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Elmhurst College makes a queen sacrifice

Elmhurst College is the latest member of higher education to make a queen sacrifice. The Chicago-area private liberal arts institution faces financial pressures and has launched a plan involving staff and faculty cuts. Financial pressure seems to come from growing expenses, … Continue reading

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Today is National Adjunct Walkout Day

Today is National Adjunct Walkout Day. This is potentially a huge step in academic labor relations, as a deeply exploited population attempts to make its voice heard. Here’s one fine overview.  You can also check Google News for journalistic updates. … Continue reading

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The governor of Illinois picks up the ax

The governor of Illinois proposed a state budget, and it includes massive cuts to public higher education.  Bruce Rauner offered a $387 reduction in state support, down about one third from the current level.  It could be another state-mandated queen … Continue reading

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A wave of state-mandated queen sacrifices for American public universities

The Wisconsin governor’s call to sharply cut funding to that state’s public universities seems to have spawned similar moves in other states.  This could lead to a series of queen sacrifices, where core academic programs shrink or disappear. Illinois: new … Continue reading

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Wisconsin considers a massive queen sacrifice

Sometimes a campus achieves a queen sacrifice on its own; other campuses get queen sacrifices thrust upon them.  Case in point: the University of Wisconsin system, facing enormous cuts in financial support from that state’s ambitious governor.  Scott Walker has proposed … Continue reading

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American higher education: ever more unequal

The report I want to discuss begins by grabbing our lapels, like this: In 1947…  Harry S. Truman warned in a report of his Commission on Higher Education, “If the ladder of educational opportunity rises high at the doors of some … Continue reading

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Another graduate field might be running into trouble

American graduate business programs might start losing students, according to one key indicator.  This has several interesting implications for higher ed. The key datapoint is the number of students taking the GMAT business school exam.  That’s gone down two years … Continue reading

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