13 avril 2014

Union Efforts on Behalf of Adjuncts Meet Resistance Within Faculties’ Ranks

http://chronicle.com/img/chronicle_logo.gifBy Peter Schmidt. As part-time instructors at colleges seek to improve their working conditions through unionization, they often find that the people standing in the way of their efforts are not administrators but fellow faculty members, several union organizers and labor experts observed at a conference held here this week. More...

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Community Colleges Can Foster Student Success by Supporting Their Adjuncts

http://chronicle.com/img/chronicle_logo.gifBy Audrey Williams June. When community colleges fail to support the part-time faculty members who teach more than half of the classes offered at such institutions, they are fostering a culture that creates a barrier to student success, according to a new report. More...

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2013-14 AAUP Faculty Salary Survey

http://chronicle.com/img/chronicle_logo.gifOn average, faculty salaries rose faster than inflation for the first time in five years. Still, at some institutions, associate professors have seen their salaries stagnate over the past decade relative to those in higher and lower faculty ranks. Read more.
View trends, gender breakdowns, and comparisons of faculty salaries at 1,156 institutions from the AAUP’s Faculty Salary Survey. More...

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Stuck in the Middle

http://chronicle.com/img/chronicle_logo.gifBy Audrey Williams June. Associate professors, in theory, should be hitting a stride in their academic careers. In the middle ranks of faculty, they have typically earned tenure and started to take on broader responsibilities in their departments, juggling more service and governance roles with their teaching and research. More...

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A Caricature, Not a Critique

http://chronicle.com/img/chronicle_logo.gifBy Martha Bayles. To the Editor:
In "Jingo Unchained" (The Chronicle Review, March 21), Toby Miller opens his review of Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad with a jab at my having used an interpreter to interview Muhammad Rizieq, the leader of the Front Pembela Islam, a militant Islamist organization in Indonesia. If Professor Miller speaks Malay well enough to have dispensed with an interpreter, then more power to him. More...

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College Is Still for Creating Citizens

http://chronicle.com/img/chronicle_logo.gifBy Marvin Krislov and Steven S. Volk. The fierce debate about the future of higher education in America has clarified some issues even as it has polarized national thinking on the question. While most people agree that current models need rethinking, few have answered where we would be without a vibrant, multifaceted higher-education sector. Two points are critical to this discussion: stimulating informed and open conversations between the higher-education community and future employers in business and the nonprofit community, and acknowledging that higher education fails in its mission if it trains graduates only for their first postcollege job. More...

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Bringing the Locker Room Into the Classroom

http://chronicle.com/img/chronicle_logo.gifBy Craig N. Owens. I am no sports enthusiast. As a child and young man, I balked at my father’s well-meaning attempts to involve me in team sports. For most of my adult life, I haven’t worried much about this gap in my skill set. As a scholar and educator, I have found the boundary between collegiate learning and athletics to be pretty clear. But recently I’ve begun to question this separation and to wonder whether there are ways of bringing the lessons of the locker room into my classroom at Drake University. More...

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The Moral Panic in Literary Studies

http://chronicle.com/img/chronicle_logo.gifBy Marc Bousquet. Over the past two decades, most academic disciplines have maintained the numbers of their tenure-track faculty members or added minimally, while hiring a lot more non-tenure-track faculty members, causing the percentage of tenurable professors to fall. But English literary studies is one of the few disciplines to lose actual tenure-track positions, not just as a percentage but in real numbers. More...

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More Parents Are Defaulting on College Loans For Their Children, Costing Taxpayers

Parents are increasingly struggling to repay federal loans they’ve taken out to help cover their children’s college costs, according to newly released federal data. The Parent Plus program allows parents to take out essentially uncapped amounts to cover college costs, regardless of the borrower’s income or ability to repay the loan. As the cost of college has risen, the program has become an increasingly critical workaround for families that max out on federal student loans and can’t pay the rest out of pocket. Education Department officials have long said that they simply don’t have figures on how many of the loans were in default. But the agency has finally run some numbers. More...

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The Ongoing Inflation of the Higher Education Bubble

By Political Calculations. How much has the average cost of attending college at four-year degree-granting institution in the U.S. risen since the 1969-1970 school year?
For an American student who enrolled in a four-year college in the fall of 1969, the average they paid for their tuition, required fees, room and board totaled $754, which when we adjust for inflation be be in terms of constant 2011 U.S. dollars, works out to be the near modern day equivalent of $4,619. But a student enrolling in the same kind of institution in the fall of 2011 for the 2011-2012 school year would pay $13,608. Nearly three times as much. More...

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