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March 28, 2011
I’ve been keeping tabs open in my browser, hoping I can get to them before the newsworthiness fades, but it’s been nearly impossible to keep up. What should I focus on, the report on the “pyramid problem” in higher ed, which explains why even though women are receiving more than half the doctorates in the U.S., we are still nowhere near achieving gender equity in the professoriate?
March 27, 2011
I love conferences; they allow me to be a registrar geek, among over 2,000 people, vendors, university representatives, and governmental policy makers. I was lucky to be in Seattle last week, amongst many other registrars, attending conference sessions on curriculum work flow and classroom scheduling at the annual meeting of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers. I have been working in the registrar field (if I can call it that) for about seven years now, a few years longer than entry level jobs require.
March 27, 2011
From the “just when you think it couldn’t get more ridiculous” files...The leadership of the Republican party in Wisconsin has filed a Freedom of Information request to read all of the emails from the account of Professor William Cronon, a well-known historian and union activist at the University of Wisconsin. They’ve specifically asked for emails containing terms that would suggest relevance to union and/or political activity.
March 27, 2011
At least one a year, an entry level administrator will ask me if it is OK to disagree with his/her boss and, if yes, how should s/he disagree. We all know that differences of opinion and the resulting discussions are valuable aspects of an enlightened decision making process. And I could just respond to the question (since I am a Broadway musicals fan) by saying (since singing is not my strong point): just do everything “the company way.” Instead, my answer is that it is certainly OK; if you keep in mind the time, the place, and the style.
March 27, 2011
Would Unfamiliar Fishes be assigned to read in a history course?Would Sarah Vowell by hired as a history professor?Probably no on both counts, and that makes me a little sad.
March 27, 2011
Ben left on my birthday for his band's trip to England. I had expected to feel desolate and anxious, and I won't deny that those feelings were (and are) in the mix. But I have also been excited for him, and I've managed not to even think about him for hours (well, minutes) at a time.
March 27, 2011
There are several technology-related/specific sessions at this year's ACPA Annual Convention. I've searched through the schedule to find sessions that I hope to attend:Monday
March 27, 2011
Consolidation is an extremely dynamic topic of conversation at this year's ACPA Annual Convention. Attendees are actively participating and engaging via the #NASPACPA and/or #ACPA11 backchannels.
March 25, 2011
I was speaking to a student who had a recycling complaint. His concern was that he could walk pretty much the length of campus and not see a recycling container for his disposable water bottle.So I went over some of the reasons that the vast majority of bottle recycling containers are inside:

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