The next image was posted very recently online and caused Lehigh University to suspend the Chi Phi fraternity. Continue reading
Never mind that the Ohio legislature continues to cut funding to K-12 education and local communities or that those cuts have resulted in the loss of thousands of teaching positions and local civil-service jobs.
Never mind that the Ohio legislature continues to give tax breaks to the most affluent Ohioans and Ohio corporations, even as median wages for average workers and household incomes continue to decline.
Never mind that the Ohio legislature pursues a radical ideological agenda saliently illustrated by its adding draconian restrictions on women’s health centers to the biennial budget bill literally in the last hour before the vote on the bill.
Never mind all of that. Governor Kasich and the leaders of the legislature have continued to insist that they are focused on jobs.
Never mind that they have not passed any job-creation legislation. Continue reading
An “On the Issues” Post from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education [http://futureofhighered.org]
Many colleges and universities around the country are cutting programs (or have already done so) that just a few years ago were considered at the core of any college or university.
The case of one campus highlights the price paid for these cuts.
Officials at Elizabeth City State University, a historically black college in North Carolina, recently announced plans to cut several programs, including history. Continue reading
In late July, the New Jersey Department of Health provided a detailed news release on Meningitis B and the outbreak of cases at Princeton University. The news release included this summary of the first five cases, which had been reported between March 13 and July 24, 2013:
“As of July 24, there have been a total of five (5) cases of invasive meningococcal disease associated with Princeton University:
• The first case was a female student who was away from campus for spring recess in March and developed symptoms of meningitis when returning to the area and went directly to the hospital. This student has recovered.
• The second case was a visitor on Princeton University campus from April 6-8, who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis after returning to another state. This case is being followed by another state’s health department.
• The third case is a male student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis on May 7. This student has recovered.
• The fourth case is a male student who resides out of state. The case developed symptoms on May 19 on his way home for summer recess. This case has recovered.
• The most recent case is a male student who developed symptoms on June 29 while traveling abroad. This student has fully recovered.“
To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of states and government, past and present; distinguished guests — it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life like no other. To the people of South Africa — people of every race and walk of life — the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and your hope found expression in his life. And your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.
It is hard to eulogize any man — to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person — their private joys and sorrows; the quiet moments and unique qualities that illuminate someone’s soul. How much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice, and in the process moved billions around the world.
Born during World War I, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by the elders of his Thembu tribe, Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century. Like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement — a movement that at its start had little prospect for success. Like Dr. King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed and the moral necessity of racial justice. He would endure a brutal imprisonment that began in the time of Kennedy and Khrushchev, and reached the final days of the Cold War. Emerging from prison, without the force of arms, he would — like Abraham Lincoln — hold his country together when it threatened to break apart. And like America’s Founding Fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations — a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power after only one term. Continue reading
This is another item that I am re-posting from Futility Closet (www.futilitycloset.com). It is re-posted with the permission of Greg Ross, who maintains the site. You can have daily updates from the site delivered to your e-mail each morning.
In Mathematical Applications of Political Science, University of Minnesota political scientist William Riker describes a worrisome voting paradox that unfolded in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1956. At issue was a bill calling for federal aid for school construction; an amendment was proposed that would have offered this aid only to states whose schools were integrated. The House was divided into three interest groups:
Republicans opposed federal aid in general but supported integration. They would have preferred no bill at all but favored the amended bill to the original.
Northern Democrats wanted the amended bill but would accept the original bill rather than have no bill at all.
Southern Democrats, whose schools were segregated, favored the original bill but would prefer to have no bill rather than accept the amendment. Continue reading
In yesterday’s post, I highlighted the disproportion between the revenues being generated by major college football programs and the value of the scholarships provided to the 85 players per team permitted to receive scholarships.
If the compensation being received by the players seems disproportionately low, that being received by the coaches heading major programs seems disproportionately high—if not in comparison to the revenues being generated, certainly in comparison to what the players are receiving and in comparison to what anyone else in the universities is receiving, including the very generously compensated presidents. (Let me be clear: I am not at all suggesting that the presidents’ compensation be increased to what the coaches are receiving. I am, in effect, raising the issue of why the coaches’ salaries have gotten so high, and I am not at all questioning why the presidents’ salaries are not even higher than what they already are.)
Here are the twenty-five most highly paid college football coaches:
25. Steve Sarkisian, Washington: $2.58 million. (Just hired by USC, Sarkisian will be moving up in next year’s rankings.)
24. Dana Holgersen, West Virginia: $2.63 million.
23. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: $2.70 million.
22. Will Muschamp, Florida: $2.73 million.
21. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State: $2.75 million. Continue reading
Over the course of this college football season, there has been much talk about whether college athletes, especially those playing for major universities whose athletic programs generate millions of dollars in revenue, ought to be paid some sort of modest stipend.
Writing for Business Insider, Cork Gaines has offered a radically different perspective on this issue.
Gaines starts with the total revenues generated by the most profitable football programs in the country. He applies the scale employed in the collective bargaining agreement between the National Football League and its players’ association, whereby 47% of total revenues are allocated to players’ compensation. He then divides that 47% of the revenues produced by the most profitable college football programs by 85, the number of scholarship players that each team is permitted to have.
Here are the results, with the dollar amount being the amount that each scholarship athlete would receive in such a revenue-sharing model:
Alabama: $453,000 Continue reading
Yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch included a report that Gordon Gee, President Emeritus of Ohio State University, has agreed to become Interim President at West Virginia University. There is a news conference scheduled at West Virginia University this morning of this afternoon, but I am assuming that the Dispatch would not have printed the story without feeling confident about the credibility of the source.
This turn in Gee’s career is perhaps not a total surprise, given that he will be returning to where his presidential career began more than three decades ago. He has since served as President of Colorado, Brown, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, and, again, Ohio State. It is not very common for someone to make a career out of being a president at a succession of universities–simply because such a position is usually the capstone to an administrative career and most administrators still pass first through the academic ranks. But Gee became a president at a considerably younger age than most presidents do so, and he has been more peripatetic than most presidents are.
In addition, his most recent resignation as President of Ohio State came after he made some off-the-cuff and ostensibly off-the-record, snarky comments about the schools against which Ohio State’s major sports teams compete for national attention. So, while I am sure that some, probably including Gee himself, would contest the assertion that he was forced out as President, the close chronology suggests that the controversy over those comments was at least a contributing factor in his stepping down as President.
Interestingly, in response to the controversy, Ohio State’s Board of Trustees had apparently pressured Gee to get some sort of sensitivity counseling, and he had even agreed to begin sessions with a particular counselor, but after he “retired,” the need for the counseling apparently became moot—even though he signed a five-year contract to continue with the university as President Emeritus. Continue reading
In a recent post, I detailed the “golden goodbyes,” the no longer extraordinary, very generous retirement packages, being negotiated by university presidents across the United States. I described this trend as salient evidence of the corporatization of our universities, but I don’t think that one can truly understand what is occurring with pensions without knowing the numbers.
Here are the CEOs with the top ten retirement accounts (source: the Center for Effective Government’s report Platinum-Plated Pensions):
Personal Pension Fund: $144,278,492
Anticipated Monthly Pension Payment: $853,205
Personal Pension Fund: $134,458,619
Anticipated Monthly Pension Payment: $795,134
Personal Pension Fund: $113,157,559
Anticipated Monthly Pension Payment: $669,169 Continue reading