Monday, October 26, 2009


Monday has arrived again and we're already halfway through the semester. I've revised our department's report for both of our national accreditation agencies but still managed to stay ahead on the rest of my responsibilities and I think I'm still a bit in shock given that each of those reports by itself is enough to derail a semester or even an academic year. Now, if there were only a way to make clear to students all the tasks we professors undertake outside the classroom to make their educations possible. 

Our department is in transition from the "old guard" to the "new guard" and the evolutions in policy that better serve the students we have now that come with this transitions. In some cases, the "old guard" preferred personal guidance to policy guidance but, as the times change, it's become more clear that we need more policy given that it can be more consistently applied to every student in a particular program. 

The program I'm responsible for "administering" or "overseeing" is much more definitely guided by state and federal mandates, even though either can change at any time. It's an interesting contrast to other programs in the department that are either much more "wide open" or answer to another entity on campus that may or may not have clearly delineated policies. No matter what the parameters are that were are given as professors who do much more than teach every day, we do our best to keep students at the forefront of what we are doing given that, in these days of economic challenge, they literally are not only our bread but also our butter. Now, to help students better understand how much we do for them each and every day.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Death by PowerPoint

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