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Apr 26, 2016
Illinois governor's pick for state higher education board questions the way academic freedom is defined, the need to defend faculty rights and scientific consensus on evolution.

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January 18, 2010

At many faculty gatherings these days, one hears quips and complaints about for-profit higher education. Professors who value what they consider essential and eroding traditions -- a significant tenure-track faculty and the centrality of the liberal arts, for example -- resent the adjunct-heavy, career-education dominant model of higher education that is widely used in for-profit higher ed. As a result, many faculty advocates are skeptical not only about for-profit higher education, but about the growing number of alliances between nonprofit colleges and for-profit colleges.

December 17, 2009

It's been more than a decade since Cary Nelson summed up his views on problems facing higher education in Manifesto of a Tenured Radical. As Nelson would be the first to admit, the issues he identified in that book have not changed -- or at least not in the direction he would want.

December 2, 2009
New School part timers win contract with not only raises, but family leaves, differential titles and a commitment to representation on curricular committees.
November 30, 2009
Suit in Massachusetts draws attention to lack of health coverage for many of those off the tenure track -- even those who work full time.
November 16, 2009
Students not enrolled full time have less faculty interaction -- and so do full-timers at colleges with many part-timers, study finds.
November 9, 2009
University, saying it was misunderstood, moves to abandon controversial policy that was publicized when an adjunct quit in protest.
October 29, 2009
U. of Akron says all new employees must be willing to submit to an unusual test for academic employment. Adjunct leader quits in disgust.
October 28, 2009

In discussions about the use and abuse of adjunct faculty members, "conversion" is a controversial topic. Typically it refers to a decision by a college or university to convert some number of adjunct positions into a number (typically a smaller number) of tenure-track positions. The idea of conversion has been key to the reform proposals of national faculty groups.

September 14, 2009

When critics question the validity of the calculations U.S. News & World Report uses to rank colleges, one answer the editors of the magazine have given is to note that it publishes not only the total rank, but also data on how colleges perform in the various categories that go into the rankings. So a prospective student who cares more about faculty resources or competitiveness or any other factor can see how colleges do there, and judge accordingly.

September 10, 2009

Like most of us who work in higher education, I really don’t have the time, or the courage, to be an activist for adjunct faculty rights. But I’m making the time and I’m summoning the courage because I’m not only an adjunct; I’m a parent and a citizen who is concerned — indeed, afraid — for the future of higher education.

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