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April 1, 2009 - 9:42pm
An alert reader referred me to this story in the Toronto Star. Apparently, in response to loss of endowment income, the University of Toronto is considering moving to a prix fixe tuition plan. Every student would pay a flat tuition rate, regardless of the number of credits taken in a given semester. Students are calling it a left-handed tuition increase. That would soooooo not work at a cc.
April 1, 2009 - 6:18pm
While I was learning about the workings of colleges and universities, I ran into Harvard's management model, which was described with the phrase "each tub on its own bottom". What was explained to me is a system in which, within limits, each school or college is treated as a business unit and is responsible for its own financial well-being. The university, thus, operates almost as a holding company or loose-knit conglomerate.
April 1, 2009 - 3:08pm
There are many ways to play with your food, from making sustainable gingerbread houses to molding Jell-o buildings, but today, April Fool’s Day, is (really) the official International Edible Book Festival, and with the future of traditional publishing in question, maybe it’s time to consider other mod
April 1, 2009 - 4:29am
This weekend I got an email from a librarian/blogger taking me to task for paying insufficient attention to librarian blogs. The objection struck me as unfair – I have a day job and young children, people – but it's certainly true that libraries have changed in ways that reward close attention. Since I haven't been able to pay that kind of attention, I'll cheat and ask my wise and worldly readers to fill in some blanks.
April 1, 2009 - 4:27am
I remember the day it became painfully obvious to me that I was different from the other kids in school. I was 10 years old and in fifth grade. In a break from our academic activities, our teacher Mrs. Heaton suggested we play the “telephone” (or “pass it on”) game, where one person comes up with a word or phrase and whispers it to the next person, who whispers it to the next, and so on, until the last person has to repeat the word which has inevitably changed to something silly.
March 30, 2009 - 9:59pm
A new correspondent writes: I am currently on the administrative market. I've had one interview, and this topic did not come up, but listed in the job description of my second interview is "Knowledge of and ability to use current administrative and educational technologies." Is there any general consensus of what this means? The educational technologies, I think I probably understand more than administrative. Would you assume they are looking for particular software knowledge? If so what are the most common administrative software applications?
March 29, 2009 - 7:55pm
Each suicide writes a new life storyWith obvious portents like something out of Dreiser Or like the junior high school poem Richard Corey,Where, once he's done it, we're so much wiserTo the heavy-foreshadowed script;The way the doomed life simply slippedFrom one heavy-handed plot point to another.
March 29, 2009 - 7:47pm
A new correspondent writes: Recently I've noticed an increase of reports in the popular press proclaiming an "internship arms race" among graduating seniors in four year colleges. "Internships," according to these reports, are becoming a critical way to get a leg up on the competition in landing a job, especially now with the economic crisis. This got me to thinking if this scenario is playing out the same or differently at the two-year colleges.
March 29, 2009 - 6:49pm
My previous post was perhaps not worse than a crime, but it was definitely a blunder. To go 0-for-2 in terms of mathematical logic in a post which excoriates other folks for not understanding mathematical logic, well ... some days, it just doesn't pay getting out of bed in the morning. Looking back, though, I can see how I got to "should have stood in bed" status.

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