Showing posts from September, 2009

More about Philadelphia, home of the the

2009 ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting, November 15-18. Annual Conference and Meeting. Its historic areas and attractions revamped, Philadelphia has become a capital of cool.

What to See
All over the city, the old has become new again, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's recently renovated Perelman Building . . . to the Pantheon-like Ritz-Carlton, housed in the refitted century-old Girard Trust bank. America's past also gets a fresh approach at the National Constitution Center, a high-tech temple to the country's cornerstone legal document. . . .

Where to Buy
A few blocks from few blocks from the National Constitution Center, you'll find good shopping in the Old City, which the neighborhood's chamber of commerce has cheesily (if accurately) branded "hipstoric." This is where Benjamin Franklin used to live — his house was torn down long ago, but many 18th century townhomes survive. The area's mostly 19th century factories and warehouses have been tran…

The Chronicle of Higher Education

has a nice piece on an adult student--in this case a maintenance supervisor studying to become an elementary teacher. We get to see this kind of thing every day in continuing higher education. Sometimes we're blessed.

Here's the wrap-up:

Mr. Nissen, who earned an associate degree last year, needs about 45 more credits for his bachelor's degree. That probably means three more years of classes. After that he must pass a state exam and find a job.Until then Mr. Nissen plans to keep working. On a recent summer day, there is much to do at George Mason High School. This morning he cut his finger while using a table saw to trim a cedar board for a repair job. Around 10 a.m., Gabriel Fernandez, one of the five employees Mr. Nissen oversees, stops to show him a small black box. It's a fan relay, which has apparently failed. Cold air in another part of the building will not stop blowing, Mr. Fernandez explains. Mr. Nissen inspects the device and tells him that he will look into …

Looking at the October issue

of Nontraditional Students Report. It features an article on ACHE member Emily Richardson's program at Widener University. "Philadelphia," the profile begins, "is home to more than 80,000 adults who've earned some college credit but not a degree. That's why Emily Richardson had made her unit's degree completion programs a priority."

The Widener program has around 450 students who are typically 33 years old, female, and working full time. Eighty to 100 students graduate each year. * Meet Emily and learn more about Widener at the Association for Continuing Higher Education Annual Conference and Meeting in Philadelphia, November 15-18. For more information, visit You can register at the conference registration page.

What your student body will look like in 10 years

Two college films make

Rotten Tomatoes' list of the 100 worst films since 2000. I hadn't heard of either film: College (2008) and New Best Friend (2002). I think I mentioned earlier that my dissertation described how adult college students had been portrayed in American films, so I still have an interest in the genre. The worst of the worst of the worst include Witless Protection (2008), Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004), One Missed Call (2008), and--wait for it--Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002).

Best quote on stimulus funding

And higher education.

"There are lots of arguments against the stimulus," Wallace said. "Some people say we should just be using it for road construction, things like that. Let me tell you: roads end, education doesn't. The education will roll on."
Kent Wallace, Fisk University. From Stimulus funds keep TN colleges afloat.

It's official

All Tennessee Board of Regents colleges and universities have enrollment increases. I guess the adage that people go to college in a poor economy can be considered no longer anecdotal. From the

TN college enrollments hit record highs

Board of Regents colleges and universities are experiencing the highest enrollment in history, reaching more than 200,000 students, Chancellor Charles Manning said.

Every university and community college in the system . . . is seeing increased enrollment for the fall semester.

Overall, Regents system enrollment has increased 9 percent since last fall. University enrollment grew 5 percent, while community college enrollment grew 15 percent. Projected enrollments for the technology centers indicate a significant increase, as well.

The Tennessee Board of Regents governs 45 post-secondary educational institutions. The system has six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 26 tech centers.

Tough times in Illinois

I still get our hometown newspaper, courtesy of a long-standing Christmas gift from my Mother, and I was a bit surprised to read that Western Illinois University was down in enrollment. I have three degrees from WIU. Then I read where the President of Southern Illinois University calls this the most difficult time he has ever seen for higher education in his forty years in the field.

Southern Illinois University President Worried About Financial Woes That Colleges Are Facing

"I see this closing the door for better jobs and training if we don't get that money restored," Poshard said during an interview at The Quincy Herald-Whig.

