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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 18, 2007 - 6:41am
When they apply for admission at my cc, prospective students who haven't placed out already with SAT/ACT scores or AP credit have to take placement tests in math and English. The English exam includes a hand-graded essay. For simplicity, I'll just address the English.
July 17, 2007 - 6:40am
During the academic year, there's a pretty good degree of synchronization on campus. Most people are around frequently enough that it's not terribly hard to complete the usual bureaucratic errands, and getting in touch with folks is relatively easy. There's some stress around final exam time, when faculty are especially frazzled (and rightly so), but other than that, it isn't too bad.In the summer, though, even the simplest bureaucratic task falls victim to syncopated calendars.
July 16, 2007 - 6:46am
The Girl turned three last week.She's very different from her brother. With The Boy, you can see the man he will be. The adult is clearly visible in the child, and has been ever since he was just a wee sprout. With The Girl, it's harder to picture. She's more baby-ish than he was at this age, and also harder to read.
July 13, 2007 - 6:44am
A new correspondent writes:Here at Way Up North CC, our little gym just died, and we're renovating it from top to bottom next year. During that year, no intercollegiate athletics...and no weightroom for me. I posted the following on our campus discussion board and wondered if you had any thoughts on small cc's (with live-in students) involvement with sports. Obviously, I'm far from disinterested....Why do we have intercollegiate athletics at WUNCC?The traditional reasons:
July 12, 2007 - 6:54am
A new correspondent writes:
July 11, 2007 - 6:54am
A grad school aspirant writes (edited for length):Applying for grad school is pretty different than applying for undergrad, and
July 10, 2007 - 6:37am
At my cc, some terms simply don't get used. Some are the predictable grad school-ish buzzwords: “counterhegemonic,” say, or “problematic (used as a noun).” But others are more pedestrian: “surplus,” “abundance,” “counteroffer,” “merit raise.”We don't do counteroffers or merit raises. Salaries rise for the just and the unjust alike.
July 9, 2007 - 6:36am
The Girl's birthday is coming up, and we're at a loss for ideas for presents, so the whole group piled into the car and headed to a nearby toy store, seeking inspiration.If you've ever taken young children to a toy store, you know that it's a participatory, hands-on experience.At one point we were in the back of the store, in the bicycle/tricycle area, checking out the wares. The Boy found the big motorized jeeps and trucks – the kind the kid actually sits in and drives – and immediately started climbing into the driver's seat of each in sequence.
July 6, 2007 - 6:45am
I'm not usually one for memes, but having been tagged by both Dr. Pion and Lesboprof, here goes.
July 5, 2007 - 6:52am
A new correspondent writes:------


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