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The Chronicle discusses a new report: “Labor Intensive or Labor Expensive: Changing Staffing and Compensation Patterns in Higher Education”, detailing the rise of professional administrative positions in American higher education. This confirms what anecdotal evidence has been strongly suggesting: administration positions (hence, costs) have increased, dramatically, between 2000 and 2012: the number of full-time faculty […]
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This essay on the current experience at the University of Michigan published on Inside Higher Ed, made the rounds last week. Titled “Corporate Values”, it includes several quotes that speak directly to my ten year experience at my current institution. To wit: America’s public research universities face a challenging economic environment characterized by rising operating […]

The Gun Scare

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On September 21, 2013

We know of the Red Scare. On campus, anticommunism during World War I and after World War II led to fired faculty and silenced opposition. Today we live in the Gun Scare. If professors speak out again

I’m a fraud!

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On August 13, 2013

I don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder or appear to be piling on, but one aspect of Hugo Schyzer’s “confession” strikes me as especially problematic, especially at a time

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