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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.
December 15, 2008 - 9:51pm
Okay, I'm a little late to this party, but there's been a fascinating exchange in blogland between Tenured Radical and Dr. Crazy. Both addressed the ways that budget issues are being discussed at their respective colleges.
December 14, 2008 - 8:33pm
is for grant-funded positions. But hiring for grant-funded positions is different than regular hiring. Grant-funded positions exist in a parallel universe to the rest of the college. Since they come with their own funding lines, they're immune to hiring freezes and even layoffs. As long as the grantors keep supporting the positions, we can keep hiring (and/or replacing) as needed.
December 11, 2008 - 9:21pm
From yesterday's New York Times article about the faculty at the New School passing a vote of no confidence in their President, former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, who has churned through four chief academic officers in seven years:
December 10, 2008 - 11:11pm
Apparently, the proprietary colleges are in the midst of another of their periodic booms, swooping in and grabbing students just when the public sector is reeling from yet another round of budget cuts. I've seen this movie. As regular readers know, I used to work for a proprietary. You've heard of it. I'd be both more and less worried than the IHE story suggests.
December 9, 2008 - 11:05pm
I'm increasingly convinced that there are two ways of watching television, and that The Wife and I are firmly planted in opposite camps. The first way treats tv as the home equivalent of a movie. You don't start watching until you're ready to focus on it; then, once you start watching, you focus cleanly until the program ends, you lose interest completely, and/or you fall asleep. (In practice, 2 sometimes shades into 3.) The purpose of the DVR is to skip commercials.
December 8, 2008 - 9:45pm
Isn't this story actually good news? It's being covered as if it's somehow a bad thing that fewer people are taking the GRE this year. (The GRE is the sort of SAT-for-grad-school.) It's a pretty good predictor of the coming year's grad school applications. Typically, enrollments boom during recessions, but even though this recession has hair and teeth, applications are actually down. People, this is fantastic news.
December 7, 2008 - 9:16pm
One of my favorite aphorisms (I think it's Stein's law) states that anything unsustainable, won't be.
December 5, 2008 - 4:58am
Any thoughts on how to do the former while honoring the latter? The last time I went through a round of layoffs, during the previous recession, I saw vividly the gap between what could be communicated at a given moment, and what people actually wanted to know. Now there's another round coming, and it's likely to be much worse than before.
December 3, 2008 - 10:22pm
The American Federation of Teachers has released a report (here) complete with an interactive excel tool designed to both motivate colleges to convert more adjuncts to full-time status and to pay adjuncts on a pro-rata basis. The spreadsheet allows you, in theory, to plug in the numbers from your own college to see what it would cost to hit a targeted full-time/adjunct ratio. It's a surreal read. Check it out. It shouldn't take more than a few minutes.
December 2, 2008 - 10:01pm
A regular correspondent writes: Out here in California, my CC is in the same budget mess as everyone else. But our Governing Board just gave a [dramatic] raise to our college president. He doesn't deserve it. Trust me on that part. All this makes my job as union president about 1000 times easier, but I'm wondering what a good, solid, competent administrator would do in a similar situation. Of course, I'm assuming that you want to keep your job.
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