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Doubling Down on the Exploitation of Adjunct Faculty

In an article titled “Outsourced in Michigan” written for Inside Higher Ed, Colleen Flaherty chronicles the movement among Michigan’s community colleges to outsource the hiring of adjunct faculty and the … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · 4 Comments

Another Story about Sexual Abuse Related to Collegiate Athletics—This One Involving One of the Most Highly Regarded Marching Bands in the Nation

In response to a complaint by a parent, Ohio State University launched a two-month investigation of its nationally renowned marching band. That investigation led to the firing of band director, … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · 9 Comments

National (In-)Security: Fifty Notable American Espionage Novels: 30-32.

MacInnes, Helen.  Assignment in Brittany.  Boston: Little, Brown, 1942. Among authors in the espionage category, MacInnes stands out for her lack of cynicism and for her faith in the essential … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Our Internal and Public Messaging about Administrative Bloat

Bonuses, both for performance and longevity, have become commonplace for higher-ed administrators at both public and private institutions. Indeed, these bonuses have become so commonplace that they now generally go … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Catastrophic Consequences of Repeatedly Failing Standardized Tests: An Admittedly Extreme, Historical Illustration

Aaron Barlow’s post on how our standardized testing is starting to suggest parallels to the civil service exams in Imperial China stuck a chord with me. So here is a … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

You Might Just as Well Try to Rehabilitate Charles Manson

Here’s a news item that you may have missed: “Beachgoers in New York and New Jersey were outraged when they saw a plane towing a banner with swastika imagery Saturday … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Louis Gohmert Said Something Stupid–Again

Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert has jumped on the Far Right bandwagon that has become very crowded with those eager to denounce President Obama’s most recent “failure of leadership”: specifically, his … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Update from Northern New Mexico College

In its July 9 issue, the Albuquerque Journal-News reports that the administration at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) is now complaining about being inundated with public-records requests. Written by T.S. … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

STEM Graduates and STEM Employment

The Census Bureau has released a very interesting chart showing STEM graduates and STEM employment among Americans aged 18-64 in 2012.     The chart may not necessarily indicate that … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · 2 Comments
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