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November, 2011  // Posts published in November, 2011

Student Voice

Student Voice

I wonder if it’s time to consider a great voice for student representatives on various university committees. Higher education tried this in the wake of the 60s, but then it withered, at least in many places, as student passions cooled and the difficulties of consistent representation from people with other distractions and a relatively short […]

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The Transitions

The Transitions

Every time I talk to a faculty group — and this is true for some student discussions as well, though they’re less concerned — the subject of leadership changes understandably comes up. I’m neither part of nor particularly close to the presidential search process, so I have nothing startling to disclose nor knowledge that I […]

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Assessing

Assessing

By coincidence I’ve had the chance within a two-day span to discuss assessment both with a student group, the President-Provost Student Advisory Committee, and with a higher-ed class being taught by one of our leading assessment staff members. Students were intelligently concerned about how we do and use course and teacher evaluations. They wondered why […]

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Sharing Classes: The 4VA Project

Sharing Classes: The 4VA Project

Some time ago, the presidents of four Virginia universities — James Madison, Tech, UVa, Mason — agreed with the Cisco corporation and the governor’s office to use Cisco technology to improve mutual coordination and benefit education and research in the Commonwealth. The project is still being formed, and various facets may emerge. One initiative that […]

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