Month: May 2016

Higher Ed Jobs Releases First Quarter Report


Here are the highlights of the 2016-Q1 report from Higher Ed Jobs:

–The number of jobs in higher education expanded in Q1 2016 at the highest growth rate for the first quarter in three years.

–While the number of jobs in higher education expanded at a slightly higher rate in Q1 2016, the number of higher education job postings increased at a slightly slower pace.

–The ratio of faculty to administrative and executive postings continued to decline in Q1 2016 and at a greater rate than the year before. However, despite the diminishing ratio of faculty job postings, the actual number of faculty job postings continued to increase.

–Job postings for part-time positions continued to increase in Q1 2016 but at a declining rate of growth. Meanwhile, job postings for full-time positions not only increased, but accelerated.

–Job postings for full-time faculty grew at a faster rate in Q1…

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Hardest Hit Public Universities in Illinois Losing Students, Some to Adjacent States


The following excerpts from an Associated Press news story on the website of the ABC channel WLS-TV in Chicago provides on update on the longer term impact of the ongoing state budget battle in Illinois:

“High school seniors’ unease over the lack of state funding for Illinois universities is contributing to a drop in applications at a number of campuses, and the problem appears to primarily affect schools facing the some of the toughest financial struggles.

“A review of admissions data by The Associated Press found that applications for the 2016-2017 fall semester are down for at least four of the state’s 12 public university campuses – all of them smaller schools that don’t have as much money coming in from things like research grants and tuition and have smaller endowments. . . .

“Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois, University of Illinois-Springfield and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville all say they had fewer…

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More on the Elimination of Faculty and Staff Positions in Kentucky


This post is a follow-up to my recent post on the elimination of faculty and staff positions at Northern Kentucky University [].

Writing for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Linda Blackford reports:

“Facing a $26 million shortfall caused by declining enrollment and a decade of budget cuts from state government, Kentucky’s community college system has cut 506 positions, including 170 faculty and staff jobs that were occupied.

“According to the Kentucky Community and Technical College’s central office, colleges have cut 191 faculty positions and 315 staff posts. Because many of the positions were vacant or were vacated through retirements, only 45 faculty and 125 staff were actually laid off.

“KCTCS President Jay Box was not immediately available for comment Wednesday. But earlier this month, he warned of upcoming spending reductions because of a 4.5 percent cut in state support over the next two years. Those cuts come on top…

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OCAAUP Testimony on “Reforms” Ostensibly Intended to Increase Access and Affordability


Testimony of Stephen Mockabee, Ph.D.

Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors before the House Finance Higher Education Subcommittee Representative Mike Duffey, Chair

May 19, 2016

Chairman Duffey, Ranking Member Ramos, and distinguished members of the House Finance Higher Education Subcommittee:

My name is Steve Mockabee, and I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati. I serve as a Trustee and Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors (OCAAUP).

Typically, John McNay, our State Conference President, would be representing our association to the legislature, but he currently is in Oslo, Norway as a Nobel Scholar to study and to deliver a speech about U.S. Presidents’ peace policies. This is a great example of an Ohio faculty member earning a prestigious opportunity, as well as giving the University of Cincinnati even greater international recognition…

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Administrative Staffing 1987-2011, A Statistical Profile by Institution, Part 17: Hawaii and Idaho


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:

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.

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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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Global Survey of Academic Freedom Issues in 2015 [Post 8 of a Series]


Australia—Federal Funding for the Copenhagen Consensus Centre at Flinders University

 In October, Simon Birmingham, the education minister in the new government of Malcolm Turnbull, announced that it would uphold the decision by Christopher Pyne, the education minister under former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, to withdraw “funding offered to Bjørn Lomborg for the creation of the Australia Consensus centre in any university” (Medhora). The funding would have amounted to $4 million.

Not surprisingly, a spokesperson for Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Centre expressed regret at the decision: “’It is disappointing that a significant global research effort attracting top economists to look at development priorities will no longer be associated with Australia. Those who used the announcement of Australia Consensus as a political football had no interest in our record of ten years’ work on development issues, or our work with hundreds of world-class economists and Nobel laureates. Australia could have played a…

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Sheryl Sandberg’s Commencement Address at UC Berkeley


Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement address at UC Berkeley has attracted considerable media attention because it includes some extended personal reflections on the sudden loss of her husband. Although there is very clearly a tabloid aspect to the media interest in Sandberg’s remarks, the personal elements of her observations actually do give considerable depth to what might otherwise seem predictable, if not clichéd, observations and guidance to those graduating.

The video and transcript of the speech are also available on the university website and elsewhere on the Web.

Here is video of her commencement address. She takes the podium about two minutes in:

Here is a transcript of the commencement address:

Thank you, Marie. And thank you esteemed members of the faculty, proud parents, devoted friends, squirming siblings.

Congratulations to all of you…and especially to the magnificent Berkeley graduating class of 2016!

It is a privilege to be here at Berkeley, which…

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Almost 40 Faculty and 70 Staff Eliminated at NKU


Writing for the Cincinnati Inquirer, Kate Murphy reports that Northern Kentucky University will eliminate “more than 100 faculty and staff positions” to cover an $8 million budget shortfall.

The announcement came on the heels of a ruling by Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate that “Gov. Matt Bevin can cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature . . . [because] Bevin was not adjusting the colleges’ appropriation, which is something only the state legislature can do. He was just ordering them not to spend all of it.”

For Northern Kentucky University, the reduction in state support amounts to $2.2 million. Since 2008, the university “has looked to extract efficiencies in terms of operating costs,” but, according to its president Geoff Mearns, it has “’already captured the low-hanging fruit’ and had to resort to personnel cuts.”

In all, 37 faculty positions will be eliminated, saving…

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