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“We’ve always done it this way”

During my time in academia, I was appointed the chair of a faculty committee.

When I took over as chair, the committee had a decades-old practice of holding meetings every month. Having sat through (more accurately, suffered through) these meetings as a junior committee member, I knew we could cut the number in half and still do what we were supposed to do.

Be careful what you measure

During my time in academia, I was amazed by how much the U.S. News & World Report rankings influence decisions for both students and faculty.

The Report, as you might know, ranks colleges and other degree programs in the United States. The rankings rely on a formula to determine which schools are better than others.

Summer recommendations (July 2021)

From time to time, instead of my usual email with one big idea you can read in 3 minutes or less, I share with you the best of what I’m reading, watching, and exploring. Enjoy!

Books

Development Alchemy + Aim