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. 84, No. 4, July/August

Academic Duty / All the Essential Half-Truths about Higher Education / the Political University: Policy, Politics, and Presidential Leadership in the American Research University
Academic Duty Donald Kennedy. Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press, 1997, 310pp., $29.95 All the Essential Half-Truths about Higher Education George Dennis O'Brien. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998, 243pp., $19.95 The Political University:...
Access: A Matter of Justice
ONE OF THE BARRIers to ensuring access to our institutions by "minorities" is that the memory of the "bad old days" has faded, and with it the passion for fairness. Young women, for example, believe that the sexual constraintsinner as well as outer-of...
Access to Higher Education
COLLEGE PROFESSORS ARE NOW THE GUARDIANS OF THE AMERIcan dream. In the good old days, it was assumed that all an ambitious young man from the lower classes had to do to get ahead was work hard, practice thrift, and go to church on Sunday. Now, however,...
A Conversation about Access and Diversity
Academe asked three authorities to reflect on why diversity and access to higher education matter and how they can be protected if race-based affirmative action comes to an end. Concerned that the current campaign against affirmative action may make...
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...
Colleges Respond to Shortage of Information Technology Professionals
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES around the country are turning to the business community for technology training as they work to fill vacancies in the booming high-tech field. Although estimates vary (Information Week reports the number of openings at between...
Endowments Surge with Healthy Economy
BOOSTED BY A ROBUST ECONOMY, many colleges and universities achieved investment returns of more than 20 percent in the last fiscal year-the best returns in over a decade. A study by the National Association of College and University Business Officers...
Entering the Academic Freedom Arena Running: The AAUP's First Year
ARTHUR O. LOVEJOY STANDS AS A PILLAR AMONG THOSE responsible for the founding of the American Association of University Professors. When he was a young professor of philosophy at Stanford University, Lovejoy was one of seven to resign in 1901 in protest...
Free Speech in Its Forgotten Years
Free Speech in Its Forgotten Years David M. Rabban. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997, 404 pp., $34.95 FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND OF THE press are more broadly defined and receive greater constitutional protection in the United States than in any...
Life after Proposition 209: Affirmative Action May Be Dying, but the Dream Lives On
Affirmative Action May Be Dying, but the Dream Lives On ON NOVEMBER 5, 1996, THE voters of California dealt affirmative action a damaging blow. Many of them thought that they were voting to protect civil rights when they approved Proposition 209, which...
Minority Faculty and Measuring Merit: Start by Playing Fair
CAN YOU THINK OF A teacher who had a significant influence on your career decisions or outlook on life? Most of us can, because faculty members often serve as role models and motivators. If we want to improve the experience of higher education for minority...
New General Counsel to AAUP
DAVID RABBAN, A PROFESSOR OF LAW at the University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed by the AAUP's recently elected president, James T. Richardson, as the Association's new general counsel. An expert in First Amendment rights, Rabban was associate...
Quantifying Cost and Quality: The National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education
THE STORY ABOUT COLLEGE COSTS IS A STORY ABOUT "sticker-price shock." As the baby boomers who went to college in the late 1960s and early 1970s prepare to send their offspring to college, they are finding themselves amazed at the prices of the late 1990s....
Remediation's End: Can New York Educate the Children of the "Whole People"?
Can New York Educate the Children of th "Whole People"? ON MAY 26, 1998, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES of the City University of New York voted to reverse a policy that had allowed remedial course work to be offered in the system's senior colleges for students...
Retirement Incentives-Almost Law
Editor's Note: As this column goes to press, the Higher Education Act has been approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House bill includes legislation on voluntary retirement incentive plans under "Title X' the Senate bill does not....
The Chilling Case of Kate Bronfenbrenner
KATE BRONFENBRENNER recalls that she had not made a particularly big deal out of her appearance before a "town hall" meeting in Pittsburgh organized by several members of Congress in conjunction with pending federal legislation to withdraw government...
The Compelling Commencement Address
CAN YOU NAME YOUR UNDERGRADUate commencement speaker? Do you remember what he or she said? If you're like Andrew Albanese, an editor at Oxford University Press, the answer is no, which is why he and Brandon Trissler compiled and edited Graduation Day:...
The Faculty at Work
Eighty-fourth Annual Meeting Sessions Address Role of Junior Faculty, Service in the Academy, and Other Topics THE ACADEMIC LIFE OF A JUNIOR FACULTY member has always been marked by struggle-the struggle for tenure, the struggle to publish, and the struggle...
The Rise of American Research Universities: Elites and Challengers in the Postwar Era
Hugh Davis Graham and Nancy Diamond. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997, pp. 319, $39.95 THE VARIOUS RANKINGS OF UNIVERsities or their parts are often derided as conferring no more than bragging rights. Yet hierarchy may be the most fundamental...
Under Attack: The Status of Minority Faculty Members in the Academy
THE RECENT FUROR OVER AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN CALIfornia and elsewhere and the growing crisis in academia have made the status of minority faculty members on our nation's campuses insecure. Programs designed to ensure inclusive practices are under attack,...
Washington State to Vote on Affirmative Action
THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BATTLEground has traveled up the West Coast from California to Washington State with Initiative 200, a measure that could end preferential treatment of women and minorities in state hiring, contracting, and university admissions....