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. 97, No. 3, May/June

A Brief History of Anti-Intellectualism in American Media
Standard media coverage of higher education hasn't changed that much since the 1940s, and it doesn't serve the core functions of higher education well.The June 2008 cover of the Washington Post Magazine featured reporter Liza Mundy's article "The Amazing...
Academic Freedom as Democratic Imperative
Academic Freedom as Democratic Imperative DANGEROUS PROFESSORS: ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY CAMPUS Malini Johar Schueller and Ashley Dawson, eds. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009.REVIEWED BY DAN COLSONIn the wake of George...
Academic Freedom in Contentious Practice
Academic Freedom in Contentious Practice KNOWLEDGE IN THE MAKING: ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND FREE SPEECH IN AMERICA'S SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES Joan DelFattore. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010.REVIEWED BY JOHN M. ELMORE"Since freedom of mind and...
A Faculty Agenda for Hard Times
Thirty ways to leave higher education . . . in better shape than it is now.The nationwide recession has exacerbated what was already a long-term trend in public higher education- declining state support has meant shifting the revenue stream from state...
A Tip of the Hat
A Tip of the Hat HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE AMERICAN DREAM: SUCCESS AND ITS DISCONTENTS Marvin Lazerson. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2010.REVIEWED BY NOAH D. DREZNERCurrently a professor of higher education in the Department of Public...
Bridging the Great Divide
As newsrooms contract and already inadequate higher education coverage decreases, faculty members should be working closely with those who remain-and the "new journalists" who are taking over.I was in a ballroom in Chicago when it hit me. I was sitting...
Censured Administrations
INVESTIGATIONS by the American Association of University Professors of the administrations of the institutions listed to the right show that, as evidenced by a past violation, they are not observing the generally recognized principles of academic freedom...
Crisis in Public Higher Education
Public education in many states is facing a crisis, with sharp budget cuts, unprecedented attacks on faculty status and rights, and swelling enrollments.BUDGET CUTSDespite much rhetoric about the need to regain US leadership in higher education and boost...
Developments Relating to Association Censure and Sanction
The Association's staff has prepared the following brief accounts of favorable developments during the past year at institutions whose administrations have incurred AAUP censure (for departures from principles of academic freedom and tenure) or at institutions...
Earned Media
Media coverage does matter. It can have an impact on policy makers, university administration, students and staff, the public-and the faculty itself."Earned media" is exactly what you think it is. The people who do the necessary work to earn coverage...
Going Public
IN THE ACADEMY, we spend far more time communicating within our fields than with the public. Many of our colleagues regard such "popular" communication with disdain. College and university administrators can be deeply uncomfortable with it. As a result,...
How to Paint a Better Portrait of HBCUs
The mainstream media's often-negative portrayals of historically black colleges and universities mislead the public and can even exacerbate problems some HBCUs already face. Those portrayals can-and should- be challenged and changed.In September 2010,...
Institutions Sanctioned for Infringement of Governance Standards
REPORTS OF an Association investigation at the institutions listed below have revealed serious infringements of generally accepted standards of college and university governance endorsed by this Association, as set forth in the Statement on Government...
Media, Think Tanks, and Educational Research
Advocacy-oriented think-tank studies get a disproportionate amount of media attention.The Bunkum Awards are a sort of beauty contest for ugly people. Bestowed by the National Education Policy Center housed at the University of Colorado at Boulder, they...
Nevada
AS A RESULT of decades of short-sighted budgeting and overreliance on one key industry, Nevada is facing the largest shortfall in revenue as a proportion of state expenditures of any state in the country. Nevada has no corporate or personal income tax,...
Ohio
ON MARCH 31, Ohio governor John Kasich signed a bill curtailing most union rights for public employees. The bill contains an especially troubling provision that defines as "management," and thus as ineligible for collective bargaining, all public college...
Surviving Hurricanes 101
AS WE BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES, hunker down, and rethink all our priorities in public higher education, I'm reminded of the similarities of preparing for a hurricane in North Carolina: Water, check. Batteries, check. Bottles of decent wine, check.And...
The High Price of For-Profit Colleges
The media and policy makers are taking notice of the low graduation rates, high debt loads, and deceptive recruiting practices at many for-profit colleges.After Joshua Pruyn earned his undergraduate degree, he looked for a job as a college admissions...
The Professors, the Press, the Think Tanks-And Their Problems
The slow collapse of the newspaper industry has opened up public discourse to additional infusions of ideologically motivated misinformation. Walter Lippmann wouldn't be pleased.Some personal history: I graduated from college in 1982 and began a series...