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

Our Internal and Public Messaging about Administrative Bloat

Bonuses, both for performance and longevity, have become commonplace for higher-ed administrators at both public and private institutions. Indeed, these bonuses have become so commonplace that they now generally go … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Educating College Trustees

It is almost impossible for those who live outside the academy to understand and appreciate how American colleges and universities govern themselves. Basically, college governance has three partners – the … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Catastrophic Consequences of Repeatedly Failing Standardized Tests: An Admittedly Extreme, Historical Illustration

Aaron Barlow’s post on how our standardized testing is starting to suggest parallels to the civil service exams in Imperial China stuck a chord with me. So here is a … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Closing the Loop: Creating Tests and the Content Tested

For centuries, imperial China endured an examination system that created a putative meritocracy of imperial bureaucrats.  Based on a carefully curated body of knowledge, it created a cognoscenti with no … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · 7 Comments

Competition Through Cooperation in American Higher Education

By the end of the 20th Century, a number of American colleges and universities – often in close geographical proximity – began to look for ways to cooperate. Regional college-based … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Why you should sign a petition calling for the Department of Labor to investigate contingent faculty working conditions

Guest Blogger Seth Kahn is a faculty member (composition and rhetoric; critical pedagogy; qualitative research methods) at West Chester University of PA. He’s a peace activist and serves in several positions for … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 18 Comments

Oh, the Story I Found: Pelle Svanslös in America

My morfar (grandfather on my mother’s side) hunted alligators by a lake in Småland. If this sounds strange to you, imagine how my mother must have felt when as a … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

You Might Just as Well Try to Rehabilitate Charles Manson

Here’s a news item that you may have missed: “Beachgoers in New York and New Jersey were outraged when they saw a plane towing a banner with swastika imagery Saturday … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Cost of For-Profit Education

Writing in The New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson observes: In the years before the mortgage crisis, financial regulators often looked the other way as banks and other lenders pursued reckless activities that cost … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Selling Us The Right String But the Wrong Yo-Yo

Back in 1962, when I was first inhaling huge gulps of pop music, there was a song by Dr. Feelgood and the Interns that would occasionally surface on Atlanta top-40 … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · 2 Comments
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