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Why I Joined The Fight For $15

Why I Joined The Fight For $15

Before I traveled to Brazil to take part in Fast Food Global (August 2015) alongside members of the Fight For $15 National Organizing Committee (NOC), I thought I had a solid understanding, in part from personal experience and a quality Liberal Arts education, of labor issues, ethics, and social activism. My informed yet limited perspective changed when I listened to the intimate history, meaning, value, and scope of the struggle for equity from the NOC squad. I joined FF$15 to make a difference ...

Why I'm Taking Action on 4.14

Why I’m Taking Action on 4.14

By Jason Grunebaum When’s the last time you saw a McDonald’s commercial featuring one of its workers cashing a paycheck that pays a living wage? Or opened a university homepage to find a full-screen photo crowded with smiling non-tenure-trackers and the headline: Our students couldn’t do it without you? The commercial’s held up in casting, and the provosts of the land are still playing with the fonts. But make no mistake: both are in the pipeline, and the upcoming actions of 4.14 wil ...

Debt-Financed Degrees and Low-Income Students at For-Profit Colleges and Universities

Debt-Financed Degrees and Low-Income Students at For-Profit Colleges and Universities

Debt-financed degrees disproportionately affect minority and low-income students, and this undermines student success and outcomes. Of particular concern, evidence shows that debt-financed degrees are the norm at for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs), yet many students select a for-profit college over a public or non-profit private school for a host of reasons including location, “less familiarity with college options,” aggressive recruiting, promise of career services and job placements, ...

Why Activism Matters

Why Activism Matters

Someone recently told me that the most radicalizing experience is to try to work inside academia to affect change. It’s taken me years, literally years, to come to an understanding about the corrupt corporate model of higher education that has so swiftly taken over public and private colleges and universities across the country. Now all the staff and student services employees at my university wear a special uniform, they look like they are ready to go to work at McDonald’s. It appears this happ ...

Shining a Light on For-Profit Colleges and Universities

Shining a Light on For-Profit Colleges and Universities

Increasingly, faculty at for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs) work without the protection of academic freedom that faculty at traditional colleges and universities deeply value, and this impacts the quality of instruction that students receive. Infringements on academic freedom at FPCUs include extreme monitoring, autocratic governance, and prescribed content with little to no tolerance for faculty input. When this happens, the role of faculty is reduced to content delivery and assessmen ...

Getting students out of the RED

Getting students out of the RED

Today, Senator Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) is introducing the In The Red Act – a major, comprehensive bill to take on the student debt crisis.  The bill has been in the works for a while. The corporatization of higher education has put students cripplingly #InTheRed, leaving them no choice but to move back home. We aren't ignoring this issue. With universities acting more like McDonalds and focusing on a bottomline students and faculty are the casualties. [View the story "#InTheRED" on S ...

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 ...

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