Innovation in the Business of HigherEd

  Innovation in higher ed? Are you kidding? The business of higher education is so not innovative. To suggest that higher education is innovative is like suggesting that ham sandwiches can fly. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Take me to task: what is my definition of innovation?To be clear, when I’m talking about innovation in higher education, I’m talking about “a new idea, method, or device.” Or, to offer a synonym: “novelty.” Sure, in higher education we teach classes on entrepreneurship and innovation. Some of our institutions may even have a program or two that we consider to be novel in the way … Continue reading Innovation in the Business of HigherEd

Adjuncts– What Those Disparities Are

If you expected my last post, “Adjuncts – Bless Their Hearts,” to be a whistle blowing article about my own institution, the University of Notre Dame, you were disappointed. Sorry about that. If there were a whistle to blow, I would’ve blown it. I asked Adjuncts how they’re treated. I turned up the corners of a rug or two. Notre Dame is working hard to eliminate what disparities may exist and to set appropriate expectations at hiring about how the position one is stepping into is positioned in the hiring college. But the disparities I spoke of as reported at … Continue reading Adjuncts– What Those Disparities Are

Adjuncts – Bless their hearts

Faith-based institutions. We expect our part-time instructors to share our institution’s values, to represent us in work and ethic and lifestyle, to be careful in the leeway we give them to dissent, such that they represent their opinion as being their own and not reflecting that of our institution … yet, some faith-based institutions violate their own values in discriminatory compensation practices. According to data collected at adjunctproject.com (which admittedly is light on input from those at faith-based institutions), work environment disparity exists on many levels: from access to printers, office space, departmental faculty events, and fitness centers, to compensation … Continue reading Adjuncts – Bless their hearts

Higher Ed IT Management Metrics

This is a hard post to write. It has several components that may not be obvious to the casual reader. In the interest of providing a full context for my remarks, I’ll list them: I am on staff with the University of Notre Dame, a truly amazing place to work. I’m entering into my 14th year in IT, and my 8th year as Learning Management Administrator. My blog has recently been syndicated by edu1world.org My Notre Dame colleagues were not very aware of my blog until the aforementioned. Now they read it too. My Manager for the past several months … Continue reading Higher Ed IT Management Metrics

Disruption in the Force of Higher Education

When online degrees by the commercial entity University of Phoenix began in 1989, it introduced a new market segment. When Your Town Community College began offering online courses, it was a new revenue stream. When Your State University added an online component of its face-to-face courses in order to optimize its use of brick and mortar classrooms by reducing the number of classroom meeting times per course, it was cost effective. Now It’s Online and Free The real disruption, which David Brooks last Thursday likened to that which has already overtaken newspapers and magazines, is about to happen to the … Continue reading Disruption in the Force of Higher Education