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AAUP on Maricopa Shared Governance Changes

The American Association of University Professors is concerned about “apparent departures from generally accepted principles of academic governance” within the Maricopa Community College District, it said in a letter to the district’s governing board Thursday. The association said it had been alerted by district faculty members to a February board resolution to terminate a “meet and confer” provision in the faculty policy manual and create a new manual limiting the participation of the faculty in institutional governance. The “meet and confer” policy pertained to an “agreement regarding change with respect to responsibilities, wages, governance, benefits and all other terms and conditions of residential faculty employment.”

The AAUP also questioned an administrative directive saying that campus faculty senate presidents and representatives “must be dutiful in avoiding any [Faculty Executive Council] or Faculty Association-related work or conversations during business hours.” Such a directive violates faculty members’ academic freedom, including the freedom to express their views on institutional policies, the AAUP said. A district spokesperson referred questions to the governing board’s president, Laurin Hendrix, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Montana State's Faculty Senate narrowly votes down proposed economics research center to be funded by Charles Koch Foundation

Montana State's Faculty Senate narrowly votes down proposed economics research center to be funded by an active Charles Koch Foundation grant.

Essay on 'erotics of mentorship' sets off debate on whether sexuality has any place in academic relationships

Essay on "erotics of mentorship" sets off debate about whether sexuality has any place in academic relationships.

African-American deans share lessons in leadership (opinion)

In their haste to deal with a problem quickly, deans shouldn't forget the importance of examining it from many different angles, write Carolyn R. Hodges and Olga M. Welch.

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In Germany, students are more satisfied at universities with high marks for research

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Elite status having nothing to do with the student experience rubs off on perceptions -- even if this is irrational, study finds.

Advice for managing departmental conflicts and disputes (opinion)

C. K. Gunsalus, Nicholas C. Burbules, Robert A. Easter and Jeremy D. Meuser recommend five steps for managing conflicts and disputes.

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Southern Illinois proposal that alumni volunteers do faculty work doesn't go over well

Southern Illinois Carbondale's proposal that alumni volunteers do faculty work (without pay) doesn't go over well.

Instructional design peer mentor program heads to second year with positive reviews from first round

The ID2ID program, hosted by Penn State and Educause, creates mentor-mentee and buddy-buddy relationships that connect designers to their community and provide concrete guidance.

U of Maryland will reconsider policies after backlash over student mental health, temporary eviction

A University of Maryland student who voluntarily checked into the hospital for a mental health scare wasn't allowed back into her campus apartment, which struck many on campus as insensitive.

Strada Buys Labor-Market Data Firm

Strada Education Network announced Tuesday that it has acquired Economic Modeling LLC, a company commonly referred to as Emsi, which uses economic data to track employment and salary trends. Colleges increasingly use Emsi and Burning Glass to track labor markets with an eye toward their graduates' employment options. The nonprofit Strada did not disclose how much it paid for Emsi.

The former USA Funds, Strada last year rebranded with a focus on student completion and the work force. Since then it has acquired several nonprofits and companies, including InsideTrack, DXtera Institute, Education at Work, Roadtrip Nation, Student Connections and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

"Improving the exchange of information and insights between consumers, educators, employers and workforce leaders is a core focus of Strada’s work, and Emsi’s expertise and services sit at the heart of our mission," William Hansen, Strada's president and CEO, said in a written statement.

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