Tuesday, January 4, 2011

bad news links: economy + highered

Just the tip of the iceberg... please remember that today is not National Shoot the Messenger Day....

Pharos of Alexandria, bearing a suspicious resemblance to the Tower of Babel

Forbes and CCAP still beating the drum for solving higher ed inflation by killing tenure:
"Note: all of these innovations are in the private sector. There are some good examples of new innovations at public schools such as Fort Hays State, but I think a disproportionate part of positive change in higher education will come from private sector innovators"

labor problems at Library of Alexandria solved by buying more slaves
  • Inside Higher Ed on latest in job market (good for economics grads, still bleak for history, other humanities and social studies fields not mentioned looking good either) 
  • Are English Departments Killing the Humanities
  • Reasons for soaring cost of highered, etc ~ from a retired philosophy prof neither econ, admin nor adcon, Part I and Part II
  • Montana speaks: Changes in tenure proposed, amidst education topics (abolishing tenure for public ed, both K-12 and higher ed): "education bills being considered this session have less to do with budgeting, and more to do with education philosophy"
  • And elsewhere... Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions (please don't try to tell me you are surprised...more like... I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
But it's a brand new year, anything can happen. Even the Library of Alexandria was eventually rebuilt (even if it took millenia). So here's to 2011...  from Lee Skallerup Bessette, College Ready Writing, "Over on the University of Venus Facebook, the questions was asked, 'What's your word for 2011?' Most came up with words like adventure, change, whatever. 

What is your word? I'm still thinking about mine. What will the New Faculty Majority's word be?

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