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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.

November 11, 2008 - 9:23pm
TB, who is in second grade, wrote his first novel yesterday. With names changed, and sans the distinctive illustrations, an annotated guide to the text:Title Page: TB and TG and a Walk in the Woods (with illustration) by TB(on the side, there's a diagonal stripe that says "New Series!")Contents Page: Woodsy...Page 1 Home!...Page 4
November 10, 2008 - 10:09pm
(Happily, this isn't a concrete issue for me now. This just falls under "I've always wondered…")What are the rules governing faculty votes of no confidence?I've been lucky enough that I haven't actually faced one of these, either directly or indirectly, which may explain some of my ignorance on the subject. From a spectator's perspective, they strike me as somewhat ambiguous.
November 10, 2008 - 7:43am
An alert reader sent me a link to this story about New Hampshire. Apparently, the Granite State is considering funneling most high school students into community colleges after tenth grade. (Tellingly, the story allows that "those who want to go to a prestigious university may stay and finish the final two years.")This is one of those ideas that carries in it a real grain of truth, but that takes it much too far.
November 7, 2008 - 4:42am
According to IHE, President-elect Obama has supported a fully refundable tax credit of $4000 for the first two years of college. Whether this (or anything akin to it) has a chance of seeing the light of day is another question, but it's a neat idea to bat around.
November 6, 2008 - 6:12am
This has recently become salient in my world, again.Internal candidates raise all kinds of issues – information asymmetry, historical baggage, sense of entitlement, and the like. There's a really basic awfulness in saying 'no' to somebody internal.Saying 'no' to anybody is unpleasant, but it isn't so bad with people you're unlikely ever to see again. You can be vague and relatively quick, and emerge soon enough with both parties' dignity intact. (That doesn't always happen, of course, but it should.) Once the deed is done, it's done, and you can get on with your work.
November 5, 2008 - 8:38am
I'll try to put together something a little more thoughtful for tomorrow; last night was spent glued to the tv, happily watching the returns. Two quick nuggets:
November 3, 2008 - 8:45pm
I'm too distracted by the election to put together a proper post, so this meme from Lesboprof came at a good time. I don't usually do memes, but I can't say no to LP, so here goes...The "Favorites" Meme
November 2, 2008 - 10:08pm
Last week a reader from a college whose student government recently made a collective ass of itself wrote to ask what I thought was the point of student government at community colleges.The fact that it took me a week to even attempt a response is probably telling.
October 30, 2008 - 9:43pm
High School Friend on Right Ocean recently got a new provost at his university. He writes:
October 29, 2008 - 9:55pm
Last week, The Wife decided that it was time to teach The Boy and The Girl about voting.She converted a spent box of Puffs into a ballot box, and decorated it accordingly. Now we have occasional referenda, complete with preliminary speeches and secret ballots.On Sunday, we had a discussion about what kind of face to put on this year's jack o'lantern: happy or scary.TB gave a talk on behalf of 'scary.' I gave one on behalf of 'happy.' All four of us voted, TG getting a little help with her ballot, and 'scary' won, 3 to 1.


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