Archive for May, 2011

More on college productivity

May 31, 2011

Here’s a post which critiques the recent study on faculty productivity. I think much of the criticism is right, though the idea that faculty productivity needs to improve probably has some merit.

How to Cut College Tuition

May 28, 2011

Here’s a post on ideas for cutting college tuition. I’m not entirely sure the conclusions follow from the study (there were some issues with aspects of the calculations, as I recall), but these kind of posts create a sort of intellectual momentum.

Managing vs. Leading

May 24, 2011

An interview with Bill Liao which makes some interesting points about leadership. Here’s a bit of the text (from the WaPo transcription in the May 22 paper):

People will work under the most adverse conditions -harder than you ever imagined-if they believe in what’s going on…

We often confuse leadership with management. If the future you want is pretty much the default future, then management will get you there very well. But if you want something other than the default future, you need leadership, because leadership is about standing for something that wasn’t going to happen anyway.

The $49 Lifetime Electronic Textbook

May 24, 2011

Here’s a novel idea. Don’t know if it will work, but ideas like these are bound to multiply as people cope with electronic publishing and the high cost of education.

Business Great Books?

May 24, 2011

A critique of current business textbooks and a suggestion for a great business books¬†oriented ¬†curriculum. His point is made with pretty hilarious example of ridiculous ideas on how to manage people during a layoff. Having been through several personally, you do have to wonder what they were thinking. The excerpt he shares is worth copying in full (but I won’t – it’s at the link!). But here is perhaps my favorite sentence:

In addition to such organized events, there are simple suggestions that can help you create a more fun, upbeat, and energetic climate among layoff survivors.

OK, one more sentence:

The point is to infuse some energy and fun into a workplace that may be suffering from a layoff and to send a message to survivors that management cares about and recognizes them.

In response to this, anyone who has been through this kind of experience is asking, what in the world?

Great Books

May 24, 2011

A discussion of the Great Books from Inside Academia with Jane Shaw of the Pope Center.

Faculty Productivity

May 24, 2011

Here’s a study on faculty productivity at the University of Texas. Interesting results, though with some limits. First, given most external research dollars are going to be in relatively hard science sort of areas, I’d not expect an even spread. Second, these results would not be that applicable to non-research institutions. In those settings, however, it does suggest some changes might be appropriate…

East and West

May 24, 2011

A nice overview of different Western attitudes toward Eastern Orthodoxy.

Literal and Allegorical

May 21, 2011

A helpful discussion of ways Harold was inconsistently literal and allegorical. It’s really hard to be consistent (and then there are genres to consider, among other things).

Holy Spirit Humor

May 21, 2011

A friend linked to this and I thought it was somewhat amusing. It reminds us of how often the Holy Spirit is made peripheral to our understanding of God’s work.