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October 5, 2009 - 9:26pm
With the budget situation continuing to worsen, we're often unable to replace people when they leave. When the people in question are full-time staff with relatively niche functions, things get complicated.In the world of small private businesses, it's a matter of saying “Steve, you pick up this half of Mike's job, and I'll pick up the other half.” Or, “we just won't do that.” Or, “Steve, do Mike's job and your own.” Notice how short each of those solutions is.
October 5, 2009 - 8:37pm
The EDUCAUSE annual conference offers the best opportunity each year to spend time with educational technology companies in order to understand their strategic roadmap and how their plans and releases will impact our work on campus.
October 5, 2009 - 9:33am
Curricular innovation has been a hot topic on the Green Schools List (email "subscribe grnsch-l" to listserv@listserv.brown.edu) the past week or two. And no wonder -- getting colleges and universities to operate sustainably is hard, but not nearly as hard as getting them to teach sustainability in all its variety and complexity.
October 4, 2009 - 9:12pm
In a couple of discussions on campus this week, I've had variations on this exchange:Prof: So this is why I think we should do this. Will you pay for it?DD: I don't know. The budget picture is still in flux.Prof: So you're opposed to it?DD: No, I like it. I just don't know how much wiggle room I'll have after this year's midyear cuts.Prof: So you'll support it?DD: I'll consider it.Prof: (grumble)
October 4, 2009 - 8:49pm
This weekend Randall Stross asked "Will Books be Napsterized?" in the NYTimes. Writes Stross: "Until now, few readers have preferred e-books to printed or audible versions, so the public availability of free-for-the-taking copies did not much matter. But e-books won’t stay on the periphery of book publishing much longer.
October 4, 2009 - 7:59pm
I thought all of the responses to last week’s post were terrific. Differential treatment can be hard to talk about, but several readers managed to write eloquently about their impressions and experiences. All provided food for thought, but I was particularly struck by “Long Distance Mom”’s observation: “After serving as a department chair at two universities, I learned that the "Speak low and slowly, but smile frequently" advice is often a double bind. Faculty, both male and female, seem surprised by critical evaluations from female administrators. Freudian 'mother' issues aside ...
October 1, 2009 - 11:32pm
Today I’m pleased to bring you an interview with Philip Graham, author of the novel How to Read an Unwritten Language, the story collections The Art of the Knock and Interior Design, and three other books of memoirs and prose poetry. His latest book, about to be released from The University of Chicago Press, is titled The Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon.
October 1, 2009 - 9:43pm
The announcement today of Cisco's offer of $3 billion to buy the video conferencing company Tandberg could potentially have significant implications in the lecture capture market.
October 1, 2009 - 9:19pm
There's a thought-provoking piece in IHE this week by Charles Middleton, President of Roosevelt University, about hiring senior administrators from outside of higher education. It touches on themes I've addressed in part before, but is worth some reflection in its own right.
October 1, 2009 - 8:29pm
Ok, so I admit it. I am not a good cook, and, on top of it, I spend a lot of time driving my daughter around to various lessons and even doctor’s appointments. Although I know better, the other day I drove through McDonald’s in an effort to get something resembling dinner in her. I have done the calculations of what the best deal was in order to feed her, and have decided that, at this point in her life, the Happy Meal offered the right size portions for the best price, with options not available otherwise.


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