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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.

July 22, 2008 - 10:04pm
High School Friend on Right Ocean got married earlier this month, and it was a glorious day. He and I have seen each other through some challenging times. In high school, we were the guys the girls always thought of as "like my brother." We soldiered through as best we could, but at sixteen, patience isn't easy. Over the decades, we both made our share of perplexing choices. That's all I'll say about that.
July 22, 2008 - 4:55am
My cc is gearing up for yet another discussion of the proper 'cap' on the number of credits taught by an adjunct in a single semester. It's one of those awful cases in which every option is wrong.
July 20, 2008 - 9:28pm
A fellow blogger writes: Recently, a for profit school opened in our area, and seeing it here, where there's a fairly good state university and a quite good state technical community college in the city, and several other colleges and universities in the area, makes me wonder about how they do their business. I'm wondering what students would choose that school given the other options? Are they open enrollment?
July 17, 2008 - 9:55pm
If you're a full-time faculty member, and you get a courseload reduction in exchange for taking on some extra non-classroom assignment – be it chairing a department, working on a self-study, or whatever – are you 'double dipping' if you then teach the released course anyway for extra pay? I've always thought not, but some folks around here are quite adamant that you are.
July 16, 2008 - 10:48pm
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July 14, 2008 - 8:54pm
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July 13, 2008 - 9:49pm
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July 10, 2008 - 9:25pm
How do you make new-student orientation actually work? I've seen this tried in any number of ways, and it nearly always falls prey to some or the other of the following:
July 9, 2008 - 10:21pm
A left coast correspondent writes: What constraints do people serving on hiring committees work under? In an attempt to make the hiring process as fair as possible-which translates as avoiding lawsuits-my California community college district requires that a Hiring Compliance Officer (HCO) sit on every hiring committee. The HCO is sometimes an administrator, but because there aren't enough administrators to go around, the HCO is more and more likely to be a lawyer or a consultant from off campus.

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