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Guidance on the process of gaining tenure (essay)

Don Haviland, Anna M. Ortiz and Laura Henriques give advice on how to understand your institution’s timeline, criteria and unwritten expectations.

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The Road to Tenure: Understanding the Process

Data show global nature of academic collaboration

More than half of all research papers published by academics in France and Britain now have at least one international co-author. Share lags in U.S.

Flipping the Classroom booklet and webcast

Inside Higher Ed has released its latest print-on-demand compilation, "Flipping the Classroom and Other Techniques to Improve Teaching." You may download the free booklet here, and you may sign up here for a free webcast on the themes of th

Inside Digital Learning: Quality in Online Courses

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AGB Urges Trustees to Back Shared Governance

The Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges released a statement reminding trustees of the importance of shared governance. "In higher education’s volatile environment, shared governance is essential," the statement says. "It adds substantial value to institutional progress and innovation. In fact, responsibility and accountability for addressing colleges’ and universities’ thorniest challenges often rest with multiple parties. Effective shared governance is about more than who is responsible for what. At its best, shared governance is about how key constituents in institutional communities -- traditionally faculty, administrators and board members -- engage in achieving a commonly supported mission."

The statement is based on a 2016 AGB study of shared governance and includes four principles for trustees concerning shared governance: boards should not only understand but champion its value; it must be based on a culture of meaningful engagement; it requires a constant commitment by campus and board leaders; and policies related to shared governance should be reviewed periodically to ensure their effectiveness.

Hans-Joerg Tiede, senior program officer for tenure, academic freedom and shared governance at the American Association of University Professors, who was involved in discussions about the statement, said it “makes a very strong case to trustees as to why shared governance is important for the proper functioning of institutions of higher education.” AGB, AAUP and the American Council on Education co-wrote a 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities, which the new AGB statement reinforces.

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Virginia Tech Professors Mulling No-Confidence Vote in Provost

Faculty members at Virginia Tech are considering holding a vote of confidence in Thanassis Rikakis, provost, The Roanoke Times reported. Surveys and other internal documents suggest increasing faculty dissatisfaction with the direction of the university and communication between administrators and professors, according to the Times. The Faculty Senate has also resolved that a memo from Rikakis suggesting that a negative tenure or promotion review can result in reappointment to another position elsewhere in the university is in violation of the Faculty Handbook, the Times reported. A Tech spokesperson said that the university maintains that the provost “has followed all the policies and procedures defined by the Faculty Handbook.”

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St. Kate's Adjuncts Reject Union Bid

Adjunct professors at St. Catherine University in Minnesota voted against forming a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union, they announced Tuesday. ReBecca Koenig Roloff, president, said in a statement that the election result was “an affirmation of the way our adjunct faculty and university leadership have worked closely with one another over the course of the last year to achieve real progress in areas such as compensation, benefits and professional development.” 

Carol Nieters, executive director of the local SEIU, in a separate statement accused St. Kate’s of waging a vigorous anti-union campaign. SEIU continues to stand with “faculty and students at St. Kate’s who deserve better than the current situation,” she said.

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Battle broadens over archives for scholars to share papers

Scholars feel pressure to remove their work from research-sharing platforms like Academia.edu and others, as publishers’ battle with ResearchGate rages on.

Canadian institutions offers more online courses than U.S. colleges, but lack resources

New report shows that Canadian institutions offer lots of online courses, but say they lack adequate resources for their growing programs.

Building a network of mentors after you receive tenure (essay)

Just because you’ve gained tenure doesn’t mean you don’t need mentoring, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore, who gives advice on how to find a whole new supportive group of people.

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