Senator Durbin Proposes a Fix to the 90/10 Rule

This week, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bill to cut back on for-profit exploitation of veterans. I wrote about this problem a few months ago, and it’s great to see a high-ranking member of congress taking action on it (Durbin is the #2 Democrat in the Senate). I’m happy to say that Durbin’s proposal closely matches what I had recommended. Continue reading

Run Your Campus Like A Business

By John Hinshaw

Professors are often told that higher education should be run more like a business.

You might think that I, as the President of the Pennsylvania AAUP, would disagree. But you’d be wrong. Look, even the AAUP is aware that higher ed has to change, and what could be better or more efficient than the business model? Yes, higher ed should be run like a corporation, and I’ve decided that that our business model should be the airlines.

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Book Banning in Arizona

Richard Delgado is University Professor of Law at Seattle University, where he teaches and writes in the areas of race and civil rights. Jean Stefancic is Research Professor of Law at Seattle University, where she teaches and writes about race, Latinos, and civil rights. They are the authors of The Latino/a Condition (NYU Press) and Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (NYU Press), which was one of the books removed from the curriculum in Arizona.

By Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic

With one of the harshest anti-immigrant laws on the books, Arizona has recently taken to targeting Latino schoolchildren and even the books their teachers use to inform them about their history and culture.

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Interview with Harry Keyishian

Harry Keyishian, 1964, with his T.S. Eliot dartboard

Harry Keyishian today

January 23, 2012 marks the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Keyishian v. Board of Regents, perhaps the most important case defending academic freedom in the history of law (see the essay by Marjorie Heins today about the case). I interviewed Harry Keyishian via email about the decision that bears his name. Harry Keyishian has taught English at Fairleigh Dickinson University since 1965, and is the director of Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. He is the author of many books, including Screening Politics: The Politician in American Movies, 1931-2001 (2003) and The Shapes of Revenge: Victimization, Vengeance, and Vindictiveness in Shakespeare (1995).

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The Keyishian Ruling, 45 Years Later

Marjorie Heins heads the Free Expression Policy Project ( and is the author of Not in Front of the Children: “Indecency,” Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth. In the 1990s she directed the ACLU’s Arts Censorship Project; more recently, she has taught at NYU, UC-San Diego, and the American University of Paris. Her forthcoming book, “Priests of Our Democracy”: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge, will be published by NYU Press in early 2013.

By Marjorie Heins

Harry Keyishian was a junior at Queens College in 1952 when a popular professor was summarily fired for refusing to answer a Senate investigating committee’s questions about her political beliefs and associations. It was the height of the anti-communist witch hunt in America. Fifteen years later, Keyishian had—as he put it—his “revenge on the fifties”: he was the successful lead plaintiff in Keyishian v. Board of Regents, the Supreme Court decision that finally put an end to loyalty purges in education. Today is the 45th anniversary of the Keyishian decision.

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Mitt Romney and Full Sail University

The issue of for-profit colleges is a hot political debate, but until now, for-profits haven’t been mentioned in the presidential election (though they were a major issue in last year’s race for attorney general in Kentucky). But now, a leading candidate for the Republican nomination has injected himself into the debate on for-profit costs and outcomes.

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DREAM Act opponents #vocal yet #ineffective

For over a decade, undocumented students, despite being proper graduates of California’s high schools, have had to fight for equal access to the state’s colleges and universities. Before 2001, California’s undocumented students were ineligible for in-state tuition and they were denied access to the state’s financial aid, both public and private. It would be another decade before the California Assembly and Governor would work together to enact legislation that provided access to financial aid at California’s colleges and universities. (Click here for information about past attempts to pass the California DREAM Act and Governor Schwarzenegger’s subsequent vetoes. Or hereOr here.)

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Does Academia Hate Conservatives?

Conservatives often portray academia as a place teeming with the influence of liberalism. The all-powerful liberal professors, so the stereotype goes, indoctrinate students with Marxism and political correctness, while muscling conservatives out of the ivory tower, lest their hated views bring a diversity of opinion to campus.

But of course, like any caricature, it’s false. Matthew Woessner, a political scientist at Penn State in Harrisburg, has been researching what he calls the supposed “Plight of Conservatives in Higher Education,” and the new issue of Academe includes an article he wrote about his research.

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