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#11
The State of Higher Ed / Re: Colleges in Dire Financial...
Last post by Hibush - Today at 06:17:10 AM
Quote from: selecter on Today at 05:37:39 AMStrongly agree. When the former Selecter U went down in '19, the admins refused to pay faculty who worked 9 and got paid over 12, with the reasoning being "we are broke." We eventually got it, but it aided misery to misery.

The great Chuck Berry's principle applies when transacting with financially struggling colleges, "Money up front, man!"
#12
General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
Last post by ciao_yall - Today at 06:16:24 AM
Morning!

QB needed a hint for my last word and the pangram buoyant. LB disqualify-yacht.

Happy solving!
#13
General Discussion / Re: elderly aunt is injured
Last post by Ruralguy - Today at 06:14:07 AM
Just one thing to note: Its not particularly possible to parse out what is "elderly related" to what "can happen to anyone" until perhaps much later in life when older folks more spontaneously collapse for a variety of reasons (unattended to cardiac issues, blood sugar issues, etc). A little earlier, its more about strength and balance issues, which tend to creep up on you unless you are very in tune with your own body (work out a fair bit or need frequent doctor visits that discuss such things).  That is to say, her 57 or 67 year old self may have been able to handle the canine situation a bit better without breaking bones. That being said, if she has an active strong dog, stuff like that will happen.

But anyway, it sounds like you are aware of that and maintaining vigilance without being hyper intrusive. The best of both worlds is her knowing she can depend on you if needed and that you have her back without taking control.
#14
Teaching / Re: Favorite student emails
Last post by Sea_Ice - Today at 05:53:20 AM
Quote from: Langue_doc on June 23, 2024, 01:11:17 PM
Quote from: Sea_Ice on June 22, 2024, 06:03:25 AM
Quote from: evil_physics_witchcraft on June 21, 2024, 12:22:36 PM
Quote from: FishProf on June 21, 2024, 10:40:37 AMRemember this student?

Quote from: FishProf on June 19, 2024, 09:47:15 AM"Dear professor. Fishprof , my name is [Stu] and I am in your summer course for [Social Baskets], I have not had my computer until just today as i had to ship to Apple for fixing. I will be caught up on all work asap, if still possible for grading that would be much appreciated, sorry about the late notice. I hope all is well .

Well, 48 hours after I reopened the syllabus quiz for him, he hasn't taken it.

He hasn't even logged-in to the course.  Ever. 

Ugh. And of course he'll complain in 2 weeks that the quiz has closed.

Take a screenshot showing his (lack of) activity to date. Attach it to the email you send him - expressing concern, and asking if he needs assistance, of course!  Sometimes, when they realize exactly how much you can see, they stop making excuses and either drop or actually start trying to do the work.

Many of us use this thread to vent. FishProf knows exactly what needs to be done.

FishProf, I'm assuming that your institution doesn't allow you to administratively drop this student. Here, in our state, we have to submit the "Verification of Attendance" report at the end of the second week. Students who haven't bothered to attend are automatically withdrawn from the course. In addition, depending on the institution, students who haven't attended class and not submitted any assignments for two consecutive weeks can also be dropped from the course.

Langue_doc I have no doubt that FishProf is venting AND knows exactly what can possibly be done given the restraints of institutional policy and culture.

However, do you think there might be any value to offering an opinion as to one potential course of action?

These Fora are not as active as the old CHE.  They may never be as active, or as excellent a resource, as it was - especially given the cumulative changes in academe since its time.  Yet, there are still people in various stages of their career who do read this, and may profit from what they can learn.  This year alone I've recommended The Fora to at least three early-career academics (& have seen one making excellent use of the advice gleaned here!) and pointed it out to a couple of mid-career ones who hadn't stumbled on it yet.  It was for them that I posted my response to FishProf - should I make that absolutely clear in future to avoid the inevitable misunderstandings that accompany a moniker with "newbie" status?
#15
The State of Higher Ed / Re: Colleges in Dire Financial...
Last post by selecter - Today at 05:37:39 AM
Strongly agree. When the former Selecter U went down in '19, the admins refused to pay faculty who worked 9 and got paid over 12, with the reasoning being "we are broke." We eventually got it, but it aided misery to misery.
#16
Quote from: kaysixteen on June 23, 2024, 09:42:14 PMSo on this and several other threads recently it has been remarked that a significant problem colleges have nowadays both attracting students, getting parents to want to send kid there, etc., comes from the exorbitant cost of college these days, even public ones.  So does anyone have any suggestions as to what might be done about this?

If all of the negativity came from people who hadn't experienced PSE, or who had done so in some other manner, it wouldn't be such a big deal. But when it's the graduates themselves who are saying it wasn't worth it, it's a much bigger problem than anyone wants to admit, let alone deal with.
#17
Quote from: methodsman on June 17, 2024, 12:49:51 PMI predict this will eventually happen in a number of other states', obviously conservative ones.  Maybe even trickle into the private not-for-profit sector.

How did being a college professor go from being the best job in the world to near the bottom?

mm

All of the above, but I'll add a couple more related reasons.



1) A lot of professional people don't think that we deserve our positions, just because we are smart, because they're smart too (accountants, attorneys, doctors, mechanics, engineers, architects, IT professionals, etc.), but they don't get tenure, a self-directed flexible schedule, the power to tell your boss to fvck off, etc.

2) Ya know when most of us were getting straight A's in high school, there were people in our classes who were dumb and felt like cr@p about themselves because of us. We were trying to get good grades and we probably sincerely loved learning. But, we made dumb people feel dumb. Those people are now directing their anger towards professors, especially since the high-tech global economy allowed a path for smart nerds to win and increased the chances for dumb people to lose.
#18
The State of Higher Ed / Re: Columbia deans placed on l...
Last post by kaysixteen - June 23, 2024, 09:42:14 PM
So on this and several other threads recently it has been remarked that a significant problem colleges have nowadays both attracting students, getting parents to want to send kid there, etc., comes from the exorbitant cost of college these days, even public ones.  So does anyone have any suggestions as to what might be done about this?
#19
Research & Scholarship / Re: Would like your suggestion...
Last post by jerseyjay - June 23, 2024, 09:39:24 PM
Your book sounds interesting. I just finished teaching a course on how history shapes public discourse and how public discourse draws upon and shapes views of history; the last unit was on the Covid 19 period.

To answer your question, I think it depends on what you want to get out of the book.

You indicate that you think it would have some public utility beyond just scholars. In that case, I would absolutely try to circulate information on the book.

I would, as mentioned, try to get your school's communications office to issue a press release and to list you as an expert on the subject in case local press contact the school.

I would also see if your press could write a press release about the book and distribute it to appropriate venues.

Then I would come up with a list of both academic journals and non-academic venues (newspapers, news shows, etc). I would write up a one-paragraph email summarizing the book, attach the publisher's press release, include information on how to get a review copy, and include your contact information. Then I would widely email this. It may get circular filed, but it may find an interested reviewer, reporter, etc.

I would also do something similar on social media (especially Twitter/X and Instagram).

Finally, I would encourage the 19 contributors to do similar efforts, to draw on their networks.
#20
General Discussion / Re: elderly aunt is injured
Last post by kaysixteen - June 23, 2024, 09:31:25 PM
I saw her again today, and she seemed pretty darn good.   Probably dodged a bullet here.  I even got more or less all the work I needed to get done done for her.

My own health is improving, though I am at pains to acknowledge that I do not know how much of this is due merely to my not, ahem, working for almost two full months by now, and what therefore will happen when I return to work, whihc hopefully, if I can get the doctor to sign the damn documents, will be next Thurs.