Excellence without Money!, part III: Knowledge without Books!

Another in our occasional series on the Great Recession and the crisis in funding public institutions of higher education, with thanks to Moose at Roxie’s World for coining the phrase “Excellence without Money!” Johann Neem, an Associate Professor of History at Western Washington University, has an article over at Inside Higher Ed called “Reviving the Academic … Continue reading Excellence without Money!, part III: Knowledge without Books!

Supporting women’s work with money is a feminist issue

This blog has mocked the notion of “Excellence without Money” as the guiding meme of universities these days, because excellence has a price, and a price that can’t be paid without actual money.  (It’s like all of those people who tell you that “breastfeeding is free!”  These people must never have breastfed a child and/or … Continue reading Supporting women’s work with money is a feminist issue

Giving to the office at the office: are you f^(king kidding me?

I just received a telephone solicitation from a student at Baa Ram U. to donate money to support programs at Baa Ram U.  I realize that because the Democratic politicians in my state (who have been running the show for the last nine years!) are so gonad-free that state colleges and universities are literally going … Continue reading Giving to the office at the office: are you f^(king kidding me?

Sunday round-up: the “crisis in higher ed,” your turn edition

Girl howdy did my post last weekend soliciting your views on the “crisis in higher ed” get an avalanche of replies, like, immediately!  It was almost like you were just waiting for someone to ask! As regular readers will recall, I commented on Tony Grafton’s recent essay in the New York Review of Books, in which … Continue reading Sunday round-up: the “crisis in higher ed,” your turn edition

Sunday Round-Up: Endless Summer edition

Howdy, friends.  It’s just another gorgeous, clear, warm, sunny, dry, earthquake-free, hurricane-free, and (of course) tsunami-free autumn day here on the High Plains Desert.  The crickets are chirping happily, and there are a few lawnmowers humming in the distance.  I’ve got a stack of student essays to mark while I sit outside trying to extend … Continue reading Sunday Round-Up: Endless Summer edition

Monday roundup: no more pencils, no more books edition

Busy day here at the ranch, but there’s lotsa news and views in the education world.  Read on to hear more about online education, the availability of technologies like pencils and crayons in some Colorado classrooms, and the aggressive pR0nification of student life at some elite colleges: Via Inside Higher Ed, It turns out that you can’t fool more than … Continue reading Monday roundup: no more pencils, no more books edition

Spring: the season for dumba$$ ideas? (Or are they like little black dresses and never out of fashion?)

What is it about the opening tulips, the flowering crabapple trees, and the blossoming lilacs that makes university administrators spring their half-cooked “brilliant” and “revenue-neutral” (i.e. Excellence Without Money) schemes on the faculty and students?  Is it that they know we’re buried in end-of-term papers and exams that must be written and graded, and the last … Continue reading Spring: the season for dumba$$ ideas? (Or are they like little black dresses and never out of fashion?)