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University Administration

Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

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.

Gourmet Climbing Walls and the Wolves of Old Main: Why Higher Ed May Need a New Rating System

Steven Conn | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
Steven Conn

If the college was once modeled on the monastery, over the last two decades or so many campuses have transformed themselves into versions of Club Med.

Inequality on Campus

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 04.25.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

Some of the nation's poorest people work at higher educational institutions, and many of them are members of the faculty. Oh, yes, there are still faculty members who receive comfortable middle class salaries. But most faculty do not.

The Real Business of Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

If you go to college you should leave campus with a tool kit of skills that will guarantee a good paying job -- a good return on your educational investment. It's hard to argue with such an idea.

Doing University Administration Well, Part II

Chris Maples | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Chris Maples

In my previous post, I covered two of the five most important things that I think one needs to do university administration well: Students First and Really Listen. Below, I'll cover the next three things I think must be done to do university administration well.

At Universities, Too, the Rich Grow Richer

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Lawrence Wittner

Although many Americans believe their universities are places where administrators and faculty members coexist on a fairly equal basis, the reality is that this is far from the case.

Bureacracy Ad NAuSeuM: Is the Unaccredited Life Worth Living?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 07.08.2013 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

What's the payoff for the enormous amount of faculty time (and stress) invested in preparing the self-study document and submitting to a curriculum colonoscopy every decade? What's the "value added" for being accredited?

Joe Paterno and the Corporate Contours of University Life

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.11.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

If you look beyond the salacious headlines it is clear that the Penn State scandal is a symptom of the scourge of big money and corporate culture that have infected the social life of our universities.

University of Illinois Is in the Black, While Faculty and Students See Red

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Lennard Davis

As state university systems flounder on financial ruin, faculty and students become the excess baggage thrown off the boat to save the ship.