Friday, September 03, 2010
Random Bullets of Friday
- Note to granting agencies: it’s one thing to be months late disbursing grant money. It’s quite another to then say that we aren’t allowed to backfill money we fronted to the program while waiting. Grants are supposed to help, not become unfunded mandates. Either be prompt or be flexible; ‘late and strict’ is a terrible combination. Not cool, guys.
- From the 2008 edition (the most current one) of The American Community College, by Cohen and Brawer:
“Sixty percent of the community colleges where faculty are working under [collectively] negotiated contracts are located in just five states: California, Illinois, Washington, New York, and Michigan.” (p. 148)
I did not know that. Food for thought...
- A modest proposal for state legislatures that are getting persnickety about attrition rates in community colleges: either require (and pay for) four years in math in high school or shut the eff up.
- A new definition of “bittersweet”: watching your six year old daughter bound happily onto the bus for the first day of first grade.
- Actual conversation at home:
TG: Daddy, with all those meetings, when do you get your work done?
DD: That is my work.
"The hard part of the high school to college transition is the math. Students are able to take multiple runs at improved English mastery, but once they get too far behind in math, they find it impossible to continue."
That's always been my experience as a teacher; I love my returning students' drive and life experience. But man do they struggle with any math ever.
- I bet a lot of admins would like you to post a black list of rude agencies.
- Those 5 states have about 28% of the total US population, but a much larger fraction of the population if you don't count "right to work" states (more than 25% of the US population).
- You might consider making that case about math with data. Split your attrition calculation into two groups: those who test ready for "college level" math and those who don't, although I'd guess that the Double Whammy group is the worst under the assumption that a kid might have more motivation in math if ze is doing well (and attending every day) in freshman college English and History.
Are you sure you should be reducing the denominator in your calculation by the population that exists in a right-to-work state?
It's my understanding that right-to-work laws allow for unionization; they simply make joining a union optional.
English, on the other hand, seems to be something where you can take, say, Creative Writing or Journalism at the same time as your "normal" English class to get back up to your 4 credits and graduate on time.
That sucks. NIH allows 90 days of pre-award costs to be charged to its grants without even asking for permission, and if you have a legitimate reason for even longer you can ask for (and usually receive) permission. Frankly, I don't see why any granting agency would care about this. What the fucke difference does it make to them?
It was my observation that states that pass laws requiring a "closed shop" might have a much stronger view of the value of unions than ones that make it unconstitutional to have anything other than an "open shop". Are people in states that voted against closed shops going to be less likely to vote to join a union?
Admittedly this is because the first thing to do with your AppleTV is to install Boxee and XBMC on it, which Apple frowns on quite a bit. Using it the way it was intended to be used is indeed pretty pointless.