09 février 2014

Vacuums

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpg?itok=rd4sr8khBy Matt Reed. My Dad had a wonderful belly laugh.  I couldn’t always predict when it would happen.  The laugh made an impressive appearance when we were watching Airplane II, of all things.  In an early scene, Robert Hays sees a door on the plane marked “Danger: Vacuum.”  He opens the door cautiously, only to be assaulted by a vacuum hose and nozzle that try to wrestle him to the floor.  My Dad laughed as hard as I had ever seen him.  Other people in the theater actually turned around.  Thirty-something years later, I remember it vividly. Read more...

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Free in Tennessee?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpg?itok=rd4sr8khBy Matt Reed. Governor Haslam, of Tennessee, has proposed using state lottery revenues to create an endowment to fund the tuition and fees for new high school graduates at community colleges within the state.
I’m guardedly optimistic.  The concept sounds good, but could easily become a Trojan horse. Read more...

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Restoration

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpg?itok=rd4sr8khBy Matt Reed. In my sophomore year of college, I took a history course on Tudor and Stuart England with Prof. Dudley Bahlman, who was as close to a human incarnation of Mr. Magoo as I have ever seen.  (If cameraphones had existed then, I would have snapped a few shots of him on his moped.)  He was in his last semester before retirement when I took his class, and he wore his dinosaur status with pride.  There was no social or economic history for him.  For him, classes were lectures, history was royals, and stories were laugh-out-loud funny. Read more...

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3 Reasons Every Grad Student Should Learn WordPress

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.pngBy Justin Dunnavant. Every semester I try to find new ways to improve the way I write and teach. In previous years I’ve committed to learning Photoshop to create better visuals for presentations, painting to boost my creativity, and sculpting to get a better understanding of pottery production (an important skill for archaeologists). Last semester I devoted the bulk of my attention to WordPress to learn the basics of web design.  WordPress is the internet’s largest blogging platform and is the foundation of nearly 20% of all webpages on the internet. Many popular blogs and websites run on WordPress. Although there is a bit of a learning curve, it’s a worthwhile platform for graduate students to learn. I initially set out to learn WordPress to improve my teaching; I later discovered it’s a great tool for starting a professional career and fostering dialogue around your research. With my basic understanding of WordPress I’ve been able to create a class website, a personal landing page, and a communal research blog. Read more...

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Measuring Your Workday in Pomodoros

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.pngBy Rose Hendricks. Managing time productively may be one of the most challenging aspects of graduate school. Somehow you need to juggle research, classwork, and teaching, while hopefully setting time boundaries to pursue a life outside grad school at the same time as taking care of yourself by getting enough sleep and eating well. Sometimes I feel that seemingly-important distractions are everywhere. I might be reading an article for a class and decide I should check out one of its references. Read more...

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Lessons From the Maker Movement

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.pngBy Andrea Zellner. Making things is fun. The Maker movement, as it’s commonly known, is centered on the idea that when it comes to technology especially, it’s better and more fun to do-it-yourself than rely on off-the-shelf products. Here on GradHacker, we’ve discussed different ways we’ve gone about doing this to varying degrees. It’s true that GradHackers as a group tend towards doing things ourselves. Read more...

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How College Works

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. “Good colleges have always been fundamentally human institutions.”
“The fundamental problem of higher education is no longer the availability of content, but rather the availability of motivation.”
Harvard University Press was kind enough to send me a copy of their recently released book, How College Works by Daniel F. Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs, and I’ve spent a couple of days underlining things like the above. Read more...

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Colleges as Political Playthings

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. In a rare moment of bipartisanship, Republicans and Democrats in the South Carolina legislature got together to propose that the College of Charleston (my employer) and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) merge to form “Charleston University.”
The legislators believe it's “good business.” As the bill’s co-sponsors, Democrat Leon Stavrinakis and Republican Jim Merrill, said in a joint announcement, “This proposal is a response to business demands in the Lowcountry to create a workforce to match our growing economy. Read more...

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Consumer Bureau Says Loan Servicing Issues Vary

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgContinuing its focus on problems with the servicing of private student loans, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday released an analysis of its voluntary request for information from the private student loan industry. The bureau was especially interested in information about how loan servicers process the payments of borrowers seeking to pay down their debt ahead of schedule. The CFPB has said it’s concerned that some loan servicers apply prepayments in a way that maximizes their profits but makes the cost of the loan more expensive for borrowers. Read more...

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How Colleges Might Fare Under Federal Rating System

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgA think tank's relatively crude analysis of how colleges might fare under a system that rated them on access, affordability and student success finds few institutions scoring high marks on all three, as it chooses to define them. The report by the American Enterprise Institute's Center on Higher Education Reform -- trying to anticipate how an Obama administration plan to rate colleges might play out -- examines the performance of 1,700 four-year colleges on three metrics: the proportion of their undergraduates who are eligible for Pell Grants for needy students, the six-year graduation rate of their students, and their net price -- all of which it concedes are imperfect, if not seriously flawed, measures. Read more...

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