Poshard said five major financial setbacks have hurt Illinois institutions of higher education:

* State funding in fiscal 2010 is $16 million less than was received in fiscal 2002. * Fee and tuition increases have put added pressure on students. * The recession has added to the difficulty of families paying for higher education. * Seven percent of Ill…

More from the Today Show

How to train for a new job.

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Kim Clark, U.S. News and World Report,

talks on the Today Show about adults finding the right educational option when returning to college.

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Speaking of the ACHE Conference

Only 26 days are left at the Early Bird Registration rate!

You can register now at our conference registration page.

Our new ACHE Member Community makes registration for members and non-members a breeze. Early bird pricing is in effect until October 20. And once two members of an institution have paid the full or early bird registration fees, all others from the same school--even non-ACHE members--pay a flat $395.

Freeman Hrabowski

speaking about adult students on the Today Show. We may be able to get him to speak at the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting in Philadelphia.

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I tried blogging live yesterday with my new

iPhone app. I had no idea the pictures would come out so big! I attended the East Regional Meeting of the Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education yesterday at the Walters State Community College Sevier County Campus--just a few miles up the road from Dollywood. Ron Eslinger did a good job talking about combating stress. Anita Ricker and Joe Combs took us through a team building exercise in the afternoon where we had to use adult-sized tinker toys to build a bridge across an imaginary river. Also had a great lunch prepared by the center's culinary arts students.

Building Bridges at E-TACHE


Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education - East meeting


The Lumina Foundation's

latest issue of Focus just arrived in my office today. Titled "No More Kid Stuff," it highlights adult students and features some of their compelling stories. These are the stories that we, as continuing educators, must continue to tell.

You can download the issue at

The Abilene Christian

iPhone experiment. One university integrates mobile technology into the classroom and reports the results.

The Mobile Campus
Last fall, Abilene Christian University gave out free iPhones or iPod Touches to its first-year undergraduates as part of an attempt by the Texas college to transform its campus into a 200-acre Petri dish for studying the intersection of mobile technology and higher education. Now, the reviews from the first year of the experiment are in — and they are glowing.
In the university’s 2008-2009 Mobile-Learning Report — a 24-page glossy prepared for the university’s board of trustees — Scott Perkins, a psychology professor and director of research for the mobile initiative, writes that “iPhones present a more attractive platform for learning” than current classroom tools, and “learning activities can be successfully transitioned to mobile-device platforms.” Furthermore, 89 percent of students and 87 percent of faculty polled called the program successful.

While the Web,…

And my wife thinks

I already listen too much to my iPhone.

Before long, I bet we'll have simple preference tools installed on our phones. These tools will track our social network - that's easy to do on a phone, since our network is stored in the contacts folder, thus bypassing the mess of Facebook - and then give us advice based on the feedback of our friends. I imagine one day we'll simply be able to walk into a mall and ask the phone where we should go. [emphasis mine] It will think for a second before suggesting a particular clothing store selling vintage shirts, or a quaint cafe serving a good tuna sandwich, or that poster store on the ground floor. It will be like word-of-mouth, only transmitted indirectly - the hearsay of an algorithm. Your preferences will be calculated as a function of your network, and not as an abstract human island, which strikes me as much closer to the social reality of preference formation.

In defense of online learning

I speak. Thomas H. Benton compares some critics of online learning to characters from Star Wars. I love it! It warms my nerdish little heart. I consider myself the Jabba the Hutt of continuing education.

Online Learning: Reaching Out to the Skeptics
Consider the views of Elayne Clift, in "I'll Never Do It Again," an essay she wrote for The Chronicle about online teaching. After receiving training of unspecified scope, Clift taught online once, had a negative experience, and blamed her difficulties on the medium: "Me? I'll stick to the virtues of live human interaction—in the classroom and elsewhere—in a world rapidly becoming, as some of my students might say, 'totally unreal!'" That, of course, is a familiar rhetorical strategy of those who dismiss online teaching methods: They present themselves as engaged in some heroic, humane, but probably doomed struggle against the forces of soulless technology. She's the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi urging Luk…

More exposure for

teaching naked. It's interesting how this is described--especially the hook: "Take technology out of the classroom." I suppose that's literally true. But it's technology, in the form of podcasting, that allows this model to succeed. The hybrid sounds promising except for those students who cannot meet in a traditional classroom.

