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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Meanings of Graduation?

Snuggies Will Serve as Academic Gowns of the Future

The main thing is that looks do matter!  UT stands tall. (Photo courtesy of T.)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

How it's Done at U of Chicago

The University of Chicago's policy on free speech is worthy of emulation.   See:

Monday, December 7, 2015

Some animals are more equal than others

As you may have noticed the football team has changed coaches again.  It did so in the same manner as the last time--the athletic director announced his name.  Now, please understand that the reason for this post is not to blast the athletic department nor the new coach.  I'm a season ticket holder and enjoy football.  I often have athletes from various teams in class.  However, for those of us who have been on or chaired search committees, the process seemed a bit truncated.  We are charged with doing a proper search, having a diverse group of candidates and having a diverse committee. None of this seems to have occurred for a position that is one of the highest paid on campus.  So here we are in a time when many positions are frozen, the enrollment is down and rumors have it we may be eleven million in the hole.  This past fall we were all required to go to Title  IX training this and a new position was created to help further diversity at our institution. An excellent goal.  But I must pose the question, are we really all in this together?  Don't panic, I have been in higher education for over thirty-six years, so I know the answer to that question.