Institutional Impacts of Non-Tenure-Track Hiring

A new TIAA analysis of 12 years of federal and other data from 1,200 institutions finds that increased hiring of professors off the tenure track has had no significant effect on enrollment. Higher levels of non-tenure-track faculty employment were associated with lower application volume at private baccalaureate institutions, however, along with lower graduation rates at private research universities and lower net revenues for public baccalaureates. The study also involved interviews with institutional leaders and others.

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New study of economics professors says their research declines in quality, quantity in years after tenure


New study of economics professors' research effort and impact says they're not exactly "swinging for the fences" after getting tenure.

University Clears TA Who Was Interrogated

Wilfrid Laurier University has formally cleared a teaching assistant of doing anything improper in using a debate video in class that set off a major dispute about academic freedom in Canada. The video debate was about the use of nontraditional pronouns by some transgender people. The teaching assistant, Lindsay Shepherd, didn't endorse a position in the debate, but she was interrogated by superiors who suggested she violated university antibias rules by showing the debate video. When a recording of her grilling became public, many became outraged by what they saw as a violation of Shepherd's academic freedom -- and the university announced an inquiry into what happened.

On Monday, Deborah MacLatchy, president and vice chancellor of the university, announced the results of that investigation, completely clearing Shepherd and raising questions about the conduct of those who questioned her.

"There was no wrongdoing on the part of Ms. Shepherd in showing the clip … Showing [the] clip for the purposes of an academic discussion is a reasonable classroom teaching tool," said MacLatchy's summery of the investigation. Further, MacLatchy said, "it has been made clear to those who were involved in the meeting with Ms. Shepherd that their conduct does not meet the high standards I set for staff and faculty."

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Study finds men speak twice as often as do women at colloquiums

Study finds that men speak twice as often as women do at colloquiums, a difference that can't be explained away by rank, speaker pool composition or women's interest in giving talks.

Study: humanities and social science Ph.D.s working outside academe are happier than their tenure-track peers

Study finds humanities and social science Ph.D.s working outside academe are happier than their tenure-track peers, even if "alt-ac" careers weren't their first choice.

Debate on Racism and Free Speech at Tennessee

Image of a large rock spray painted with the words "White pride," among other graffiti.Students and faculty members at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville are debating issues of race and free speech, The Knoxville News reported. The debate was prompted by someone writing "White pride" on a large rock on which students express various views. The university tweeted that officials don't agree with everything painted on the Rock, as it is known, but that the views are protected free speech. That tweet prompted criticism that the university is speedier to take action about criticism of its athletic teams than about racism, and the university had failed to adequately condemn racism. Then the university took down the tweet and issued a stronger statement condemning racism.

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Study finds gender gap in who asks questions in academic seminars

Men are far more likely to ask, study finds.

Analysis: 28 Colleges Would Fail Grad Rate Requirement in House Bill

A new analysis from the Center for American Progress found more than two dozen minority-serving institutions would fail a graduation rate requirement for funding in the proposed House update to the Higher Education Act.

The bill, which went through a markup in the House education committee Tuesday, would require that institutions seeking dedicated funds for minority-serving institutions graduate or transfer 25 percent of their students -- a first under federal law.

The Center for American Progress projected that 28 minority-serving institutions educating more than 73,000 students could lose access to Title III and Title V funds under that new requirement. Historically black colleges and universities and tribal colleges would be exempted from the new requirement. But the projections found four predominantly black institutions would lose dedicated federal funds, as would five Hispanic-serving institutions and five Asian-American and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander institutions.

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Woman who took notes from controversial speaker at UConn is arrested

Charges are dropped against controversial speaker, but woman who took his notes is arrested. She says she was trying to prevent racist hate speech.

Professor won't teach required courses due to anti-Semitic posts on social media


Rutgers professor who was prolifically anti-Semitic on social media is removed from teaching required courses and from a campus leadership post.


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