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The Stubbornly High Cost of Doing Business

BY BRIAN C. MITCHELL In the Hechinger Report’s recent story, “University Bureaucracies Grew 15 Percent During the Recession, Even as Budgets Were Cut and Tuition Increased,” reporter Jon Marcus examined the confounding trend that many university systems are showing “new resolve . . . to improve the efficiency and productivity of stubbornly labor-intensive higher education”…

OCAAUP

The Ohio Conference Unanimously Endorses a Resolution Proposing a Legislatively Mandated Ratio of Full-Time Faculty to Administrators

This resolution is the last of four presented and unanimously endorsed at The Ohio Conference annual meeting on November 7. Whereas an analysis of the effectiveness of institutions of higher learning indicated that the ideal ratio for full-time faculty to each administrator should be three to one; (i) Whereas accrediting agencies recognize that having many…

Nation of Change

The Corporatization of Higher Education: Crib Notes

Writing for Nation of Change, Paul Buchheit has provided a very succinct but comprehensive overview of how corporatization has had a very damaging impact on higher education. In his article “Higher Education: Capitalism at Its Most Despicable,” Buchheit focuses on five inter-linked phenomena that are undermining the value of higher education because they undermine the…

Don't Privatize

What’s So Radical about Defending Public Education?

Being antagonistic to corporatization should not necessarily be conflated with being broadly antagonistic to corporations. Universities and corporations have long had mutually beneficial relationships that have caused relatively infrequent controversies. And, just to be clear, although some faculty with more progressive political values have been very skeptical of those relationships between their universities and corporate…

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OCAAUP President John McNay Addresses Administrative Bloat on Dayton-Area Television

OCAAUP President John McNay appeared on “WHIO Reports,” a local news show in Dayton, to discuss the issue of administrative bloat at Ohio’s public colleges and universities. McNay was joined by conservative Ohio University economist Richard Vedder, as well as Dayton Daily News reporter Josh Sweigart and host Jim Otte. McNay used the opportunity to discuss the…