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Darryl Dawkins, RIP

Originally posted on The Academe Blog:

When I was in graduate school at Lehigh University, Darryl Hawkins was playing professional basketball for the Philadelphia 76ers. He was part of the team assembled around Julius Erving, and coached by Billy Cunningham, and they were among the best teams in the league year after year, in a few instances coming tantalizing close to the title that they would win only after Moses Malone had replaced Dawkins on the roster.

Ironically, Moses Malone had been the first player drafted directly out of high school when he had been selected by the Utah Stars of the ABA. The next year, Dawkins had become the first player drafted directly out of high school by an NBA team. By the time that he retired, Malone had accumulated career statistics that made him a lock for the Hall of Fame, and he has been included on just about every subsequent list of the…

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Very Concrete, Local Issues and Much Broader, Ideological Issues in Higher Education

Originally posted on The Academe Blog:

Writing for the Athens Messenger, Sarah Guinn reports that Hocking College in southeastern Ohio has fired 13 faculty members for lack of adequate credentials. Here are the opening paragraphs of the article:

“Between July and early August, Hocking College ‘released’ 13 full-time members of the faculty—some of whom had been there more than 20 years—citing a lack of credentials, according to the college’s president, Dr. Betty Young.

“The ‘releases,’ as Young referred to it, or terminations of employment, come as a result of requirements handed down by the Higher Learning Commission at an annual meeting earlier this year in March, which informed the college all faculty members must hold appropriate credentials in his or her field of teaching, Young said.

“The college had until Dec. 31 to meet the requirements, and in preparation of an upcoming HLC accreditation visit, the college formed a committee made up of faculty and…

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Because I Am Apparently a Masochist

Originally posted on The Academe Blog:

Phil Magness keeps attributing the growth in the percentage of part-time faculty to the rise of the for-profit universities. But his own chart seems to show that that impact has been less than one might expect.

Magness's Chart

Notice that the percentage of part-time faculty at all institutions is 47%, only .4% higher than the total for public institutions and only 4.8% higher than the percentage for private non-profit institutions.

Notice, too, that at associate-degree colleges, the percentage at public institutions is exactly the average for all institutions. Likewise, notice that in the top three categories, either the public institutions or the private non-profit institutions employ a higher percentage of part-time faculty than the average for all institutions.

Readers of this blog know that I am clearly not a statistician, but if there was some dramatic skewing of the numbers, wouldn’t it be more readily apparent?

And I will reiterate what I…

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If Nothing Else, This Period Is Rich in Satiric Possibilities, in Particular in Education and, Even More Narrowly, in Higher Education: Part 1

Originally posted on The Academe Blog:

Here is a small collection of recently published satiric items, largely from The Onion, on topics typically covered in other posts to this blog. Almost all of the items have been published just in this past year.

“Sanders Shamelessly Pandering to Voters Who Want to Hear Truth”

http://portside.org/2015-08-14/sanders-shamelessly-pandering-voters-who-want-hear-truth

“Bernie Sanders Clearly in Pocket of High-Rolling Teacher Who Donated $300 to His Campaign”

http://www.theonion.com/article/bernie-sanders-clearly-pocket-high-rolling-teacher-50990

“New Statewide Education Standards Require Teachers to Forever Change Lives of 30% of Students”

http://www.theonion.com/article/new-statewide-education-standards-require-teachers-51038

“Study: Those Who Go to College Earn More Degrees over Lifetime than Those Who Do Not”

http://www.theonion.com/article/study-those-who-go-college-earn-more-degrees-over–50926

“Rising College Costs”

http://www.theonion.com/graphic/rising-college-costs-7951

“College Too Expensive?”

http://www.theonion.com/graphic/college-too-expensive-8496

“Do You Think College Is A Good Investment?”

http://www.theonion.com/pollzone/do-you-think-college-is-a-good-investment-35950

“Tips for Paying for College”

http://www.theonion.com/graphic/tips-for-paying-for-college-36977

“Why Are We Deferring Our College Loans?”

http://www.theonion.com/graphic/why-are-we-deferring-our-college-loans-38162

“New Law to Forgive Student Debt for College Graduates Once All Their Dreams Are Shattered”

http://www.theonion.com/article/new-law-to-forgive-student-debt-for-college-gradua-37448

“Woman Worried Student Loans Could Prevent Her…

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If Nothing Else, This Period Is Rich in Satiric Possibilities, in Particular in Education and, Even More Narrowly, in Higher Education: Part 2

Originally posted on The Academe Blog:

Here is a small collection of recently published satiric items, largely from The Onion, on topics typically covered in other posts to this blog. Almost all of the items have been published just in this past year.

