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CUNY Executives Under Fire

BY AARON BARLOW When the retiring Chancellor of a university system is able to negotiate for himself a new position as Chancellor Emeritus worth some $3,000.000, questions of the integrity of the institution should be raised. At the City University of New York (CUNY) this happened three-and-a-half years ago, but only now is a new…

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Where Do We, As Teachers, Go from Here?

BY AARON BARLOW President of the National Council of Teachers of English Doug Hesse posted on Facebook today that he is scrapping his upcoming presidential address “hoping I can find something to say to about the prospects of teaching reading and writing in a country where so much hatred abounds, where facts do not matter,…

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Impacts of Prestige Seeking in Higher Education

BY DESIREE ZERQUERA Guest blogger Desiree Zerquera, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her research focuses on the structuring of access and opportunity for marginalized students, particularly within urban universities. With fall recruitment in full swing, many colleges and universities may be eager to tout…

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Sandusky Costs Penn State Almost $10 Million More in One Week

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH This is from the Department of Education’s Office of Communications: The U.S. Department of Education today announced that it is seeking to impose on Penn State University a record fine of nearly $2.4 million for failing to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act after a comprehensive…

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Irony of the Day

BY MARTIN KICH An alternative title to this post might be “’Redefining The Takers.’” The New York Times has reported the possibility that Donald Trump may have avoided paying federal income taxes for more than two decades because of a $913,000,000 loss reported in 1995. In response to the story, Trump has asserted that he…

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Universities and Surveillance Capitalism

BY PAUL-OLIVIER DEHAYE Guest blogger Paul-Olivier Dehaye is a former assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Zurich.  Surveillance capitalism, described by Shoshana Zuboff, is the logic of accumulation of data leading to commodification of a facet of the global digital life. As remarked by Oliver Stone, Pokemon Go fits in this logic, as it…

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Ailes’s Name Removed from Ohio U “Newsroom”

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH This is an item from tonight’s CNN Reliable Sources: “No More ‘Ailes Newsroom’ “Breaking news from Athens, OH: ‘Roger Ailes‘ name will be removed from a WOUB newsroom, Ohio University President Roderick McDavis announced” this evening, per the student paper The Post. ‘McDavis gave no exact date for its removal, but the letters of Ailes’ name were…