Around and about
- “Just say no to Bills 38 and 44: Government encroachment on educational institutions should be stopped,” Sebastian Ronderos-Morgan, The McGill Daily (Sept. 28/09).
- “We’re still paying for it,” Pam Frampton, The Telegram (Sept. 26/09): MUN still looking for a president.
- “In U. of California Budget Crisis, Some Faculty Members See a Cover-Up,” Josh Keller, Chronicle of Higher Education (Sept. 22/09).
- “Professors and Picket Signs: When a Strike Seems Like the Only Choice,” Audrey Williams June, Chronicle of Higher Education (Sept. 17/09): interesting piece about the sorts of concessions managements are seeking in these times.
- “Reality check for a big idea: What the provinces think of the Big Five’s revolutionary ideas for university reform,” Katie Engelhart, Macleans.ca (Sept. 17/09).
- “Government accused of ignoring need for learning beyond work: A two-year inquiry finds education opportunities for older people are shrinking,” Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education (Sept. 17/09).
- “Colleges brace for deep cuts, freezes in funding: Students fear for future of post-secondary education in Alberta,” Elise Stolte, Edmonton Journal (Sept. 16/09): In response to threatened cuts, Public Interest Alberta’s Task Force on Post-Secondary Education launched a province-wide advocacy campaign.
- “UK: Stout defence of universities,” Diane Spencer, University World News (Sept. 13/09):
In reply, David Lammy looked forward to a new framework for higher education which will be presented in the autumn by Peter Mandelson, now in charge of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which has superseded the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. This framework, he said, would “describe the vision of how government will support universities and employers in working together to balance the supply and demand of high-level skills and the many other valuable things that our universities deliver”.
The framework “is likely to ask you to move further and faster down the path you are already on towards greater emphasis on economic outcomes”. He added that this did not mean there would be an instrumentalist approach to higher education, or that the notion that the pursuit of knowledge was a valuable end in itself would be abandoned.
- “Administrative Salaries Drive Rise in Higher Education Price Index,” Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Education (Sept. 9/09).
- “Pushing Back on Requests for Salary Cuts,” Inside Higher Ed (Aug. 19/09): “The Collective Bargaining Congress of the American Association of University Professors issued a statement Tuesday urging faculty groups to resist such calls — unless they receive more power in shaping the direction of their institutions.” (read full statement)
- AAUP and CAUT Release Joint Statement “On Conditions of Employment at Overseas Campuses” (Apr. 8/09).