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Assessing

Assessing

By coincidence I’ve had the chance within a two-day span to discuss assessment both with a student group, the President-Provost Student Advisory Committee, and with a higher-ed class being taught by one of our leading assessment staff members. Students were intelligently concerned about how we do and use course and teacher evaluations. They wondered why […]

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Weather Reports

Weather Reports

This is something of an annual message, just timed differently because of last week’s torrential rains. We received a lot of hate-mail because we did not close down. Many accusations of repeated scorn of human safety etc. Needless to say, the accusations are unpleasant, though they spring often from unsettling driving experiences. And it is […]

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Sidelight on Academic Leadership

Sidelight on Academic Leadership

Training in leadership is much in vogue now. Mason is running the first of several “leadership legacy” programs, assembling people, mostly already in managerial roles in part, for further discussion. I greeted the group last week and was impressed simply by the caliber of those involved, from both academic and staff backgrounds. They’ll learn a […]

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Teaching Administrators

Teaching Administrators

One of the nice features of the ad that attracted me to apply for the Provost position at Mason, lo these many years ago, was a stipulation that a successful candidate would continue teaching. I’m sure I could have talked my way out of this, but I didn’t want to and am very glad the […]

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24 Jan Posted by in Academics, Guidelines | Comments

Adrift?

Adrift?

The recent study, widely publicized, on the apparent failure of college education to effect much improvement in the capacities of many students has created an understandable stir. There is certainly reason to worry about students who may slide through without much effort and without much gain. A historian might note of course that the problem […]

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29 Nov Posted by in Business, Guidelines | Comments Off on Sign In — Please?

Sign In — Please?

Sign In — Please?

An interesting little discussion has arisen recently over possible new requirements for faculty traveling abroad. Not resolved yet, the discussion expresses ongoing concerns about risk, on the part of various well-intentioned folks talking about campus safety and human resources goals. It also, however, seems to me to illustrate a clear opportunity to resist good intentions […]

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14 Oct Posted by in Academics, Business, Guidelines, Policies | Comments Off on Regulation Nation

Regulation Nation

Regulation Nation

We’ve got an interesting problem, and not an easy one. Numerous faculty and department chairs believe that we, as a University, have become over-regulated. They are certainly correct that rules have proliferated, and also that they emanate from a variety of offices (business affairs, safety, assessment, equity, ITU, etc) that do not really talk with […]

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