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Category Archives: corporate influence

A Link to “The Trouble With Textbooks: A Great American Rip-Off”

The following is a link to an article I published about textbooks.  I resolve to do something concrete about this problem, and one part of the solution will be abandoning the … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Warning Signs That a College Is in Financial Trouble

In an article published in Money [http://time.com/money/3145086/corinthian-colleges-university-bankrupt-financial-trouble/], Matt Krupnick, who writes for the Hechinger Report, highlights “Five Signs Your College Is in Serious Financial Trouble.” Krupnick has clearly written the … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Asking Administrators to Do the Right Thing in the Midst of a Fiscal Crisis

The University of Alaska (UA) faces a $26M budget deficit. Jobs have been cut, departments are being downsized, and departing faculty are being replaced by adjuncts who earn poverty wages … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · 3 Comments

Mitch Daniels, “Re-Inventor” of American Higher Education

On August 10, the Chicago Tribune has published an editorial titled “How Purdue Is Re-Inventing the American University.” No author is identified. The article title is both misleading and hyperbolic. It … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Koch Brothers’ Gifts to Higher Ed Come with Many Strings Attached

The New York Post recently ran a story by Carl Campanile under this headline: “College Liberals Spurn $10M Gift from the Koch Brothers.” Mitchell Langbert, a faculty member in the … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

WTF, or Let Me Know When This Post Becomes So Politically Inflammatory That I Can Be Fired for It

I receive the daily newsletter from the Jerusalem Post, and several days ago, I also received this e-mail:   At first, I thought that the e-mail must be a hoax, … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Consulting Costs: The “Other Kind” of Administrative Bloat

Although the number of administrators and of administrative staff, as well as the levels of administrative compensation, have continued to increase inexorably, those are hardly the only elements of administrative … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 4 Comments

New Limits on Financial Aid Tied to Tuition in North Carolina

The Far-Right in North Carolina has received much national attention for passing blatantly anti-progressive legislation–most notably, more restrictive voting laws and dramatic reductions in funding for social safety-net programs. But, … Continue reading

August 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Rise and Decline of Faculty Governance

Today’s Inside Higher Ed features an article about shared governance that focuses on a new book by Larry G. Gerber, Professor Emeritus of History at Auburn University, entitled The Rise … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Higher Ed Needs More Cash, Not More Catchwords

By Susan Gubernat The following op-ed piece appeared in the July 25 issue of the Sacramento Bee.  Susan Gubernat, is Professor of English at California State University, East Bay, and … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · 1 Comment
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