Tag Archives: higher education

November 5, 2014, 2:58 pm

Can instructors become unenrollable?

Our Dean’s Advisory Council meetings are always enlightening. On Monday we held small group discussions on teaching and research practices. (Ralph Hall blogged about his experience.) I have enough material for several posts but today I am reflecting on the concept of faculty who could become unenrollable.


Rob Stephens (Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and Professor of History at Virginia Tech) shared this concept with me. He feels that websites like Koofers and RateMyProfessors are having an impact on course enrollment. Rob believes that there is a correlation between low headcount and faculty reviews online. (Translation: students avoid difficult professors whenever possible.)

“Frightening, threatening, and inevitable,” were the words Rob used to describe the situation. But he isn’t necessarily against…

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April 18, 2011, 9:43 am

Will Students Pay $14 Per Quarter for New Study Space… that’s not located in a library?

Today kicks off our campus election. I always love this process; it is the same everywhere: you have a group of super energized people who go out there rah rah rah, trying to reach a mass of apathetic people who have no idea what student government is or are cynical toward it.

I am particularly interested in one measure involving study space:

University Center (UCen) – Student Study Space Renovation and Support Fee.

In a nutshell they are asking students to pay $14 per quarter (for 27 years) in order to develop an underutilized area in the student center building. Here is what they are proposing:

  • Group study rooms
  • Computer labs
  • Study lounge
  • Power outlets for every seat
  • Scenic views
  • Longer hours

Here are some photos:

Study_loft1 Loft2 Loft3

Hmmm, looks pretty much like every renovation that academic libraries have been building over the past decade. If you substitute library

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June 16, 2010, 6:30 am

The story of the Steelcase Node: Sean Corcorran Interview (Part 1)

I’ve had the opportunity to work with both Steelcase and
Herman Miller. Both are icons in the furniture industry. What I really like is
their competition for the learning spaces marketplace. It drives innovation. It
propels new concepts forward. This is good because we get to witness the
advancement right before our eyes.


This competition results in research—research into unmet
needs. Here is a little history on one such project. I’ve been a fan of Node
since March
and I am grateful that Steelcase gave me an interview with
Sean Corcorran, Director, Product Development & Marketing, for
their educational division. On the same week that he’s talking with
and Metropolis
he found some time to fit me in.


Here is some of what he shared with me:


  • Before the Node, Sean was a product developer for 20 years.
    17 years at IDEO. He was there when it all began in the 1980…

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