Just You Wait Henry Higgins!

by P.D. Lesko Eliza Doolittle sputters in response to yet another petty humiliation: “Just you wait, Henry Higgins!” As the saying goes, revenge is a dish best served cold. To whit, I have heard faculty off the tenure-track pinpoint the exact day when that meal will be served. It’s the day when students, parents, voters, […]

The New Faculty Majority

In September, there were pieces in The Chronicle (http://chronicle.com/article/An-Activist-Adjunct-Shoulde/48348/) and on InsideHigherEd.com (http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2009/09/10/maisto) about the New Faculty Majority. September, it seems, is the time of year when people’s thoughts turn to adjunct faculty and what should, could, would be done to address the “adjunct problem.” This past September, we read about the New Faculty Majority, […]

My Lazy American Students

by Kara Miller first published in The Boston Globe, 12/21/09 It was the kind of student conference I hate. “I’ll do better,’’ my student told me, leaning forward in his chair. “I know I’ve gotten behind this semester, but I’m going to turn things around. Would it be OK if I finished all my uncompleted […]

Civil Rights Commission Blunders Again

by Mona Charen first published in the National Review. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission (yes, it’s still around, and yes, it’s outlived its usefulness) is about to subtract from national wisdom about college admissions by focusing on exactly the wrong problem. The commission has undertaken an inquiry to determine whether colleges may be discriminating against […]

New Data Reveals Sky-High Default Rates at Career Colleges

by Stephen Burd A day after the U.S. Department of Education released three-year cohort default rates for federal student loans, for-profit college leaders and lobbyists are breathing a sigh of relief. Apparently their investors are too, judging by the rise in some of the education companies’ stock prices yesterday. While the news was certainly not […]

At Citrus College Adjuncts Bear Brunt of Budget Cuts

The California state budget crisis is likely to get worse before it can get better. When the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released its five-year fiscal forecast for California in late November, it was anything but good news. The LAO projects that the governor faces a $21 billion deficit. With reduction in revenues, required repayments to […]

At CSUS 75 Percent of Part-Timers Lose Jobs

California State University, Stanislaus students staged a massive walkout in December to protest the loss of Winter Term, cuts to classes and professors, and what many termed as the “poor leadership” of President Hamid Shirvani. Approximately 300 students left classes to rally in the CSU Stanislaus quad for more than an hour. Students and some […]