Saturday, December 03, 2005

Props to the Prexy

President Crow launched his new blog this past week. For those of you using RSS, the feed URL is

According to his first post, he's planning on using it as:

...a source of direct discourse, enhanced understanding, and maybe even a bit of humor...If you walk away from reading an entry with a better understanding of how your university works, an interesting idea to ponder or an opportunity to share something on your mind, then the blog will have fulfilled its goal.

As anyone who's ever spent any time in a room with MMC can tell you -- whether you agree with any particular point of view of his or not -- you can't help but be struck by the energy of the man. I'm hoping some of the similarities between President Crow and the polymath President Bartlett come through his posts. And at the very least, we'll know what book is by the bedside table and what DVD is in the deck.

One of the things I think blogs can do within an institution like ours is connect the wide with the deep . And the president, at the top of our particular pyramid, has the widest perspective of all. The blog can give the rest of us a break from the deep dive into our own particular concerns and give us the opportunity to see what it looks like from the institutional perspective, the one that must find some balance among all of the various institutional pressures and aspirations.

So blog on, Big Man. Welcome to the 'sphere.


Allan,  December 19, 2005 at 9:19 AM  

Dr. Sannier,

I have not read your blog, until today so I do not know if you are aware of the MIT-OCW program (at but it is definitely the wave of the future and it would be nice if ASU could be the first in the State (ahead of the UofA) to offer something in the way of a limited OCW-ASU program. Now is the time to do it to get maximum publicity for Dr. Crow and ASU before everyone jumps on board the bandwagon. Please let me know if you are not the right administrator to put such a program into effect, which illustrates another problem with the ASU CIP suggestion site ( as currently puts the burden on the student to guess which is the proper administrative channel to use rather than have a suggestion website administrator do that. It also does not generate a suggestion code or tracking number or issue automatic confirmation of receipt so as presently constituted, a student has no way of knowing if his or her suggestion was ever even received, let alone gets channeled to the right administrator for action or if it is ever acted upon and reasons if it is not adopted.

I think the entire process should be more transparent to the students so they realize Dr. Crow is not joking when he says he wants student input. In addition, there have been technical problems on Dr. Crow's own blog site, which I have personally experienced at least three times when my comments seem to disappear. I do not think this looks very good for the reputation of the ASU technology department or for the University as a whole when even the President's website does not work properly. I would appreciate a response to this particular comment as I have made suggestions to you and the other four listed administrators and have heard nothing back and am wondering if possibly their servers also failed and whether they ever even received my suggestions. Thanks for your cooperation.

P.S. Dr. Crow mentioned on his website that, “Each suggestion receives a response. Links to the CIP (maroon boxes with yellow arrows) can be found throughout the ASU website for your convenience.” I cannot locate any of them. Perhaps you can help with that also.

malinche,  January 4, 2006 at 11:43 AM  

Allen, I too have had problems with both President Crows website, and Adrians website. However, please note: this has nothing to do with ASU's technology department as neither one of these sites are hosted at ASU.

Logic,  January 4, 2006 at 3:38 PM  

Where are these sites hosted from so we can know who to assign responsibility to?

Adrian,  January 5, 2006 at 6:38 AM  

My site is hosted at I pay for it myself.

While they were the subject of a denial of service attack yesterday that caused a service interruption of several hours, I have to say that in general I've been very happy with the level of service, particularly in relation to the cost of that service.

I chose to host this outside becasue I was able to do so quickly and inexpensively, using a service that provides me with excellent and easy control over my site. Hosting within ASU's domain would have taken far longer and been much more expensive.

Logic,  January 5, 2006 at 5:52 PM  

I had high hopes for President Crow's blog and tried to give it a chance but after reading his latest entry in which he proclaims "2005 was an important year for ASU and 2006 promises to be equally, if not more exciting, with the opening of the ASU Downtown campus, the groundbreaking of the ASU/Scottsdale Center for New Technology and Innovation, and Phase I completion of the McAllister Academic Village on tap," while at the same time refusing to answer a single significant question of the many posted by hopeful students it now seems that his blog is in name only and is more akin to the blogs some of the U.S. Presidential candidates had during the last election cycle, to-wit: they consisted of pure PR pieces shorn of any legitimate insight into the candidate's thinking and totally ignoring the tough questions. It appears that President Crow is going to follow suit and merely use the blog as a PR vehicle for his own ambitious agenda while wholly failing to meet his other stated objectives regarding giving information to students about important issues. If he refuses to answer questions about anything other than what he deems relevant it is hard to infer anything other than the students are merely being used as props in his continued self-aggrandizement while the many legitimate if not always artfully worded questions continue unabated and unanswered. That is not the message I hoped to see from President Crow in 2006.