Notes in the Margins: Tenure tales, waning influence and St. Cloud's new structure

St. Thomas student hailed as hero who saved friends St. Thomas student Michael Larson yelled to wake his friends sleeping in the house they shared. All but Larson made it to safety. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

In era of budget cuts, let’s get our priorities straight; MCTC is an example of assembly-line education As we approach what promise to be heart-wrenching, painful slashes to public education — higher education especially — we must carefully and thoughtfully weigh the consequences of heightened enrollment without matching it to the requisite number of advisor and support services and teachers.(City College News)

An Insider's Tales From a Tenure Committee What can you expect to happen when your promotion case goes before a universitywide panel? (

Along The Way: SCSU student trying to row 2 million meters Deep underground, in a high-ceilinged room labeled 'Handball Court No. 1' at Halenbeck Hall, Mike DeNucci is hard at work trying to accomplish what some might think impossible. (St. Cloud Times)

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Tom Vander Ark: Riots or Innovation? Every state education committee should hold a hearing in January to discuss blended solutions to increasing costs and flatlined quality. We can avoid riots in the streets of America by blending the best of online learning and face-to-face application, integration, guidance, and support. (Huffington Post)

Faculty Worry That Their Influence Is Waning With more administrators coming from outside the ranks, says a new book, professors feel their governing power is on the decline. (

Higher-Education Groups Lay Out Strategies to Reach Obama's College-Completion Goal Federal, state, and college leaders must commit to collaborate, a report says, and colleges must put more focus on controlling costs and improving instruction. (

SCSU unveils new academic structure St. Cloud State University unveiled its future academic structure Friday, a plan that creates six colleges and schools and five proposed centers and institutes. (St. Cloud Times)