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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.
March 15, 2011
Last week I attended the University of Central Florida’s Information Fluency Conference. How smart to host a conference on this dynamic topic! How important to develop programs devoted to this area! How appropriate that interested parties from around the country (and one might imagine, soon from around the world) get together to share ideas, techniques and camaraderie!
March 15, 2011
Mr. Steve BallmerChief Executive OfficerMicrosoft Corp.Redmond, WADear Mr. Ballmer:Got a minute? We need to talk.Last week I spent $219.45 cash – my cash – for a copy of MacOffice 2011. Like a lot (millions?) of other Mac users, I’ve been a long time Microsoft client, buying upgrades of the MacOffice products. Although I own a Mac, my Mac really runs on Microsoft Office.
March 15, 2011
At times of increasing entrepreneurialism in universities, when budget pressures drive higher education administrators to press professors to think and act more like business executives, it may be of some use to remind ourselves of the various ways in which the vocation and career path of the academic depart from those of the business executive.

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