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Corporate Universities Are Shocked To Learn They Have Graduate Student Employees

BY MICHAEL MERANZE The following is reposted with the author’s permission from the Remaking the University blog.  Michael Meranze is Professor of History at UCLA.  As you may know, a 3-1 majority of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Columbia University’s Teaching Assistants (known at Columbia as Instructional Officers) are to be considered “employees” under…

Student Housing

Student Housing Costs and Corporate Profits

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH According to an article written by Patrick Clark for Bloomberg News, companies that specialize in off-campus student housing have become one of the most profitable investments in the real-estate sector: “Shares in Education Realty Trust, a Memphis-based landlord whose earnings report met Wall Street expectations this morning, are up 54 percent in the past…

Institutionalized Precarity

Confronting Precariousness

BY MARTIN KICH Not all stories are big stories, but sometimes the small stories are illustrative in ways that bigger stories cannot be because as the scope of a story becomes narrower, the implications can be seen in a more personalized way. In the Music Department at Pacific Lutheran University, changes have been proposed that,…

Budget Impasse in Illinois

More on the Illinois Budget Battle and Higher Ed

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH These are the opening paragraphs of an article written by Elizabeth Campbell for Bloomberg News, titled “Illinois Colleges Besieged by Cuts as Budget Battle Trickles Down”: “For Illinois’s colleges and universities, the end of a record-long political fight over the budget isn’t bringing the financial consequences to a close. “Southern Illinois…

Flint MI

Learning from Flint, Rick Snyder Style

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH The editors at the Detroit Free Press have published an editorial titled “Like a Sick Joke.” Here are the opening paragraphs: “In the wake of the Flint water crisis, amid profound concerns over an aging oil pipeline under the Great Lakes, with an ongoing, urgent need to decrease pollution and improve air quality and…

social disparity: wealthy minority and the 99 per cent

Income Inequality in Higher Ed

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH This chart has been provided as part of an article by Emily Peck on the factors driving income inequality: In response to my posts on administrative bloat, I have sometimes received complaints that my emphasis on high administrative salaries is beside the point because relatively few upper administrators receive those salaries…

ProPublica

Predatory Student Loans in Christie’s New Jersey

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH In an article sponsored jointly by ProPublica and the New York Times, Annie Waldman has reported the following: “New Jersey’s loans, which currently total $1.9 billion, are unlike those of any other government lending program for students in the country. They come with extraordinarily stringent rules that can easily lead to…