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Monthly Archives: November, 2012

Service in the Humanities

The November-December issue of Academe looks at faculty service. It is perhaps the most ambiguous of the traditional triad along with teaching and research, and the articles in this issue … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

First-Year Composition: Teaching or Service?

The November-December issue of Academe looks at faculty service. It is perhaps the most ambiguous of the traditional triad along with teaching and research, and the articles in this issue … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · 3 Comments

Fighting Austerity Education

[This comes from Barbara Bowen of the Professional Staff Congress, the faculty union of the City University of New York and Terrence Martell of the CUNY Faculty Senate.] Dear Colleague: … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Open Education for Writers

Back in September 2012, when Governor Jerry Brown of California signed legislation that supports the creation of 50 free textbooks for common undergraduate courses, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) critiqued the idea of … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · 8 Comments

“Not only . . . but also.”

The pace of change is accelerating within American higher education.  The debates raging over MOOC’s, the impact of specific programmatic strategies like Coursera, the role of for-profit providers, and the … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Family Matters

The following is a guest post by Donna Potts, chair of the AAUP’s Assembly of State Conferences. She is also a contributor to the newest issue of Academe. In this … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

University Governance Doesn’t Represent the People

[Guest Blogger Walter Brasch is a syndicated social issues columnist, the author of 17 books, and a former newspaper and magazine reporter and editor. His latest is Before the First … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

What We Mean by a Fair Shake: Part I. Unions Are the U.S. Economy’s Polar Ice

The 98% of scientists who have been warning of climate change that is perilously close to becoming irreversible have pointed repeatedly to the rapidly shrinking polar ice caps. Unfortunately, “global … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Five Basic Reasons to Support Actions by Walmart Workers

1. Walmart has 8,500 stores in 15 countries. In 2012, it was the international corporation in terms of gross revenues, at $447 billion. The corporation’s net income was $12.7 billion. … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Accreditation and Academic Freedom

The AAUP and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation have just issued an advisory statement on “Accreditation and Academic Freedom,” and I find it a very disappointing document.

November 21, 2012 · 3 Comments
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