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Monthly Archives: August 2011
A question came up in the Chancellor’s Staff meeting this past Monday, for which I have no answer; and it was this: would the faculty find it preferable to move from our current calendar-year performance appraisal cycle to a fiscal … Continue reading
Today in our first Budget and Economic Concerns Committee meeting, it was decided that this blog would become the location of choice for information regarding budgetary matters at UTM, of interest to our faculty. The BECC had been considering creating … Continue reading
It occurs to me people will stop talking to me if I do this too often, but I am fairly certain John will not mind. Dr. John Schommer, recent past President of the UTM Faculty Senate, erstwhile UT Board of … Continue reading
Do you get the feeling we are on the verge of major changes in the United States? Our economy has reached at least the second worst point in its history, our two-party political system seems to need overhauling, public funds … Continue reading
This article suggests that a large number of students are opting not to buy assign texts due to their high costs. For years now I have increasingly moved to the side of the students, given the cynical way textbook companies … Continue reading
I can recall lying on the bed one weekday evening as a young teenager, listening to my white six transistor radio tuned to the local radio station when the reporter said there would be no school tomorrow in Lee County, … Continue reading
By now most everyone will have heard the news of Pat Head Summit’s diagnosis with early-onset dementia. UTM, where the basketball floor is named for her, has no more revered alum than Pat. My first response was to feel sorry … Continue reading
The faculty senate at ETSU recently did a survey of their faculty and the results were interesting and may actually drive future decisions. I have asked their FS President to forward me a copy of the survey so we may … Continue reading
Fifty pathways from CC to Four-year School Community College students in Tennessee now have 50 ways to leave their two-year school and be guaranteed their courses will transfer to in-state four-year schools; including both Board of Trustees and Board … Continue reading