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February 22, 2011
Historiann has a fascinating, and I think largely representative, take on a provocative article in the Washington Post about “fixing” higher education. The original piece outlines eight steps that it argues would make meaningful differences for colleges and universities in the US.
February 22, 2011
A big part of what I like about being a Registrar is bringing order to chaos. Whether it is tackling room scheduling for dozens of classes for an entire semester or de-mystifying degree audits, I can usually bring my experience and framework of advice from trusted colleagues to offer solutions.
February 22, 2011
In a 2/18/11 article in The Motley Fool, "Why I'm Staying Away From For-Profit Education", Brian Stoffel argues that:
February 22, 2011
One of the things we hope students will learn by seeking out information in the library and online is the value of using evidence in the formulation of ideas. We tend to focus on students' most immediate need: completing an assignment that is due in the next few weeks.
February 21, 2011
The outside world takes it for granted that colleges, particularly community colleges, should develop curricula to match the needs of employers.The higher ed world takes it for granted that curriculum belongs to the faculty.Deans are in the delightful position of trying to navigate between those two. The frustrating truth is that they’re both partly right, but both lean toward absolutism.
February 21, 2011
In higher ed, the unit of analysis that matters most is the course. We spend lots of time talking about professors, or students or curriculum or technology - where we should spend more time talking about the course.I'd like to share with you one example of a really innovative course format, one that I think can be scaled to other institutions without large investments in enterprise platforms.
February 21, 2011
Governors' state of the state addresses inevitably feature soaring rhetoric, tough talk, and bold promises. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels's recent State of the State address to the General Assembly invokes the evergreen sports imagery to suggest his state is positioned for a unique moment in history. He said:
February 21, 2011
If it were not so serious, it would be laughable. An American ‘sham university’ enrolled more than 1,500 students from India and enabled them to obtain American visas. The fact that they were not studying at the university, nor even residing anywhere near the place, was eventually discovered by US authorities, who started cracking down on the students. The story is reported in the February 2, 2011 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
February 21, 2011
Two recent occurrences and a slightly less recent news story came together in my mind this morning.Occurrence #1 - I got an email from a sorority on campus. It's a group for which I recently did a forum presentation as part of the continuing effort to build links between the sustainability office and the student body. The email was an attempt to get me (or, more likely, my office) to purchase ad space in the program for a celebratory dinner the sorority chapter will be putting on later this Spring.
February 20, 2011
This actually happened. Probably due to something in the water, we’ve had an outbreak of pregnancies on campus over the past year. In every case, we’ve had to pay replacements to pick up either the classes or the hours of the woman who went out on leave. There’s a budget line for substitutes, but we’ve already blown well past it for the academic year, and it’s only February.The college budget hawk, whom I will simply call Money Guy (MG), dropped by my office to express his concern. This is the actual, I-am-not-making-this-up conversation.



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