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Monthly Archives: February, 2013

PASSHE Chancellor Hits the Road, Attacks on Public Higher Ed in PA Likely to Continue

Ever since the attacks on public sector unions, working families, and public education in Wisconsin that began just over two years ago, my own writing has changed. It’s become less…well, … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Risks Ahead

As the federal government, encouraged by the media, looks more closely at college and university sticker prices, the American higher education community must be ready to cooperate where possible and … Continue reading

February 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Flat Funding? Not in the Reality-Based World

It’s been a little over two weeks since Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett delivered his annual budget address. Corbett’s office signaled in advance that his proposed 2013-2014 budget would not be … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Making of an “Educational Saboteur”

Guest Blogger Mark Naison teaches at Fordham University and blogs at With a Brooklyn Accent.  Through most of my life as a teacher, I have considered myself a builder. Not … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Value Beyond the College Scorecard

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama took the unusual step of commenting on the need for rethinking accreditation.  He also touted the creation of a College Scorecard.  … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Sex Ed Ban Reversed at North Dakota State

North Dakota State University has reversed its ban on a grant involving Planned Parenthood that sparked outrage from Republican politicians. Last month, NDSU president Dean Bresciani announced that a $1.2 … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

APSCUF Tentative Contract Agreement: Victory? Turning Point?

I am a member of APSCUF – the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties – the union that represents over 6,000 faculty and coaches in the Pennsylvania State … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · 4 Comments

“Warnings from the Trenches” in the Washington Post

Valerie Strauss, of the Washington Post, has reprinted Kenneth Bernstein’s Academe article “Warnings from the Trenches” in her “The Answer Sheet” column. It has been engendering quite a number of comments.

February 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

And the Wait Begins

At this time of year, college applicants struggle to find the right institution for them. In the early stage of the process, the first decision is to determine whether or … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

What Would Hitler Have to Say about This

Debe Terhar, the President of the Ohio Board of Education, has sparked controversy by posting a picture of Adolph Hitler on her Facebook page alongside a text expressing opposition to … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · 3 Comments



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