Religious colleges

Filling Key Presidency in Christian Higher Ed

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Wheaton of Illinois names a new leader -- at a time the college enjoys greater prominence and faces some criticism.

Questions on Erskine's Accreditation

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Last week’s dismissal – by a religious body -- of 14 trustees of Erskine College (to be followed by reconsidering the status of the remaining trustees) may violate two requirements of the institution’s accreditor, putting its recognition at risk.

A Private College Goes For-Profit

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Dana is sold a year after another Lutheran institution was sold. But new owners plan to keep tenure and the traditional, residential mission.

Low Stress Christian Tenure

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DENVER -- Gatherings of any significant number of faculty members on the tenure track feature many discussions of the stresses associated with coming up for tenure. Will I publish enough? Have I offended a senior colleague? Do I know what the review committee really cares about? The American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting here is no different, with plenty of hallway chatter among younger scholars about their chances.

Stained Glass Ceiling

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W. King Mott, associate professor of political science and gender studies at Seton Hall University, clearly has earned respect from colleagues at the Roman Catholic institution. He has tenure. He recently finished a term as chair of the Faculty Senate. He served on the search committee for a new president.

Trying to Heal at Erskine

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Faculty members and alumni of Erskine College have been carefully parsing the biography of David A. Norman, who was named last week to become the South Carolina institution's next president.

Faith and Freedom

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Canada -- a country with a tradition of academic freedom and strong faculty unions -- is having a major debate over what academic freedom is and who should define it.

The Virtues of Contrition

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Notre Dame’s president draws praise, despite risks, for his unusually forthright apology after the death of a student last month.

Church vs. Adjunct Union

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A 1980 Supreme Court decision largely blocked the unionization of faculty members at private colleges and universities, based on the idea that they had so much power that they effectively were part of management.

The Catholicity Test

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The occasional flaps between professors at Roman Catholic institutions and the bishops in their dioceses often hinge on whether allegiance to church orthodoxy trumps the free spirit of inquiry celebrated in academe. The church’s efforts to strike a balance between those two sometimes-competing values will soon be brought to the forefront again, as bishops begin a formal review of how well colleges are upholding their Catholic identities.

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