Dean Dad

From Confessions of a Community College Dean, in which a veteran of cultural studies seminars in the 1990’s moves into academic administration and finds himself a married suburban father of two. Foucault, plus lawn care.

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November 28, 2018
“It’s hard to just sit there and watch other people suck.”
May 18, 2018
Writers and thinkers and their impact.
May 17, 2018
The intersection of "academic" policies and financial aid rules.
May 16, 2018
An internal search. Four cover letter greetings.
October 2, 2016
If free college required a dramatically higher adjunct percentage, should we do it?
May 11, 2016
A moment.
April 24, 2016
The right incentives to encourage completion.  
January 29, 2016
A response to Rebecca Schuman.
November 11, 2012
A long-suffering correspondent writes: "I'm an IT manager at a community college. [Several] years ago, my college created a CIO (Chief Information Officer) position and united our technology departments under the new CIO.  It was a disaster.  The CIO was a longtime administrator at the college who, despite being an experienced educational administrator, wasn't able to be an effective CIO (poor communication and project management).  The other administrators were unhappy with the performance of IT under the CIO, but they mostly held their tongues until he retired.  Once he left, they let their displeasure be known and started clamoring for the technology departments to be split back up so they can have more control."
November 8, 2012
Congratulations to the long-suffering California public higher education system, which received a stay of execution from the voters.  Proposition 30 raises enough revenue to prevent the next round of cuts, and to actually plan something.  Even better, the voters sent enough Democrats to the legislature to achieve the supermajority status that California quixotically mandates for any tax increases.  (Tax decreases don’t have the same requirement.)

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