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November 17, 2010 - 9:55pm
In a discussion last week, I realized that the common denominator to so many of my personal hobbyhorses is fatigue with the climate of permanent austerity that seems to have settled upon public higher education.Off the top of my head, I can come up with several reasons why we seem to be stuck in permanent austerity mode..First, there's the basic open-endedness of mission. How much education is enough? How many programs should we run? How small should we let sections get? Which services should we provide? Whose salaries are too low?
November 17, 2010 - 4:00pm
Four more quick points, all more or less grocery-related.
November 17, 2010 - 1:15pm
Editors' note: today's guest entry has been kindly developed by Dr.
November 17, 2010 - 4:45am
It all started when Brian LeDuc, a Graduate Hall Director at Texas A&M University, put out a call on his blog for student affairs graduate students to participate in a new twitter hashtag: #sagrad. The concept was simple.
November 16, 2010 - 10:30pm
On November 3, British universities minister David Willetts announced
November 16, 2010 - 10:10pm
Academic administrators get tired of hearing the “cross over to the dark side” line. It’s tired, it’s arrogant, and it picks the wrong villain. Darth Vader isn’t the real villain; Mini-me is.Fans of cheesy-bad movies will remember Mini-me as Dr. Evil’s sidekick/mascot in the Austin Powers movies. Dr. Evil had his share of great lines (“the Diet Coke of evil”), but his true awfulness shone forth in his creation of Mini-Me. Mini-me was exactly how he sounds -- a smaller, but recognizable, version of Dr. Evil himself.
November 16, 2010 - 10:00pm
The next version of the Echo360 lecture capture system, EchoSystem 3.0, offers the ability to ingest and then play a wide range of externally produced media. According to the Echo360 press release, the EchoSystem 3.0 “will be generally available in December 2010”.
November 16, 2010 - 9:45pm
I stopped by the local supermarket on the way home, to grab a few items we were getting low on. All in all, an uneventful trip. (Of course, if a trip to the grocery store can be considered eventful, that's probably not a good thing.)Three things got my attention.First, it's red kettle time once again. Not even Thanksgiving, but in these lean times the Salvation Army probably needs as early a start as they can get.
November 16, 2010 - 9:38pm
This morning at the breakfast table (as my husband was hurriedly scheduling his day on his laptop), my seven-year-old said, “I just want a day where you don’t have to always be on your computer.” Turned out that although she agreed a day with the whole family home and no one working – my interpretation of her statement – sounded great, her immediate motivation was that she was antsy for a time when she could get on my computer to complete a school project.
November 15, 2010 - 10:00pm
Librarians and faculty in the disciplines have different lines of sight on students who struggle to find sources and use them effectively in writing. Faculty tend to see the Alpha and the Omega: they explain the assignment, often at length, to get the students started, and then puzzle over the wreckage once they get the results. ("What? But I explained this . .

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