Return to Pre-Internet School Days
The Idea: Take technology out of the classroom. José Bowen, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Texas, has done just that. He wants his faculty to "teach naked," meaning without the aid of any machines. "Just because you have a PowerPoint presentation doesn't mean you have a good lecture," he argues. Classroom time should be reserved for discussions with the professor, aimed at teaching students to think critically, argue, and raise new questions. In light of the grim economic climate at most universities, he says, shunning new technology is al…

Community colleges

and mission creep. An influx of federal dollars may create the desire to become more like a four-year institution. And community colleges could end up less nimble and able to serve its traditional student population.

Newsweek: New boom for community colleges?

Utah Technical College, built in Orem in 1977, shows how this can happen. In 1987, it became Utah Valley Community College. Only six years later, in 1993, it added four-year degrees and became Utah Valley State College. Last year it became Utah Valley University, grantor of master's degrees. The Division I men's basketball team plays in an 8,500-seat arena and enjoys a raft of corporate sponsors. Bachelor's degrees have grown to almost half of all degrees conferred. But the six-year graduation rate is only 15 percent. (Brad Plothow, a spokesman for Utah Valley University, attributes the rate to student demographics and disparities in their record keeping.)Curtis Ivery, president of Wayne County Community College in De…

Stonehenge, volcanoes,

exploding planets and more are featured in fall KACL classes.

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6, and running for six weeks, the Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning (KACL) will offer classes on a variety of subjects presented by leading authorities in the fields of history, anthropology, philosophy, national issues, geology, astronomy and travel.

Morning classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays will run from 10 a.m. – noon, while afternoon classes are from 1:30–3:30 p.m. Classes are held on the campus of ETSU at Kingsport, 1501 University Blvd. (near Allandale Mansion) with the exception of the astronomy class to be held at Bays Mountain Planetarium.

KACL, in partnership with East Tennessee State University, has arranged a diverse series of courses with experts from many fields who welcome lively questions and comments from the “students.” There are no grades, homework or tests.

For a fee of $45, participants can take advantage of any or all the classes. And this year, in light of th…

The faculty senate sides

are lining up. The mix of supporters and opponents is interesting. Current score: 4-3.
University of Memphis faculty senate backs one-board plan
Endorsing a measure opposed by school administrators, University of Memphis faculty senators voted unanimously Tuesday to support a proposal recommending that all four-year state universities be unified under a Nashville-based board.The Association of Tennessee University Faculty Senates approved the position paper in August, said president John Nolt, and will present it to Gov. Phil Bredesen in October, pending approval from at least six of the 10 university faculty senates.

Each institution would have its own local advisory board. It recommends the universities create a common core curriculum, coordinate their academic calendars, pool library resources, have interconnected IT systems and centralize employee health benefits.In an effort to appease faculty who agree with the paper's objectives but oppose some of its recommendations, U of M …

It's hard out there

For a woman continuing educator. The majority of college and university continuing education professional are women. Most senior continuing educators--deans and whatnot--are men. It's our job to make sure that those of us in leadership positions provide encouragement, training, and opportunities for women to advance in our field. And to include them in drinks after work. Mary Ann Mason writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

How the 'Snow-Woman Effect' Slows Women's Progress

As the only female dean at the University of California at Berkeley for several years, I sat in on countless meetings where men held the floor. One day a female colleague made a presentation to a meeting of the deans and received a cursory, bordering on rude, response. Afterward, she asked me how she could have been more effective."Speak low and slowly, but smile frequently," I replied. This advice (which did help her next presentation) was based on my observation that women must…

Duplication in

The Age of Obama. Most states have policies that prevent unnecessary course duplication and protect the "service areas" of schools. In Tennessee, we call it The 30 Mile Rule. Increasingly, these rules become moot with online program delivery. But we can still fight about them.

