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Video Summarizes Faculty Compensation Survey Findings

BY KELLY HAND The AAUP released its Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession on April 11. This year’s report, “Higher Education at a Crossroads,” puts into perspective data that demonstrate a modest increase in compensation for full-time faculty even as the percentages of tenured and tenure-track faculty have decreased over the past four…

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The Size of the Slice of the Pie Does Matter

A recent article in the Cincinnati Enquirer by Kate Murphy examines the current state of faculty salaries in the region’s universities and beyond. John McNay, the president of the Ohio Conference of AAUP, is quoted at some length—and memorably—in the article: “Full-time professors at Ohio and Kentucky colleges, including three Greater Cincinnati universities, are making…

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Student Activism on Behalf of Campus Workers

Students at elite institutions sometimes recognize economic inequality ahead of the universities’ administrations, especially when the universities themselves are exploiting their own workers. Here are the opening paragraphs from a news report from WRAL.com about such a situation at Duke University: “Students who have been occupying a building on the Duke University campus since April…

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Fact-Finder Rules for CFA; Strike Looms

BY HANK REICHMAN Things just got a lot more difficult for California State University management and the system’s lugubrious Chancellor Tim White.  For months the California Faculty Association (CFA), an AAUP affiliate representing 26,000 faculty members in the 23-campus system, has been saying that CSU teachers are long overdue and highly deserving of a 5%…

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My Questions for Chancellor White

BY HANK REICHMAN On February 29, California State University (CSU) Chancellor Tim White visited the CSU East Bay campus and addressed a public meeting of faculty, staff and students.  White was greeted by some 40 student and faculty demonstrators who later joined others in the audience.  As readers of this blog know, the CSU faculty…

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“You get raises?”

BY JONATHAN REES Last week, I went to a meeting with our system’s Chancellor, Tony Frank, who is also the President of the Colorado State System’s flagship campus, CSU-Fort Collins. I was sitting in on a Faculty Senate meeting with no planned agenda except to ask Frank questions.  Nonetheless, almost every single question was something…

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UC Faculty Associations Oppose Proposed Changes to UC Pension Plan

BY HENRY REICHMAN The following statement was released January 20 by the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA). A link to their petition can be found below. The University of California is currently considering introducing a new pension plan for its employees hired after 2016.  These proposed changes will dramatically reduce pension benefits…

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Back to School in Higher Ed: Who Needs Faculty

This past fall, I somehow failed to post this notice on the most recent working paper published by the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE). The CFHE website is located at http://futureofhighered.org/ _________________________ Executive Summary Although 50 years of research has shown that faculty/student interaction is crucial to student success, recent trends and…

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Universities, Penthouses and C.E.O. Venality

As the corporate university starves its adjuncts, graduate assistants and resists unionisation, there is always room for penthouse restoration and other lavish emoluments for the C.E.O. (the president). I found it noteworthy in the New York Times, that New York University would not reveal the salary of its incoming robber baronesque C.E.O. (president) Andrew Hamilton. His coronation will take…