Higher Ed. is Under Attack from Within by Disaffected Students

Higher Ed. is Under Attack from Within by Disaffected Students

by James H. “Smokey” Shott College campuses — once the bastion of diverse opinion, a garden where ideas thrived, where contrary viewpoints were freely expressed — are fast becoming cesspools of narrow-mindedness that stifle free speech, where political correctness rules over common sense, where free thinking is discouraged, and they are occupied more and more by […]

Stagnating Adjunct Salaries at One College Explained—$50,000 Consultants Save University $3000

Stagnating Adjunct Salaries at One College Explained—$50,000 Consultants Save University $3000

More great satire from our brilliant friends at  The Cronk of Higher Education A crack team of consultants from Barney, Whittams & Crones, LLC visited Drewrey College last week to investigate concerns that the institution may use outdated or inefficient fiscal practices. The consultants met first with the president and twenty-seven vice presidents to get […]

Satire: Post Dramatic Stress Disorder Hits Academe

Satire: Post Dramatic Stress Disorder Hits Academe

from The Cronk of Higher Education Employee Assistance Programs from across the country have been inundated with requests for psychological intervention on almost every college campus in order to help faculty and staff members dealing with the effects of Post Dramatic Stress Disorder. PDSD is an ever-growing phenomenon now under study for consideration in the […]

Explaining The Higher Ed. Exodus

Explaining The Higher Ed. Exodus

by Dr. Aldemaro Romero Jr. In the last few months a significant number of college faculty and administrators have stated – some officially and some to colleagues and friends through social media – that they plan to leave higher education. This new trend is adding to the many challenges faced by colleges and universities, and […]

Dutch Legislature Strengthens Temp. Faculty Contracts, Universities Thwart New Law

Dutch Legislature Strengthens Temp. Faculty Contracts, Universities Thwart New Law

At universities in the Netherlands, an increasing number of university academic staff are being employed on flexible contracts, the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reported in 2014. Over the past 17 years, the number of university staff on flexible contracts has doubled, rising to 40% in 2012. If Ph.D. students, most of whom are on temporary contracts, […]

Study Examines Whether Online Adjuncts Have it any Better Than Their On Campus Counterparts

Study Examines Whether Online Adjuncts Have it any Better Than Their On Campus Counterparts

by Meris Stansbury According to a new report, online adjunct faculty are experiencing many of the same challenges as on-campus adjuncts, mainly because the same policies governing on-campus adjuncts are used for those in online programs. But that’s only the tip of the online adjunct practice iceberg. According to the report—a joint project of WCET […]

Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics

Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics

by Andrew Miller Rubrics are a beast. Grrrrrrr! They are time-consuming to construct, challenging to write and sometimes hard to use effectively. They are everywhere. There are rubrics all over the web, plus tools to create them, and as educators, it can overwhelm us. Rubrics are driven by reforms, from standards-based grading to assessment for learning. […]

Second Class Citizen No More: Adjunct Files Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Against His Own Union

Second Class Citizen No More: Adjunct Files Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Against His Own Union

by P.D. Lesko Last week, adjunct faculty activist Keith Hoeller, co-founder of the Washington Part-Time Faculty Association and the Editor of Equality for Contingent Faculty: Overcoming the Two-Tier System (Vanderbilk Press, 2014), filed an unfair labor complaint with the Washington State Public Employee Relations Commission against his college employer, as well as  United Faculty Coalition, […]