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April 26, 2011
To determine if you should read Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart please check the following items:
April 26, 2011
"Buying Blackboard" is often a topic of interesting campus conversations this time of year as colleges and universities move through the spring budget review and contract renewal cycle. However, this past week many of the more interesting “buying Blackboard” conversations shifted from campus to corporate offices.
April 26, 2011
“For openers, I don't think you understand the difference between descriptive and normative statements, and you've obviously got a chip on your shoulder about male and female, and who knows what else. Your take on the article is simplistic, and trivial… As it stands, all I hear from you is angry woman in academia who's mighty self-righteous... Maybe we'll get lucky and others will say something worth paying attention to.”
April 26, 2011
I know that both Tina Turner's song and the it/IT thing are hackneyed, but what does technology have to do with the history of American higher education? A lot.
April 25, 2011
In a timely note, a regular correspondent writes:My college is on a big push to do course evals... we do them at midterm and the end of the course. So about every 7 weeks. Understandably students get burned out on all that evaluating and drag their feet about completing them, so we receive several "tips" a week about how to get students to do so, such as this (it's all cookie cutter stuff from onlinecourseevaluations.com, no problem sharing them):Getting Response Rates Tip 4:
April 25, 2011
I loved Susan O’Doherty’s blog post on the rite of “passagio” that she’s going through right now as her son gets ready to move on. I, too, am familiar with the transition from chest voice to head voice, and have been through a couple of similar passages myself. In our case, we’ve already gotten used to having a daughter in college — sort of. I have a feeling, though, that just like that chest voice/head voice transition, it’s something we’ll be paying attention to as long as she’s in college.
April 25, 2011
I just got back from a week at Walt Disney World with my extended family. Less a vacation, and more of an epic quest to fully socialize the kids into being lifetime consumers of all things Disney branded (but I digress).My best day at Disney was spent largely in the Magic Kingdom's basement (actually the first floor, as the park was built over the first floor of a huge building that was built on a swamp), participating in the "Keys to the Kingdom Tour."
April 25, 2011
Not many people get fired from Greenback U. Oh, it happens. But on a percentage basis, it doesn't happen all that often. Certainly not to the degree it happened in any private, for-profit firm I ever worked for. In fact, it's a commonplace on campus that "you have to screw up pretty bad[ly] to get fired from Greenback.Not that individuals don't manage to screw up badly enough from time to time. And not that, from time to (financially challenging) time, positions don't get eliminated and their occupants don't get laid off. But, on balance, turnover at Greenback U. is pretty low.
April 25, 2011
 In recent months there have been reports from several countries hinting at a trend towards tightening up visa requirements for international students. The notable current examples are Australia and in April, the UK announced the implementation of new restrictions. The United States implemented dramatically new visa restrictions after 9/11 but has since loosened them significantly. Are these restrictions unfair to students or damaging to higher education? In a word, no.
April 24, 2011
For a few years in the mid-2000’s, I was a fan of satellite radio. I had a longish commute, and there was only so much NPR I could endure, especially during pledge drives. I loved the variety of music satellite offered -- I was a particular fan of “beyond jazz” on XM -- and was convinced that the business model made sense; although there may not be many fans-per-square-mile for any given genre of music, there are probably enough across the country to justify a station. It was the “long tail” applied to music, enabled by technology.

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