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Check out the hottest topics from Inside Higher Ed. Get the scoop on a new ruling that could save you money on job advertising. View our recent Webinar presenting the results of our 2011 Survey of College and University Business Officers. And meet the schools that added their jobs to our growing database last month.
Our most e-mailed (and most viewed) story in July was an interview with Benjamin Ginsberg, the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and author of The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters (Oxford University Press). Professor Ginsberg's polemic takes stock of what ails higher education and finds a single, unifying cause: the growth of administration. The story sparked a wave of comments (can't imagine why), but an even more passionate string of comments resulted from an essay by Peter Boghossian, a philosophy instructor at Portland State University. Professor Boghossian asks bluntly if faculty should challenge students' beliefs.
An item of interest from our July 22 Quick Takes for those who recruit faculty:
"Ruling: Online Ads Sufficient in Hiring Non-U.S. Residents as Academics
An appeals board of the U.S. Department of Labor this week issued a ruling backing the right of the University of Texas at Brownsville to use online advertising to show that it had attempted to recruit an American for a position for which it wanted authority to hire a non-citizen. An FAQ from the agency's Office of Foreign Labor Certification has long said that an employer must use a print advertisement for such purposes.
But the Labor Department's Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals ruled that the regulations on this subject do not require a print ad, so the FAQ cannot be relied on. Further, the board found that the official who rejected Brownsville's request to be certified based on an online ad offered "no rationale or explanation as to why an electronic national professional journal is somehow inadequate." Full disclosure: The ad that Brownsville fought to get certified ran in Inside Higher Ed, which as an online publication stands to benefit from the ruling because some institutions may now decide to advertise online some positions that they had been advertising in print."
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NEW ON THE SITE: The sky has not fallen -- but pieces of it could soon be hitting a campus near you. That is one way of summing up the findings of Inside Higher Ed's first-ever Survey of College and University Business Officers, released July 6, 2011. The survey, the second of a series in which Inside Higher Ed is gauging the views of key higher education constituents, reveals a surprisingly upbeat assessment of the financial state of American college campuses (especially private nonprofit ones), as seen through the eyes of their chief finance and business officials, 606 of whom responded to the survey. Click to read coverage of the survey or to download the complete report. You'll also find a link to our recent Webinar presenting the results.
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