Educational Culture Clash

Morgan State University has objected to a proposal by the University of Maryland University College to create a doctoral program in community college administration. That program, the historically black Morgan State claimed, would be too similar to one it already offers.It is certainly not the first objection Morgan State has raised to programs that could compete with it, but this time there's a wrinkle: While UMUC has a physical headquarters in Adelphi, Md., almost its entire curriculum is provided online. The proposed doctoral program in community college administration would include only nine classroom sessions over three years.James E. Lyons, Sr., the state secretar…

Take the last train to Clarksville....

2009 Innovative Professor Conference

November 9 and 10, 2009

Austin Peay State University
Morgan University Center
Clarksville, Tennessee

Need more info?
Visit the conference Web site at

The Continuing Education Association of

New York's Annual Conference is next Month. The conference theme is Sowing Ideas and Harvesting Success in Difficult Times.


The CEANY's 46th Annual Conference will be held at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Available Now! Conference Program (pdf)

Gideon Putnam Property Map (pdf)

About Gideon Putnam Resort
Renowned 2300-acre resort hotel in the Saratoga Spa State Park, is located 30 miles from Albany. Gideon Putnam boasts a full-service spa and fitness center, and many dining and entertainment options in nearby downtown Saratoga Springs.

The 58th Annual AAACE

Adult Education: Together We Can! November 3 - 6, 2009 Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Cleveland, Ohio
The hotel conference rate for single and double at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel of $119 will end Friday, October 2nd. Beginning on Saturday, October 3rd the regular rate for single and double will be $179. For online reservations of single bed rooms click here, and for double bed rooms click here. Reservations can also be made by calling the hotel, 1-800-HOTELS-1 (1-800-468-3571). To reserve a single bed room please give the code ACEACEA, and for double bed rooms ACEACEB. These rates end October 2nd, so register early!

Conference Registration Rates End October 12th

The regular Conference registration fees will end on Monday, October 12th. Beginning on Tuesday, October 13th the Conference registration late fees will be in effect. Following are all the Conference fees:
Full Conference Registration (Nov. 3-6) Member, $275; Non-Member, $360 (Includes one year membership) until October …

UM experimenting with Dual Enrollment

For homeschoolers. It's interesting the number of homeschoolers in Tennessee, and I've never understood its appeal. Even in our family, with a doctorate and a certified teacher under the same roof, we wouldn't feel qualified to educate our kids--nor would we want them insulated from public education. But it is a growing market that continuing education might be able to tap. In our own dual enrollment classes, we have just a couple of home schooled students. UM has four more and gets publicity. Not that I'm bitter...

Dual-credit courses offer college experience for home-schooled students
It's Wednesday afternoon, and John Keller, 16, is a few minutes early for his 2:20 p.m. algebra class, taught by a pharmacist at the University of Memphis Carrier Center in Collierville. Within five minutes, the rest of the class of six arrives, backpacks over their shoulders and an air of earnestness about them. "This is attractive to me because it's one semester. If it had …

Making do with less

So selective colleges and universities

Have higher graduation rates. Hmmm. It's unsurprising that schools that admit high achieving students have more of them graduate than schools that admit a weaker mix of students. But I'm skeptical of the conclusion that students don't graduate because they are not challenged enough in those less-selective institutions. Seems facile. Of course, I haven't seen the study. They compared groups of students with similar academic qualifications, but I wonder what the trigger was that sent some to the selective institutions and some to other places? That trigger, whether it was sophisticated knowledge about selecting a college, study skills, adaptability, family finances, or whatnot, might be the key. On the other hand, playing with better basketball players made me a better player. So maybe that's the same effect. Or maybe not. The following is by Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY:

Graduation rates: Challenge, expectations may play a role

Researchers studying how to…

Send us your huddled masses

But not the funds to serve them.

Tennessee colleges' enrollment grows, but budgets shrink

By next year, the Tennessee Board of Regents' universities, colleges and trade schools will be operating on state budgets that are 25 percent smaller than they were in 2007, regents learned at a Tuesday meeting of committee chairs.

The state already announced plans for a 6 percent cut on top of a previously announced reduction in the higher education budget, adding to the multimillion-dollar cutbacks since the economic downturn began last year.

"The challenges universities face will be pretty significant," said Dale Sims, a former state treasurer turned regents vice chancellor for business and finance.

