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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...
August 22, 2007
A returning correspondent whose pet course got canceled for low enrollment writes:So, I've been thinking what I might do to make it run this spring, beyond hanging up posters in the fall, talking it up with my students, and so on.
August 21, 2007
In an unrelated discussion with the registrar at my cc, I learned that her previous college – a respectable-but-not-elite four-year private college – wouldn't give credit for college courses taught at a high school.
August 20, 2007
Over at Bardiac's, there's a thoughtful post on the frustrations of dealing with an administration that makes every class section just a little bit bigger every year. It brought back memories.



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