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. 87, No. 1, January/February

AAUP Leader Donald Koster Dies
Donald N. Koster, a longtime AAUP leader, died in September at the age of ninety. Koster became a member of the Association in 1945, while on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. He remained active in the AAUP throughout his career. In 1946...
Academic Freedom and Tenure: Charleston Southern University (South Carolina)
Introduction This report is concerned with the action taken by the administration of Charleston Southern University (CSU) to dismiss Professor Robert Rhodes Crout for cause in the middle of his eleventh year on the faculty. It will also concern itself...
Academic Labor Unions: The Legal Landscape
MORE THAN 25 PERcent of professors (or 250,000) are unionized, with over 96 percent of the unionrepresented faculty members in the public sector. But the lack of academic unionization in the private sector may be changing. Within the past few months,...
Accrediting Bodies Draft Distance Education Guidelines
With help from the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications, the eight regional commissions responsible for accrediting U.S. colleges and universities have drafted a set of guidelines for accrediting degree programs offered electronically....
Affirmative Action and the University: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Higher Education Employment
Affirmative Action and the University: Race, Ethnicity, And Gender in Higher Education Employment Kul B. Rai and John W. Critzer. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000, 250 pp., $45 POLITICAL SCIENTISTS KUL RAI AND John Critzer center their book...
Beyond the Course Pack: Putting Copyrighted Material Online
PUBLISHERS HAVE LITTLE MOTIVATION TO grant free reprint permission for online course packs. Most such compilations are almost of necessity highly idiosyncratic. Moreover, the students who use them are unlikely to go out and buy the book from which they've...
Edward Said's Action Protected, Says Columbia
When a photographer captured Columbia University professor Edward Said in the act of hurling a rock from the Lebanese border into Israel last summer, some professors and students at Columbia, outraged by his behavior, called on the university to rebuke...
Faculty and Administrators Talk about Shared Governance
At a time when shared governance can sometimes seem like an endangered species, the more than 230 professors, deans, and college presidents who showed up in October for the joint conference sponsored by the AAUP and the American Conference of Academic...
Faculty Sidestep the Yeshiva Decision
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1980 that faculty at Yeshiva University, a private institution in New York City, were managers and therefore not entitled to bargain collectively, it effectively stunted the growth of unionization at private colleges...
Fair Labor Practices Proposed for Universities
There was considerable cause for celebration among roughly three hundred and fifty students, professors, and interested citizens who showed up at a church on the campus of New York University on November 16 for a public hearing on unfair labor practices...
Faith and Faculty Autonomy at Calvin College
The faculty role in governing Calvin has helped maintain the trust necessary to protect academic freedom and advance the college's mission. CALVIN COLLEGE IS THE OFFICIAL COLLEGE OF the Christian Reformed Church, a confessional church in the Reformed...
Faithful and Free: A Call for Academic Freedom
The distinctive moral traditions of faith-based colleges and universities can help them resist corporate demands on academia- but only if their faculties are allowed to question institutional policies. IN 1999 THE PRESTIGIOUS TEMPLETON PRIZE FOR progress...
Financial Troubles Threaten Medical Education
The growth of managed care is causing financial pressures that threaten the quality of care and teaching provided by academic health centers, a new report concludes. The report was issued by the Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Academic Health Centers,...
Incentives to Forgo Tenure
The statement that follows, prepared by a subcommittee of the Association's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, was approved for publication by Committee A in November 2000 with an invitation for comments. They should be addressed to the Association's...
Ivory Tower or Holy Mountain? Faith and Academic Freedom
Academic freedom, like free speech always comes with strings attached. IS IT WRONG FOR A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY TO attach religious qualifications to the academic freedom of its faculty? Before I answer that question, let me explain what I take academic...
Literature and Tolerance at the University of St. Thomas
Faced with public hostility, a Catholic university explains the importance of exploring challenging ideas. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1999, IS A day that will live long in my memory and the memory of the University of St. Thomas. It was the day our first-year...
No Mandate
BEYOND THE MUDDLING results of "Election 2000," one thing emerges with some clarity: the "ho-hum" factor has been soundly ejected from the voting booth. At least one whole generation of voters will understand and endorse the admonition of civics teachers...
Orthodox Judaism and the Liberal Arts
Yeshiva University's undergraduate colleges search for a way to balance devotion to Torah study with the demands of a serious liberal arts education. LIKE WITTGENSTEIN, I CANNOT HELP LOOKING at every question from a religious point of view. But my perspective,...
Record of the Council: November 11-12, 2000
The Council of the Association met on November 11 and 12, 2000, at the Embassy Row Hilton in Washington, D.C. President Jane Buck presided. Members of the Council (with the exceptions of Professors Richard J. Boris, Jeffrey Halpern, James E. Perley,...
Steps for Obtaining Ex Corde Mandate Are under Consideration
The National Conference of Catholic Bishops released draft procedures in November for seeking and granting the mandates required by Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the 1990 papal document designed to strengthen ties between the Vatican and Catholic institutions...
Stolen Content: Avoiding Trouble on the Web
The Internet is a marvelous teaching tool. But professors and universities had better take a careful look at the materials on their sites-and access to them-if they want to avoid liability for copyright infringement. THE INTERNET BRISTLES WITH POTENTIAL...
Theologians at Risk? Ex Corde and Catholic Colleges
Many Catholic colleges and universities have already discovered the middle ground between accepting mandates and defying them. LAST AUGUST THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF the United States formed a committee to develop procedures for applying the 1990 papal...
The Show Must Go On
PLAYS HAVE BEEN OFFENDing people for a very long time. The Greek tragedian Euripides, for example, rarely took first prize in Athenian dramatic competitions. The unorthodox views expressed by his characters often offended the religious and philosophical...
Tuition Rising: Why College Costs So Much
Tuition Rising: Why College Costs So Much Ronald G. Ehrenberg. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000, 320 pp., $39.95 THE COST OF ATTENDING PRIVATE institutions of higher education in the United State rose from about 1980 to the mid-1990s...
Uneasy Partners? Religion and Academics
The Christian tradition has internal reasons for encouraging free inquiry. AS A GROUP, RELIGIOUSLY AFFILIATED COLleges are much like those with no religious connections. Some have a lot of money, but most get by on less. Some have wide name recognition;...
Virtues and Vices: The Lists
ONE OF THE PERVERSE talents I had in childhood was an ability to memorize the multifarious lists of virtues and vices from my catechism. The fact that every realm of human action had its grade gave me some sense of order in a world where messy behavior...