Previous Essays

Teaching to Lead
Teaching practices that help students develop leadership

Knowing About vs. Knowing How
The challenges of translating what we know about good practices into making our classes, majors, and programs more effective

Clear and Organized Teaching
Why a basic and under-appreciated teaching skill is critical for student learning

Improving Educational Quality
Lessons learned from liberal arts colleges about the conditions that facilitate the use of evidence to improve student learning


Weird Al's "Mission Statement"

A present for those of you writing strategic plans, mission statements, or business plans for your institutions. "Weird Al" Yankovic's new video, "Mission Statement," skewers mission statement jargon like synergy, monetize, and core competencies to the tune of Crosby, Stills, and Nash's "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes."

Whether this video shows that Weird Al has still "got it" depends on whether you thought he "had it" to begin with. In either case, enjoy.