I was with NAGS last week…
October 28th, 2010

I was with NAGS last week – and, no, not a bunch of whiners, but the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools. I am on the executive and we had gathered in Beantown/Boston to plan our annual, spring 2011 conference. NAGS has the best acronym of all the branch plant associations in the Council of Graduate Studies: the west (WAGS) and the south (SAGS) aren’t quite so amusing. We are also different in more significant ways. Unlike the other groups, NAGS extends its membership beyond the USA. Canadian schools are very much part of the core constituency, and so there are usually at least 4 of us on the executive—all typically enslaved to our Blackberries. And because of the sheer range of geography, member US schools include the Ivy League as well as small colleges about which few Canadians know much. I don’t care what they say, but in Canada the difference between the top-ranked so-called ‘Big 13’ schools (UoT, McGill, UBC, blah blah) and other smaller or medium universities is not as great as the difference between, say, Harvard U. and Salem College. Ten minutes talking to their representatives tells you everything about that.
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Postcards From the Edge will return next week, as the Dean of Graduate Studies is out of town, and away from her computer.
October 22nd, 2010

No matter how much I try to focus on other themes, this week I just can’t shake the whole Chilean miner rescue scenario.
October 14th, 2010

No matter how much I try to focus on other themes, this week I just can’t shake the whole Chilean miner rescue scenario. It’s been such a dramatic media event, to put it mildly, and there are so many images now snugly stuck in my head, highlighted in the orange, yellows, and reds of their Hazmats, that they keep crowding out other topics. (more…)

Postcards From the Edge will return next week, as the Dean of Graduate Studies is out of town, and away from her computer.
October 8th, 2010

Something new is in play at Memorial.
October 1st, 2010

Something new is in play at Memorial. It’s called the Co-Curricular Record, or the CCR.  The initiative comes to us via the office of Student Affairs — and I like it. Essentially, the CCR is an official way of accounting for out-of-class learning. The record has the same formal signifiers as an official academic transcript, with all the fancy seals and stamps of legitimacy, but it documents a student’s involvement in campus activities throughout the year. The CCR works for undergraduates as well as graduate students, and everyone should be paying attention to its benefits. (more…)