“College Board under Fire for SAT Printing Error”

http://www.theonion.com/americanvoices/college-board-under-fire-sat-printing-error-50616

“Should Race Be Taken into Account in College Admissions?”

http://www.theonion.com/pollzone/should-race-be-taken-into-account-in-college-admis-37762

“Minority Student’s Perspective Better Be Pretty Goddamn Diverse if He Wants Full Scholarship”

http://www.theonion.com/article/minority-students-perspective-better-be-pretty-god-37630

“After Careful Thought, Teen Applies to College Where Family Donated Building”

http://www.theonion.com/article/after-careful-thought-teen-applies-to-college-wher-37222

“Poll: Elite Colleges Don’t Produce Happier Graduates”

http://www.theonion.com/americanvoices/poll-elite-colleges-dont-produce-happier-graduates-35974

“How Colleges Are Luring Top Students”

http://www.theonion.com/graphic/how-colleges-are-luring-top-students-37190

“Making the Most of Your College Tour”

http://www.theonion.com/graphic/making-the-most-of-your-college-tour-38254

“High School Student Taking Rejection from First-Choice College in Stride as if Future Not Over”

http://www.theonion.com/article/high-school-student-taking-rejection-from-first-ch-38476

“Tips for Dealing with College Rejection”

http://www.theonion.com/graphic/tips-for-dealing-with-college-rejection-38353

“College Accepts Safety Student Just in Case Top Choices Don’t Work Out”

http://www.theonion.com/article/college-accepts-safety-student-just-in-case-top-ch-38395

“Nation’s Prospective College Applicants Go Straight to Princeton…

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If Nothing Else, This Period Is Rich in Satiric Possibilities, in Particular in Education and, Even More Narrowly, in Higher Education: Part 3

Originally posted on The Academe Blog:

Here is a small collection of recently published satiric items, largely from The Onion, on topics typically covered in other posts to this blog. Almost all of the items have been published just in this past year.

“Spring Break Safety Tips”

http://www.theonion.com/graphic/spring-break-safety-tips-38177

“Pros and Cons of the Greek System”

http://www.theonion.com/graphic/pros-and-cons-of-the-greek-system-38515

“College Rape Victim Pretty Thrilled She Gets to Recount Assault to Faculty Committee”

http://www.theonion.com/article/college-rape-victim-pretty-thrilled-she-gets-to-re-36129

“College Newspaper Staff Know Exactly How They Would Respond if Editorial Freedom Challenged”

http://www.theonion.com/article/college-newspaper-staff-know-exactly-how-they-woul-38319

“College Encourages Lively Exchange of Idea”

http://www.theonion.com/article/college-encourages-lively-exchange-of-idea-38496

“Parents Dedicate New College Safe Space In Honor Of Daughter Who Felt Weird In Class Once”

http://www.theonion.com/article/parents-dedicate-new-college-safe-space-honor-daug-50851

“8 Most Popular College Majors”

http://www.theonion.com/slideshow/8-most-popular-college-majors-37446

“The Pros and Cons of Paying College Athletes”

http://www.theonion.com/graphic/the-pros-and-cons-of-paying-college-athletes-38321

“What Privileges Do Student-Athletes Receive?”

http://www.theonion.com/graphic/what-privileges-do-student-athletes-receive-37268

“College Football Player First in Family to Meet NCAA Academic Eligibility Requirements”

http://www.theonion.com/article/college-football-player-first-in-family-to-meet-nc-36841

“Thousands of College Football Players Expected to Play Through Season with Broken NCAA…

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Addendum to Aaron Barlow’s Post on Contingent and Adjunct Faculty

Originally posted on The Academe Blog:

Another element of the broader issues addressed in Aaron’s post is the disparity in the nature of adjuncting–of teaching part-time–in different disciplines and in covering different levels of courses.

The adjunct faculty in professional schools very likely have full-time employment outside of the university. The same is true for the great majority of adjunct faculty who teach upper-level or graduate courses in disciplines such as business, engineering, and education, in particular educational leadership.

But the majority of the adjunct faculty who teach part-time in the humanities and the social sciences and who cover sections of core or general-education courses have no employment outside of the university and are trying to cobble together incomes from two to four part-time positions. The average number of institutions at which they teach has clearly edged upward as most institutions have limited the number of courses available to individual adjuncts in order to avoid providing…

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The “Good News” on Student Debt Is Not Really All That Good

Originally posted on The Academe Blog:

Writing for the Huffington Post, Shahien Nasiripour reports that “Borrowing for College Is Set to Hit a Five Year Low.” More specifically, for the first time since the 2009-2010 academic year, student loans are likely to total less than $100 million.

That sounds like good news. But it actually reflects very little change. In fact, the best that can be said is that the numbers do not appear to be getting dramatically worse.

First, the student loan total had edged over $100 million in the last two years. So even though the figure sounds like a major benchmark, a decline just slightly below that benchmark represents only a  slight decline in borrowing.

Second, much of the decline is due to a slight decline in the total enrollment for the coming academic year. This decline will continue the trend of the last five years, during which total enrollment has declined by…

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You Make the Culture

Originally posted on The Academe Blog:

With the permission of the author, Amy King, I am re-posting this wonderful (not in the trite sense, but in the sense of provoking genuine wonder), challenging, and very thought-provoking poem that was distributed by Poets.org in their Poem-a-Day daily e-mail.

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You Make the Culture

Amy King

The words became librarians, custodians of people

I looked for on the bridge.

I forgot my own face.

I read the book backwards, and

I painted your name in lace

(I drink only the milk of script as beer).

I dislocate all gallery aesthetics,

I carry keys for Baltimore and

Go where no one is my name.

I wish I could sculpt a healing street

from a blanket of guns. The way the sun drops

behind a onearmed

cop & we default

to believing in voices. This is the trough of sleep

we draw from. Even gravity works at night.

If I…

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