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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 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:
September 8, 2010 - 10:32pm
A new correspondent writes:I'm a librarian at a community college. The Library and Tutoring Center together make up the Learning Resources department and we're part of the Liberal Arts Division. The dean of our division has been in his position for (many) years. One of his primary goals since he arrived here has been the renovation of the library building to update it and reallocate much of the library's space to other support-services like the Tutoring Center, Reading Lab, and Language Lab. The construction has finally begun.

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