Month: April 2016

Global Survey of Academic Freedom Issues in 2015 [Post 4 of a Series]

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Canada—Capilano University

In May 2014, George Rammell, a professor of art at Capilano University, discovered that a sculpture had been removed from his campus studio. The sculpture was of “school president Kris Bulcroft with her poodle Margaux wrapped in an American flag” (Hager). Rammell learned that the sculpture had been removed by campus security and that it had been irreparably damaged in the process

The chair of the “school’s board” had ordered the removal of the sculpture “after she concluded that displaying the massive acrylic head on campus amounted to ‘personal harassment’ of Dr. Bulcroft” (Hager).

In May 2015, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) issued a report that found that the university had violated Rammell’s academic freedom: specifically, CAUT “found that while the piece was unflattering, it was also ‘legitimate expression, not bullying or personal harassment.’ . . . ; ‘ [rather,] the sculpture was clearly in the…

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Total NFL Draft Picks by University

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Here are the schools with the most NFL draft picks between 1996 and 2015:

USC: 69

LSU: 63

Oklahoma: 57

Georgia: 56

Florida State: 54

(tie) Alabama: 53

(tie) Ohio State: 53

Miami: 46

Florida: 45

Wisconsin: 42

(tie) Clemson: 41

(tie) Texas: 41

(tie) California: 40

(tie) Notre Dame: 40

(tie) Virginia Tech: 40

Iowa: 39

Nebraska: 37

Penn State: 36

Oregon: 35

(tie) Auburn: 34

(tie) Michigan: 34

(tie) North Carolina: 34

(tie) South Carolina: 34

(tie) Tennessee: 34

Here are the universities with the most players selected in the NFL draft since its inception in 1936, down to those universities that have produced at least 25 drafted players (so, to be clear, any university with fewer than 80 players selected in the draft has averaged fewer than one player per draft):

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Here are the conferences that produced the most players selected in the NFL Draft from 2005-2015:

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First-Round NFL Draft Picks by School

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Here is the list, by school, for 2016:

5: Ohio State: Joey Bosa (No. 3 overall), Ezekiel Elliott (4), Eli Apple (10), Taylor Decker (16),Darron Lee (20)

3: Ole Miss: Laremy Tunsil (13), Laquon Treadwell (23), Robert Nkemdiche (29)

2: Florida: Vernon Hargreaves III (11), Keanu Neal (17)

2: Notre Dame: Ronnie Stanley (6), Will Fuller (21)

Alabama: Ryan Kelly (18)

Baylor: Corey Coleman (15)

California: Jared Goff (1)

Clemson: Shaq Lawson (19)

Florida State: Jalen Ramsey (5)

Georgia: Leonard Floyd (9)

Houston – William Jackson III (24)

Louisville: Sheldon Rankins (12)

Louisiana Tech: Vernon Butler (30)

Miami: Artie Burns (25)

Michigan State: Jack Conklin (8)

Memphis: Paxton Lynch (26)

North Dakota State: Carson Wentz (2)

Oregon: DeForest Buckener (7)

Stanford: Joshua Garnett (28)

TCU: Josh Doctson (22)

Texas A&M: Germain Ifedi

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The Trump U Lawsuits and the Presidential Campaign

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Writing for Politico, Josh Gerstein has reported that hearings on the lawsuits against Trump University in both California and New York have been scheduled for the week in which the Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland. Ironically, given Trump’s recurring assertions that Hillary Clinton may be under indictment during the fall campaign, the lawsuits against Trump are almost certain to extend through election day, if not beyond.

If the issues surrounding Trump University are largely new to you, Gerstein provides a succinct overview: “The lawsuits generally claim that Trump misrepresented that his Trump University instructors were handpicked by him and that they had extensive background in real-estate. In fact, Trump has acknowledged he didn’t know or meet most of the teachers. One was a convicted felon. Trump has said at least one instructor lied about his background. The New York case also argues that the Trump University…

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Principles and Intercollegiate Athletics

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The following paragraphs are taken from an article written by Dom Amore for the Hartford Courant:

“The [Connecticut] governor’s ban on state-paid travel to North Carolina does not preclude college sports teams from playing games there.

“In the short term, the ban, which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued on March 31 in response to a North Carolina law he said is discriminatory toward the LGBT community, is not applicable to UConn—a member of the American Athletic Conference, which includes East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.

