The purpose of this blog is to provide a space for candid, open discussion of higher education and related subjects–the arts, print and digital humanities, and the sciences, broadly defined. I offer my personal observations about the current state of higher education and invite you to join in the discussion.
I welcome civil, informed comments by people using their real names. I also welcome skepticism, dissent, disagreement and debate. The university has always stood for open expression of competing ideas, and it is my sincerest hope that value will endure through the tumultuous change we are experiencing. But with that freedom of thought and expression comes responsibility and accountability, which is why I prefer not to post anonymous or pseudonymous posts.
I have spent nearly a lifetime in school. I attended three elementary schools, four high schools, and three colleges in four states and two countries. I have worked as a professor and administrator at three universities in two states and at the central administration of a large state university system. I am a product of an excellent public education system that I still believe in.
I am Professor of English and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York-Fredonia.