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Addendum to “University Bureaucracy as Organized Crime”

This post is being written as much in response to chhanks’ comment on Hank Reichman’s post, excerpting Vincent J. Roscingo’s article in Counterpunch, as to the post itself. In the … Continue reading

August 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Cosby Scandal and Higher Education

Over the past three to four decades, Bill Cosby has received honorary degrees from the following 23 institutions that, to date, have not rescinded the degrees: Baylor University Bennett College … Continue reading

August 3, 2015 · 3 Comments

Evidence That There Is Still a Place for Satiric Political Folk Songs

Yesterday, my wife and I drove to Columbus, Ohio, for the annual Dublin Irish Festival held in the suburb at the northwest corner of the I-270 beltway around the Columbus … Continue reading

August 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Collective Passion and Collective Power May Corrupt Individuals, but They Are Still Very Necessary

On July 30, Cathy O’Neil posted an article titled “The Manufactured Trucker Shortage” on her mathbabe blog. She opens the article with a quotation from an article in the Wall … Continue reading

August 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Now That We Have Transformed Our Institutions to Compete with the University of Phoenix, It’s on Life Support

In late March, I wrote a post titled “The Meaning of the Failure of the Online For-Profit Universities” It was a response to CNN’s hour-by-hour graphing of a dramatic one-day … Continue reading

August 1, 2015 · 4 Comments

Step Aside, Deanlettes. The Provost Fellows Have Arrived.

The following news item has appeared in this week’s digital newsletter from the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: “A Google search for the term ‘chief diversity officer’ delivers 5.6 … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Popularity of College Football—and the Very Thin Line between the Cute and the Macabre

Writing for the Lansing State Journal, Judy Putnam reports that a taxidermist named Nick Saade (well, at least it’s not “de Sade”) has attempted to capture the passionate gridiron rivalry … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

How Access to College Educations Is Linked to the Decline in the Average Intelligence of Marine Corps’ Officers since the 1970s

A recently completed study by Michael Klein of the Brookings Institute and Michael Cancian of Tufts University, a veteran of recent U.S. military conflicts, explores the paradox that, since the … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Given the Choice between a Feckless and Hyperbolic Foreign Policy . . .

While being interviewed by Breitbart on Sirius XM radio, Mike Huckabee said the following: “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. He’s so naive he would … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech, and the Far Right

In a number of instances, I have been told that many on the Far Right are every bit as concerned about constraints on academic freedom as Progressives are. When I … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 4 Comments

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