“The UConn baseball and women’s tennis teams traveled to play at East Carolina in April. The ban provides an exception for pre-existing contractual obligations. . . .

“The North Carolina legislation excludes protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and overturned an ordinance in Charlotte that let transgender people use restrooms of their choice.

Compare Malloy’s statement when he issued the ban–

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Real Innovation, Not Corporate Modeling

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If your institution has implemented RCM budgeting, you know that one of the main casualties of the model is interdisciplinary studies, especially across colleges. And given that most cutting-edge innovation is coming out of just those kinds of interdisciplinary study, the corporate management model is actually undermining one of the most significant ways in which university research might feed economic development.

Writing for the Roanoke Times, Robby Korth has reported on Virginia Tech’s significant commitment to developing not just interdisciplinary programs but interdisciplinary “areas” of study in which very innovative teaching, learning, research, and scholarship will be fostered. And it is hard to see how this approach will not benefit the more traditional disciplines within the university since most of them will contribute in some way to the work being done within new areas of study.

Here are the opening paragraphs of Korth’s article, describing the major elements of…

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Global Survey of Academic Freedom Issues in 2015 [Post 3 of a Series]

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Canada—University of New Brunswick St. Johns

Ricardo Duchesne, a sociology professor for more than two decades at the University of New Brunswick Saint Johns, wrote an article “that suggested an increase in Asian immigrants was threatening Canada’s traditional European makeup.” The article received national attention, and Kerry Jang, a faculty member at the University of British Columbia who is also a  Vancouver city councillor, filed a formal complaint with the University of New Brunswick. Asserting that the opinions expressed by Duchesne are based on nothing more than stereotypes that are both “racist and inaccurate,” Jang argued that Duchesne was “using his university credentials to legitimize his own personal views” and ought to be censured for what amounts to an abuse of academic freedom: “’With academic freedom comes great responsibility so to talk about these things, you must also talk about alternate perception. You have to provide a full range of…

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Faculty, Students Urge That EMU Drop Football

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Here are the opening paragraphs of an article by Martin Slagter on the Michigan Live website:

“Howard Bunsis is keeping the heat on Eastern Michigan University, recommending the school drop Division I football and join the Horizon League.

“Bunsis, accounting professor and treasurer of the EMU-AAUP, suggested the university consider making the switch during Friday’s Board of Regents meeting, in the wake of HBO’s airing of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” last week, which shined an unpleasant national spotlight on the university’s funding of its athletic department.

“Bunsis pointed to the fact that EMU must subsidize 80 percent of its budget, or around $27 million of the $33.9 million it spent in 2014-15–-the highest percentage of any school in the Mid-American Conference–-according to data provided recently by USA Today.

“’Culturally and geographically, EMU football will simply never succeed from an attendance and financial standpoint,’ he said during his…

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Global Survey of Academic Freedom Issues in 2015 [Post 2 of a Series]

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Canada—University of British Columbia [Part 2]

About two months after the previously cited articles on the issues involving John Montalbano and Jennifer Berdahl was published, the following open letter by Martha Piper, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia was also published in the Vancouver Sun. At a time when administrators have often actively sought to undermine academic freedom or have passively acquiesced to its erosion by political and corporate interests, this statement by a university president is remarkable for both its content and its singularity:

“There is a conversation unfolding–reasonably and urgently–about whether the University of British Columbia has been offering adequate support and protection to the privilege of academic freedom. I’m encouraged by that discussion: it’s an issue well worth our time, and one that I’m determined to see resolved in a decisive and transparent fashion.

“As a result of recent experience at UBC, we…

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Administrative Staffing 1987-2011, A Statistical Profile by Institution, Part 16: Georgia

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The federal data that will be presented in this series of posts was analyzed by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NCIR) in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research. The NECIR story on the data and its implications, written by Jon Marcus, who is currently an editor at the Hechinger Report, is available at: http://necir.org/2014/02/06/new-analysis-shows-problematic-boom-in-higher-ed-administrators/.

NECIR is one of a number of foundation-supported nonprofits that produce journalism in collaboration with other media, in this case the Boston NPR station and the Huffington Post, where this story also ran.

The data is being re-posted here with the permission of Jon Marcus.

I believe that it is worth presenting the data state by state because, in its totality, the material is so extensive as to be overwhelming. I also hope that presenting it state by state may encourage some further use of it by our chapters and conferences…

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