Month: March 2016

Walker’s Wisconsin


Writing for WiscNews, Nicco Savidge attempts to provide an overview and a gauge of “the Extent of Scott Walker’s Impact on UW.” Here is the opening section of Savidge’s article:

“Gov. Scott Walker has had a bigger impact on Wisconsin’s public universities than any governor in decades, and he is among the most aggressive governors in the country in reshaping higher education, experts say.

“Walker has cut funding for the University of Wisconsin System byhundreds of millions of dollarsfrozen undergraduate tuition and approved legislation that shifts power on UW campuses toward administrators and away from faculty, while also weakening those professors’ protections from layoffs.

“The governor’s influence has also extended into the administration of the UW System, which has hired a longtime friend and political confidant to one of its top positions and is governed by a Board of Regents made up almost entirely of…

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Update on Support for Faculty and Students at Hyderabad University


This is an update to the list of signatories to the statement initially posted to this blog yesterday: university-of-hyderabad/.

Signatories [Some prominent names have been added to the front end of the list.]:

  1. Lawrence Cohen, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  2. Navtej K Purewal Deputy Director, South Asia Institute SOAS University of London
  3. Akhil Gupta, Director, Center for India and South Asia (CISA), UCLA
  4. Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus), MIT
  5. Michael Davis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Creative Writing, University of California Riverside
  6. Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director, The Oakland Institute
  7. Barbara Harriss-White, Oxford University
  8. Kavita Krishnan, Secretary AIPWA
  9. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
  10. Arunima, Professor and Chair, Centre for Women’s Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU
  11. Sandeep Pandey, former Visiting Faculty, IIT, BHU, Varanasi
  12. Michael D. Yates, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, United States
  13. Abha Sur…

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Federal Allocations to Education for 2017


Lost in all of the attention to this year’s “unusual” presidential campaign has been a looming budget battle. The legislature has signed off on an agreement to fund the government through the end of the year, but that agreement does not mean that there will be much consensus on how the funding will be allocated. What follows is what President Obama has proposed in terms of education-related funding.


The Obama Administration released a fiscal year 2017 budget that makes crucial investments building on the Administration’s work to advance educational equity and excellence, support teachers and school leaders, and promote college access, affordability and completion.

“The President’s budget reflects the Administration’s broader efforts to expand opportunity and ensure every child can achieve his or her full potential,” said Acting Education Secretary John B. King Jr. “We have made tremendous progress with record high school graduation rates and more students of…

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COCAL Updates


COCAL is the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, a nearly 20 year old network of contingent activists and their organizations that does a conference (now tri-national – USA, CAN (including QBC) , and  MEX) every other year, usually in August. It also sponsors a listserv, called ADJ-L, and has an International Advisory Committee and a website and Facebook page>.

These updates are compiled and distributed weekly by Joe Berry and are reprinted here with his permission. These are the updates from January 28, 2016.



1. AFT 2121 votes over 92% for strike authorization at CCSF

2. AFT 2121 membrs and allies arrested in sit-in at District chief negotiator’s office

and  You can find the rally photo album here:

3. CA CC’s navigate finding new accreditor

4. Invisible battlefields: a call to stand with community colleges

5. More on…

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Support for Students and Faculty at the University of Hyderabad


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The statement that follows is being circulated in solidarity with the students and faculty of the Hyderabad Central University, presently under siege by the police and from the central government in India.  In the past three days police and paramilitary forces have been occupying the HCU campus–dozens of students were beaten and molested by police officers, and deprived of basic food and water supplies, electricity and the media.  Twenty-seven people, including two faculty members, were abducted and badly brutalized by police. Several of them remain in custody in different locations throughout the city. There has been a virtual media blackout. This is part of what is becoming a worrisome pattern of state violence on academic institutions across the country. A number of you signed solidarity statements after Jawaharlal Nehru University at Delhi came under attack last month.  As students, teachers and activists based, let us tell the Indian…

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“Thucydides” on Higher-Ed Funding


This “over the transom” piece is from a colleague who has chosen the pseudonym “Thucydides.” It owes a considerable debt—is in many respects an homage–to the legendary Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko.


