Category Archives: Faculty

April Is Not the Cruelest Month at Champlain

One of the best parts about being Champlain’s president is the opportunity to meet with students, alumni and employers and hear about their Champlain experiences. While April is always a busy month at Champlain, recent events were particularly meaningful for me. They demonstrate the breadth of the Champlain experience and the difference we are making […]

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Critical Thinking

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an essay by Champlain College’s Erik Shonstrom, an Assistant Professor in our Core Division, entitled “People Over Pedagogy.” Before discussing one statement in the essay with which I have an issue, I want to congratulate Professor Shonstrom for a thoughtful piece that reflects well on the college. If you […]

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CHEA Award for HWC

I am pleased to announce that Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, has won the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s 2013 CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes. In joining a select group of community colleges who have won this award, our faculty have demonstrated excellence as recognized in the announcement: […]

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Design Storm

A couple of Wright faculty members, Patrick Ham and Tom Murdock, spent a week in lovely Saginaw, Michigan, chaperoning six Wright students for the Region 3 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Faculty and students attended workshops and shows, and participated in acting or design competitions. One of our Wright students, Miguel Perez, joined a team with […]

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You Get What You Measure

“You get what you measure.” This trope guided discussions in many measurement plans in my corporate life. Once a company tracks a performance indicator, then employees start to change their behavior so that they look good in relation to the measure. Taken to extremes, poorly designed measures may have unintended consequences. The story outlined in Freakonomics about […]

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