Ithaca College Part-Time Faculty Union Wins 24 Percent Pay Hike in First Contract

Ithaca College Part-Time Faculty Union Wins 24 Percent Pay Hike in First Contract

by Grace Elletson The Ithaca College contingent faculty union, an affiliate of the SEIU formed in 2016, is currently celebrating a victory it has been fighting to clinch for over 17 months: a first-time contract with the college. However, the campus community has expressed mixed reactions to the deal. The contract, signed March 26, guarantees […]

10th Circuit Rules Profs. Decide Free-Speech Limits in College Papers

10th Circuit Rules Profs. Decide Free-Speech Limits in College Papers

by Victoria Prieskop The 10th Circuit ruled March 28, 2017 that the University of New Mexico had the right to reject an academic paper which called a lesbian-themed film “entirely perverse in its desire and attempt to reverse the natural roles of man and woman.” In 2012, Monica Pompeo, a part-time student, took a class titled […]

Why You Should Be Asking Your Students to Ditch Their Laptops During Class

Why You Should Be Asking Your Students to Ditch Their Laptops During Class

When a laptop is being used to take notes or download class slides, it may become tempting to check email, catch up on homework for another class or see who won the game the night before.

College Students Retain Info Better When Writing With Pen and Paper Than When Using Computers

College Students Retain Info Better When Writing With Pen and Paper Than When Using Computers

by Ellie Bothwell Survey of students across 10 countries suggests handwriting and printed books have advantages over digital materials University students find it easier to retain information when using books and handwriting notes rather than computers, according to a survey of European and Asian students. A study of almost 650 students from 10 countries found […]

Tufts U Part-time Faculty Renegotiating Contract –The Boston SEIU Local Poised to Pass Barnard’s $9K Per Course Pay

Tufts U Part-time Faculty Renegotiating Contract –The Boston SEIU Local Poised to Pass Barnard’s $9K Per Course Pay

Since the adjunct faculty at Tufts formed a union in 2013, their contract with Tufts has become a model for other schools in the Greater Boston area and across the country. In 2014 according to an article published by AdjunctNation, the Tufts part-time faculty union negotiated its first contract that, among other gains, hiked per course pay from $5,115 to $7,300 per course, a 22 percent increase. The union represents 200 adjunct faculty.

Of Course Tenured Faculty Are Responsible for the “Adjunct Crisis”

Of Course Tenured Faculty Are Responsible for the “Adjunct Crisis”

by P.D. Lesko On Feb. 22, 2017, Blaine Greteman, an associate professor of English at the University of Iowa, penned an essay for The Chronicle of Higher Education titled, “Don’t Blame Tenured Academics for the Adjunct Crisis.” In his piece, Dr. Greteman writes, “Faculty hiring has been outpaced by that of administrators and staff charged with managing […]

“End Jewish Privilege” Posters Strewn All Over Chicago College Campus

by Daniel J. Solomon Anti-Semitic fliers calling for an end to “Jewish privilege” have been strewn all over the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, according to student Eva Zeltser, who posted an image of the poster with her commentary on Tuesday, March 14. “Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege,” the flier […]

Is the Current Model of College Being “Disrupted?”

Is the Current Model of College Being “Disrupted?”

by Laura Hollis A group of law students I teach were recently discussing the merits of the traditional three-year law degree program. “Why not only have two years?” one suggested, “The third year could be a practicum, or a working internship.” That same week, an undergraduate student asked me what I thought about five-year business […]

Hunger and Homelessness Among Comm Coll Students More Pervasive Than Previously Thought

Hunger and Homelessness Among Comm Coll Students More Pervasive Than Previously Thought

by P.D. Lesko A new report, titled “Hungry and Homeless in College” reveals substantially higher rates of food insecurity among community college students than previously reported, while rates of housing insecurity and homelessness were consistent with prior estimates.” A 2015 report prepared by the same group, the Association of Community College Trustees, indicated that about half […]

Have Our Students Turned into Moral Monsters Who Hate Free Speech?

In the last few weeks, there has been a spate of columns by writers on the left condemning the left-wing college students who riot, take over university buildings, and shout down speakers they differ with.