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August 30, 2007
UD hesitates to declare any university a laughingstock -- there are always plenty of smart, hard-working, good people at any school, and this declaration makes things worse for them. But with its cynical Saluki Way project (spending all its money on athletes and administrators), its cheesy motivational speakers stuck in front of appalled or fleeing faculty, and its across-the-board plagiarizing executives, Southern Illinois University has earned the title.The latest? Yet another plagiarist, this time the president himself.
August 30, 2007
Your university's football season is almost here! To get you in the mood, UD will be running some noteworthy gridiron stories.
August 30, 2007
In an aside last week, I mentioned that my first semester at Snooty Liberal Arts College was an academic belly-flop. A few folks commented and/or wrote to say that they experienced the same thing: after a relatively strong academic performance in high school, they hit the wall in the first semester of college. They (and I) bounced back after that first semester, but the first semester wasn't pretty.All these years (ahem) later, it's still hard to reconstruct just exactly what happened.
August 29, 2007
New Jersey has been all over the higher ed headlines this week. Two pieces of great news:
August 28, 2007
In a never-ending quest to serve demonstrated needs, we're considering developing certificate programs in some newly emerging professions:
August 27, 2007
Hello. I am currently out of the office and am unable to take your calls, e-mails, text messages, instant messages, faxes, wires, smoke signals, or cave paintings.
August 24, 2007
(I'm thinking out loud in this post, looking for constructive suggestions. This is not some sort of position paper.)How does your college handle grade appeals by students? Has it found a fair, reasonable, and aboveboard way?I ask because we're going through another catalog revision, and having taken a fresh look at some sections that nobody has looked at in a while, I found a pretty untenable grade appeal process. I've called it to my colleagues' attention, who agree that the existing policy doesn't make sense, but we aren't quite sure what to propose to replace it.
August 23, 2007
An alert reader sent me a link to the Washington Monthly's rating of the top 30 community colleges in America.
August 22, 2007
The University of Oregon, a once-proud school, is proceeding briskly toward the status of Oklahoma State, a third-tier football factory run by a sports-mad billionaire alumnus. In the case of Oklahoma, it's T. Boone Pickens of oil; for Oregon, it's Phil Knight of shoes. Unlike OSU, however, Oregon's professors are putting up a fight. Their belligerence has annoyed boosters, who've fought back with ... well, you know the drill... denunciations of pointy heads, egg heads, and bald heads who care whether students graduate... Whether they learn anything...

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