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Whose Schools?! Our Schools

BY TIFFANY KRAFT Are you kidding me? University board chairs and college officials justify fat salaries while faculty and students are starving? This is not only unconscionable business practice, it’s intentional economic injustice that’s killing the American dream. Enough is enough: fight exploitation. Here’s a holiday story that is all too familiar for faculty and…

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The Costs of Corporatization

BY HANK REICHMAN For some time now the AAUP and many others have decried the growing privatization of our public colleges and universities and the corporatization of management styles at both public and private institutions.  The horrendous costs of these trends have become ever more apparent in the skyrocketing tuition bills and ballooning debt burden…

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Merger Mania in Higher Ed?

BY BARRY EISENBERG Guest blogger Barry Eisenberg is associate professor in the State University of New York Empire State College’s School for Graduate Studies and a consultant to health-care organizations on strategic planning and governance. He was a hospital executive for twenty years and is coauthor of Mastering Leadership: A Vital Resource for Healthcare Organizations. When…

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Be Wary of Easy Answers to Higher Ed Problems

BY KEVIN R. MCCLURE Guest blogger Kevin R. McClure is assistant professor of higher education in the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Many colleges and universities in the United States find themselves between a rock and a hard place. They are tasked with educating an increasingly diverse body of…

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Much More on the Koch Centers

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH Writing for AlterNet, Alex Kotch explains in great detail “Charles Koch’s Six-Step Guide to Founding a Free-Market Center at Your University.” The article is based on recordings made at a Koch-sponsored conference. Here is a substantial portion of the introductory section of Kotch’s article: “Since 1980, the family foundations of billionaire…