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July 15, 2010 - 12:38am
The denationalization of higher education – the process whereby developmental logics, frames, and practices, are increasingly associated with what is happening at a larger (beyond the nation) scale continues apace. As alluded to in my last two substantive entries:
July 14, 2010 - 11:46pm
Ever since the announcement of my appointment as Alma's president last February, I have been studying up on the college presidency. I've talked with friends in the job, read endless prose on the topic, heard from consultants far and wide.
July 14, 2010 - 10:22pm
"The reason we're in this crazy balkanized media space is that IP law has stymied innovation around media. Put it this way - if you want to write on someone's webpage, or just post a picture you just do it. But if you want to upload a video or edit. not so easy, right? Because media - until more recently, has been so encumbered by proprietary video formats and delivery standards that it just hasn't been a first class citizen on the web."
July 14, 2010 - 10:02pm
The only surprise about the abrupt closing of Michigan State University’s branch campus in the Gulf is the timing — its demise was remarkably quick. The stated reason for the closing was that enrollments were short of expectations, but no doubt the underlying causes are more substantial. There are, of course, lessons to be learned.
July 14, 2010 - 9:53pm
This piece in IHE went uncommented the day it was published, which, I’ll admit, surprised me. It was one of the most hopeful pieces I’ve read in a long time.It’s about the Community College of the District of Columbia, a new institution growing out of the University of the District of Columbia. As many people know, the District of Columbia has some issues with poverty, crime, and public school performance. Just a few. Not like you’d notice. So a new community college there makes a world of sense.
July 14, 2010 - 5:12pm
According to Environmental Leader (one of the electronic newsletters I get daily or oftener), the recently completed World Cup competition resulted in the release of over 2.7 million tons (CO2 equivalent weight) of greenhouse gases. To understand what that means, consider that it's eight times as much as was released by the previous World Cup tournament.
July 14, 2010 - 4:40am
This happens about once a year, even here in blue-state land.A student shows up to complain that his professor is gay, and that s/he is “trying to convert everybody.” When I ask for specifics, the student quickly shifts gears to clarify that “I don't care what you do at home, but you shouldn't wave it around in my face.” Seeing a complete lack of response, the student then asserts victimhood, alleging that the professor won't give a fair shake to students who don't agree with her.I've tried a number of different responses over the years, with varying degrees of success.
July 14, 2010 - 4:37am
When I was midway through 10th grade I became “foreign correspondent” for my high school newspaper. This title I achieved because my family moved to Australia for nine months while my father took a sabbatical at the Australian National University in Canberra. So I started 10th grade over again at school there, where I enjoyed basking in the relatively popular international image of Americans (those were good times). Somewhere I have a copy of the four or five stories I sent back – one in particular I remember interviewing my peers about their impressions of Americans.
July 13, 2010 - 11:46pm
Larry called at midnight. “I went to see this improv show for the third time. How to describe it to you? Simply the best. Not just that, though. A leap above all other attempts to do it. Unrelatable to anything else, a different beast entirely. It will forever scar me that all those talented people at the Main Stage at Second City won’t ever make something like this. These people truly elevate themselves.
July 13, 2010 - 8:56pm
Student Affairs and Technology have been my primary interest areas ever since I found out that student affairs was a profession. Coming into student affairs work from a public relations background has made me slightly unique in the field. A lot of my peers come from residence life or student government. They were RA's or student representatives as undergrads, loved it, and started on the path to student affairs. As a communications, public relations, and marketing professional, I was unaware that someone could actually be a student affairs professional.


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