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July 19, 2011
Rattlesnake Daddy: A Son’s Search for His Father, by Brent Spencer. The Backwaters Press (2011). $25.00 paper.***
July 19, 2011
One notable challenge for many universities is moving beyond the superficial rhetoric of internationalization. Of course every university, and its leaders, are in favor of internationalizing: the signs are everywhere, from refashioned mission statements, to the building of some institutional capacity to understand and support internationalization, to the inclusion of the rhetoric of internationalization in speech after speech by university leaders.
July 18, 2011
Like many colleges, mine is wrestling with a twofold issue: how to improve student success rates generally, and especially how to improve the success rates of students from underrepresented groups (typically defined by race and income, though “first-generation” status would also count).. While the two issues obviously overlap, they aren’t interchangeable.
July 18, 2011
Do you get asked by edtech companies to provide input on product features and platform enhancements?Perhaps you've been asked to participate in a webinar under NDA, or a meeting during a professional conference such as EDUCAUSE. Maybe you've been asked to sit on a product advisory group, or to participate as a beta user.
July 18, 2011
My family is just back from a two-week vacation — the first we can remember taking. My husband and I will have been married 24 years this fall, and our previous longest vacation was our ten-day honeymoon. So I think we were due.
July 18, 2011
It occurs to me that, if I'm to have any success getting Greenback U, as a community, to envision a sustainable future for itself, I need to get lots and lots of students (faculty, too, but I think the students are more important at first) involved.Thus, I either have to budget for vast quantities of beer -- to be dispensed both freely and free -- or I need to turn this whole thing into a game. (The 'game' approach seems likely to result in less trouble with the law.)
July 18, 2011
Has a student ever entered your office and asked if the computer on your desk was your personal machine? Or perhaps a student noticed your office chair and inquired if it was yours and not your school's? At my last full time position at a university, I asked for (and received) a brand new computer (a gorgeous iMac) and a new chair (mesh back with a head rest). The iMac was amazing as a productivity tool / efficiency amplifier. The chair fit my 6' 4" frame like a glove. I was comfortable and more efficient.
July 18, 2011
One year has passed since I began this blog. I know that without looking at a calendar because this week is the Institute for Computer Policy and Law. I started the blog with the conference in 2010. In commemoration of this anniversary, I express my heartfelt gratitude to Doug and Scott at IHE for this opportunity. Writing this blog has often been the most rewarding experience in my work life over this past year.
July 17, 2011
The son of some family friends is starting college this Fall. They know where I work, so they’ve asked for pointers, and I’ve shared them freely. It occurs to me that some other folks might find them useful, too. So in the spirit of openness, some advice for students starting at a community college this Fall:
July 17, 2011
Lately, I have given the concept of fear a lot of thought. Take the mutilation of the Bangladeshi student by her husband, so well discussed and problematized here at University of Venus. When I read that story, I was filled with lots of strong emotions: anger, revolt, pity, even helplessness. And a little part of me, the one that involuntarily identified with the attacked woman, also felt fear. Fear that this may happen again, to more people, even to people like me.

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