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September 23, 2009 - 8:47am
My mom grew up on a ranch, and she made sure when my brother and I were old enough, we learned how to ride horses. We both took lessons on a weekly basis for years, between the ages of about 8 and 14. English riding and jumping, trail riding with western saddles, even some bareback – we both loved it. Then I stopped as high school life got too busy and, until a week ago, hadn’t been on a horse since. This semester, I happened to notice an advertisement inviting new members to the university equestrian club (I never knew it existed before!).
September 22, 2009 - 9:31pm
This September has been a lesson in what happens when you try to scale up really quickly, with less money. On balance, things have gone better than expected. The parking situation hasn't been easy, but it hasn't been nearly as bad as some of us (hi!) expected. We've managed to find most of the adjuncts we hoped to find, and have become really good at maximizing the use of space. We've managed to do all this without raising class size caps, which I take as a personal victory. And we haven't had layoffs thus far, which is great.
September 22, 2009 - 8:38pm
If the MacArthur Genius Program gave awards to institutions I'd be that Abilene Christian University would be a shoo-in. The university's mobile initiative demonstrates that small places can lead in terms of innovation. Learning technology is one place where any college or university that is willing to take risks, and share their experiences, can make a huge splash in the world of learning, teaching and technology.
September 22, 2009 - 2:27pm
Listening to NPR this morning, I heard a representative of the Bipartisan Policy Center (who? should I trust anyone whose first name claims to be "bipartisan"? is this like some Aetna-funded association of Average American Individual Policy Holders to Protect Our Way of Health? or a hidden-moneybags-funded so-called association of scholars?) talking about the political hurdles facing Waxman-Markey and similar climate legislation in Congress.
September 22, 2009 - 12:49am
Along with everybody else I’ve been reading the articles and op-ed pieces in the Times on the current “populist rage” in the country, but it all seemed pretty far away, especially since we have no 24-hour news channel to amplify and repeat instances of it.
September 21, 2009 - 9:04pm
On my campus, we're discussing a change that's generating some feedback along the lines of "well, if everyone just did what they were supposed to do, that wouldn't be necessary."
September 21, 2009 - 9:00pm
"Mad Men" won the Emmy for best drama Sunday night, the second year in a row that the show has captured this award. I know that you are wondering the same thing that I am. If they can make a great TV show about people in advertising set in the early 1960s how come they don't make a show about learning technologists working today? I mean, our lives have as much drama as Don Draper, Pete Campbell, Joan, Peggy and the rest of the Mad Men crew.
September 21, 2009 - 8:34am
When you've got a personality like mine, you get used to being alone. A lot. (Actually, it's kind of peaceful, once you get used to it.)A recent iteration of solitude came as a result of charter signatories to the PCC filing (or not filing) their Climate Action Plans. What passes for mainstream media in this country, if they took notice at all, wrote the "higher ed screws up on sustainability -- just another instance of no accountability" story. I (more or less alone) was more upbeat. Of course, as of right now, any of us could be right. Or wrong.
September 20, 2009 - 10:47pm
It's a commonplace of for-profit management that units can be characterized in one of three ways: rising stars, cash cows, and dogs. The savvy manager is supposed to feed the stars, milk the cows, and shoot the dogs.
September 20, 2009 - 10:32pm
On the morning of the day my father killed himself, I woke up from a dream in which I was walking through a cemetery. The dream was very clear in my mind. Just as clear, as I lay in bed, was the following thought: I should call my parents.I was in Rochester, New York; they were in Washington DC, where my father had not long ago come home from a week in a psychiatric hospital after a suicide attempt. He'd been depressed for months.I'd visited him in the hospital. It was difficult to see him unshaven and helpless. It was difficult to know how to behave.

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