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HB-2 response shows that Spellings is unfit to lead our university system

HB-2 response shows that Spellings is unfit to lead our university system

We are ashamed that University of North Carolina (UNC) System President Margaret Spellings has sided with House Bill 2, a discriminatory state law that targets workers, the LGBTQ community, and all North Carolinians. Her response to Thursday’s letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) is even more shocking: she has indicated that she will talk with Governor McCrory and her lawyers about “next steps”, but declined to immediately reverse her policies. The DOJ has told Spellings in no unclear te ...

Standing for UNC Values

Standing for UNC Values

We are faculty (tenured and tenure-track faculty, adjunct and full-time lecturers, senior lecturers, post-docs, and graduate student workers) who teach across multiple departments and on many campuses within the UNC system. Some of us are just beginning our career while others have worked, studied, researched and taught at UNC for many years, even decades. Regardless of our specific circumstances, we each appreciate the opportunity to bring our knowledge and experience into the classroom and adv ...

Publicly Traded, Part Two

Publicly Traded, Part Two

Note on the the text: The following post is the second in a series of Kevilina’s experiences as a for-profit instructor to appear on our blog. The students’ names have been changed to protect their privacy. You can read the first installment here. ~ Tiffany Kraft by Kevilina Kay Burbank As I said in the the first installment of “Publicly Traded,” I taught at a private for-profit college for two years, and it was one of the most eye-opening and unsettling experiences of my career as an educ ...

Faculty, students applaud new bill to hold for-profit industry accountable

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced legislation that would hold for-profit colleges and universities accountable when they prey on low-income students and saddle them with crushing debt without delivering a quality. Students and faculty across the country are applauding the Senators for sending the important signal to the for-profit industry that students should be the priority, not profits. ...

Fast Times at WalSmart U: Collective Consciousness vs. “Cannibal Capitalism”

(Tiffany Kraft is an adjunct as well as activist and organizer with the Faculty Forward Network and Sao Paulo 18.08.2015Demonstration against the Mc Donalds and its illegal and immoral labor practices at Avenida Paulista, in the hart of Sao Paulo city, with the participation of several labor unions and Mc Donalds workers from all around the world.Pictures: Fernando Cavalcanti joined other workers in a global solidarity mission to Brazil in August 2015. This is an account of her experiences ...

Sen. Durbin Warns Prospective Students About Deceptive For-Profit Colleges

.@SenatorDurbin: We need more aggressive oversight of for-profit colleges. #pricewepay pic.twitter.com/DFoPS7vDId — Faculty Forward Net. (@FacultyNetwork) September 3, 2015 In Chicago, Sen. Dick Durbin warned prospective students about the perils of for-profit colleges and called on the U.S. Department of Education to use its full authority to end abusive practices and improve student outcomes. “The collapse of Corinthian Colleges, Inc. was a wake-up call for the Department of Educati ...

Reigniting the Mission: A Survey of Jesuit Faculty in Higher Education

There are over 218,000 students and 20,000 faculty members who study and work at 28 Jesuit institutions across the United States. Once a middle-class job, nearly a majority of college and university faculty are now working part-time for very low pay, isolated from colleagues without job security, benefits or even office space. Catholic schools are not immune from these trends, with many colleges and universities increasingly relying on a contingent faculty workforce while shifting resources a ...

The price they pay in GA

From David Goldsby, Georgia Piedmont University The price I pay, is not worth the good I'm selling. Being a professor of Psychology, it has been made clear that attaining higher education degrees has little to no value in the job market. This is regardless of it being a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD in Psychology. When there is a combination of unjust treatment, staggering monetary gains, and lack of opportunity for advancement you begin to gain a sense of hopelessness. Ultimately, I rou ...

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