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August 31, 2011
Do you work with someone who works remotely? Do you have someone on your team who telecommutes full-time, or a significant part of each month? Are you working at a distance?
August 31, 2011
Today my daughter starts second grade, my step-daughter moves into the dorms at a college four hours away, and I prepare to meet my own students when my class begins next week.These are different kinds of beginnings. This is my first semester as an administrator; I’m teaching just one course and so my schedule will not change significantly when classes resume. My daughter has her first male teacher and will be in a combined second/third grade, but she’s still at the same (wonderful) public school with all of her friends.
August 31, 2011
It seems the political party that's been prattling on about the failure of the US education system is absolutely correct.But they're not going to like the evidence.
August 31, 2011
[Editor's note: This blog is the first of two parts. It is also complements Scott McLemee's piece today, "Education is in the Streets".]
August 31, 2011
The University of Venus question of the month: What is it that you do to relax when you do not want to be your academic self?
August 31, 2011
Okay, it’s late August, your college has a policy that nothing outside of a few specialized classes (clinicals, studios, labs, and developmental, mostly) runs with fewer than fifteen students. You have an outlying section with seven students. Will it run?The bane of administration is having to predict the future like that over and over again.
August 31, 2011
Even without the East coast’s natural disasters of the last week, which punctuated our return to routine with two days of school cancellations, this year brings a big, exciting, but nerve-wrecking adjustment for my older daughter (and thus, the rest of the family), who just started middle school. This fall is a culmination of angst that hovered over us spring and summer, as we sorted and analyzed and discussed the none-ideal options for which school to attend, finally choosing an arts magnet program she got into at a large, urban, public middle school.
August 30, 2011
One of the (many) gifts of writing a daily blog is that I can no longer make the excuse, "sorry, I don't have any time for that". Really, if there is time for daily social media participation then there is time to participate in things FOR THE PEOPLE WHO PAY THE SALARY.
August 30, 2011
On NPR this afternoon, I happened to catch the end of an interview with Michael Specter, a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. Specter, who seems to make a living in the interstices between scientific knowledge and American public opinion, was speaking about his recent article on the subject of in vitro (artificial, grown in the lab) meat.
August 30, 2011
Should the student affairs professional who is responsible for your assessment efforts also be in charge of your communications strategy? That is the question that I have been asking myself ever since I came upon a recent job listing on Inside Higher Ed. Having read the evaluations from my student affairs communications webinar, I can say without hesitation that most schools would love to have split roles if possible.

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