Notes in the Margins: Skipping class, admin bloat and bad interviews

College credit for online courses gains momentum  The American Council on Education is preparing to weigh in on massive open online courses. A stamp of approval from the organization could enhance the value of MOOCs to universities and lead to lower tuition costs for students, who could earn credit toward a college degree for passing a particular course. At issue is whether the quality of the courses offered through MOOCs are equivalent to similar courses offered in traditional classrooms. (USA Today)

How Not to Interview a Community College CIO Certainly three-, five-, or even seven-member panels are quite common in academic settings, but 18 people can never be a good number for an interview panel. Decision making in such a large group is too unwieldy. (Internet Evolution)

University Of Washington Has Twitter Restrictions On Media No media members had been warned of excessive tweeting, until Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune unknowingly crossed the line Sunday while covering the Huskies’ men’s basketball opener against Loyola. (Deadspin)

Kent State coach tells fans to skip class for game Rob Senderoff used his Twitter account to try to get Kent State fans to skip work and school to cheer for the Golden Flashes in a noon ET game against Temple. He even went as far as to say he’d write doctor’s notes for fans who called in sick in order to see the game. He then went on to tell students he’d contact their professors if they complained about absences. (USA Today)

Bureaucrats Paid $250,000 Feed Outcry Over College Costs A 59-year-old professor of biomedical engineering is leading a faculty revolt against bureaucratic bloat at Purdue University in Indiana. In the past decade, the number of administrative employees jumped 54 percent at the public institution — almost eight times the growth of tenured and tenure-track faculty. (Bloomberg)