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Category Archives: research

The “Slow” Decline of the Elite Scholarly Journal

The elite scholarly journals, long the gatekeepers of the ivory tower, have been losing their effectiveness this last decade or so–in their gatekeeping role, at least. As these journals increasingly … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Fate of the Bearer of Bad News…

The influence of outside money on education has always been strong–and fighting it is one of the reasons the AAUP came into existence. Rarely, though, do we educators have real … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Correction, a Clarification, or a Cat Chasing Its Tail?

On August 16, the Lafayette Journal-Gazette ran this small item []: “Some Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne faculty members are unhappy with comments Purdue University President Mitch Daniels made about … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Is “Google Science” about to Transform the Publication of Scientific Papers, or Is It All an Elaborate Hoax?

Someone has disseminated what purports to be a portion of a presentation on Google’s progress in developing “Google Science,” an open-source platform for the publication of scientific papers that might … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 1 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

Surely You’re Joking: The Attack on Rick Perlstein

Rick Perlstein’s new book The Invisible Bridge, is sure to anger some conservatives who think Ronald Reagan qualified for sainthood long ago. And it angered one Reagan lover in particular, … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Looming Crisis in Higher Education

The “real problem” behind the exploitation of adjunct faculty is quite obvious: universities have continued to produce a reasonable number of Ph.D.’s but no longer are willing to hire a … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · 8 Comments

When We Are All Squirrels Dodging the Mowers

This is an acknowledgment from a doctoral dissertation in the University Microforms International database: If I had a dime for every time my wife threatened to divorce me during the … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

No Metaphor Here: The WalMartization of Public Education

Although the more overtly political spending of the Koch brothers has received much more attention, the Walton Family Foundation has, not surprisingly, been one of the major supporters of right-wing … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

AAUP Testimony on Faculty Workload, Student Debt, Administrative Bloat, and Instructional Spending

Testimony of John McNay, President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP, on House Bill 484, before the Ohio State Senate Finance Committee, on May 13, 2014 Chairman Oelslager, Ranking Member … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 5 Comments

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