The Academe Blog

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

“Look Outside the Window”

Is this what it is like to be making a mess of your life? Where does it all lead? Can one turn that mess around? Those of us who teach … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 4 Comments

Sound-Bite Pronouncements on the Present and Future State of Higher Education

Janet Napolitano, the President of the University of California system recently wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post in which she argued that, despite the challenges created by unprecedented … Continue reading

April 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

You Cannot Cite Data That Does Not Exist

This past week, Bill O’Reilly cited, for the second time, statistics that supposedly show that more Whites than African-Americans are killed by police. Although he framed the discussion of these … Continue reading

April 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

National Issues Seen through the Lens of Institutional Data

In discussing and charting the dramatic shift from state support to tuition as the major revenue source for public colleges and universities, we typically focus on national or state-by-state data. … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Thomas Perez on the Uneven Economic Recovery, Income Inequality, and the Need for Strong Labor Unions

This is a carefully prepared, persuasive, and at times eloquent speech. It would have been nice if such speeches had been given more consistently at the beginning of the Obama presidency, … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Two Very Different Issues: Paying College Athletes and Paying for Intercollegiate Athletics

Now that the dust is settling on “March Madness,” all that is left to do is to count the money—the revenues generated by and those spent on “dreams of glory.” … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Barry University Suspends Student for Video

Laura Loomer, a student at Barry University, was suspended on Monday. Her crime? Embarrassing the university, by recording an undercover video for James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas in which she duped … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 7 Comments

Peer Co-authoring: My Case for Academic Collaboration

“Publish or perish” is a common expression in academia.  PhD holders must achieve the required number of publications between the time of appointment to a tenure-track position and turning in … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Private Language and the Public Sphere

After the 1980 Republican convention, Ronald Reagan headed for Philadelphia, Mississippi where he affirmed his commitment to states’ rights. There was nothing overtly racial about his speech, but the “dog … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Real Numbers-Cruncher Weighs in on the Campos Article

Rudy Fichtenbaum has sent me the following statistical analysis in response to the assertions made by Campos in the article in the New York Times and as a follow-up to … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 1 Comment
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