AAUP Committee Commends AGB Statement on Governance

BY JOERG TIEDE Last month, the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) issued a statement on shared governance. The statement delineates four principles “to help guide boards and those who work with them to achieve and support healthy and high-functioning shared governance”: Boards should commit to ensuring a broad…

Confronting Hate Crimes on Campus

BY AMY HAGOPIAN AND EVA CHERNIAVSKY Recent news reports confirm what we’ve suspected: hate crimes in the U.S. are up. (Hate crimes are those crimes that target people based on their race, religion, sexuality, disability, or national origin.) Last July, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported more than 940 potential bias incidents targeting Muslims just during…

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New Computer System as College Change-Maker?

BY BRIAN C. MITCHELL America’s colleges and universities are in the early stages of dramatic change. For many, the concentration has been on the development of new academic programs, designed to differentiate academic offerings among institutions and create new revenue streams. For others, efforts to find efficiencies internally or through participation in consortia have improved…

GOP Tax Plan Could Destroy Graduate Education; Slams Student Borrowers

BY HANK REICHMAN There’s much to be troubled by in the Republican tax “reform” proposals under consideration in the House and Senate.  Both plans favor inherited wealth over income earned through labor; favor “red states” over “blue states,” and taken together generally amount to what Paul Krugman calls generational class warfare.  But as a lifelong…

UNC Board Disregards Open Meetings and Sunshine Laws

BY ALTHA CRAVEY I’ve been attending UNC Board of Governors’ meetings for about three years. I knew it was important to understand the Board’s increasing willingness to interfere in campus affairs across the state. The Board had already ceased being a bi-partisan Board with equal numbers of Republican and Democratic members, a “gentleman’s agreement” that…

Statement in Support of Dr. Farhana Sultana

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN On January 31, the AAUP issued a statement on “Targeted Online Harassment of Faculty,” which decried how a growing number of faculty members nationwide “have been subject to threats of physical violence, including sexual assault, through hundreds of e-mails, calls, and social media postings” in response to viewpoints expressed on electronic…

The Perilous Night

BY HANK REICHMAN A little less than a year ago, in the wake of the 2016 election, I posted to this blog “A Playlist for the Trump Presidency,” a collection of 30 songs/videos of political relevance.  It generated considerable traffic.  In February I followed up with “Another Trump Playlist,” with 40 songs/videos, but that post…

Are Campus Conservatives Besieged? Not in Wisconsin

BY HANK REICHMAN It’s a common trope among conservatives and many media commentators that college and university campuses are liberal strongholds where students who hold conservative political views are intimidated from expressing them.  In Wisconsin last month this led to adoption of a  “Commitment to Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression” policy designed to curtail…