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Thousands of International Scholars Call for U.S. Academic Conference Boycott to Protest Muslim Travel Ban

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by Ellie Bothwell More than 4,000 scholars have signed a petition calling for an academic boycott of international conferences held in the U.S., to provide solidarity with those affected by Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. The petition questions the “intellectual integrity” of international conferences in the country while the ban persists […]

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Philly Adjunct Lauches Crowdfunding Campaign to Buy U.S. Senator’s Vote to Block DeVos Appointment

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“I watched all three hours of the Betsy DeVos hearings, and I was appalled that I could answer some of the basic education policy questions that seemingly stumped her,” Fritz said. “I mean, I’m an adjunct faculty member at a community college, not an expert in education reform, and it was shocking to me that her answers about how to regulate and oversee charter schools didn’t seem to have any concrete proposals, or that she couldn’t distinguish between growth and proficiency.”

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Barnard Adjunct Faculty Union Calls Strike to Get $9K Per Course Minimum

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by P.D. Lesko The Barnard Contingent Faculty union, affiliated with the United Auto Workers, is ready to strike in order to force college officials to raise per course pay for adjunct faculty to as much as $9,000 per course, among . According to BCF-UAW officials, “In early December, we voted overwhelmingly (119 yes – 15 […]

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As States Take Aim at Public College Tenure, Adjuncts May Come Out on Top

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by John A. Neilsson Iowa State Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, again has filed a bill seeking to end the tenure system at Iowa’s three state universities. Sen. Zaun has filed the bill before, but this year Senate File 41 may get more attention with Republicans controlling the Senate. The bill also would ban tenure at […]

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AFT President Says Betsy DeVos a “Lobbyist” not an Educator

Weingarten laid out a challenge to DeVos, if she is confirmed. “I extend both a challenge and an invitation to Ms. Devos: Spend some time in public schools.”

P.D. Lesko In a speech yesterday at the National Press Club, AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America’s students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, […]

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As More College Admins Hired, Perks and Title Porn Out of Control

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by Jon Marcus By now you’ve likely seen the viral “University Title Generator” meme that parodies the culture of academic bureaucracy by listing made-up administrative titles such as “deputy vice president of the committee on community climate,” “principal deputy dean of the committee on learning affairs,” and “temporary lead deputy chancellor of facilities compliance of […]

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Youngstown OH Passes PT Worker Bill of Rights—650 Youngstown U Adjuncts Benefit

Johanna Slivinske, a part-time YSU social work instructor and one of more than 650 part-time YSU faculty, said it appears to her the bill “would lead to increased pay equity for part-time faculty and for all part-time workers.”

The bill requires employers to provide part-timers’ work schedules at least two weeks in advance, upon request; pay part-timers the same starting hourly wage as full-timers whose jobs “require equal skill, effort and responsibility;” and give them proportional access to sick leave, personal leave and vacation.

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AAUP to Investigate Firing of PTer at Colorado Comm College

CCA adjunct faculty member Nathanial Bork alleges his college employer demanded he lower academic standards. (Photo N. Bork)

by Quincy Snowdon The American Association of University Professors is going to bat for a former Community College of Aurora employee who alleges he was unfairly fired, the association announced Oct. 24. Past AAUP investigations on behalf of part-time faculty who’ve alleged unfair dismissal include ones at CUNY and North Idaho College. In a news […]

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UT San Antonio Adjuncts Could Face Layoffs

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The San Antonio Express-News is reporting that the University of Texas at San Antonio administration has advised the faculty of its biggest college that fiscal belt-tightening moves may stymie the rehiring of adjunct faculty next semester. While no official decision has been made yet, a loss of adjunct faculty members in the College of Liberal […]

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After Presidential Debate Where Candidates Snub Higher Ed., Clinton Pitches Plan to Lower College Costs

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Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders were in Durham, New Hampshire today discussing their shared belief that cost should not be a barrier for anyone who chooses to go to college, and student debt should not hold Americans back after they leave school. Hillary Clinton highlighted a plan to confront the skyrocketing cost of college. Her plan would […]

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    by Mark J. Drozdowski Despite years of study, I never could grasp French. In college, I was a walking paradox: I had a great facility for English but couldn’t comprehend its Romance cousin. My trauma culminated with a trip to Paris, where I discovered that the only thing worse than knowing no French is knowing […]

  • Student Attrition in On-Line Courses

    by Evelyn Beck ATTRITION RATES FOR most distance education programs are worse than for traditional college courses, with dropout rates as high as 80 percent at some colleges. At Piedmont Technical College, in Greenwood, SC, overall attrition rates for traditional classes average 25 percent, while attrition rates for online courses average 45 percent. Many of […]

  • John Wiley & Sons Sues Hundreds For Copyright Infringement & Illegal Downloads of Digital Books

    by Ernesto Van Dersar John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest book publishers, is continuing its efforts to crack down on BitTorrent piracy. The company has now named several people who allegedly shared Wiley titles online, and is demanding a jury trial against them. If these actually go ahead it will be the first […]

  • 20 Time-Saving Tips for Faculty Who Teach Distance Education Courses

    Planning ahead, setting limits, and tapping into reusable sources are ways to keep on-line teaching from consuming your life. Here are 20 tips on how to save time in your work as a distance educator: 1. Post all assignments, lectures, calendar entries, and topic discussions at the beginning of the course. Though this means a […]

  • Book Review: “How Economics Shapes Science”

    By Beryl Lieff Benderly “Follow the money!” According to the film All the President’s Men, this advice from the shadowy informant known as Deep Throat guided Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in cracking the Watergate conspiracy. The strategy also serves Georgia State University economist Paula Stephan extremely well in her illuminating and accessible new book, How Economics […]

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