Academe

Academe is the bimonthly magazine of the American Association of University Professors. Academe features analysis of higher education issues from the perspective of faculty members, including news affecting professors and feature articles on tenure, affirmative action, part-time faculty appointments, intellectual property, and a host of other timely academic issues.

Articles from Vol. 88, No. 5, September/October

AAUP Files Brief in Curriculum Case
In May the AAUP filed a friend-ofthe-court brief in support of theater professors at the University of Utah who were sued by a student over curricular requirements. The case, Axson-Flynn v. Johnson, involves the university theater department's requirement...
Academic Freedom NOW
STATE OF THE PROFESSION Usually it is not a matter of controversy when a distinguished alumna returns to her alma mater to address former mentors and current students. Such, however, was not the case when Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization...
Accreditor Rejects Evangelical College
Patrick Henry College in Virginia was denied preaccreditation (the step preceding full accreditation) in April by the American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE), a national organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit liberal...
Affirmative Action, Hate Speech, and Tenure: Narratives about Race, Law, and the Academy
Affirmative Action, Hate Speech, and Tenure: Narratives about Race, Law, and the Academy Benjamin Baez. New York: Routledge Falmer, 2002 PATRICIA MARIN The topics of race, ethnicity, and oppression have been debated by scholars from a range of perspectives....
Beyond Affirmative Action: Reframing the Context of Higher Education
Beyond Affirmative Action: Reframing the Context of Higher Education Robert A. Ibarra. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2001, 323 pp. Robert Ibarra's book defies easy categorization. Part report of This own study, part survey of the scholarship...
Cases Settled through Staff Mediation
The work of Committee A's staff in bringing cases to a sound resolution is illustrated in the four 2001-02 accounts that follow. Some twenty such cases were closed during this past academic year after having been resolved through mediation by the staff....
Censured Administrations
Investigations by the American Association of University Professors of the administrations of the institutions listed below show that, as evidenced by a past violation, they are not observing the generally recognized principles of academic freedom and...
Critical Patriotism
Our responsibility to critical thought complicates simple-minded notions of loyalty and patriotism. The "classics" of Western thought persist as touchstones of self-reflection and reason. There was a marvelous irony in the accusation of the American...
Dispute Resolution System Successful in Georgia
Institutions of higher education inevitably see their share of interpersonal and interdepartmental conflicts. In the University System of Georgia, such conflicts are increasingly handled by an alternative dispute resolution system that emphasizes mediation...
Do Students Have a Right to Privacy?
LEGAL WATCH Student privacy has always been a hot-button issue in academe, and faculty are often on the front lines of this debate. We know not to distribute student social security numbers or to publicize a student's grade, but beyond these bright lines...
Foreign-Student Tracking System Faces Hurdles
NOTA BENE The January 2003 deadline set by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) for colleges and universities to implement the new system for tracking foreign students may be overly optimistic, observers say. The INS was heavily criticized...
Higher Education Less Affordable
American higher education is becoming less affordable, according to a report released in May by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, which reached this conclusion by comparing college costs to family income. In Losing Ground: A...
Intellectual Property and the AAUP
Some approaches to intellectual property can conflict with academic freedom. The AAUP's Statement on Copyright address issues of control and ownership of academic work. The American Association of University Professors was founded in 1915 but did not...
Letters
Letters to Academe of three hundred words or fewer are encouraged. Academe reserves the right to edit letters. Submit them by mail to the AAUP or by e-mail to <academe@ aaup.org>. Submissions must include the writer's name and phone number. Essential...
Medical Education Beleagured, Report Warns
In May the Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Academic Health Centers issued a report warning that medical education in the United States may not be keeping pace with new demands in the science and practice of medicine. Training Tomorrow's Doctors: The...
Missouri Legislature Makes Punitive Budget Cuts
The Missouri House of Representatives voted last spring to cut money from the University of Missouri budget to register disapproval of several faculty and staff actions. The representatives rescinded $500,000 to punish the School of Journalism after...
Open CourseWare: A Case Study in Institutional Decision Making
Bucking the rush to commercialize learning, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology chose to make -its entire curriculum free and open to the public, Faculty governance and strong institutional values made that choice possible. On April 4, 2001, the...
Pragmatism and the AAUP
Noting that the founding of the AAUP figures importantly in its chapter on "freedoms," a friend recently gave me a copy of Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America. I've just finished reading this superb study of the rise of...
Questions for Candidates
Elections are not far off, and there are plenty of congressional candidates who want your support. This would be a good time to talk with the candidates about higher education and your work as a faculty member. The senators and representatives we elect...
Recently Deceased: The First Amendment in Virginia
The free flow of information and ideas is central to academic freedom. A professor of Victorian literature explains how the state can sometimes control access to this flow. I was startled to see the U.S. Supreme Court assert in its recent ruling on virtual...
Report of Committee A 2001-02
Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure had a busy year, taken up with cases and policy measures and with some extraordinary issues related to the September 11 attacks. At its November meeting, the committee drafted a statement, which the Council...
Supreme Court Will Hear Copyright Case
Academics are taking note of Eldred v. Ashcroft, a court case challenging the constitutionality of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court after its new term starts in October. Before the act...
The Content-Provider Paradox: Universities in the Information Ecosystem
The university is the conscience of the culture, the most important institution in Western civilization, yet it is failing, and failing in too many ways, in its shattered course system, its dubious and sometimes immoral uses of learning, the political...
The Enclosure of the Academic Commons
Academic research and innovation depend on cooperation, collaboration, and sharing. What happens to academic knowledge when ideas become intellectual property? In the course of one generation, the publicspirited ethic of the academy has been challenged...
The Family and Medical Leave Act: Questions and Answers for the Academic Community
A new AAUP guidebook aims to help faculty understand their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act. These situations are not hypothetical; they are based on real stories from faculty members across the country. The Family and Medical Leave Act...
Too Much to Ask: Black Women in the Era of Integration
Too Much to Ask: Black Women in the Era of Integration Elizabeth Higginbotham. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001 Many people can recall civil rights leaders of the 1960s asking, "Are equal opportunity and justice too much to ask?"...
Two New Staff Members Join the Association, One Retires
Two new staff members joined the Association this year, and one longtime staff member retired. John Curtis began work as director of the office of research in March. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University and has worked at universities...
Who Owns Your Ideas?
FROM THE EDITOR Once, professors trafficked in ideas. Now, we create intellectual property. Intellectual property is what happens to ideas once they have been converted into exclusive, saleable commodities, subject to the same legal and economic principles...