It’s time to remake the university athletics department

The athletics department — during good times, a blight on the university in the minds of many people within higher education — is under intense scrutiny in the coronavirus era. Recognizing that few athletics departments are financially successful, the critics are demanding athletics bear an oversized burden as financial decisions are made about the 2020-21 … Continue reading It’s time to remake the university athletics department

If the college/university opens this fall, then we’ll need…

...recognition that staff, if required to be on campus each day, are among the most likely to catch coronavirus, and they will struggle to handle the financial implications of being out of work ...plans to ensure a robust discussion inside and outside the classroom about the dual issues afflicting the U.S. this summer: racism and … Continue reading If the college/university opens this fall, then we’ll need…

Are we witnessing a preview of fall on America’s college campuses right now?

Comparing situations always leaves you open for criticism. That’s because no two situations are exactly alike. So, at the risk of being subjected to criticism... I fear the last few weeks around the U.S. are a precursor to what’s going to happen on America’s college campuses this fall. It’s not a pretty picture. Much like … Continue reading Are we witnessing a preview of fall on America’s college campuses right now?

Purdue University president Daniels: We can reopen safely (I’m skeptical of the tone of the message)

Let’s take a closer look at Mitch Daniels’ editorial in today’s Washington Post. The Purdue University president questions his critics (you can count me among them) who looked askance at his open letter to the university campus, dated April 21. His message then is almost identical now: Purdue University has an obligation to its students … Continue reading Purdue University president Daniels: We can reopen safely (I’m skeptical of the tone of the message)

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