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UNC Deserves More

UNC Deserves More

In our latest survey we sent out to faculty in the UNC system, the responses received  really resonated. 61% of UNC faculty respondents feel like their work is not valued or supported and 81% report that budget cuts have affected their department. It is clear that change is badly needed at UNC. After the appointment of Margaret Spellings, many faculty are concerned about the future of the UNC system and higher education at large. At the end of the day, the bottom-line is that many of these su ...

Financialization and U.S. Higher Education

Financialization and U.S. Higher Education

By Charlie Eaton With renewed attention to rising college costs, UC Berkeley researchers have just released a groundbreaking study on broad and growing financial inequalities in U.S. higher education. Entitled “The Financialization of U.S. Higher Education”, it’s available online here. Published in Socio-Economic Review, the study uses a unique new database an innovative theoretical framework for analyzing how non-profits, state agencies, and households have increasingly assumed multiple n ...

Higher Education Today: A Corporate Model About to Boil Over

Higher Education Today: A Corporate Model About to Boil Over

The Facts Illustrate a Need for Dramatic Change in Faculty Pay Once a middle class job, many college and university faculty are now working part time for very low pay, isolated from colleagues without job security, benefits or even office space. Students are increasingly saddled with crushing debt that could take a lifetime to get out from under. Parents are struggling to stay afloat in the face of skyrocketing tuition bills. The past few decades have seen a dramatic shift away from investme ...

Westwood College Students Start Classes Demanding a Refund if the School Closes

Westwood College Students Start Classes Demanding a Refund if the School Closes

Westwood College is in trouble, but on the first day of a new semester on Wednesday students and faculty are demanding that Westwood make a promise: If Westwood closes, all students that attended Westwood College deserve a responsible closure that includes a FULL refund ...

We won't back down

We won’t back down

Jesuit colleges and universities must strive for high academic quality and encourage rigorous study of crucial human problems and concerns meaning to life and provide motives for action, and they involve one’s mind and heart, one’s whole person ...

Postdocs come together to fight the corporatization of higher ed

Postdocs come together to fight the corporatization of higher ed

Over the last 15 years, postdocs at the University of Minnesota have enjoyed access to the UPass, a public transit subsidy. In late August however, the University unilaterally revoked access to the discount - increasing transit costs to us by 300%. ...

Publicly Traded

Publicly Traded

For-profit colleges have been cropping up in the news recently. Many conservative supporters of for-profit schools use sloppy rhetoric to take the focus off of their predatory business tactics, trying to shift the lens to community colleges... ...

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