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A powerful donor versus academic freedom

The CEO of a major energy company asked the University of Oklahoma to fire some faculty, because he didn’t like the way their research was heading. “Mr. Hamm is very upset at some of the earthquake reporting to the point … Continue reading

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More for-profit colleges to resign the game

Thirty campuses belonging to two for-profit chains will close during the next few weeks, it seems.  They aren’t sacrificing any queens, but resigning the game. Career Education Corporation and Education Management Corporation will shut down 29 campuses between them.  That means, according … Continue reading

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Concluding Robert Putnam’s _Our Kids_, asking “What is To Be Done?”

Today we finish up our online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. The book’s final chapter reflects on the problems diagnosed so far, and asks simply, classically, “What is to be Done?” As with … Continue reading

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Reading Robert Putnam’s _Our Kids, chapter 5, “Community”

Let’s continue our online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In this chapter we change focus from individual families and schools to broader social networks, addressing “Community”. As with previous chapters I’ll summarize its content, … Continue reading

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The end of Corinthian Colleges, or resigning the game utterly

This morning the Corinthian Colleges system shuts down.  That means 28 for-profit “ground campuses” stop teaching.  “more than 16,000 students and employees” are hit, according to Wikipedia. Campuses closed include Corinthian’s 13 remaining Everest and WyoTech campuses in California, Everest College … Continue reading

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Is Louisiana State University preparing for “academic bankruptcy”?

The president of Louisiana State University announced that he had started planning for “financial exigency.”  This follows that state’s governor’s call for major cuts to public higher education, which I noted two months ago. Louisiana’s flagship university began putting together the … Continue reading

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Reading Robert Putnam, _Our Kids_, chapter 4, “Schooling”

Let’s continue our online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In this post we move on to chapter four, simply titled “Schooling,” a topic central to this blog and my work. As with … Continue reading

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