Woody Allen famously wrote: “I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.”
October 28th, 2011

Woody Allen famously wrote: “I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.” Today, Woody would get a second chance, if not anther soul to look into. Cheaters never prosper, until now, that is. Our local school district started a bit of a wind storm last week when they issued a new policy about how to deal with students who cheat. No longer would they ask teachers to enter a mark of zero automatically for that assignment or exam. Other options are being called for, such as suspensions, but particularly retesting. The provincial teachers’ association (NLTA), however, is less enthusiastic about the changes. See ‘cheaters never prosper’ above.

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A Higher Education report about Ontario was issued today…
October 21st, 2011

A Higher Education report about Ontario was issued today. “Teaching-Stream Faculty in Ontario Universities” calls for a radical change to the traditional workload model, whereby teaching, research, and, to a much lesser degree, service, are the expected activities of any tenured professor. The report calls for a teaching-dedicated faculty complement, one that will shake up expectations and, ostensibly, meet the needs of an increasingly disgruntled student body—not to mention the students’ disgruntled parents.
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Not much time this week… rushing to catch a plane shortly, another set of meetings on the mainland
October 14th, 2011

Not much time this week… rushing to catch a plane shortly, another set of meetings on the mainland. Will the Air Canada flight attendants be especially surly because they have been prevented from taking job action? I wouldn’t blame them.

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That’s Hong Kong U, you see in the picture, at least the part where old meets new, or the colony of Great Britain meets the new China
October 7th, 2011

That’s Hong Kong U, you see in the picture, at least the part where old meets new, or the colony of Great Britain meets the new China. I visited the campus and the thriving city it is nestled in for the first time a few weeks ago. I was fortunate enough to be part of a Strategic Leaders Global Summit, a gathering of about 35 deans and senior admin types from a dozen countries. Four deans from Canada were invited, and so how could I possibly not attend? The event was organized by the Washington-based Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Hong Kong U. This was the 5th Summit, and my first participating in it. Every year another university somewhere in the world co-hosts the event with CGS. It started out as a modest proposal and has now turned into a high-level gathering, a benchmark of global cooperation and a model of best collaborative practice.

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