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Documentary Film About Higher Ed “Starving the Beast” Has Many Villains (and Few Heroes)

Are we willing to pay higher taxes for better higher education? How do we make educational choices for ourselves and for our families? Should university leaders rely on contingent professors while investing in football stadiums and gyms?

If, like me, you are anxious about the condition of public universities, “Starving the Beast” will only heighten your concerns. The film is a compelling account of how special interests collude to weaken public universities.

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New Study: College Students Taught by Good-looking Lecturers Learn More

Students found the attractive instructors more motivating, easier to follow and possessed of greater health, intelligence and competence.

A new study finds that college students learn more from good-looking lecturers.

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New Study: Jobs With Tenure Few and Far Between for Adjunct Women

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by Kent McDonald Tenure is a goal many professors strive for — but it remains further out of reach for women and underrepresented minorities, according to a recent research study from the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association Institute. Martin Finkelstein, a professor at Seton Hall University and one of the co-authors of the study, said the […]

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Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s

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by P.D. Lesko The latest NSF report, “The Survey of Earned Doctorates,” relies on data from the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. The report concludes that a high percentage of newly-minted Ph.D.s complete school with “significant debt” and without jobs. Yet, colleges continue to enroll increasing numbers of doctoral candidates. Cue up “Casablanca” and Claude Rains’s […]

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College Graduation Rates Down? Blame the Adjuncts!

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by P.D. Lesko Salaries for full-time college faculty are at an all-time high, and the 4-year graduation rate for U.S. college students as of 2013 stood at 39 percent, the lowest 4-year graduation rate ever recorded. Who’s to blame for abysmal graduation rates according to the AAUP’s recently released Report on the Economic Status of […]

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New Study: Small Percentage of Ph.D.s End up Employed as FT Profs

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by Becky Rynor Graduates themselves are often unsure of where to look for opportunities outside academe. Valerie Walker admits it wasn’t so long ago that she was “that grad student” wondering what the heck she was going to do if she didn’t stay in academia.  After graduating in 2009 with a Ph.D. in physiology from McGill […]

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Why Every Adjunct Should Be Watching Friedrichs v. the California Teaching Association

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by P.D. Lesko Agency fees, or as education union officials refer to them, “fair share fees,” are paid to faculty unions by individuals who either choose not to belong to a union, are barred from belonging to the union, or who once were members but for whatever reason decided to opt out of membership. Unionists recognize […]

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AdjunctNation Adjunct Salary Survey

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This is our Salary Survey.  Please feel free to share it using the social media buttons above. This survey seeks to collect, compile, analyze and publish compensation data for non-tenured teaching faculty at individual U.S. colleges and universities. AdjunctNation.com is conducting a series of surveys in order to collect information about the professional lives and […]

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PC Culture on College Campuses—Who’s to Blame?

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by Ramesh Ponnuru Is political correctness on campus a real problem? Tellingly, it is less often defended than it is minimized. In the 1990s, it was sometimes dismissed as a conservative “myth.” In recent months — with students demanding resignations, apologies and various other concessions from their administrators over perceived slights — liberals have bent over backward […]

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Explaining The Higher Ed. Exodus

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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 […]

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