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Spellings' First Day

Spellings’ First Day

As Margaret Spellings walked onto the UNC campus, hundreds walked out and rallied to demand accountability. We have the momentum to keep up the pressure this week. Students and faculty are traveling to Fayetteville for the next Board of Governors meeting at 8am March 4th. Can you join us? RSVP here to let us know! The Board of Governors fast-tracked the appointment of Margaret Spellings to be the next UNC President  to oversee 17 schools across the state. Given Spellings’ connectio ...

Poverty State University: Workers Demand $15 Now

Poverty State University: Workers Demand $15 Now

On February 23rd, 2016 students and campus workers at Portland State University joined Portland Jobs with Justice and the Portland Area Campaign for $15, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Student Labor Action Project (SLAP), Portland State University Student Union (PSUSU), 15 Now PDX, The Organizing Committee of the PSU Graduate Employees Union (PSU GEU), and allies in an event called “Poverty State University: C ...

Dear Administration: Florida Faculty Raise Up

Dear Administration: Florida Faculty Raise Up

Dear Administration, It’s me, your professor. Yes, I know you’re not technically one of my students. But I think that we’re at a moment in history that we professors like to call a “teachable moment.” That is, an unexpected moment when we can all learn something very insightful. It is a fleeting moment that professors love and one that must be seized. You see, you’re on a path to failure. Not my class or any other. But on the path to failing your students. You, as administration of this colle ...

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 ...

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