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August 15, 2010 - 5:43pm
Parents of high schoolers here in New York have been following the recent events at Hunter High School with interest and some anxiety.
August 12, 2010 - 9:15pm
The first student looked at me with tears in his eyes, silent for a moment, and then said, “I have to call my parents.” The next tried to argue with me, then begged, pleaded, and finally resigned himself to the news. A third student meekly accepted my words, and the fourth didn’t come to the meeting at all, perhaps predicting that it would be about something she did not want to hear.
August 12, 2010 - 9:08pm
In our never-ending quest to help students succeed, we’re taking a fresh look at how we do academic advising on campus. From asking around, it seems like there are several different schools of thought on academic advising, each pretty much talking past the others.
August 12, 2010 - 8:00pm
The Ohio State University (OSU) had been without a formal campus union since 2006. In 2010, the Ohio Union opened with much fanfare. More than 16,000 people attended the opening of the LEED certified union this past March. According to Kurt Foriska, Associate Director of the Union, social media was an integral part of the marketing of the new union. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were used as communications platforms to create buzz about the new union.
August 12, 2010 - 7:30pm
Librarians have a love/hate relationship with Google. We are just as prone as any mortal to wonder what on earth we did without it. We use Google tools daily and show students how to use features they may not have discovered. Many of us have gmail and Google Reader accounts. Some of us are paralyzed when Google Calendar takes a nap. We aren't sure where we're supposed to be, so we are tempted to take a nap, too.
August 12, 2010 - 7:15pm
Q. Why don't Yugo's sustain much damage in a front-end collision?A. The tow truck takes the impact.Q. Why does a Yugo have rear a window defroster?A. To keep your hands warm as you push it.--from "The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History" by Jason Vuic.
August 12, 2010 - 6:58pm
There is a concept in economics called a “tournament”. It notices that one way to motivate people to do something that you want them to do is to set up a tournament by setting out a goal that many people are willing to work for, and then encourage them to behave in a way that you desire in order to achieve that goal. The tenure process comes to mind immediately when I think of such tournaments, for the tenure process gives us a goal to work for, and in the process we align our behavior with that desired by the university.
August 12, 2010 - 4:45pm
On occasion, I get a flash of brilliance that's actually a good idea. More often, they're insights which either were already apparent to anyone who'd thought much about the topic or are so trivial as not to matter one iota. Sometimes both.When an understanding creeps up on me more gently, however -- not a flash so much as a dawning in granny gear -- it's usually pretty good. Sometimes even directly useful.
August 12, 2010 - 4:35am
This piece in IHE, and its comments, hit home with me. It’s a variation on a dilemma I face every single semester.Broadly, it’s about the zero-sum truth that if professor X gets assigned a particular class, then it cannot also be assigned to professor Y. When there’s a limited number of sections of a given course or in a given discipline, and they both want the same one, someone has to lose. Determining who has to lose is the enviable job of administration.
August 12, 2010 - 4:31am
I am writing this column from the annual conference that I attend every year with fellow academics — the University Film & Video Association (UFVA). This year we’re meeting in Burlington, Vermont. Like many schools, my university travel budget is fairly low this year. So this trip is also my vacation.

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