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February 15, 2012
Beginning on March 1st, Google will eliminate more than 60 separate privacy policies and replace them with a single privacy policy for all of their services. A shiver ran across my back when I watched Google's Privacy Policy Update video and read their rationale for the policy change.
February 15, 2012
"Greenwashing", of course, is the practice of ascribing supposed sustainable qualities to a product or service for purposes of boosting market share. It's increasingly prevalent, and I generally just ignore it.  But today, two examples totally gob-smacked me.
February 15, 2012
Most people in higher education love to hate the rankings.  Not me – I find them highly imperfect but fascinating. 
February 14, 2012
A longtime reader writes:I've been told by one of my employers that I am not allowed to accept friend requests from students on Facebook or any other social media site save Linkedin. In my field (probably in most fields) networking is really important and therefore this is a serious bummer.
February 14, 2012
Ph.D. students: How to finish your dissertation and enjoy your time writing it
February 14, 2012
Attendance directly correlates with academic success. But is it a direct line?
February 14, 2012
Imagine that you had the opportunity to spend 30 minutes with the person who runs Google's higher education business. What would you ask? 
February 14, 2012
Last week, as I prepared my office for an upcoming move to another home, I had a realization: when was the last time I actually took something out of my filing cabinet? The filing cabinet sits in my closet in my home office. It include four drawers: two full of articles, one full of research notes and photocopies, and the other full of personal items, like bills and so on. I bought it during my first year of graduate school, when I realized I would be accumulating a lot of paper. This was before sheet feed scanners were popular (or affordable) or tablets or iPhones had hit the market, so reading on the computer was not something a lot of students were doing: it certainly wasn't where I was then. I used the photocopy machine. A lot.
February 14, 2012
My daughter was surprised to hear that university professors don’t usually give each other valentines. In her world there’s a pink Valentine’s Day mailbox decorated with hearts on every desk, and everyone participates. There’s lots of peer pressure in her world to come up with the perfect valentine and not leave anyone out for fear of hurt feelings.  The expectations start with children and continue into adulthood, turning some of us into Cupid-hating curmudgeons, even while we continue to strive for the perfect celebration. 



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