Meaningful Work and the Creative Impulse

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH When David Graeber’s book Bullshit Jobs: A Theory was published in the late spring, it received considerable media attention. Writing for Salon, Erin Keane provided a fairly succinct summary of Graeber’s definition of such employment: The first half of the book is devoted to building a clear understanding of what is…

Civics for the Board of Regents

POSTED BY STEVE MUMME AND MARGARET LECOMPTE Steve Mumme is a Professor at Colorado State University and the AAUP-Colorado Conference Co-President, and Margaret LeCompte is a Professor Emerita and President of the AAUP Chapter, University of Colorado at Boulder. Colorado’s college students are deemed by some to be civics deficient and University of Colorado Board of Regents…

Newfield on the Proposed Cuts at Stevens Point

BY CHRISTOPHER NEWFIELD The following is reposted with permission from the Remaking the University blog. Christopher Newfield is Professor of English at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a member of the Academe advisory board. Responding to Bulk Cuts in Qualitative Fields: the Case of Stevens Point, Part I By Christopher Newfield There…

Higher Education in the Era of Swift Technological Evolution: A Response to the UW-System’s Dismantling of the Liberal Arts Curriculum

BY RENEE CALKINS, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, UWM AAUP, University of WIsconsin-Milwaukee National studies have underscored the value employers place on the analytical and communication skills that training in the humanities and social sciences, cornerstones of a liberal arts education, is focused on developing. And the national press has repeatedly highlighted liberal arts education as particularly suited…

Ghosting the Region II: Rural Students Deserve Better

POSTED BY THE AAUP We are sharing this anonymous blog post, the second in a series, from https://uwdismantle.wordpress.com with permission. In October 2017, UW Superior led the way in moving to withhold access to liberal arts major programs for northern and rural students, suspending majors and minors like journalism, sociology, history, geography, photography, art history, and an array…

Ghosting the Region: How UWSP’s Abandonment of the Liberal Arts Hurts Central Wisconsin

POSTED BY THE AAUP We are sharing this anonymous blog post from https://uwdismantle.wordpress.com with permission. Importantly, we remain committed to ensuring every student who graduates from UW-Stevens Point is thoroughly grounded in the liberal arts, as well as prepared for a successful career path,” Patterson said in the statement. “It is critical our students learn to communicate well,…

AAUP Urges CSU Chancellor to Suspend Executive Orders

BY JOERG TIEDE The national American Association of University Professors joins its California state conference in urging the suspension of two executive orders, EO 1100 (revised) and EO 1110, that make extensive changes to the general education requirements, placement testing, and remedial education policies applying to all of the California State University (CSU) campuses. The…

CA-AAUP Resolution on CSU Executive Orders

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN The following is the text of a resolution adopted by the steering committee of the California Conference of the AAUP.  For more on this issue see the November 2017 resolution of the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU), “On the Development and Implementation of Executive Orders 1100 (Revised) and…