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What Men­tors Of­ten Miss

She was a seem­ing­ly qui­et, in­tro­spec­tive stu­dent. On the sur­face, her in­tro­ver­sion didn’t bode well for her suc­cess in my pub­lic-speak­ing course at the Community College of Phil­a­del­phia. While oth­er stu­dents were of­ten loud and more gre­gar­i­ous, she said very lit­tle in class. Nev­er­the­less, I could al­ways tell she was en­gaged. From the way her … Continue reading

Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?

Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators—unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt)―are thriving. In 2011, the last year for which figures are available, 42 private college and university presidents received more than a million dollars … Continue reading

In a Fight for More Funds, Professors Quantify Colleges’ Neglect of Instruction

The humble calculator has emerged as a powerful weapon for faculty members battling administrators over spending. When university leaders say they need to hold down instructional spending because of a budget crunch, the American Association of University Professors often seeks to debunk their claims by crunching numbers. Nearly always, the AAUP’s financial analyses produce figures … Continue reading

Rising Tuition Discounts and Flat Tuition Revenues Squeeze Colleges Even Harder

By now, the picture painted in a new survey of tuition discounting, net-tuition revenue, and other enrollment trends should be drearily familiar to many in higher education. Theannual survey of private, nonprofit, four-year colleges, conducted by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, points to yet another year when discount rates for first-time, full-time … Continue reading

Paying for Quality Education

Early this year, President Obama announced “version 1.0” of his college-rating system at least in part to help clarify what constituted a good investment for students. The nation’s college presidents and administrators expressed concern that the ratings would elevate financial concerns above academic ones and said that the criteria — especially the earnings of graduates … Continue reading

The Erosion of Faculty Rights

In the rush to online education, faculty members have been signing contracts that abrogate the ownership of their classes, erode their collective interests, and threaten the quality of higher education. No standard (let alone best) practice has yet emerged, and faculty members are largely in the dark about what is at stake. Put simply, the … Continue reading