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The Old Numbers Game

by P.D. Lesko I READ THE hefty Department of Education Statistics Quarterly from cover to cover with the relish that some people save for their favorite travel magazines. So, I was delighted to discover that U.S. News and World Report’s controversial college ranking list includes percentages of full-time faculty employed. I read that several of […]

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Cat Herding and Windmill Chasing

by Lee Shainen EVER SEE THAT commercial about herding cats? It reminds me of trying to get adjuncts to organize. Faculty members, in general, are an independent and eccentric lot. Off the top of my head, I’d say they are right up there with quirky inventors and solitary gold miners on the wacko scale. But […]

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by Chris Cumo and P.D. Lesko DIANN SCHINDLER-ENDER, the founder of, did not plan to become an on-line entrepreneur. An adjunct and then an assistant professor at Lorain County Community College in Ohio, and an administrator at community colleges in the Midwest, she rose to become president of Minneapolis Community College, in Minnesota. Then […]

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A Review of Campus, Inc.

by Diane Calabrese Campus, Inc.: Corporate Power in the Ivory Tower Edited by Geoffrey D. White, Ph.D. with Flannery C. Hauck 2001–Prometheus Books, Amherst, New York IN SHORT, THE authors of the 30 chapters in this book have this to say: corporations hold the power at institutions of higher education (and in other sectors of […]

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Taking the Show on the Road

by Susan M. Gorga and Jeffrey J. Mondak IN 1997 AND 1998, we team-taught political science courses at Babes-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The students all had studied English, but their proficiency was varied. We were cognizant of the problems students would have understanding instruction in English, but we were unable to teach in Romanian. […]

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On-Line Degrees: How Employers View Them

by Evelyn Beck HOW ARE EMPLOYERS judging the value of the courses we’re teaching on-line? What do they think of candidates whose entire degree was earned via the Internet? The results of a number of recent studies are mixed, with many business professionals uneasy about the quality of on-line learning but a majority of academics […]

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Interview: Michael Dubson


by Jennifer Berkshire Michael Dubson has never thought of himself as an activist. An adjunct professor of English at several Boston-area colleges, Dubson feels more at home in front of a classroom than on a picket line. But thanks to a newly published book in which he gives voice to the trials and troubles of […]

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Colleges Fudge F/T Faculty Employment Numbers

by P.D. Lesko EACH YEAR U.S. News and World Report publishes a list of university and college rankings based, in part, on information supplied by participating institutions. The Petersen’s Guides to college and university programs are compiled in much the same way. Colleges and universities supply answers to questions about the institution and its faculty. […]

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What’s to be Done About the Adjuncts in Florida?

by Chris Cumo ROME BUILT AN empire of roads, baths and aqueducts. Some 1,500 years after the empire disintegrated, Florida is building a vast network of community colleges. Its 28, many with multiple campuses, teemed with 753,255 students, according to the Florida Community College System Web page, in the 1998-1999 academic year, giving the system […]

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