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February 9, 2011
Our next book club selection for our Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) is My Word!: Plagiarism and College Culture, by Susan Debra Blum.Do you do academic book clubbing on your campus?
February 9, 2011
Our next book club selection for our Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) is My Word!: Plagiarism and College Culture, by Susan Debra Blum. Do you do academic book clubbing on your campus?
February 9, 2011
From the archives - this post was originally published at http://uvenus.org on 2010.04.06.I have always been attracted to everyday forms of resistance over BIG SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (see James Scott – Weapons of the Weak and Michel de Certeau – The Practice of Everyday Life). In real life, these two types of resistance are usually found together either working side-by-side or working collaboratively with one another to make change happen.
February 9, 2011
Our stubborn refusal to go with the flow may have put our son in an awkward position. This month kids in grades 4 and 7 in British Columbia schools, both public and private, began taking the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) tests mandated by the provincial government, ostensibly as a tool for parents, teachers, and administrators to see whether children can do the basics such as reading and arithmetic.
February 8, 2011
I overhear a fair amount of student conversation, just walking the hallways and occasionally eating in the cafeteria. Words I haven’t heard: Egypt, Mubarek, Obama, oil, revolution, war.Words I have heard: class, facebook, job, work, girlfriend, assorted cursingAdmittedly, this is an unscientific sample, and far from comprehensive. Somewhere, someone may be having an earnest, searching discussion of, say, American foreign policy. But I haven’t seen or heard it.
February 8, 2011
On the 3rd of January, I showed up bright and early for my Comparative Politics class and was peeved that only 1/3 of my students showed up. One student who was due to deliver an oral report said she wasn’t ready because “she didn’t think I would hold classes that day.” I was similarly aghast that many of the faculty members from my Division were also absent that day. The Arts and Sciences building felt like a ghost town--the habitués having decided they needed an extra day to recuperate from their holiday hangover.
February 8, 2011
Will higher ed follow the TV quality curve? TV today is immeasurably better than the time when I was in college ('87 to '91). Why has TV improved so much? And what can the reasons behind the improvement in TV teach us about improving higher ed?What were the best TV shows of the 1980s? My list would include:
February 8, 2011
The ACUPCC requires schools to report some Scope 3 (external) emissions as part of their greenhouse gas inventories. Most other organizations that require GHG inventories stop at Scope 1 or, at most, Scope 2. There are good reasons why the PCC asks for at least some Scope 3 emissions, however.
February 8, 2011
 Young India has a comparative advantage in an ageing world but India can profit from it only through education. Thus, education and of late higher education has received a lot of attention. Increased government funding supplemented by buoyancy in household spending is a testimony of this. But increased resources are not enough, thus several measures to overhaul higher education governance have been initiated.
February 7, 2011
The #SAtech community is full of a wonderful array of practitioners who work within every functional area of student affairs. I'm compiling a list of folks to interview/feature and cannot wait to share their stories. Student affairs professionals are using technology in new and exciting ways and I am thrilled that folks are letting me bombard them with emails/questions.

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