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From Southern Illinois, a signal from academic labor’s future

Over the past few days a disturbing story emerged from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  It concerns academic labor. It began with a Facebook post from The Professor is In, sharing and commenting on a memo from Michael Molino, SIU-C’s … Continue reading

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University of Illinois considers queen sacrifice and other desperate measures

Another American state continues to experience higher education pain.  Illinois has been struggling under the multiple burdens of demographics, a sclerotic state government, and rising costs (see some of my posts).  Now the University of Illinois system‘s president, Timothy Killeen, states … Continue reading

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More cuts to Illinois higher education

In the American state of Illinois higher education continues to absorb body blows.  Over the weekend it was Eastern Illinois University‘s turn to make a series of harsh cuts. The university is laying off 177 staff, about one third of … Continue reading

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Another Illinois campus prepares for massive cuts

The American state of Illinois continues to experience a political deadlock, and that crisis has claimed another campus.  Running out of money thanks to the state’s paralysis, Western Illinois University is preparing for a harsh set of cuts and other … Continue reading

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Illinois considers just plain sacrifices for its public universities

he state of Illinois has been stuck in budgetary trench warfare for months, and this has prompted talk of serious cuts in its public colleges and universities.  This week it’s the accrediting agency who’s raising the sacrifice specter. What’s in … Continue reading

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Queen sacrifice in Western Illinois

This week it’s Western Illinois University‘s turn to consider a queen sacrifice. “At this point I anticipate that it will be necessary to inform approximately 50 faculty of the elimination of their positions,” the interim provost, Kathleen Neumann, said during a … 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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Teaching a graduate seminar on technology and innovation

In a couple of weeks I’ll start teaching two graduate seminars in Georgetown University’s Learning, Design, and Technology program.  I’d like to share my plans with you all as part of my commitment to transparency in practice. Today I’ll describe … Continue reading

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American college and university enrollment declines again – for the 8th year in a row

The total number of students enrolled in American higher education declined this spring, according to new NSCRC data.  For the eighth year in a row. This is vital data for the nation’s education sector. Let’s break down the details. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Public higher ed: still in the Great Recession’s shadow

Part of my work on higher education’s future concerns the economics of colleges and universities.  This topic is often underappreciated, I find, as we can get distracted by the thousand other aspects of higher ed.  Or, worse, we just discuss … Continue reading

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