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  • She Missed the Final. What Would You Do?

    Posted May 22, 2013 by Bob Ertischek

    I awoke to my early morning email with a letter from a student who had missed the last few weeks of class. It’s not uncommon at the community college where I’ve taught since 2004 for students to dwindle away towards the end of the semester. Usually it’s the ones who haven’t d...

  • There is no "I" in "Rubric" (Well, there is but...)

    Posted April 26, 2013 by Melissa Hudler

    Rubrics permeate college assessment these days--in and out of the classroom. They have been a staple in middle and high school classrooms (where I first used them) for quite some time--a testament to their usefulness. Indeed, their value has withstood shifting currents in educational trends and phil...

  • The Fifty Minute Man

    Posted September 11, 2012 by Bob Ertischek

    Do you like to “hit it and quit it” or are you in for the long haul? I like being in the classroom, but I like shorter classes better. I'm currently in the midst of teaching an intersession course that goes for two weeks, Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:20 p.m. It s...

  • Rate My Professors: My Secret Antidepressant

    Posted August 21, 2012 by Bob Ertischek

    Sometimes I get down a little when thinking about my role in higher education. I have thoughts about how adjuncts like me can be marginalized and ignored by our tenure track peers and others in our institutions, how my pay completely sucks, and how there is absolutely no future in being an adjunct...

  • Intimidation, Fear, Anger, and the First-Year College Student

    Posted July 10, 2012 by Melissa Hudler

    I have taught Freshman Composition at Lamar University for twelve years. For four of these years, I have also been the director of the University Writing Center. In my close dealings with students throughout my teaching career, I have encouraged, urged, and consoled students. However, spending ...

  • Colleagues and Camaraderie in the SLC

    Posted June 21, 2012 by Bob Ertischek

    I wrote this last week. I didn't have an opportunity to post it until now: I'm sitting in my hotel room in Salt Lake City after my third day of scoring Advanced Placement U.S. Government essays. I'm here with 600 or so other "readers" as we're called, gathered together from all over the U.S. We are ...

  • What is the REAL Question?

    Posted March 14, 2012 by Debby Kurti

    Originally posted at http://educationalexperimentalist.com/wp/?p=11568   Much of my "academic" thought revolves around the role and purpose of education, the role of politics and government in education, the use of technology to enhance learning, standardized testing and curriculum, and what ...

  • Is Your Community College Adult-Friendly?

    Posted February 29, 2012 by Christina Wood

    About a week ago I published a guest blog post for Evolllution.com on why for-profit and career/technical programs can be good options for some students, particularly adult students. I highlighted the flexibility, convenience, and relevance of such programs as great selling points because a lot of a...

  • The Luck of the Irish

    Posted February 26, 2012 by Marc Potolsky

    THE LUCK OF THE IRISH   Saint Patrick’s Day is March 17, and will be here before we know it. And along with St. Patrick’s Day every year comes a reminder of “the luck of the Irish.”   In many fundraising cases, luck is what you make of it, as suggested by an old...

  • Fundraising for Dummies: Tips from an Allocation Panel Insider

    Posted February 15, 2012 by Christina Wood

    In December I was asked to sit on an allocation panel for the United Way Capital Region. After a series of site visits and pouring over pages and pages of fund allocation requests and current budgets, I must give kudos to grant writers, financial officers, and other non-profit managers who have to h...