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Which near future science fiction book should we read? A blog book club query.

What’s a good near-future science fiction book to read, and would you like to read it together? (EDITED: the list has grown, thanks to suggestions in comments, on Facebook, Twitter, and via email.  An initial tally of your preferences appears … Continue reading

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The vileness of American tv news: a new datapoint

I’ve been criticizing American tv “news” for a while.  Sometimes I think I can avoid the topic… and then more examples just keep pouring in. Today’s story is a good one.  It’s about the rottenness of tv “news” in its approach about … Continue reading

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What is digital literacy in 2016? A research inquiry

What does digital literacy mean in 2016? I’m currently working with the New Media Consortium (NMC) on a research project (supported by Adobe) aimed at answering that question, and you can play a part. We’re surveying people to see what … Continue reading

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Clinton campaign calls for mostly tuition-free public higher education: first analysis

In a major campaign move with powerful implications for higher education, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton offered a new plan for college and university finance.   According to Inside Higher Ed, this includes several major proposals. Tuition at public colleges and … Continue reading

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Major faculty and staff cuts at Plymouth State University

In one more story about an American campus wielding the ax, Plymouth State University announced staff and faculty cuts as part of a departmental reorganization. More than 10% of faculty and staff met the ax: Administrators have approved the departure … 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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University of Wyoming prepares for a queen sacrifice: “The overall goal is downsizing”

Yet another American state is experiencing harsh pressures on its public higher education system, and is considering a queen sacrifice.  This time it’s the University of Wyoming, whose president is preparing to declare of financial emergency. According to the Caspar Star … Continue reading

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