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February 21, 2011
Governors' state of the state addresses inevitably feature soaring rhetoric, tough talk, and bold promises. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels's recent State of the State address to the General Assembly invokes the evergreen sports imagery to suggest his state is positioned for a unique moment in history. He said:
February 21, 2011
If it were not so serious, it would be laughable. An American ‘sham university’ enrolled more than 1,500 students from India and enabled them to obtain American visas. The fact that they were not studying at the university, nor even residing anywhere near the place, was eventually discovered by US authorities, who started cracking down on the students. The story is reported in the February 2, 2011 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
February 21, 2011
Two recent occurrences and a slightly less recent news story came together in my mind this morning.Occurrence #1 - I got an email from a sorority on campus. It's a group for which I recently did a forum presentation as part of the continuing effort to build links between the sustainability office and the student body. The email was an attempt to get me (or, more likely, my office) to purchase ad space in the program for a celebratory dinner the sorority chapter will be putting on later this Spring.
February 20, 2011
This actually happened. Probably due to something in the water, we’ve had an outbreak of pregnancies on campus over the past year. In every case, we’ve had to pay replacements to pick up either the classes or the hours of the woman who went out on leave. There’s a budget line for substitutes, but we’ve already blown well past it for the academic year, and it’s only February.The college budget hawk, whom I will simply call Money Guy (MG), dropped by my office to express his concern. This is the actual, I-am-not-making-this-up conversation.
February 20, 2011
Ever see this clip from Seinfeld?It captures how we all feel about telemarketers calling us at home. Now if only I could figure out a way to get this message across to my students. No, they haven’t called me at home (probably because I haven’t made my number public) but they email me – constantly. They email me at midnight, 3 am, 6 am, while I’m on vacation, and while we’re on semester break.
February 20, 2011
1. Who is doing comparative research on the for-profit educational sector and the professionals who work in this industry? 2. Where can we find research on the for-profit educational sector that is unbiased and peer reviewed? 3. What researchers or institutions are conducting research on the for-profit education sector that presents balanced views of both the positives and negatives of this growing sector? 4. What can this research on for-profits teach us about the changing landscape of higher ed?
February 20, 2011
This past Tuesday evening, February 15, was special for a number of reasons. Hofstra played William & Mary in a great basketball game with a last second overtime victory by Hofstra. For the last ten minutes of the game, all eyes were riveted on the court with great basketball, great drama; and (especially since I am a Hofstra person) a great conclusion. But equal to the game, was the halftime happening.
February 20, 2011
I am writing from Paris, where we are spending the first part of Ben's winter break ( We'll go on to London in a few days). Today we looked at Greek and Egyptian antiquities at the Louvre and had lunch in the Tuileries. Then we met Frederic, a friend from voice class who moved home to Paris in September, at the Musee d'Orsay. Afterward, his friend Colette joined us for drinks, then we went to a baroque music concert at Eglise Saint-Germain.
February 20, 2011
Law is the floor, policy is the citizen threshold of our community. Thrilled to find these concepts of floor and citizenship at the etymological core of law and policy respectively, I have held onto it to inform my labors ever since. Institutionally, counsel sets the floor by saying, in the famous words of our first chief justice, "what the law is." Policy is that rule, or set of rules, which functions as the "law" of the institution. It cannot go below the level of the law, obviously, but it can rise above it.
February 17, 2011
Fresh off a glorious Super Bowl victory, the state of Wisconsin is apparently looking at rescinding collective bargaining rights for college and university faculty and professional staff. (At this point, only the Democrats’ hiding ability seems to be stopping it. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere...) For blue-collar workers, as I understand it, it’s looking at restricting the range of collective bargaining to base wages; benefits, working conditions, workloads, and procedures would be off the table.

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