Ithaca College AAUP questions assumptions behind the budget plan (letter)

To the editor: On February 24, the provost, president and Board of Trustees of Ithaca College announced the College’s acceptance of a plan entitled “The Shape of the College,” which aims to reshape the institution’s academic infrastructure in the service of ensuring the stability of its finances in the long term.  This announcement should not … Read more

$2,000 Won’t Make You a Thought Leader

Rolling Stone is the latest in a long line of media outlets to offer industry leaders the opportunity to pay to write for the publication, part of an effort to use content marketing and advertorials to generate new sources of revenue. This kind of strategy, employed as well by Newsweek and Forbes, also points to … Read more

The importance of assessing senior administrators and how to do so most effectively (opinion)

The pandemic is posing unprecedented challenges for leaders in higher education. Administrators at all levels — presidents, vice presidents, directors, provosts, deans and department chairs — face an era of chronic uncertainty that will last for months and possibly even years. Their work environment has been significantly altered, requiring decision making that is much faster … Read more

Bob Jones University Drops Mask Mandate

Bob Jones University, a Christian institution in South Carolina, has backed away from requiring face masks in classrooms, the Associated Press reported. Masks will still be required to enter buildings but can be taken off once students are seated and instruction has begun. Mask mandates are ubiquitous across higher education both in South Carolina and … Read more

Texas Donors Threatened to Pull Gifts Over Fight Song

Wealthy alumni threatened to pull donations to the University of Texas at Austin because its president largely stayed silent in response to student boycotts of the university’s fight song. Students have called on the university to rewrite or replace “The Eyes of Texas” for months, The Texas Tribune reported. The song was first performed at … Read more