At the same time, the 45 schools in the regents system are seeing dramatic year-over-year enrollment increases — around 20 percent at some community colleges.
Jennifer Brooks. The Tennessean.

I attended the JC Senior

Synergy opening session this morning. This is a consortium of educational organizations for seniors including the city's Seniors' Center, the ETSURA (ETSU Retirees Association) and ETSU ACL (Alliance for Continuing Learning). The ACL is a part of the School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach.

I went up after the meeting to talk to the pianist, who told me she was an ETSU graduate. She had taught 38 years in the Johnson City School System, including stints at two black elementary schools when JC was segregated. She also taught music in the integrated high school. A delightful woman.

iPhone tips

for traveling oversees. I seem to recall having mentioned earlier that I love my iPhone. Ah, but what to do when traveling internationally? How to avoid sneaky charges overseas. This piece has some nice tips, including the most important, When Overseas, turn Data Roaming "off."

iPhone tips and tricks for budget travelers

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No room

at the Body Farm. I've told Kathy I wouldn't mind her donating my carcass to the University of Tennessee's Body Farm so I could help train young forensic scientists and so forth and That way, I can continue my education career after passing on. Now it turns out, if the economy doesn't pick up, people like me could be out of luck. The Body Farm has stopped accepting bodies...

Overload of bodies fills Tennessee morgues
People who had next to nothing in life are facing even more hardship in death.

There are more unclaimed bodies at the Davidson County medical examiner's office this year, as families found themselves unable to cover the expense of a funeral and burial. So many bodies have been donated to science in Tennessee this year that the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and the University of Tennessee Body Farm have stopped accepting cadaver donations.

"We're seeing an increase in families who can'…


and Switch?Attracting Students With 'Juicy' Course Names

Boston College German studies professor Michael Resler went searching for a way to boost flagging interest in his “German Literature of the High Middle Ages’’ class a few years ago, and settled on the idea of simply giving the course a sexier name. The resulting “Knights, Castles, and Dragons’’ nearly tripled enrollment.

Resler then replaced his class on “The Songs of Walter von der Vogelweide,’’ a great German lyric poet, with “Passion, Politics, and Poetry in the Middle Ages.’’ Again, enrollment swelled. “I suppose the moral of the story is that we live in an age where everything has to be marketed in order to find a willing audience,’’ Resler mused.
As schools compete for students and faculty come under pressure to boost enrollment in their classes, colleges from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to Wellesley are jazzing up course catalogs to entice a generation of students drawn to the dramatic. This year’s …

Happy Labor Day


In a follow-up to his piece on the dangers

Facebook holds for academic careers, David D. Perlmutter shares his thoughts about using social media to improve your case for tenure in the latest

Facebooking for the Tenure Track

You have two options. Plan A is to tone down your blog or Facebook page, censoring yourself to avoid the overly personal. You must certainly not release comments ("My dean has onion breath") or pictures (of yourself or others in any state of dishabille or inebriation) that will cause the P&T committee to believe you are not a serious colleague.Plan B is more drastic: Create an alter ego. A few years ago, while doing research for a book on political blogging, I guest-blogged under a nom de guerre at two sites. I learned quickly that I didn't enjoy the ferocity of the venue, but those academics who do can certainly find ways to hide their true identities. In fact, a number of well-known pseudonymous bloggers have "come out" after receiving tenure.

Cooking the books

For better ratings in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings? From

Hiding Adjuncts From 'U.S. News'
Everyone knows that adjuncts and graduate assistants do a lot of the teaching these days, right? Well, maybe not everyone.

The American Federation of Teachers on Wednesday posted a blog item asking how it is, given those well documented trends, that magazine rankings give parents the sense that most of the teaching at large universities is done by full-time faculty members. "The majority of top colleges report well over 80 percent of their faculty are full-time and a large number report that well over 90 percent of their faculty are full-time. University of Nebraska-Lincoln even reports that 100 percent of its faculty are full-time," the blog says of institutions in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, a small part of which are based on the percentage of faculty who are full time. "Amazing!"

Further, the blog goes on to note …

Today, a guest post

From Donna Scott, who writes for With non-traditional student enrollments increasing, at least at my institution, this is good advice to remember.

