Human resources

Ohio 2-year colleges to share administrators in bid to cut operating costs

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Two small two-year institutions in northwest Ohio craft plan to combine key administrative positions to save money. Officials say no merger is planned -- but faculty leaders are skeptical.

Purdue employees protest plan to cut employee leave time

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Purdue told employees that days off for vacation, sick leave and other reasons would be combined in a streamlined program. Then employees did the math.

Kaplan faculty union sparks new interest in for-profit unions for adjuncts

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Could a contract for some Kaplan faculty in New York be a precedent?

Candidate negotiated out of a job responds to critics

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'W.' attracted sympathy and ire last week when the story of her failed attempt at negotiating a tenure-track position went viral. Now she's addressing her critics.

IRS guidance on health care law clarifies formula for counting adjunct hours

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Final IRS rules on employers' responsibility for health insurance requires colleges to credit adjuncts with 2.25 hours of work for each hour they teach; rules don't exempt student employees.

NYU offers to let election go forward on union for teaching assistants but not research assistants

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NYU offers to permit election on collective bargaining for teaching assistants, but not for research assistants. Move marks shift for university, but union leader says it is based on "arbitrary distinctions."

Tufts adjuncts vote to form union, begin metro effort

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Successful organizing drive by Tufts adjuncts is part of "metro" strategy being pushed in Boston area and elsewhere.

Adjunct union contracts ensure real gains including better pay

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As unionization of those off the tenure track spreads, there are substantial gains in pay and benefits.

Study finds bias favors thinner graduate school applicants

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It's not just that professor with the infamous tweet. Study finds that academics who interview graduate school candidates favor those who are thinner.

Colleges consider how delay of employer insurance rule will impact plans to cap adjuncts' hours

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Surprising delay of key provision of Affordable Care Act gives colleges more time to plan and -- perhaps -- to get clarity from the IRS. But those that imposed caps on non-tenure-track faculty aren't lifting them, at least not yet.

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