Failure

There are few things worse in higher education than watching talented and smart students walk out the door in defeat. When that happens, there often are multiple factors that come into play, but perhaps none is worse than when the student believes he/she was treated poorly while on campus. Faculty who consistently show genuine care … Continue reading Failure

Your professional mission and vision statements

The initial meeting of my Communication Seminar course was last evening. And it's in that first class that I talk to students about establishing their professional mission and vision statements. I remind them that their mission statement is what they do and their vision statement is what they aspire to be. I suggest that these … Continue reading Your professional mission and vision statements

We must stop destroying our institutions

America enters 2021 still in the grip of a pandemic. One of the reasons coronavirus continues to burrow ever deeper into our society is the attack on science has succeeded; sufficient numbers of Americans believe coronavirus falls somewhere on a continuum of flu to hoax. The undermining of science is just one example of the … Continue reading We must stop destroying our institutions

Pass/fail was wrong in the spring, and it would also be wrong now

Note: A similar version of this blog post appeared in March. You can read it here. The argument that percolated in the spring semester is starting to gain traction again: Coronavirus has disrupted the semester to such a significant degree that final grades should be awarded as pass/fail. Nope. I accept the fall term has … Continue reading Pass/fail was wrong in the spring, and it would also be wrong now

What we’re not admitting when it comes to ASU journalist Rae’lee Klein

UPDATED: 1:55 p.m. EDT, 9-20-20; I've edited the First Amendment section of this post and expanded on the tolerance section. In adopting the point in the initial post that the First Amendment doesn't allow someone to be tossed in jail, I should have included a reminder about ASU being a public university. Rae’lee Klein is … Continue reading What we’re not admitting when it comes to ASU journalist Rae’lee Klein

An open letter to all college students living on or near campus this fall

Dear Residential and Off-Campus Student, It’s on you this fall. And the clock already has started. You want to be away from home and living on or near campus, right? You want to be surrounded by as many of your friends as possible, right? You want to be taking classes on ground, right? Well, then … Continue reading An open letter to all college students living on or near campus this fall