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Top Stories & Hot Topics

Chronicle Posts List of Great Colleges to Work for

The Chronicle published its annual list of great schools to work for.  It’s nice to see that some Catholic universities and colleges made the list.  Check out the complete list… Read more »

College Granted Temporary Relief from HHS Mandate

Court grants college temporary relief from HHS mandate Posted on July 4, 2014 by Julie Asher The U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday afternoon issued an unsigned opinion granting Christian-run Wheaton College in Illinois temporary relief… Read more »

Student Retention Rate Falls

 From Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain: The portion of first-time U.S. students who return to college for a second year has dropped 1.2 percentage points since 2009, according to… Read more »

A Joke To Prove The Disparity Between Admin and Faculty Pay Scores Big

From Slate: The current president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta, Indira Samarasekera, is leaving next summer.* This means that her job, which pays at least 400,000 Canadian dollars (about $368,500), is… Read more »

Humanities Doctorates Provide Little Return: A Look at the Numbers

… [T]he Modern Language Association (MLA)reports, doctoral programs in the discipline may prove more damaging than previously envisioned. With a median time-to-degree of nine years, sparse job market, and limited… Read more »

Shrinking Revenue & Rising Discounts: Private Colleges Feeling the Squeeze

From Scott Carlson at the Chronicle: By now, the picture painted in a new survey of tuition discounting, net-tuition revenue, and other enrollment trends should be drearily familiar to many… Read more »

Smackdown: Nice Rejoinder to Penn Prof Who Thinks Religious Schools Undermine Higher Ed

The following excerpts are from a First Things essay by Joseph Knippenberg: Of all the bones to pick with contemporary American higher education—and there are many—the University of Pennsylvania’s Peter Conn has… Read more »

Book Publishing: The New Luxury

Did you ever think — after all your work — that what you were producing was a luxury? Probably not. All you really want is for the best publisher, whatever… Read more »

Here’s Why There is No Hiring & Universities Are Trapped

No one talks about this in academe and we can’t believe CHEA is the only entity to see things for what they are.  Here’s the skinny.  The Federal Reserve has… Read more »

College Sports & Easy Money: End of an Era on the Horizon

The following excerpt is from the Chronicle.  College sports played at the level where schools receive broadcasting revenue is organizationally no different than professional sports and any argument to the… Read more »

Cool Story in N.Y. Times: Two Michigan Towns Where Vocations Skyrocket

Aside for the mole grazing his right eyebrow, it is difficult to distinguish Gary Koenigsknecht from his identical twin, Todd, four minutes the elder. Growing up, the twins, now 26,… Read more »

Pope Francis Attacks Corruption

From Vatican Radio: When we embark on the path of corruption, the Pope said, we lose our humanity and sell ourselves, just as the prophet Elijah tells Ahab, “I have… Read more »

Bishop Kurtz on the Recent Bishops’ Conference and Upcoming Synod with Pope Francis

The following excerpt is from the National Catholic Reporter’s interview with Bishop Kurtz, President of the USCCB: NCR: What’s been going on in the past couple of days? How do you… Read more »

Colleges Increasingly Unwilling to Allow Christian Groups

From Chris Pine O.P. at First Things: In the name of tolerance, colleges are becoming increasingly unwilling to tolerate Christian student groups. In an attempt to “rid their campus of… Read more »

Mission (Near)Impossible: Crunching the Numbers at a Small College

This year I have been preoccupied with an intensive and extensive practicum on institutional economics and the challenges faced by small private colleges and universities in the United States. That… Read more »

University of Dayton Provost Steps Down Following No Confidence Vote

University of Dayton Provost, Joseph Saliba, has resigned his post shortly after receiving a no confidence vote from faculty concerning shared governance.  No indication has been made about who will… Read more »

On Academic Labor

The following excerpt is from David Perry at Vitae: Many academics, especially those in the tenure track, just resist seeing themselves as laborers. Academics, even many adjuncts, continue to think they… Read more »

Strange Doings at Our Lady of Holy Cross

From the Chronicle: An administrator whose recent departure from Our Lady of Holy Cross College sparked protests from students and faculty members has been reinstated, The Times-Picayunereported. Patricia Prechter, who had… Read more »

Initiating Debate or Propaganda: AAUP Video Challenging MOOCs

The AAUP has created a video exploring the value of MOOCs.  Is it spot on or propaganda for the status quo of brick and mortar education? Teaching Millions or Making… Read more »

Too little, too late: Erosion of Faculty Rights?

The article raises some genuine concerns about intellectual property rights issues created by online education.  However, the implied class distinction in the background of the article is very telling.  The… Read more »

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