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March 16, 2011
“One baby, one book,” my adviser told me, when as an ambitious, twenty-three-year-old, Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University, I announced my impending marriage to the Briton who had fatefully sat across from me at our Clare College Matriculation lunch. As any woman visiting a website entitled, “University of Venus” knows, such tidily orchestrated plans never play out as expected.
March 16, 2011
Some people deserve their own courses. They are both interesting and prolific enough that only in the context of a course can we hope to digest and understand what they are up to. In academia we don't tend to turn people into courses, a shame as if we are smart enough to choose someone still on this planet there is a good chance that they will agree to interact with our students. So I propose a new course: The Learning Universe of Curtis J. Bonk
March 16, 2011
There’s been a lot of negative media lately, particularly surrounding education and teachers' unions in Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida.My children attend a Florida public high school that is ranked as one of the top five best schools in the state for academics, and consistently ranked number one in football and volleyball. They have an extensive Advanced Placement course program that is so popular that my kids cannot get into all of the AP courses that they want. The courses are large and overenrolled, but at least they are challenging.
March 16, 2011
Illinois decision to decouple IT chain of command from the academic one, and resignation of a displeased CIO, sparks debate on "centralized" technology.
March 16, 2011
Illinois decision to decouple IT chain of command from the academic one, and resignation of a displeased CIO, sparks debate on "centralized" technology.
March 15, 2011
For the benefit of those who wonder what administrators talk about in closed-door meetings, and why we come out looking annoyed, a multiple choice question based on an actual meeting this week:Which of the following represents the greatest danger to the equipment in high-tech “smart” classrooms?a. obsolescence, since technology moves so quicklyb. chalk dust getting in the ventsc. theft/vandalismd. ever-shifting ADA requirementsThe correct answer is b. But b is harder to remedy than one might think.
March 15, 2011
I’m curious about the life of full-time faculty at for-profits for four reasons: Sociological: I just don’t know too much about how being a professor at a for-profit differs or overlaps with life in the traditional non-profit academic world.Professional: Could it be that a teaching career at a for-profit is a viable (and perhaps excellent) career path for Ph.D.'s and other academics?
March 15, 2011
What will the university of the future look like?
March 15, 2011
The 2011 NASPA Annual Conference has been an amazing event. More than 5,000 student affairs practitioners came to Philadelphia to share information, make connections, and discuss the future direction of both the association and the profession. The exhibit hall was jam-packed with a variety of higher education vendors / service providers. Sessions, meetings, banquets, receptions, and all sorts of festivities have kept attendees active from early in the morning to late at night.
March 15, 2011
A lot of the people I talk to use the words "green" and "sustainable" interchangeably. If I'm tired, occasionally I do it myself. But the difference between the two is significant. One's subjective and relatively easy (although hardly the path of least resistance); the other's objective and downright difficult.

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