A notice came round the wire the other day asking for experts—that is, scholars—on Iranian policies
February 22nd, 2011

A notice came round the wire the other day asking for experts—that is, scholars—on Iranian policies. This was obviously in response to the current street protests in that country in the wake of the alleged success of the Egyptian demonstrations against their autocratic president. The request came from a British Columbian-based media outlet. I wondered, gosh, aren’t there any such experts at one of the BC universities?

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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.
February 15th, 2011

There’s a real racket out there about internationalizing our campuses
February 4th, 2011

There’s a real racket out there about internationalizing our campuses. Today’s recruitment game is all about keeping our enrollment figures—undergrad and grad—from slipping too precipitously along with the declining birth rates in most so-called First World nations. Over the last several decades we built our universities to handle the expected growth of a boomer generation, but that cohort is now officially over. The babies who boomed are now in their ‘sixties, counting their pensionable incomes and thinking about moving into a condo development somewhere warm and arthritis-friendly. They/we simply haven’t bred the way our parents did. (more…)