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January, 2010  // Posts published in January, 2010

28 Jan Posted by in Academics, Business | 1 comment

State of the Union and Higher Ed

The nation is not eagerly awaiting my comments on the State of the Union address, and I will keep them short. Like the rest of you, I observed that Democrats got a lot more exercise during the speech than Republicans did, which might suggest they need health care reform less. The brief but pointed support […]


19 Jan Posted by in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Complaint Department

Ends of term bring a variety of complaints, probably more to other offices than to mine. But we’ve had a few, and they trigger several thoughts. First, I hope we all take complaints seriously. Students can be annoying, and they are often wrong and/or manipulative, but it is important not to prejudge, for a given […]


13 Jan Posted by in Academics, Policies | Comments Off on Using Course Evaluations

Using Course Evaluations

Having one’s work assessed is always a bit nerve wracking, and this is true for faculty and administrators as well as students. We have a current issue in this regard that’s worth airing. For several years we have submitted comments as well as statistics from student course evaluations to department chairs or their equivalent, prior […]