Three letters. But the order of placement matters.

I tuned into a webinar, in which the presenters discussed the importance of hope and optimism throughout higher education as the coronavirus pandemic continues. One presenter said something that caught my eye. She noted that the same three Arabic letters spell the words "hope" and "pain," and the order in which you placed the letters … Continue reading Three letters. But the order of placement matters.

Bye bye baseball (at Bowling Green State University)

One day after the University of Akron cut three sports because of the economic fallout from coronavirus, another Mid-American Conference school has eliminated a sport. As the Associated Press reports, The school says it’s reducing its athletic budget by $2 million. “This is a very difficult, but necessary, decision,” athletic director Bob Moosbrugger said. “As … Continue reading Bye bye baseball (at Bowling Green State University)

Horrible news: Missouri Western cuts faculty, programs

Readers: I think the decision made at Missouri Western is the most significant cut to faculty and programs any institution has made in response to the economic fallout from coronavirus. Please let me know if that's wrong. Inside Higher Ed outlines what's happening at Missouri Western. The institution is laying off 31 nontenured instructors, including … Continue reading Horrible news: Missouri Western cuts faculty, programs

UMass-Boston delivers bad news to many faculty

As WBUR reports, About half the non-tenure-track faculty at UMass Boston are getting notices that they may not have jobs this fall. The notices come as universities struggle to figure out whether they will be able to open campuses in the fall and how many students will enroll either on campus or online. Faculty may … Continue reading UMass-Boston delivers bad news to many faculty

Time for college coaches to accept big pay cuts?

The Guardian asks whether America’s well-paid collegiate sports coaches need to surrender significant portions of their salaries because of the coronavirus pandemic. The current questioning of coaches’ financial value may also bring a reckoning for other athletic expenditures, Fritz G Polite, assistant vice president of opportunity development at the Harry F Byrd, Jr School of … Continue reading Time for college coaches to accept big pay cuts?

More bad news for Western Michigan University: “We anticipate that we’ll lay off a substantial number of our fellow employees”

Almost 250 people lost their jobs during a recent round of layoffs at Western Michigan University. Today, the university's president said more financial and job cuts are on the way. As MLive.com reports, In response to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Michigan University is preparing to cut 20% of general fund spending … Continue reading More bad news for Western Michigan University: “We anticipate that we’ll lay off a substantial number of our fellow employees”

Northwestern furloughs staff, cuts top administrators’ pay

It's a familiar cocktail at institutions big and small because of the economic fallout from coronavirus: furloughs and salary cuts. Northwestern University is the latest to serve it. According to the Chicago Tribune, As part of its plan, NU is also cutting leadership pay between 10 and 20%. In addition to dipping deeper into its … Continue reading Northwestern furloughs staff, cuts top administrators’ pay

Why not start the fall quarter or semester early?

As one college and university after another announces “plans” to return to face-to-face instruction in the fall, we must remember no plan will matter if the county (or state) home to that institution can’t conduct business as usual because of coronavirus. There’s reason for the we-will-be-open optimism because there’s some evidence — albeit not conclusive — … Continue reading Why not start the fall quarter or semester early?