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Monthly Archives: October, 2011

The Danger of Thought Policing by Donors

George Leef of the Pope Center responds today to my critique here last week of his argument by claiming I’m creating a “straw man” and offering the hypothetical where a … Continue reading

October 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

Program Closures Around the Country

Reductions in state support are forcing public colleges and universities across the country to raise tuition and fees. A small but growing number of institutions are also acting on financial … Continue reading

October 31, 2011 · Leave a comment

An Interview with Joan DelFattore on Academia

Joan DelFattore is a professor of English and legal studies at the University of Delaware and the author of Knowledge in the Making: Academic Freedom and Free Speech in America’s … Continue reading

October 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Rush Limbaugh’s Skulls Full of Mush

Rush Limbaugh hates college. He hated it when he was a student flunking out of Southeast Missouri State, and he hates it even more today. According to Rush, Barack Obama’s … Continue reading

October 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Jersey Shore Meets the U of Chicago

I believe that the two most diametrically opposed cultures in the United States are Jersey Shore and the University of Chicago. So that makes all the more bizarre to learn … Continue reading

October 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

High-Pressure Recruitment Tactics at For-Profits

A few weeks ago, I looked at some of the methods which for-profit universities use to get “leads” on potential students. Getting contact information on a possible new student is, … Continue reading

October 25, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Myth of Banning ROTC

Last week, an InsideHigherEd article about ROTC at Brown University contained an unfortunate but all too common error: “Like many of their counterparts, Brown professors voted in 1969 to remove … Continue reading

October 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Leef Defends Pope

George Leef of Art Pope’s Center for Higher Education Policy denounces Jane Mayer’s recent profile of Pope in the New Yorker as a “scurrilous attack.” But Leef’s response reveals how … Continue reading

October 23, 2011 · 1 Comment

COCAL Updates

By Joe Berry COCAL Updates (Chicago Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor) http://www.chicagococal.org/ 1. A nice little history of anti-Wall Street protests in US history and some useful suggestive lessons. 2. … Continue reading

October 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Sport of Money

Today’s Chicago Tribune has a lengthy front-page article about how the University of Illinois’ general fund subsidizes the athletic program with $920,000 in free tuition waivers for student athletes. The … Continue reading

October 20, 2011 · 1 Comment
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