Moose McGillicuddy wiped down the bar at his tavern. Moose’s was a typical downtown Ohio bar. Politicians, college students, construction workers, and professors often leaned on the bar providing advice, seeking counsel, or just taking a break with a tall cold one.

This day was no different. The lunch crowd had disappeared and a couple tables looked ready to head back to work. Now that the university was back in session, there would be a good crowd of students that evening.

Then two frequent patrons walked in the door, well-known legislators. Already engaged in conversation, they sat down at the bar and contemplated the beer selection. “What’ll ya have,” Moose said genially and poured the men their…

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Urgent Update from the University of Hyderabad


This is an update from those who are, in effect, under siege at the university:

Between 21 and 34 students and two professors were picked up yesterday around 5 pm, brutally beaten in a police van, and detained in unknown locations all night. We have some information now that they were detained in Miyapur and Narsing police stations; the police blatantly lied to people who went to Miyapur police station that they were not holding any people there. We still do not know their fate.

The CRPF and RAF have beaten hundreds of protesting students badly in campus, abused them as “anti-nationals”. Students were crying and in pain. Women were beaten and grabbed by male police officers. The phones of several students have been confiscated while they video recorded the brutality. Hostels were searched as police appeared to have a pre-determined list of students and faculty they were trying to…

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“March Madness” Is Big Business


Here are some statistics from Erik Sherman’s April 2015 article for Fortune “College Basketball Coaches and Their Slam Dunk Salaries” []. (Billy Donovan has since moved on from the University of Florida to the NBA.)

Duke University

Coach: Mike Krzyzewski
Total pay: $9,682,032
Maximum bonus: N/A
University president pay: Richard H. Brodhead, $1.1 million
Basketball program revenue: $27 million
Basketball program expenses: $14.2 million
Gross profit: $12.8 million

University of Louisville

Coach: Rick Pitino
Total pay: $5,758,338
Maximum bonus: $775,000
University president pay: James Ramsey, $1.2 million
Basketball program revenue: $16.7 million
Basketball program expenses: $12.1 million
Gross profit: $4.6 million

University of Kentucky

Coach: John Calipari
Total pay: $5,511,381
Maximum bonus: $850,000
University president pay: Eli Capilouto, $685,500
Basketball program revenue: $22.8 million
Basketball program expenses: $15.1 million
Gross profit: $7.7 million

University of Kansas

Coach: Bill Self
Total pay: $4,960,763
Maximum bonus: $525,000
University chancellor pay: 

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More on the Candidates’ Positions on Education Issues


Education Dive has published a web page that includes the views of the remaining six presidential candidates on four education-related issues: Common Core, School Choice, College Affordability, and Free Community College.

If you go to the page, you will see that there are four sections, and if you click on the bar at the bottom of each section, you can move through the candidates’ positions on that issue—from Clinton to Cruz, to Kasich, to Rubio, to Sanders, to Trump.

The page is available at:

Because Donald Trump has not taken any formal positions on education issues beyond asserting that Common Core is a “disaster,” Mike Klonsky has in his SmallTalk blog attempted to collect Trump’s remarks over recent years about education in general and higher education in particular.

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More on Trump University


As Donald Trump’s opponents have tried to substantiate their assertions that he is a confidence man, fresh attention has been given to the class-action lawsuits filed by former students of Trump University and the $40 million suit filed by the attorney general of New York state.

Writing for the Daily Beast, Olivia Nuzzi and Kate Briquelet report that “Trump University Hired Motivational Speakers and a Felon as Faculty.”

The whole article is very much worth reading, but here are a few of the more important points that the authors make, at least in my view:

“Trump, who once boasted he “hand-picked” the university’s faculty, now claims that he doesn’t remember Harris [the ‘felon’] or anybody else he employed. But lots of others do remember Harris—his name has appeared 17 times in affidavits. Trump, who is set to be a witness this coming spring or summer when one of the…

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