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Sacrificing the queen or the whole campus? The case of UNO

The University of New Orleans is gearing up for more cuts, apparently. Its president has proposed so many cuts that one observer thinks UNO is over. An individual round of cuts to academic programs could well make for what I’ve … Continue reading

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More international students on American campuses

American higher education saw a record number of international students this past academic year.  Let’s look at some details from the IIE report. The number of internationals: 886,052 students took classes.  That’s nearly one million, and a rising number. This … Continue reading

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A snapshot of faculty teaching in 2014

What do we know about how American college and university faculty are teaching undergraduates?  The new HERI study (pdf) offers some fascinating insights into instructors’ practices. Caveats: the report covers full-time faculty, not part-timers*.  It’s also based on self-reporting. In the digital … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Interstellar

I just watched Interstellar with my son, and wanted to share some reactions. Overall, I was very impressed, and moved on a personal level.  The story was emotionally powerful, epic in ambition.  As science fiction, the movie crammed in far … Continue reading

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Two Pennsylvania campuses sacrifice the queen

Two Pennsylvania State System of Higher Ed institutions ended several academic programs and fired their faculty.   This RIF-fing of eight professors looks like another example of what I’ve been calling the queen sacrifice: a campus cutting full-time instructional staff … Continue reading

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One traditional undergraduate university to close

Benedictine University of Springfield will close its undergraduate program next year.  To start off that sad process, it’s laying off 75 of its 100 full-time staff. Why is that BU ending?  Because of money, of course, but in an unusual way. … Continue reading

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How to adjunctivize your university

The embattled president of the University of Texas (Austin) recently gave a speech reflecting on that institution’s status.  In William Powers’ “State of the University Address 2014″ we can find many useful ideas.  For now, I’d like to focus on … Continue reading

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