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July 18, 2011
My family is just back from a two-week vacation — the first we can remember taking. My husband and I will have been married 24 years this fall, and our previous longest vacation was our ten-day honeymoon. So I think we were due.
July 18, 2011
It occurs to me that, if I'm to have any success getting Greenback U, as a community, to envision a sustainable future for itself, I need to get lots and lots of students (faculty, too, but I think the students are more important at first) involved.Thus, I either have to budget for vast quantities of beer -- to be dispensed both freely and free -- or I need to turn this whole thing into a game. (The 'game' approach seems likely to result in less trouble with the law.)
July 18, 2011
Has a student ever entered your office and asked if the computer on your desk was your personal machine? Or perhaps a student noticed your office chair and inquired if it was yours and not your school's? At my last full time position at a university, I asked for (and received) a brand new computer (a gorgeous iMac) and a new chair (mesh back with a head rest). The iMac was amazing as a productivity tool / efficiency amplifier. The chair fit my 6' 4" frame like a glove. I was comfortable and more efficient.
July 18, 2011
One year has passed since I began this blog. I know that without looking at a calendar because this week is the Institute for Computer Policy and Law. I started the blog with the conference in 2010. In commemoration of this anniversary, I express my heartfelt gratitude to Doug and Scott at IHE for this opportunity. Writing this blog has often been the most rewarding experience in my work life over this past year.
July 17, 2011
The son of some family friends is starting college this Fall. They know where I work, so they’ve asked for pointers, and I’ve shared them freely. It occurs to me that some other folks might find them useful, too. So in the spirit of openness, some advice for students starting at a community college this Fall:
July 17, 2011
Lately, I have given the concept of fear a lot of thought. Take the mutilation of the Bangladeshi student by her husband, so well discussed and problematized here at University of Venus. When I read that story, I was filled with lots of strong emotions: anger, revolt, pity, even helplessness. And a little part of me, the one that involuntarily identified with the attacked woman, also felt fear. Fear that this may happen again, to more people, even to people like me.
July 17, 2011
Last week Netflix announced that the subscription cost for unlimited streaming and 1 DVD out at-a-time is increasing from $10 to $16, or 60%.4 Lessons for Higher Ed from the Netflix Price Increase:
July 17, 2011
Institutions around the world are pursuing recognition as “world class” universities. In many cases, establishing world-class universities has been incorporated into national development strategies. This week’s blog is part of an ongoing series addressing these initiatives and the errors and oversights often committed in the course of implementation.
July 17, 2011
Across the country, virtually every state is trying to control spending, and nationally we are also working hard to control spending. Who could argue? No one wants additional taxes, so raising revenue (absent a more robust economy) on the state level will be difficult while raising the deficit on the national is equally unpopular. We all demand, and rightly so, fiscal discipline from our leaders.
July 17, 2011
LinkedIn is a wonderful career networking site for people who have work experience. You can fill in your employment and educational histories and display professional recommendations. For a lot of students, LinkedIn has not been a useful venue because many do not have any previous jobs to list. Last Friday, in an effort to attract more student users, LinkedIn added new student-friendly profile sections.

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