Believing is Seeing:
The Undoing of CSU, From Within
Like CA, CSU revels in generous ideals but recoils from confronting how to support them. Denial cripples planning; change comes as crisis. There are solutions; they require vision and pragmatism and leadership.
- Of Trojan Horses, Centers, and Slings and Arrows [November, '13]
- Wake up to a Dream [September, '13]
- Without a plan and these days possibly with one [July, '13]
- OF MOOCs AND MEN [April, '13]
- Kind of Blue about Brown [February '13]
- The CSU [August '12]
- The Game has Changed, the Rules have Not [July '12]
In Memory, Darrick Danta
Read entire message by Provost Harry Hellenbrand
Mandatory Foreign Travel Insurance
Provost's Foreign Travel Insurance memo [October '12]
Detailed information can be viewed on the Risk Management website:
Theme: Minding, Mining, Mending, Mapping.
UCLA Los Angeles, CA, June 18, 2011
TEDxUCLA has a series 18 minute featured speakers, as well as an assortment of 10 minute talks on the above topic. Watch TEDxUCLA on YouTube - Harry Hellenbrand
Coffee with the President
Can't Get No Respect: The Comprehensive Public University
Before a person signs on to be a provost or academic vice president, I advise cladestine activity. Do not comb your hair. Don a stained sweat suit. Wear sandals, no socks. (When I started out the door incognito, my wife vetoed the look. She said, sorry, not a disguise. Try something clean.) Anyway, head for a coffee house near the target campus. Look for people who are dressed the same way. If they each look over both shoulders before leaning in to whisper, they are wary, with grudges.
Academic Technology: Where are we going, where have we been?
When we discuss academic technology these days, we tend to focus on two issues, accessibility and Learning Management Systems (LMS). In this essay I focus on the latter. At CSUN we have narrowed the meaning of LMS inadvertently. We think of LMS as a self-enclosed suite of digital files that occupy hardware the way water fills a glass.
The reason that we plan annually is to clarify our collective intentions for CSUN. We do so by evaluating the consequences of past actions and by projecting future trends and needs.
Academic Planning 2013 - 14
2013-2014: The college plans for 2013/14 continue the reinvention of the university from within. Three assumptions rule. We will grow. State resources will not keep pace. We must become ever more innovative and effective, solving several problems simultaneously.