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April 10, 2011
I am a full-time instructor. At my institution, this means that I have a heavier teaching load, but it also means that I have no service responsibilities whatsoever; no committees, no advising, no curriculum reform, no administrative duties, nothing. My department allows for me to participate in departmental committees and tries to ensure that we, the instructors, are properly represented, but at the end of the day, we are not required, nor do we receive any credit. In fact, our yearly evaluations are restricted to speaking about our teaching.
April 10, 2011
I've written extensively about #NASPACPA. Voting concludes this week. While we won't know right away whether or not consolidation has passed, one thing is certain. We will have an answer to one of the biggest questions for student affairs professionals: Are we going to consolidate ACPA and NASPA into a unified association?
April 10, 2011
Why do you work for a university or college? Why do I?These questions (admittedly, in reverse order) popped into my mind recently, as a result of three unconnected events. First was a comment I heard a professor direct to a grad student, to the effect that if you want to make money in academe the best choice is to become an administrator. (I was quick to point out that he meant a senior academic administrator -- not someone on the business side of the organization, and not a lower- or mid-level employee.)
April 10, 2011
Oh sure -- the New York Times puts up a paywall, and then finally runs an intelligent article about community colleges. Thanks.If you’re able to access it, this piece discusses people consciously choosing to spend the first two years of a much longer college education at a community college as a cost-cutting measure. The idea is to build up a slew of transferable credits at low cost, so that when you get to the four-year school, you’re only paying their rate for two years.
April 10, 2011
2011 will be remembered as the year that the ed tech sector got hot. Venture capital firms will be making lots of small investments, and some large investments, in start-ups in the educational technology space.Kaltura, the media management and online video platform company, recently announced a third round of funding worth $20 million. This round was much bigger than previous venture investments of $2 million and $5.5 million.
April 10, 2011
GlobalHigherEd is still alive, I assure you! Unfortunately, our respective responsibilities, and some surprises, have been all consuming of late.
April 10, 2011
Two of my close friends, approximately my age, were raped when they were in college. One, feeling shame that she had "brought it on herself" by not realizing that a coed camping trip would turn into an orgy, declined to report it. Instead, she went into a depression, her grades dropped, and she isolated herself socially.
April 10, 2011
Rather than a long, blog post on a single topic, this morning I offer some bits and pieces.First, about the NITLE Conference held last week in Arlington and reported on in IHE on Friday, a couple of impressions. NITLE's emphasis is shifting from technology to the meaning -- and future -- of a liberal arts education in the United States.
April 9, 2011
You’re going to want to keep your eye on Scott McClanahan, since he’s a terrific writer and a little sly. Who knows where this all will end?
April 7, 2011
A few weeks ago I promised a piece on remedial levels. It’s a huge topic, and my own expertise is badly limited. That said...Community colleges catch a lot of flak for teaching so many sections of remedial (the preferred term now is “developmental”) math and English. (For present purposes, I’ll sidestep the politically loaded question of whether ESL should be considered developmental.) In a perfect world, every student who gets here would have been prepared well in high school, and would arrive ready to tackle college-level work.

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