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The State of Higher Ed / Re: IHE: Trustees Dissolve Fac...
Last post by Wahoo Redux - June 23, 2024, 09:20:46 PM
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?


There's politics and socioeconomic resentment involved, but it all boils down to expense.  College is so expensive it breeds discontent.
Research & Scholarship / Re: Would like your suggestion...
Last post by profjackster - June 23, 2024, 06:53:15 PM
Thank you Sun Worshipper! The op-ed route is an interesting trajectory and will definitely look into that. The Conversation sounds like a great venue...will keep accumulating these outlets and do my outreach.
General Discussion / Re: The TV Series Thread (Fall...
Last post by hmaria1609 - June 23, 2024, 05:52:06 PM
Watching season 9 of "Grantchester" on PBS. There's a new vicar coming as Will agrees to accept a transfer to Newcastle.
Research & Scholarship / Re: June Research Thread
Last post by Parasaurolophus - June 23, 2024, 05:35:27 PM
Quote from: Parasaurolophus on June 23, 2024, 08:05:12 AMAiming to do more R&Ring and referee reading today.

Read a bunch, wrote a few hundred.
General Discussion / Re: The TV Series Thread (Fall...
Last post by Larimar - June 23, 2024, 03:27:25 PM
Just started rewatching Pie in the Sky, a British mystery series from I think the '90's, featuring protagonist Henry Crabbe, who has to balance the police detective work he really wants to retire from with running the titular high-end restaurant with his wife Margaret. I like the characters and the in-jokes, and the fact that the show isn't graphic about the crimes. It's intelligent and fun. Also learned the bit of trivia that the actor who plays Henry Crabbe also played Harry Potter's Uncle Vernon in the movie series. Whaddayaknow.
General Discussion / Re: Look! A bird!
Last post by sinenomine - June 23, 2024, 01:56:08 PM
I just saw a bald eagle fly over the parking lot behind my house.
Teaching / Re: Favorite student emails
Last post by Langue_doc - 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.
General Discussion / Re: Look! A bird!
Last post by Langue_doc - June 23, 2024, 01:02:12 PM
Checked in on the goose family. All five seem to be still there. They were on the other side of the pond, so I couldn't be sure if there were 3 adults and 4 goslings, or if it was the two adults with the five goslings I saw last week. Two egrets, in two different ponds, one of them spearing fish or some aquatic creature, and the other languidly searching for morsels in the water.
The State of Higher Ed / Re: Columbia deans placed on l...
Last post by Sun_Worshiper - June 23, 2024, 12:59:41 PM
Quote from: Ruralguy on June 23, 2024, 12:20:30 PMFree speech and antisemitism are irrelevant. They made inappropriate comments in their roles as Deans. They should be at least reprimanded. This very well might be the kind of thing that would get a dean fired at my college (a non-academic one that is). However, we are in a right to work state. So, we usually say to someone "sure, you are entitled to a hearing, lawyers, etc. We can try working that out. But be aware that your offense could eventually be leaked out via such a lengthy process. We can even pay you for some of that period. or, we can say nothing to anybody ever, and you can walk out the door now." Almost everyone decides to walk out the door that day.

Yes, I get that, it is a public facing job. But also these were private text messages that were revealed because someone was snapping photos over their shoulders.

General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
Last post by Langue_doc - June 23, 2024, 12:58:33 PM

Pangram (phew) and genius. QB yesterday, with amity as the last word. I know I found a twofer, but am too lazy to look for it (just got home).

cathwen, hope the weather's cooperating. ab_grp, you sound Australian!

Happy solving!