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March 6, 2011
In a recent discussion with a very highly-placed political figure, I heard something disturbing. We were talking about the series of cuts that public higher ed has taken over the last few years, and why it seems like the legislature keeps coming back for more. He mentioned that he has had some candid discussions with legislators, and this is what they told him:
March 6, 2011
Yes.Ian Morris' Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future is perhaps the best argument for why we should keep investing in training PhDs and allocating resources to our institutions of higher learning.
March 6, 2011
I have friends who are well advanced in their (non-academic) careers—they are senior managers, higher-ups in government bureaucracies, established account and movie executives. They pay mortgages, have children, talk about their investments and have all the trappings of late 30-something, early 40-somethings that we generally associate with that population. They are grown-ups.Despite being in the same age cohort, however, I don’t feel like a grown-up, really. I feel more like a grown-up in waiting.
March 6, 2011
I think we would all agree that our country is confronting a series of challenges in key areas such as the economy, health care, education, the environment, and national security. How we handle these challenges will determine whether the United States continues its global leadership role or whether we are eclipsed by other great powers on this globe. Regardless of your priorities, as we look to secure our future, education has to be a key part of any solution. But at this moment in time, education and especially schools of education are under attack.
March 6, 2011
I was intrigued by Lisa Belkin's article on "mommy bloggers" -- particularly Heather Armstrong of Dooce -- in last week's New York Times Magazine. I found the question of how much it is wise, or fair, to reveal about one's family particularly compelling.Belkin writes:
March 5, 2011
Unofficial St. Patrick's Day, 2011.
March 4, 2011
If Cornell was not the first, it was among the first to have a "policy on policies." The name never goes by a group of newcomers to the area without nervous laughter. Among those imbued in it, it can be an eye-roller. What is it about this concept that creates a strong reaction, and how best can an institution structure it to meet the Goldilocks test of a "just right" happy medium?
March 4, 2011
I leave for Philadelphia next Saturday to attend the 2011 NASPA Annual Conference. Thousands of student affairs practitioners and higher education vendors will be in attendance at one of the largest student affairs conferences in the U.S.
March 4, 2011
The lead article in today’s edition of Inside Higher Ed presents the results of the 2011 Presidential Perspectives survey. I’m pleased to report that The Campus Computing Project worked with the editors of Inside Higher Ed on this survey. More than 950 presidents completed the questionnaire, making Presidential Perspectives one of the largest surveys of campus leaders in recent years

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