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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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Scientists in Film: Musing Over the Messages

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by Diane Calabrese Scientists in Film: Musing Over the Messages IN HOLLYWOOD, it’s generally about getting the woman. Yet even the sane male scientists portrayed in films seldom find a date. They lose out to secret agents, pilots, cops, and CEOs. The few women scientists in films have a tough time too. Ingrid Bergman, playing a gifted […]

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A Wolf in Intellectual’s Clothing

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by Kathy Plann IN COLLEGE CLASSROOMS, as portrayed by Hollywood, there are no female professors. I also couldn’t help noticing that in a sampling of films which span the past two and a half decades, [Jerry Lewis’s “The Nutty Professor” (1963), “Animal House” (1978), Eddie Murphy’s “The Nutty Professor” (1996), and “Road Trip” (2000)]-the male […]

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  • Mainstream Media and Higher Education News Reporting

    by P.D. Lesko For those who work within the field of higher education in the United States, finding industry-related news can be a chore. Of course, there is The Chronicle of Higher Education. The weekly newspaper strives to examine higher education with the detail of an electron microscope. Don’t get me wrong, I (and evidently […]

  • Excuse Me, Are Those Flip Flops You’re Wearing?

    by James Whitley Today’s adult learners are far different from their predecessors of less than a decade ago. Almost without notice we are in the midst of a radical demographic tsunami which is altering the American landscape in everything from religion and health care, to business and education. Dubbed “Generation Why,” this powerful group in […]

  • Minnesota Adjuncts Move Toward Unionizing

    Adjunct faculty members at Macalester College have taken the first formal step to form a union, joining a national movement to organize the growing number of temporary instructors in college classrooms. On Thursday, campus organizers filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election for temporary faculty members at the St. […]

  • A Review Teaching Tips (10th Edition)

    by Janice Albert EVERYTHING ABOUT “Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research and Theory for College and University Teachers” (Houghton Mifflin, 10th edition), by Dr. Wilbert McKeachie, suggests that it was originally intended for the beginning college-level teacher or teaching assistant. Now in its tenth edition, “Teaching Tips” is not so much one book as an anthology written by seven authors. The overall plan […]

  • UC Lecturers’ New Contract: Higher Salaries But No Job Security

    by John B. DiRossi THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA has reached a tentative agreement with the University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT) union for a contract extension for lecturers, UC officials announced last week. The agreement, which was announced June 29th and reached after only eight weeks of negotiation, extends the contract for the UC’s 2,500 […]

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