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One queen sacrifice proceeds while another campus launches the opposite

I’ve been tracking queen sacrifices ever since coining the term, and in this post I’ll share an update on one.  But I’ll also add what seems to be a story of the opposite, so perhaps a new term is in … Continue reading

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Simpson College commits to a queen sacrifice

In the most recent example of a college or university cutting faculty, Simpson College of Iowa announced it will lay off thirteen people, including twelve professors.  Its art department (where George Washington Carver once majored) will be shut down, as will … Continue reading

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Two closures, a merger, and a queen sacrifice: one week in American higher ed

On Sunday I wrote about another American university preparing a queen sacrifice.  Since then – i.e., in just two days – more stories of institutional decline and stress have crossed my transom. ITEM: the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point‘s provost … Continue reading

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Another queen sacrifice: Castleton University in Vermont

The queen sacrifice remains in practice among American campuses.  This week’s practitioner is Vermont’s Castleton University, a public liberal arts institution founded in 1787 that is now considering cuts and layoffs. VermontBiz reports that Castleton is facing “a projected operating loss of … Continue reading

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A bloodless queen sacrifice?

A queen sacrifice is when a college or university cuts faculty, especially full-time professors, usually as part of shrinking or ending certain academic programs.  That’s how I’ve been using this sad yet useful term over the past few years. The … Continue reading

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Stony Brook launches a queen sacrifice by cutting humanities and humanists

Stony Brook University, a leading American university and member of New York’s SUNY system, is cutting back on the humanities.  It’s another example of what I’ve been calling a queen sacrifice, as an administration reduces academic programs and professors. One component … Continue reading

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Another college readies a queen sacrifice

Another American campus has decided to cut faculty and possibly programs.  This time it’s on the west coast, but the queen sacrifice pattern is quite clear.  Mills College officially announced it was “restructuring“.  That includes a “Financial Stabilization Plan (FSP) that … Continue reading

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How academia adjunctified faculty and mainstreamed the queen sacrifice

A new Education Dive article offers a fascinating datapoint about queen sacrifices.  It’s actually focused on two recent American Institutes for Research reports on the economic impact of adjunctification, which are very useful, but the Dive’s conclusion is remarkable.  Needless to say, … Continue reading

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A queen sacrifice in New Hampshire

Another American campus has embarked on a queen sacrifice.  This time it’s Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, and the pattern is all too familiar. The small college is laying off staff and faculty.  That means “seven faculty members and 11 … Continue reading

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AAUP censures a college for its queen sacrifice

Today the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) formally censured the College of Saint Rose for its 2015 firing of tenured and tenure-track faculty members.  The charge: “violating standards of academic freedom and tenure.”  This follows an AAUP investigation and … Continue reading

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