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Category Archives: working conditions

“Fifteen Minutes of Fame” and a Lifetime of Notoriety

One of the effects of the rise of social media and “reality” entertainment is that we are all, in effect, in danger of becoming the topics of tabloid stories. It … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Self-Propagation of the Consultants

In its list of the most influential people in higher education for 2014, the Chronicle of Higher Education includes diverse individuals and just one group, “The Hired Guns: The Consultants.” … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Ideal of the American University: A Primer (Part 2)

“It need scarcely be pointed out that the freedom which is the subject of this report is that of the teacher,” says the 1915 Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

From Great Universities to “Knowledge Factories”: Another American Institution in Decline

Thomas Frank, perhaps best known for What’s the Matter with Kansas?, an examination of America’s new conservatism, has an article in Salon, “The New Republic, the torture report, and the TED talks … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Results of Graduate Students’ Strike at the University of Oregon

The strike by graduate students at the University of Oregon lasted eight days and ended after a 22-hour marathon session with a mediator. Here the highlights of what the Graduate … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Ideal of the American University: A Primer

At its idealistic best, the traditional vision of American higher education was one of beauty, dynamism and diversity. With undergraduate students able to take courses from as many as 40 … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Undermining Affordability and Access to Higher Education

An “On the Issues” Post from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education [http://futureofhighered.org] _______________ A recent report from the New America Foundation highlights one important way access to higher education … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Administrative Bloat Is Driving Up College Costs

I just realized that this is something that I posted previously. If you haven’t read it in its previous iteration, it is very much worth reading. If you have read … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Deadline Approaching! Register for the CFHE Meeting in Los Angeles

The following is a letter from Susan Misenhelder of the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education:   Dear CFHE friends, If you haven’t already registered, we hope you’re consulting … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

University of Oregon Graduate Students Walk Out

The following paragraphs are quoted from an article written by Diane Dietz for the Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon: “The GTFF [Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation] demanded two weeks of paid medical … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 1 Comment
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