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Expect More Guns On College Campuses

Guns on college campuses are becoming more likely. Inside Higher Ed today brings an update on the status of the never-ending and inexplicable quest of gun people to ensure that guns are allowed on college campuses across America. Why is this, of all things, an issue that someone would dedicate their attention to? Why not [...]

Nanny Schumer May Replace Reid as Top Senate Dem, Insiders Consider Ted Cruz Unready for Prime Time, Higher Ed Eyed for Budget Cuts: P.M. Links

4 days agoNews : Reason

In an apparent effort to make his political party live up to cartoonish parodies, retiring Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) recommends that nanny-state fan Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) replace him as Senate minority leader. Unthrilled GOP insiders...Show More Summary

Daily dose: Pledging racism and misogyny edition

N.C. State Suspends Fraternity for Offensive Notebook (Inside Higher Ed) – N.C. State University has suspended the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and banned alcohol at fraternity events (except those of historically black fraternities) after the discovery of what appears to be a "pledge notebook" with offensive statements. Show More Summary

College Presidents Are Still In Denial About Sexual Assault On Campus, Survey Finds

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

College and university presidents largely think their campuses are free of problems with sexual assault, a new Inside Higher Ed survey shows. Seventy-eight percent of college presidents polled in the survey disagreed or strongly disagreed...Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: College presidents think rape is only a problem at other schools

According to Inside Higher Ed’s annual survey, US college and university presidents demonstrate some very wishful thinking when it comes to sexual assault. While about a third believe that it is prevalent on American college campuses in general, just over 5 percent think it’s a problem on their campuses. As Five Thirty Eight points out, this kind of “not […]

Should University Presidents Play Bigger Role in Faculty Hiring and Tenure?

Inside Higher Ed, Wanting More Say: Do most presidents really want a bigger role in faculty hiring and tenure decisions? Inside Higher Ed’s annual Survey of College and University Presidents suggests they do. And some of them are playing a larger role than faculty leaders might find reasonable. Ten percent...

Can A Tenured Professor Be Fired For Being Rude?

Inside Higher Ed, Discourteous Dismissal: Is the University of North Georgia moving to terminate a tenured professor of Spanish at its Dahlonega campus for being rude? Some North Georgia faculty members say that’s what’s happening to their colleague, Victoria McCard, and that her case demonstrates the university’s disregard for the...

Sweet Briar College to Close; Who Gets the $80 Million Endowment?

Inside Higher Ed, Who Gets the Endowment: Sweet Briar College’s closure seems all the more stunning given how much money it has socked away: more than $80 million in its endowment. The women’s college in rural Virginia announced this week it would close at the end of the spring semester....

Should Law Schools Offer Reduced Teaching Loads to Retain Star Faculty?

Inside Higher Ed, Matching More With Less: The chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison came under fire last month for publicly admitting to a tactic common among her counterparts at research universities. To keep top faculty members from accepting outside offers, she sometimes will reduce their teaching loads....

A day for adjuncts

In case you didn’t know, today is National Adjunct Walkout Day.  If you need to catch up, here’s a good piece from Democracy Now.  For some more background, check out this recent piece from Inside Higher Ed.  It’s a good day to think about all those adjuncts, lecturers, part-timers and other contingent workers in academia–and what … Continue reading A day for adjuncts ?

Why College Instructors Are Staging a Walkout

Adjunct instructors struggle with lower pay and far less job security than their tenured counterparts, and today, they plan to take a stand against it: It's National Adjunct Walkout Day, Inside Higher Ed reports. The walkout was conceived by an anonymous adjunct at San Jose State University in October, the...

Yale Professors Oppose Proposed Standards of Faculty Conduct

Inside Higher Ed, Yale Professors Object to Vague New Faculty Conduct Policy: Is a professor sending out a late recommendation letter for a student as bad as one who commits academic misconduct or, say, sexually harasses a colleague? And shouldn’t staff and administrators be held to the same ethical standards...

North Carolina Board of Governors Committee Votes to Close Law School Poverty Center Founded by John Edwards

Inside Higher Ed, Who Is Being Political?: There is wide agreement in North Carolina that Gene Nichol is an articulate and forceful advocate for the impoverished of his state, unafraid to criticize political leaders who in his opinion aren't doing enough about poverty. Nichol does so from an academic perch....

Marquette U moves to fire prof who blogged about teaching assistant stifling gay marriage debate

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Marquette University announced that it has initiated proceedings to revoke the tenure of and fire a conservative professor for a blog post he wrote about a graduate teaching assistant, Inside Higher Ed‘s Scott Jaschik reports. On Novermber 9, 1014, Professor John McAdams composed a post in...

Marquette to Fire Tenured Professor for His Blogging

Following up on my previous post, Marquette Suspends Tenured Professor for Blogging, Orders Him Off Campus: Inside Higher Ed, Firing a Faculty Blogger: A controversial professor on Wednesday revealed that Marquette University is trying to revoke his tenure and fire him for statements he made about a graduate instructor, with...

Charitable Donations to Colleges Reached All-Time High in 2014 ($38 Billion)

Inside Higher Ed, Deep-Pocket Donors: Charitable donations to colleges reached an all-time high of nearly $38 billion last year, according to an annual survey released today by the Council for Aid to Education. Donors increased the amount they gave colleges in 2014 by 10.8 percent, up from $33.8 billion in...

80% of Provosts Favor Civility as Factor in Faculty Hiring and Tenure Decisions

Inside Higher Ed, 2015 Survey of Chief Academic Officers: A majority of provosts are concerned about declining faculty civility in American higher education. And a large majority of provosts believe that civility is a legitimate criterion in hiring and evaluating faculty members. Generally, the provosts are confident that faculty members...

Lowering the Bar: Law Schools Are Increasingly Admitting Students Who Are Unlikely to Pass the Bar Exam

Inside Higher Ed, Lowering the Bar: As the number of students going to law school drops dramatically, law schools are increasingly competing for students with lower undergraduate grades and LSAT scores. Thomas M. Cooley Law School – the largest law school in the country – is known for admitting students...

Evening Report for January 15, 2015

A for-profit college investor takes a controlling stake in the Inside Higher Ed website. “A built-in conflict is unavoidable,” notes one observer. (huffingtonpost.com) Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times is selling its downtown St. Petersburg offices to pay off a $28 million loan. Show More Summary

Rosy Job Scenario for Econ Profs

Inside Higher Ed, Econ Jobs Are Up: The start of the calendar year is a big time for gatherings of academics, and reports about the state of the job markets in various disciplines. New data on economists continue a trend of better news for the social sciences than for the...

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