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List Of 140 Colleges With Endowments Greater Than $100,000 Per Student That Would Be Subject To GOP's Proposed 1.4% Tax On Investment Income

Chronicle of Higher Education, If House Republicans Get Their Way, These Colleges Would See Their Endowments Taxed: In a sweeping plan to rework the tax code unveiled on Thursday, Republicans in the House of Representatives floated a new strategy for raising revenue: Tax college endowments. Some college endowments, that is....

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University cancels play accused of criticizing Black Lives Matter. …

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University cancels play accused of criticizing Black Lives Matter. “The play, a work of fiction, chronicles the pushback stemming from a student’s plan to perform a controversial comedy bit on the Brandeis campus. It was written by famous playwright and Brandeis alumnus Michael Weller. The playwright researched and drafted the play’s […]

University Of Arkansas To Change Tenure Policy To Permit Firing Of Faculty For Lack Of Collegiality

Chronicle of Higher Education, U. of Arkansas System Considers Changes to Ease Tenured-Faculty Firings: The University of Arkansas system is considering proposed changes in its tenure policy that could make it easier to fire professors and, faculty members say, chip away at academic freedom. A key concern, they say, is...

What’s the Matter with Digital Humanities?

Last week an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Timothy Brennan created a good bit of buzz in my social media world. The author declares, after a bit of muddled argument, that digital humanities is largely bust after carefully setting aside certain common digital tools like the “Moodles” and podcasts. In short, he suggests… Read More ?

How Faculty Can Publicize Their Research And Increase Their Scholarly Metrics And Reputation

Chronicle of Higher Education, Publicize Your Research: Legislators and the public are often skeptical that higher-education tax dollars are being put to good use. Colleges see it as more important than ever, then, for academics to be able to explain their research in lively, accessible ways. At Michigan State University,...

"I worry that there is a narrative that is being suggested — that is a false narrative — that campuses are not places that respect free speech and the rights of people to engage with and listen to speakers."

Said Peter McDonough, vice president and general counsel of the American Council on Education, quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article about the Justice Department, under Jeff Sessions, intervening in campus free-speech cases. Show More Summary

August 30 roundup

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Elected-official governance of how state university law centers sue local governments = “interference”? [J. Clara Chan, Chronicle of Higher Education; Jane Stancill, News and Observer; Ana Irizarry, UNC Daily Tarheel; James G. Martin...Show More Summary

Clothes and Professionalism

There was a neat little article in the Chronicle of Higher Education yesterday on academic fashion, clothes, and professionalism. I’ve posted from time to time on clothes: what to wear when’s cold outside, what I wear on survey archaeology projects, the confluence of tools that makes archaeology work, and even wrote an earlier meditation on… Read More ?

How Clothes (Un)Make the (Wo)Man

I read a wonderful piece this morning in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the ways in which some black academics use fashionable clothing to signal identity. This academic fine dressing is described as part of the black dandy movement, the … Continue reading ?

mental health and graduate school: personal reflections

A few weeks ago, The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an article about the effects of graduate school on mental health. On my Facebook feed, I saw some of the normal contrarian response: “If you think graduate school is bad, wait till you are a professor.” I wrote back, “For me, the tenure track was […]

Hamilton, The Play Has Caused A Boon At Hamilton, The College

Chronicle of Higher Education, Before the Musical, There Was the College: Hamilton, that is. The popularity of the musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton has apparently rubbed off on the liberal-arts college in upstate New York, which has seen applications rise in the past year, says David Wippman, Hamilton’s...

Public College President Salaries, 2015-16

Chronicle of Higher Education: The Chronicle‘s executive-compensation package includes the latest data on more than 1,200 chief executives at more than 600 private colleges from 2008-14 and nearly 250 public universities and systems from 2010-16. Hover over bars to show total compensation as well as pay components including base, bonus...

Haidt and the Culture Wars

The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Can Jonathan Haidt Calm the Culture Wars?" An excerpt: In 2011, during a talk at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Haidt asked the audience of about 1,000 people for a show of hands: How many considered themselves liberals? Eighty percent raised their hands. Show More Summary

How Professors Can Avoid The 'Summer Slump'

Chronicle of Higher Education, More Than a ‘Summer Slump’: How the Loss of Structure Affects Academics: For nine months a year at research universities, instructors and students build communities from a transient group of academics unified by one thing: classes. Professors invest time in students, committees, and teaching; students invest...

The Bret Weinstein-Heather Heying Caper at Evergreen State

Having come to expect lunacy from lefties, I was not dismayed, but entertained, by the absurd bigotry that seeps out of the following passage from this Chronicle of Higher Education piece: Now the couple weighed a new option. A producer...

White House confirms Jerry Falwell Jr. will participate in task force on education reform

5 months agoNews : The Raw Story

The White House affirmed over the weekend that Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. will participate in a task force on higher education. In January, the son of televangelist Jerry Falwell revealed to The Chronicle that he would lead a White House group that will look at reforming...

An Obama-era rule meant to protect college students is on the chopping block

The US Department of Education appears ready to alter the gainful-employment rule established during the Obama Administration, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. The rule, which aims to hold for-profit and other career-oriented...Show More Summary

Better College, Better Scholars, Right? Not So Much

Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed: Better College, Better Scholars, Right? Not So Much, by Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown): Deadwood blossoms among Ivy. World-class sprinters labor at institutions considered also-rans. We live in an age... Show More Summary

Campus climate roundup

6 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Explore the unthinkable”: invite a speaker whose message makes you uneasy [Walter M. Kimbrough, Chronicle of Higher Education] “The Pseudo-Science of Microaggressions” [Althea Nagai, National Association of Scholars via George Leef,...Show More Summary

Why Faculty Workshops Should Not Be 'Safe Spaces': Law Profs Need To Be Adversarial (But Not Jerks) Because Of Law Reviews' Lack Of Rigor

Following up on my previous posts (links below): Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed: You’re Wrong’: The Case for Confrontation, by Joseph Heath (University of Toronto): I’m starting to think that some of the strange behavior that has been gripping college students in the United States has begun seeping north into...

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