Category Archives: faculty

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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What? Hire adjuncts…but don’t pay them?

Southern Illinois University has a PR nightmare on its hands. Its leaders will need to explain why it is promoting an idea that seems unjustifiable: Hire recently minted Ph.D’s for specific assignments but offer them no money. You read that … Continue reading

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Randa Jarrar, you are a disgrace to the professoriate

Randa Jarrar was a nobody a few days ago. Then she opted to use her First Amendment right to free speech in the most vile of ways. She’s now a somebody. And a disgrace. Jarrar is a professor at Fresno … Continue reading

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A Pennsylvania university president is in deep trouble; his own words might doom him

The Chronicle of Higher Education has the details. “Obviously it’s disappointing,” Sylvester said. “Look, I’m under no false illusion that this president was an incredible fan of working with the union, although he often suggested he was. I could see … Continue reading

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Faculty at UW-Stevens Point angry at “Point Forward” plan

As Inside Higher Ed reports, The plan is part of the campus’s Point Forward initiative to stabilize enrollment by investing scarce resources into programs Stevens Point sees as distinctive and in demand. Those include business, chemical engineering, computer information systems, … Continue reading

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