Community College or University?
July 29th, 2011

Community College or University? How about all of the above? A recent trend shows a huge spike in the number of Canadian university graduates who are enrolling in college programs to enhance their applied skills. Colleges have long offered more practical educational pathways, and so perhaps it is not surprising that in an unwelcoming job market university graduates would be seeking practical ways of extending their résumés—to look less academic, more experienced and prepared for the so-called real world.  We are living with a pretty limited language of “outcomes” now, like it or not, and so if the outcome of a university degree is unemployment you can appreciate why the trend might be towards colleges.

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Did you hear the one about the NYU prof who paid for being honest?
July 22nd, 2011

Did you hear the one about the NYU prof who paid for being honest? There’s a hot story in circulation this week about a tenured Business prof in New York who blogged, with dismay, about his experience with plagiarizing students this year. Panagiotis Ipeirotis (Greek to me) told his students at the start of the course that he would be automatically running their papers in the course through the trademarked stealth operation called Turnitin. By the end of the semester, 22 of 108 students had been caught and admitted to having cheated. Ipeirotos wrote that he learned it wasn’t worth being upfront with his students about using the plagiarism checker, since his teaching ratings in that course tanked and he consequently suffered lower pay raise than he thought he deserved. Ultimately, he figured that going after plagiarizers just wasn’t worth his students’ loss of trust.

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The Dean’s Blog will be back next week!
July 15th, 2011

I’m back in Boston
July 8th, 2011

I’m back in Boston. The city is hot and hopping with tourists. My hotel, where I have stayed about four times in the last few years, is a shrine to JFK, who celebrated several State election victories and proposed to the future Jackie Kennedy here. People walk through the lobby just to breathe the air Charles Dickens and Ralph Waldo Emerson once shared. Henry James, who was famously hard to please, declared the hotel an architectural treasure. Around one corner is the gold-domed State House, around another the Freedom Trail blazed by Paul Revere, and around another the manicured green expanse of the Common on which as an undergraduate I once joined thousands of others to protest the War in Vietnam.

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