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The College Affordability Crisis: Real Solutions or Lip Service

An “On the Issues” Post from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education [] _______________ The staggering level of college loan debt in our country finally seems to be getting … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

National (In-)Security: Fifty Notable American Espionage Novels: 37-39.

Phillips, David Atlee.  The Carlos Contract.  New York: Macmillan, 1978. David Atlee Phillips served with the C.I.A. for a quarter of a century, from 1950 to 1975.  From 1973 to … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Salaita Case: A Legal Analysis

Readers of this blog who have been following developments in the case of Professor Steven Salaita, whose appointment to a tenured position at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana was revoked, … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

Local News Reporting on Administrative Bloat—from Oklahoma!

The focus on the disparity between the administrative and instructional staffing and compensation is becoming more local. These are the opening paragraphs of the third article in a four-article series … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

The College Affordability Crisis: What’s at Stake

An “On the Issues” Post from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education [] _______________ The enormous ramifications—personal, national, social, and economic—of the college loan crisis are just now … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Opposition in a Democracy and in a Union

Today’s New York Times includes an editorial entitled “A Teachout Moment: Gov. Cuomo Should Welcome Zephyr Teachout.” Cuomo’s campaign has been trying to remove his challenger from the Democratic primary. Cuomo, with money and … Continue reading

August 12, 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

Some Concerning Statistics on Drones

Several months ago, I posted this brief item: Snarkiest Headline on the Torturously Slow Winding Down of the Afghanistan War I receive a number of e-mailed newsletters from political blogs, … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

College Parents: How to Say the Long Goodbye

Students come to the college experience through a variety of doors. Nearly half of them begin at two-year institutions. Millions more do not fall into the traditional pool of 18-22 … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

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