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Are we facing a nationwide teacher shortage? Here’s a question to consider: Are teacher shortages...

Are we facing a nationwide teacher shortage?

A. Real? B. Imaginary? C. Are we facing a nationwide teacher shortage? The figure shows the annual production of bachelors and master’s degrees in education. Conclusion from the graph? Of course, not all teachers have degrees from education schools. Carriers at work, U.S. Post Office. Academically-Adrift. The quality of our colleges and universities – particularly for undergraduates – should be a topic we all care about as a country.

Academically-Adrift

College is crucial in educating and preparing young people to succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy. We’ve seen for some time the disturbing data that America is falling behind other countries in the number of students who attend and complete post-secondary education. Now, new data suggests that many U.S. students who make it to college, and even succeed there, are actually learning very little. The data comes from the book Academically Adrift, which raises some fundamental and surprising questions about the quality of U.S. undergraduate education.

Academically Adrift by Arum and Roska: A Critique. David M.

Academically Adrift by Arum and Roska: A Critique

Lane and Fred L. Oswald Rice University One of the most cited findings reported in book Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Arum and Roska (2011) reflects the main theme on the cover of the book, namely that: “...we observe no statistically significant gains in critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing skills for at least 45 percent of the [college] students in our study” (p. 36).

This gain refers to change in a measure called the CLA, which the authors administered to college students both at the beginning of their freshman year and again at end of their sophomore year, with the difference between CLA scores across years as the indicator of change, where a positive and significant change was determined to be an indicator of learning. Academic Matters. Call to Arms for Adjuncts ... From an Administrator. It's not unheard of, at faculty gatherings, to hear colleges' treatment of adjuncts compared to the way Wal-Mart treats its workers.

Call to Arms for Adjuncts ... From an Administrator

On Monday, such a comparison was made at a most unlikely place: the annual meeting of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. "Wal-Mart is a more honest employer of part-time employees than are most colleges and universities," said A.G. Monaco, senior human resources official at the University of Akron, and yet academics are "the ones screaming about how bad Wal-Mart is. " Academics "have to stop lying" about the way non-tenure-track professors are treated, he said. "If you pay me," he quipped, "I'll come over and brutalize these people for you. " He argued that for a range of reasons, it's not just adjuncts who should be demanding change, but colleges themselves that must insist on it.

Monaco's main theme was that colleges have created a situation that is doomed to create management problems and unfavorable scrutiny. New Faculty Majority - The National Coalition for Adjunct & Contingent Equity. NFM knows that you want to find solid solutions to crises ranging from fiscal drought to remediation.

New Faculty Majority - The National Coalition for Adjunct & Contingent Equity

You are looking for expertise that can help you devise sound higher education policies that benefit colleges, communities, and the country as a whole. NFM helps policymakers to understand how the exploitation of contingent faculty is an unacceptable, and, ultimately unsuccessful, strategy for decreasing college costs, preparing students to join the workforce, or ensuring the integrity of American higher education. By engaging with NFM, policymakers fulfill their responsibility to respect and represent ALL of the citizens who teach and study in American institutions of higher education. CO State Rep Randy Fisher on Legislation He Sponsored to Give NTT Faculty Enforceable Contracts Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Supports Contingent Faculty Washington State Senate Hearing on SB 5088 (2009)

In lawsuit, Texas Tech professor says his views on tenure have cost him promotions. Tenure disputes are hardly rare.

In lawsuit, Texas Tech professor says his views on tenure have cost him promotions

What makes James C. Wetherbe’s case unique is that he’s not fighting for tenure, but against it. In a recently filed federal lawsuit, Wetherbe accuses Texas Tech University of violating his First Amendment rights by denying him two promotions on account of his anti-tenure stance. “I never expected something like that to happen at the end of my career but, given that it has, I’ve decided to challenge the system and see what happens,” said Wetherbe, a Texas Tech alumnus who’s served as a business professor there since 2000. “The question I’m concerned with is if freedom of speech is sufficient protection for you to be able to teach and research as long as you’re not doing misconduct and writing the truth as you understand it to be.”

CUNY adjuncts ask not to be called professors in course syllabuses to highlight working conditions. Bring readings to class, either in hard copy or electronic format.

CUNY adjuncts ask not to be called professors in course syllabuses to highlight working conditions

Sign up for a blog account in order to contribute to online class discussions. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Don’t call me “professor.” These are some of the expectations laid out in Karen Gregory’s course syllabus for her Introduction to Labor Studies course at Queens College, City University of New York.