(2nd UPDATE, 9:20 p.m. May 3 MORE CUTS INFO) Ohio U cuts 140 positions; other universities soon to do the same?

2nd UPDATE: 9:20 p.m. EDT, May 3: Bryan Alexander has a comprehensive list of announced furloughs or job cuts. One of his conclusions bears special attention: A few reflections on this list: faculty members have largely been spared.  Cuts have fallen on staff instead.  There are few signs of structural or programmatic change.  Many of … Continue reading (2nd UPDATE, 9:20 p.m. May 3 MORE CUTS INFO) Ohio U cuts 140 positions; other universities soon to do the same?

The toll from a pandemic

Perhaps the word is sad. Or down. Or angry. Or afraid. Or anxious. Or lonely. Or despondent. Or resigned. Or frustrated. Whatever word best describes how you feel today as we plow through another day of the coronavirus pandemic is the right one. It doesn't have to match what your best friend, your parent, your … Continue reading The toll from a pandemic

Brown president: Make students partners in getting our colleges reopened

Christina Paxson is the president of Brown University. In today's New York Times, she offers a sober, serious but cautiously optimistic evaluation of how U.S. colleges and universities can reopen in the fall. Her argument recognizes that college students can't fully thrive in an online-only learning environment. As amazing as videoconferencing technology has become, students … Continue reading Brown president: Make students partners in getting our colleges reopened

Major cuts, including to athletics, coming to the University of Akron and other institutions

The photo above was taken outside my sister-in-law's house after a powerful storm ripped through her street a few years ago. The photo applies to what's happening at America's colleges and universities today: coronavirus has the potential to destroy the landscape of higher education. One university president has pulled the alarm warning on his campus, … Continue reading Major cuts, including to athletics, coming to the University of Akron and other institutions

The presidents of Johns Hopkins and Purdue send strikingly different messages; only one of the men passes the leadership test

I begin this blog post admitting a bias: I believe a person's true character comes through during times of crisis. You must decide the degree to which those sentiments influence what you're about to read. The presidents of Johns Hopkins University and Purdue University have shared how the next few months, and the fall semester, … Continue reading The presidents of Johns Hopkins and Purdue send strikingly different messages; only one of the men passes the leadership test

A fall with no college football? That would mean…

If the coronavirus epidemic remains in place in August, there are two bitter realities higher education would have to accept. The first -- and the more important one -- is a fall term that would begin by remote instruction. Whether it remained that way through December would be dependent upon the state of the pandemic. … Continue reading A fall with no college football? That would mean…

Easing faculty members’ minds as fears of lengthy closed campuses fester

The question is being asked all across the country: Will coronavirus again require all of us to teach off-campus in the fall? Or, in an even more unsettling option, will coronavirus close my college or university for the fall? The answer: No one knows. America’s 50 states’ governors and the president of the United States … Continue reading Easing faculty members’ minds as fears of lengthy closed campuses fester

City Journal tears into higher education; tired arguments rehashed to score political points

If you believe higher education intentionally promotes diversity over knowledge, I have a screed you need to read. If you believe higher education wantonly seeks reputation protection over freedom of thought, I have a screed you need to read. If you believe higher education selfishly demands administrative bloat over student development, I have a screed … Continue reading City Journal tears into higher education; tired arguments rehashed to score political points