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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.

April 14, 2008 - 9:35pm
This article in IHE is one of those peel-the-onion pieces in which the more you think about it, the more there is to discuss. Apparently, a new report by the AAUP takes the regional accreditation agencies to task for failing to confront the trend towards adjunct faculty.
April 14, 2008 - 4:42am
I'll admit it: I want contradictory things for The Girl. I want her to grow up to be a strong and independent woman, but wouldn't mind if she skipped the whole 'rebellious' thing, at least in regard to her parents. (Since she's still a preschooler, I can still cherish this illusion.) I want her to be both confident and gracious, both brilliant and humble, and both sociable and autonomous. How hard can *that* be? I may be biased, but she *is* an amazing kid.
April 10, 2008 - 8:55pm
Right now I'm in the midst of an unbloggable circus, so letters are especially welcome. An earnest correspondent in the middle of nowhere writes: I'm an adjunct at a local CC, and I have two questions.
April 9, 2008 - 9:33pm
Several readers this week have asked variations on the same question. 'Tis the season, I guess. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
April 8, 2008 - 10:24pm
One of the recurrent themes at the AACC panels was the difficulty in measuring the relative success of a community college, and the utter lack of rewards for that success. In the absence of either appropriate measures or incentives, judging performance - and encouraging good performance - is far harder than it ought to be.
April 7, 2008 - 9:54pm
Yesterday I mentioned just how impressed I was by Kay McClenney's panel on the "Bridges to Opportunity" initiative of the Ford Foundation. Although I can't do it justice, a few highlights (and since the facts flew fast and furious, and I may have gotten some of them wrong, anyone in the states mentioned who knows better is invited to comment):
April 7, 2008 - 5:02am
After my first full day at the AACC in Philadelphia, a few observations:
April 3, 2008 - 9:16pm
This weekend I'm firing up the hatchback and heading to scenic Philadelphia to check out (and blog) the American Association of Community Colleges convention. I'm enough of a nerd that I actually consider this exciting. (Any fellow bloggers who'll be in the area and would like to arrange a meet-up, drop me an email.) Further bulletins as events warrant...
April 2, 2008 - 10:23pm
Dr. Crazy has a terrific post about the differences between pseudonymity and anonymity. To oversimplify, pseudonymity attaches a persona to the writing, where anonymity doesn't. Over time, a sustained pseudonym becomes a character, an alter ego, generating reader expectations of relative consistency. Anonymous posts are more like shouts in the dark.
April 1, 2008 - 10:22pm
A frustrated correspondent writes: I work in a service department. Another department, which is a large client of ours, has scoured the records of grades to determine which instructors in our department are easy graders and which are hard graders. They are now advising their students to try to get into the sections taught by the easy graders.


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