?
January 9, 2012 - 10:18pm
Apparently,  a few California community colleges have taken to rationing seats. Since their funding is entirely disconnected from their enrollments – astonishing, but true – the only way the colleges can make do on shrinking state allocations is to turn people away.  While most campuses have resorted  to the easy and time honored  “first come, first served” method of allocating seats, a couple campuses have started consciously rationing seats, giving priority to ent

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