By a substantial margin, graduate students at the University of Minnesota have voted down a plan to create a union of teaching and research assistants.
Two-thirds of the 4,461 eligible graduate students at Minnesota's Twin Cities and Duluth campuses voted in the elections held last week. The union won the backing of 1,296 while 1,779 voted against it. State officials released the results Monday.
Many college presidents consider reporters a necessary nuisance in a democracy. Auburn University's interim president, Ed Richardson, isn't so sure about the necessary part.
He sent a memo to Auburn faculty members and administrators last week telling them that he will no longer speak with Jack Stripling, who covers higher education for the local newspaper, The Opelika-Auburn News.
The "preoccupation with money" is eroding the values of higher education, argues a new book: Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money, published in April by the University of Virginia Press. The authors -- James Engell and Anthony Dangerfield -- question the endowment obsession of presidents, the rating obsession of admissions officers, and the career obsession of students.
A group of public university presidents traveled to China last week to kick off a new approach for collaboration between colleges there and in the United States.
The Institute of University Design, which is being created at Arizona State University, will sponsor projects in which presidents and educational leaders from the two countries will collaborate on projects of mutual interest. The first project will be a book, jointly written by presidents of universities from the two countries, on the "toolkit" needed to create the future of the academic institution.