Higher Education Webinars
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.
October 6, 2010 - 10:24pm
Does anyone out there work at a public college that mandates that students buy laptops?I’m increasingly convinced that we need to do something like that. We could define ‘laptop’ pretty broadly to include not just netbooks but also ipads and maybe even smartphones -- anything that gives students wireless internet.
October 5, 2010 - 10:19pm
Apparently at the White House Community College Summit yesterday, President Obama announced no new public money for community colleges. But the Gates Foundation announced it would contribute $35 million.Obviously, for any one private entity to give $35 million is very generous. But it’s worth putting in perspective.It’s less than my college’s operating budget for one year. My college is one of 1100 community colleges across the country.
October 4, 2010 - 9:42pm
My brother -- known to regular readers as Brother of Dean Dad -- sent me a nifty thought piece that I’d love to get my readers’ help explaining.
October 3, 2010 - 9:16pm
Twice in the last year, I’ve heard some statements on campus against affirmative action that have helped me understand some of the opposition to it. (Disclosure: though my politics aren’t conservative, my appearance is. Since I rarely talk politics at work, some people incorrectly assume from my appearance that I’m a conservative, and they tell me things that they might not otherwise. It’s an odd position to be in, but there it is.)
September 30, 2010 - 10:12pm
How do people with day jobs and school-aged kids write books?
September 29, 2010 - 10:53pm
One of the privileges of the first amendment is the ability to call out the government when it’s dangerously off-base. Jill Biden’s community college summit looks like it’s set to go dangerously off-base. It’s designed to miss the point.Look at the roster of participants. Not a single community college professor or on-campus administrator, but the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is there, as is the CEO of Accenture.
September 29, 2010 - 4:38am
I had a conversation a few days ago with a professor who helped me understand some of the otherwise-puzzling opposition faculty have shown to actually using the general education outcomes they themselves voted into place.
September 27, 2010 - 9:55pm
You major in criminal justice because you want to work in law enforcement. You major in Nursing because you want to be a nurse. You major in business because you think that’s how you get a job in business. You major in liberal arts because...?
September 26, 2010 - 9:58pm
There’s an old saying to the effect that a difference of degree eventually becomes a difference of kind. One could say, for example, that Albert Pujols is a better hitter than I am, but the difference in our respective skill levels is so drastic that subsuming both of us under the category of ‘hitters’ is misleading. The chasm between us amounts to a phase shift.We’re beginning to see that phase shift with online education.
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.
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