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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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How will colleges and universities plan for January? A crowdsourced tracking project

How will higher education respond to the Omicron wave next month? As I’ve said before, it’s difficult to forecast what COVID will do, given the variability of the virus itself as well as how humans respond to its action.  What … Continue reading

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The latest data on American demographics and what it means for higher education’s future

The United States Census recently released data about the nation’s population.  This is very rich and useful stuff in general, and in particular has relevance for higher education. Here I’ll summarize highlights, then add some thoughts about what it all … Continue reading

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Fall semester toggle terms so far

Greetings from a warm and humid Virginian August weekend.  I have spent the past three days working at home on four different computers and wondering if I should rethink all work travel for the next season.  Today has a very … Continue reading

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