Category Archives: faculty

Carnegie Mellon faculty, ages 80 and 75, drop scathing resignation note

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the details. Lenore and Manuel Blum — both longtime professors of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University — have submitted their resignations. … “So we are resigning. We are not retiring, we are resigning,” she wrote. … Continue reading

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China’s Xi wants to be immortalized…

…on every college campus in his country. As the Diplomat reports, In 2016, Xi vowed to turn university campuses into “strongholds of the Party’s leadership,” and he has made progress on that promise. The Xi government is also leveraging the … Continue reading

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The “raw meat market”

I’m in Washington for about 24 more hours, as I attend the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications annual conference. There are likely 2,000 people here. But for one particular group of attendees, this year’s conference is … Continue reading

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Republicans and Democrats agree: America’s colleges are on the wrong track. However…

…as you might guess, they don’t agree on WHY they believe that’s the case. As the Chronicle of Higher Education notes, Of Republican respondents who disapprove of high education’s path, 79 percent were strongly concerned by professors’ introducing political and … Continue reading

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An essential case study in academic leadership

The Chronicle of Higher Education examine the tenure of Lou Anna Simon as Michigan State’s president. There were significant accomplishments under her leadership, and there was tremendous failure. The story is valuable for anyone inside or outside higher education. People … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Radical changes possible to PA’s 14-school public university system

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that major changes could be coming to Pennsylvania’s 14 state-run universities. The study’s authors on Wednesday provided five options to right the struggling 102,000-student system, the first of them as modest as keeping the current State … Continue reading

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Randa Jarrar won’t be fired, but she’s still a loser

Randa Jarrar won’t face any penalties for her disgraceful words. As a free-speech advocate, I agree with that decision. But I still find her reprehensible. The Associated Press reports that Fresno State University’s president made the only decision he could … Continue reading

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