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The blog of Academe Magazine. Opinions published here do not necessarily represent the policies of the AAUP.

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

From “Awfulizing” to Organizing

Yesterday I posted an entry about the AAUP Colorado Conference’s efforts to organize part-time community college faculty, who represent the overwhelming majority of community college teachers in that state.  Central … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Kids Are All Right! Part III

Last September I posted a piece entitled “The Kids Are All Right!” in which I praised high school students in Jefferson County, Colorado, who staged mass walkouts to protest a … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Higher Education: Like a Fire Bell in the Night

The decision by Moody’s Investors Service to upgrade its outlook for higher education from “negative” to “stable” was good news for higher education. This is Moody’s first outlook upgrade in … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Newfield Does It Again

Last week I posted an entry on this blog encouraging readers to read an article on academic freedom and tenure by Christopher Newfield, published in Inside Higher Ed.  Now Newfield … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Arne Duncan, Accreditation, and “Barking Watchdogs”

Yesterday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered a “major” address on higher education.  As Inside Higher Ed’s account put it, his call for “a greater focus on student outcomes at … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · 4 Comments

Colorado Community College Faculty Fight for Equity

In Colorado, somewhere between 70% and 80% of all community college faculty members teach part-time on term-to-term contracts.  Yesterday, July 27, following the AAUP’s successful 2015 Summer Institute in Denver, … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · 5 Comments

Universities Are No More Illusory Than Journalists

From Cathy Davidson, “Universities Are No More Illusory Than Journalists: Rsp to Kevin Carey and NYT”: The reputational system of the classroom and of universities is all we’ve got. We … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a 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
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