Tips for Striking a Balance between School, Work and Life for Non-Traditional Students

For those going back to school after already entering the working world, making time for all the things that matter in life can be a challenge and free time may feel like a thing of the past. It’s important, however, to strike a balance between the various areas of your life to ensure that you’re not burning the candle at both ends (or just throwing the whole thing in the fire) and making time for both the responsibilities and pleasures that life has to offer. Here are a few tips that learners of all ages can keep in mind when trying to maintain some balance between work, school and everything else.

Set priorities. What in your life really means the most to you? Figure out where you want to focus your attention and dole out your time acco…

Answering yes to these 12 questions

could mean you are happy and productive at work.Gretchen Rubin writing on her blog The Happiness Project:

I just finished First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. I’d heard about it for years, but I didn’t actually pick up a copy until a smart friend told me to read it.

The authors did a study with the Gallup Organization to find a way, among other things, to measure strong workplaces, ones that would attract and retain the most productive employees.

They came up with a list of twelve questions, where, if employees answered “yes” and were happier in their workplaces, they tended to work in business units with higher levels of productivity, profit, retention, and customer satisfaction – which shows that there is a link between how employees feel and how they perform.

This is a good list to use if you’re a manager who wants to create a happier and more productive work environment, or if you’re a job seeker/holder who wants criteria by which to judge a workplace.


The Social Side of Obesity: You Are Who You Eat With

I've said this before. I need skinnier friends.

The Social Side of Obesity: You Are Who You Eat With

Five academic majors

on the rise.

1. Service science
2. Health informatics
3. Computational science
4. Sustainability
5. Public health

Read the whole article at

I may have mentioned something about my iPhone

Earlier. has lists the top ten iPhone business apps. Number Four sounds pretty slick. It makes your iPhone a presentation pointer.


Publisher: Haw-Yuan Yang
Price: $2.99
Presentation accessory

You can make your iPhone double as a PowerPoint presentation pointer during your next great pitch or slideshow. mbPointer works with Microsoft PowerPoint (2003/2007/Mac 2008) whether you’re on a Windows XP/Vista PC or on a Mac.

To use mbPointer with your computer, you need to install the free companion receiver application. Then mbPointer connects to your PC via Wi-Fi and acts as a remote control for your presentations. But this app is much more than just a PowerPoint remote — it also lets your iPhone serve as a regular touchpad for your PC, allowing you to perform mouse movements (including scrolling and middle-button clicking) with your finger on a virtual pad.

See the whole list at

Today is

VJ Day. Maybe.

August 14th - Japan surrenders August 15th - Surrender announced to the world September 2 - Ceremony and formal signing of surrender

VJ Day marks the end of WWII, and the cessation of fighting against Japan. It is called "Victory In Japan Day or "Victory Over Japan Day".

The confusion over three dates:

There is some confusion over what date is V-J Day. You can consider any (or all) of three dates as V-J Day. President Harry S. Truman caused some of this confusion........

On August 14, 1945, the Japanese government cabled to the U.S. their surrender. This is the date of most modern observances.

On August 15, 1945, news of the surrender was announced to the world. This sparked spontaneous celebrations over the final ending of World War II.

On September 2, 1945, a formal surrender ceremony was held in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri. At the time, President Truman declared September 2 to be VJ Day.

Lunch in Borchuck Plaza

Where ETSU and several local businesses welcome students back.

Faculty convocation

According to Dean Dad, writing in Confessions of a Community College Dean

If Stephen Colbert Did the Annual Kickoff Meeting... (in the style of "The Word")
Faculty and distinguished colleagues,
(Slide: "And the undistinguished among you, too...")
welcome back from what I hope was a restful summer.
("You're gonna need it...")
As you know, we have record enrollments this year, combined with a severe funding cut
("Rhymes with flusterduck...")
But I'm sure we're up to the challenge.
("New program: Alchemy!")
This year brings some new challenges, like the swine flu
("No more parking shortage!")
and a difficult job market for our graduates.
("Great for retention!")
But some things never change.
("Gotta love the tenure system.")
All those new faces, shining with hope and promise
("and buried in their smartphones")
and the promise of new communities of learning.
("and papers to grade!")
Working togethe…