Donald Trump

Delusional Donald Tells Californians There Is No Drought

Here are the opening paragraphs of an article written by Steph Solis for USA Today: “California suffered one of its driest years in 2015. And last year the state hit its driest four-year period on record. “But Donald Trump isn’t sold. The presumptive GOP nominee told supporters in Fresno, California, on Friday night that no such dry spell exists. “Trump…

Ken Starr

Starr and Trump–Self-Righteousness and Self-Glorification

This is an addendum to Hank Reichman’s post on Ken Starr. Here is a news item from Vanity Fair news writer Emily Jane Fox that succinctly synthesizes the recent news coverage related to Ken Starr—specifically the coverage of Starr’s comments about Bill Clinton and his investigation of the then-President’s sexual indiscretions and the coverage of…

Higher Ed Jobs

Higher Ed Jobs Releases First Quarter Report

Here are the highlights of the 2016-Q1 report from Higher Ed Jobs: –The number of jobs in higher education expanded in Q1 2016 at the highest growth rate for the first quarter in three years. –While the number of jobs in higher education expanded at a slightly higher rate in Q1 2016, the number of…

OCAAUP []

OCAAUP Testimony on “Reforms” Ostensibly Intended to Increase Access and Affordability

  Testimony of Stephen Mockabee, Ph.D. Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors before the House Finance Higher Education Subcommittee Representative Mike Duffey, Chair May 19, 2016   Chairman Duffey, Ranking Member Ramos, and distinguished members of the House Finance Higher Education Subcommittee: My name is Steve Mockabee, and I am an Associate…

Academic Freedom

Global Survey of Academic Freedom Issues in 2015 [Post 8 of a Series]

  Australia—Federal Funding for the Copenhagen Consensus Centre at Flinders University  In October, Simon Birmingham, the education minister in the new government of Malcolm Turnbull, announced that it would uphold the decision by Christopher Pyne, the education minister under former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, to withdraw “funding offered to Bjørn Lomborg for the creation of…

Sheryl Sandberg at Berkeley

Sheryl Sandberg’s Commencement Address at UC Berkeley

  Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement address at UC Berkeley has attracted considerable media attention because it includes some extended personal reflections on the sudden loss of her husband. Although there is very clearly a tabloid aspect to the media interest in Sandberg’s remarks, the personal elements of her observations actually do give considerable depth to what…