Tuesday, July 30, 2013

the university & its challenges

Welcome to the Reading Room, briefly annotated links rounding up the usual higher ed suspects. Institutional pubs, UK and US press, journals and magazines weigh in on university culture, online education, open access, academic publishing, race, gender, movies, adjuncts (thank you, Omnivore!), graduate school, grim futures (so what else is new?) and so on...

Leon Botstein (Bard): Resisting Complacency, Fear, and the Philistine: The University and Its Challenges, The Hedgehog Review, Summer 2013. From Notre Dame Magazine, a special issue: Is college worth it? Male academics rarely suffer more than a bit of rudeness, but women have it far worse, according to Luke Brunning. 

William G. Bowen on the potential of online learningThe MOOC that roared: How Georgia Tech’s new, super-cheap online master’s degree could radically change American higher education. Five minutes with Patrick Dunleavy and Chris Gilson: “Blogging is quite simply, one of the most important things that an academic should be doing right now” (and more). 
Why open access makes no sense: There can be no such thing as free access to academic research, says Robin Osborne — research is a process that universities teach and charge for. Are college and university presses better off than they were four (or six) years ago? Thomas Frey on how, by 2030, over 50% of colleges will collapse.
Nora Caplan-Bricker on why black colleges might sue the Obama Administration. The pink collar workforce of academia: Low-paid adjunct faculty, who are mostly female, have started unionizing for better pay — and winning. How do we feel about higher education? Look to the movies. 
You only hate grad school because you think you’re supposed to: They tell you it’s supposed to be bleak, so it is — but what if you enrolled without any expectations? Luke McKinney on 6 important things nobody tells you about grad school. Tara Brabazon on 10 truths a PhD supervisor will never tell you.
the university and its challenges - bookforum.com / omnivore

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