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February 5, 2008
In recent weeks we’ve seen flurries of enthusiasm about various interrelated topics, all about money. We hear of the concern about the relationship between the payout rate from college and university endowments and the rise in tuition and fees. We see confusion about the maneuvering of elite institutions to provide non-loan financial aid to desirable student populations with family incomes ranging above $100K. And we read about the increase in potential payments to division I-A student-athletes.
February 4, 2008
Blizzards in the Northeast have forced colleges to cancel classes and given students a chance to show off their creativity.
February 4, 2008
Kind of on the heels of the (no) dining hall trays idea:
February 3, 2008
A new correspondent writes:I'm a graduate student in a field that's lucky enough to not have that many people clamoring for faculty positions. In fact many small universities are so desperate that they're willing to accept faculty with only an MS in the field.
February 3, 2008
So, it was Friday, February 1 — the day after Focus the Nation — and I was basking in the remembered glow of a day-long teach-in that went really well. Then I read Elia Powers’s article, and reality came crashing back in. Sure, the day went well on my campus, and probably on a lot of others. But surely, on some number of the 1500+ colleges and universities involved, the turnout was disappointing. More than there were (or would have been) a year earlier, but nowhere near enough.
February 1, 2008
Oh, I know: Your drifts are bigger than our drifts, and all that. Our friends in Green Bay won’t be impressed, but we’ve been having some weather here this week. Tuesday morning it was nearly 50 degrees.
January 31, 2008
Thursday was the date for the national sustainability teach-in event called “Focus the Nation” (focusthenation.org), a national “day of focused discussion about global warming solutions for America.” National publicity and coordination. Some informative and inspirational webcasts. A big push towards the “2% solution” (long-term decrease of emissions at an annual amount equal to 2% of baseline).
January 31, 2008
A new chair writes:I am a first year chair of a medium sized department at a community college (college population 12-18,000 FTEs).My department has experienced a baby boom retirement wave; we have replaced four retirees in the past six years, and there are more retirements pending.
January 31, 2008
How do I think -- much less talk, write or teach -- about sustainability and higher education? The prospect's pretty daunting. Sustainability -- living in the present in ways which don't create predictable problems for the future -- is a huge topic. Just scratch the surface, and it quickly includes concerns with the environment, the economy, and society at large. (Pretty big topics, each one of those!) And higher education -- is there an arena more diverse?

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