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June 25, 2010 - 6:02pm
Over the past couple of years, finances at Greenback have been tight; I know they have been on a lot of campuses. Fiscal years at state campuses tend to be determined at the state level, but many (most?) private universities have FY's that end on June 30. Thus, at private schools, layoffs (when necessary) are often announced in June.
June 24, 2010 - 9:53pm
I’ve received a couple of wonderful messages lately from readers, each touching on the theme of memory. Taken together, they’re pretty provocative. First (from an email):
June 24, 2010 - 9:48pm
A classic thought experiment. If you won the lottery today, would you go to work tomorrow? I'm betting that if you read this blog the answer will probably be "yes".In educational technology we work incredibly hard. There is too much work and not enough of us. Too many projects. Not enough resources. Not enough hours in the day. But the work is lovely. We get to play at the place where learning and technology intersect. Two of the most dynamic aspects of the economy, the education and technology sectors, come together in our jobs.
June 24, 2010 - 9:10pm
The Fall of 2001 was a difficult one for most of the country, as we collectively got used to the strange new world that included terrorist threats and more fear than most of us had ever experienced in our lives. It was an especially difficult time for me because I was using more than the usual number of adjunct professors that semester and because my husband and I were moving in the midst of applying to adopt a child.
June 24, 2010 - 5:19pm
There's a video making the rounds of the 'net, purporting to show the results of oily rain falling on Louisiana. I don't know that it's not a hoax although if it is, it's well done. The explanation it seems to put forth -- that oil has been carried up into the air by evaporating water and formed droplets -- makes no sense at all.In truth, I wish it did make sense. If that were happening, it would make an incredibly powerful "everything really is connected" case study.
June 24, 2010 - 3:01pm
The SCImago Research Group has just published a new ranking of Ibero-American universities, based on their research productivity, which is available for download, in Spanish. The indicators are based on the scientific publications.
June 24, 2010 - 9:06am
Last Sunday, on father’s day, The New York Times reported that fathers are becoming more stressed trying to balance jobs and family.
June 24, 2010 - 4:44am
India has a huge unmet demand for higher education. Having a young population and with school enrollment expanding rapidly, this demand is destined to grow further. Country’s increasing prosperity with rapid economic growth mean that more people can now afford to pay for higher education. In this backdrop, there has been keen interest globally about India opening itself to foreign providers.
June 24, 2010 - 12:16am
Why do we care so much about the actual and potential uses of bibliometrics (“the generic term for data about publications,” according to the OECD), and world university ranking methodologies, but care so little about the private sector firms, and their inter-firm relations, that drive the bibliometrics/global rankings agenda forward?
June 23, 2010 - 9:39pm
Last week I heard an interview with Seth Godin in which he mentioned the need for employees to make themselves indispensable. In the context of academic administration, I have to disagree. In fact, in many ways, making yourself dispensable means you’re doing your job well.


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