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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.

September 22, 2010 - 9:21pm
The Wife and I have hit the “chauffeur” stage of parenting.The Boy has Fall baseball now, and will have basketball shortly. The Girl has gymnastics and soccer. TW is taking an evening class. I have evening events at work, and a manuscript deadline looming.Family life is largely about transportation.
September 21, 2010 - 11:19pm
A thoughtful reader forwarded me a link to his blog post, in which he sets out a few, fairly narrow conditions under which he considers it appropriate for administrators to “tackle the faculty.” They are:--When you have a legal obligation or a mandate from further up the administrative food chain. "I know you don't like it, folks, but we have to do it."
September 20, 2010 - 10:10pm
Should professors with full-time positions at college A be allowed to teach as adjuncts at college B?
September 19, 2010 - 10:02pm
Maybe it’s the time of year, but I’ve received several variations on the same question recently: when a student doesn’t get into a Nursing program, what should s/he do next?It’s a great question, but the answers aren’t easy.
September 16, 2010 - 10:04pm
A new correspondent writes:
September 16, 2010 - 4:32am
Last week, there was a thought-provoking post over at IHE about lessons that the nonprofit sector of higher ed could learn from the for-profit sector. It’s worth checking out.Having worked in both, I mentioned in the comments that the lower-tier nonprofits, such as community colleges, would do well to learn certain lessons from the for-profits. One really basic one is the importance of addressing a certain kind of cultural capital that elite students already have, but that community college students generally don’t.
September 14, 2010 - 9:33pm
A foreign correspondent (I’ve always wanted to write that) writes:
September 13, 2010 - 10:22pm
Sigh. The New York Times strikes again. This time it’s with a four-part colloquy of important people discussing “why are colleges so selective?”How is someone at a community college supposed to read the question “why are colleges so selective?”a. ironicallyb. as a direct slap in the facec. as yet another indication of just how provincial the New York Times isd. all of the above
September 12, 2010 - 9:18pm
As regular readers know, I’ve been a fan of Kristin Hersh’s for years. She has a new book out, Rat Girl, which is adapted version of her diary from 1985. It’s far better than that description makes it sound.
September 9, 2010 - 9:55pm
An occasional correspondent writes:

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