to stories I’d like to post so I can close all those browser pages:
- “Professors: Dean Likened Them to Satan With $666 Raise.” Inside Higher Ed (Oct. 31, 2013): From the comments: “They should argue that they are ten times worse than the devil and ask for raises of $6660.”
- “As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry.” Tamar Lewin. New York Times (Oct. 30, 2013):
“Students who are anxious about finishing their degree, and avoiding debt, sometimes see the breadth requirements as getting in their way,” said Nicholas Dirks, chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.
- “Academic Freedom: Ivory tower privilege or public interest?” Julie Guard. CCPA-MA (Oct. 28, 2013):
- “Leaders of Western, Calgary, Alberta and Waterloo top $500k: Salaries and benefits of 60 Canadian university presidents.” Josh Dehaas. Macleans.ca (Oct. 28, 2013): an interesting read. As far as one can tell, the salary of the president at UNB is smack at the national average, and well above provincial and regional averages, even without accounting for benefits.
- “Checking Out of The Bates Motel: Thoughts From a Recent Retiree on the Changing Face of the U Of S.” Terry Matheson, University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association (Oct. 22, 2013):
I have noted at least four or more major changes in the University during my years here, that may provide some reasons for this lamentable decline of the U of S from a once-healthy, intellectually vibrant and employee-supportive post-secondary institution to its present toxic state: first, the alarming mushrooming of the number of administrators on campus, especially in recent years; secondly, and related to this, the subtle but increasing erosion of respect for faculty that has accompanied the emergence of this burgeoning group of bureaucrats, many of whom seem to know next to nothing about what faculty actually do; thirdly, the increasing focus on, and financial encouragement of, those branches of the University that train, rather than educate; and finally, the accompanying devaluation and resulting marginalization of the Humanities, Fine Arts, and even some of the Social Sciences.