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Author Archives: martinkich

Start the Day on an Unusual Note

I have always been a trivia buff. This interest has had some professional usefulness. For almost a decade, I have written the questions for the annual middle-school and high-school scholastic … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

In Illinois, a Spotlight Is Put on Administrative Bloat

The Illinois State Senate’s Democratic Caucus has released a report on administrative bloat in the state’s colleges and universities. Although much of the focus is on executive compensation and expensive … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

America Re-Imagined, in Retrospect: Fifty Notable American Novels about the “West”: 47-48.

  Tidyman, Ernest.  High Plains Drifter.  New York: Bantam, 1973. An award-winning screenwriter, Ernest Tidyman won an Academy Award, and Edgar Award, and a Writers Guild of America Award for … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Administrative Staffing 1987-2011, A Statistical Profile by Institution, Part 1: Alabama (Part 1)

The federal data that will be presented in this series of posts was analyzed by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NCIR) in collaboration with the American Institutes for … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

If You Keep Doing the Same Thing Repeatedly while Expecting Different Results

This is what Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley said on the Senate floor on the proposed TransPacific Partnership: “We are creating a structure of a group of seven very poor nations … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership on Higher Education

So how will the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, impact higher education? The truth is that the details of the trade deal have been shrouded in such secrecy that we … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

An Interesting Series of Articles on Australian Higher Education

The Conversation is an Australian website that seeks to synthesize academic and journalistic inquiry in order to provide very thoughtful commentary of Australian and international issues. Its mission statement includes … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Teaching Is Either a Profession or It’s Not

In a recent post to her blog, Diane Ravitch has reported on the ongoing effort to unionize the teachers in Detroit’s charter schools. At five of those schools, the AFT … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

CU Scholar: An Open-Source Repository of Scholarship

A recent, relatively short article by Joshua Bolkan published in Campus Technology broadly describes a new initiative at the University of Colorado at Boulder: “The University of Colorado Boulder has gone public … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Climate-Change Skepticism and the Economic Impact of Climate-Change Research

This week, University World News includes two items on climate-change research. The first is a summary of a news article that appeared in Science: “The Australian government’s controversial move to … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

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