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Emporia State University fires tenure-track faculty, commits a queen sacrifice

Emporia State University has just fired a group of faculty members, including those on the tenure track.  It’s the latest example of what I’ve called a queen sacrifice. (This occurs when a college or university cuts tenure-track faculty members. The … Continue reading

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A queen sacrifice proposed in Arkansas

An Arkansas university is considering a major queen sacrifice. (“Queen sacrifice”: removing tenure-track faculty members, based on a chess analogy) Henderson State University is a rare institution, a public (state-supported) liberal arts university. Their financial exigency committee produced a recommendation … Continue reading

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Queen sacrifice at Pacific Lutheran University

Another American campus launched a queen sacrifice this week. (“Queen sacrifice” refers to when a college or university cuts tenure-track faculty members. The source of the phrase is chess, where queens are the most powerful piece, as tenure-track faculty are, … Continue reading

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Queen sacrifice in Pennsylvania

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit higher education hard in many nations.  In the United States many colleges and universities suffer from virus-caused financial pressures, from decreased enrollment to reductions in state funding.  This has led to all kinds of cuts: … Continue reading

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Today’s grim higher education indicators

Today I’ll take a break from blogging and tweeting about the growing COVID-19 outbreak and return to the state of American higher ed. (Note to self: really try harder to get more cheerful topics) I’d like to share several stories … Continue reading

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More queen sacrifices in Michigan, Texas, and Arkansas

American higher education continues to exercise the queen sacrifice strategy.  Here I’ll share three recent examples from across the country. (If you’re new to the term, it’s one I’ve been using to describe a college or university strategy of cutting … Continue reading

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Alaska gears up to clobber its universities

The University of Alaska system just learned it will experience a 41% budget cut. This goes far beyond my queen sacrifice chess analogy and into “sweeping whole ranks of pieces off the board” terrain. Here’s the story, from what I … Continue reading

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Queen sacrifice in Pennsylvania

Another queen sacrifice appeared this week, this time in Pennsylvania.  Keystone College will end two academic programs and lay off both faculty and staff. The programs are majors in geology and the visual arts.  According to one local report, 16 … Continue reading

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Another college commits to a queen sacrifice

A certain strategy is increasingly available to financially stressed American colleges and universities.  It involves cutting selected majors and programs while removing tenure-track faculty. I’ve dubbed this strategy the queen sacrifice, drawing on that desperate chess move whereby a player … Continue reading

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Another campus closure, another queen sacrifice

This season has seen quite a few bad news stories for American higher education.  Let me address two developments from my ongoing environmental scanning work in this post, as datapoints for academia’s future. (I’m trying not to be too glum … Continue reading

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