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Yettick, Holly – Academe, 2011
The Bunkum Awards are a sort of beauty contest for ugly people. Bestowed by the National Education Policy Center housed at the University of Colorado at Boulder, they reward the most "nonsensical, confusing, and disingenuous" studies of education published each year. Contestants are drawn from reports critiqued by the Think Tank Review…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Awards, News Media, Organizations (Groups)
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Winter, Tom – Academe, 2009
The referee system in scholarly publishing offers many benefits and also carries with it attendant problems. The problems need to be addressed. Referees are arguably the linchpins of academic scholarship: they do the heavy lifting for editors, they provide editors with vicarious expertise, and they monitor the gateway to publication and thus to…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Faculty Publishing, Peer Evaluation, Standard Setting
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Trower, Cathy A. – Academe, 2008
Beginning in 1934, representatives of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Association of American Colleges (AAC) met and drafted the definitive statement on academic freedom and tenure. Like the U.S. Constitution, the 1940 "Statement on Principles of Academic Freedom and Tenure" was a commendable, if deficient, product…
Descriptors: Tenure, Academic Freedom, Higher Education, Policy Formation
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Neal, Anne D. – Academe, 2008
Ever since the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Association of American Colleges issued the joint 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, two truths have been deemed self-evident: that academic freedom is vital to meaningful teaching and intellectual work, and that tenure is necessary to ensure…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Tenure, Academic Freedom, Rewards
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Gerber, Larry G. – Academe, 2005
For the last several years, Auburn University has been at the center of controversy over its governance practices. In April 2001, soon after the board of trustees abruptly fired popular president William V. Muse, representatives of the University Senate, the Student Government Association, and the Alumni Association jointly filed a complaint with…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Governing Boards, Meetings, Universities
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Sullivan, Beth; Hollenshead, Carol; Smith, Gilia – Academe, 2004
Today, American families juggle many competing priorities: home, work, school, medical care, after-school activities, and other responsibilities required to raise a family and maintain a household. At the same time, more employers are developing policies that acknowledge the need for a healthy balance between work and home. These policies allow…
Descriptors: Family Work Relationship, Personnel Policy, Colleges, College Faculty
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Spinrad, William – Academe, 1984
Collective bargaining provides a mechanism for a desirable formalization of authority and genuine self-governance in higher education, and can enhance the possibility of higher education's objectives: better teachers and scholars, working in well-functioning, fair, and just institutions, containing programs of some degree of excellence. (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Collective Bargaining, College Administration, College Faculty
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Strohm, Paul – Academe, 1983
An essay encouraging and illustrating possibilities for faculty involvement in college planning and decision making is followed by commentaries by Harmon C. Dunathan and George Keller. Among the issues addressed are program review, personnel strategies, and situations of financial exigency. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Planning, Decision Making, Futures (of Society)
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Clausen, Christopher – Academe, 1996
Policymakers in many states are critical of college faculty salaries based on their ill-informed perceptions of faculty workload and perquisites, seldom acknowledging the real reason for rising costs in higher education, its rapid expansion. Faculty and administrators must work together to devise persuasive answers to hostile inquiries by critics…
Descriptors: Attitudes, College Faculty, Faculty Workload, Financial Problems
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Gorman, Robert A. – Academe, 1998
Increased appreciation of the commercial value of intellectual property has triggered a major debate on college campuses, focusing on two issues: ownership of intellectual property and use of copyrighted works in teaching and research. Because these raise faculty-rights issues, faculty must identify its claims and interests clearly and make itself…
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, College Faculty, Copyrights, Higher Education
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Cardenas, Karen – Academe, 1998
Problems associated with the use of technology in the college classroom are outlined, including instructional issues such as poorly functioning equipment, lack of quality in courses delivered by technology, and problems with generic presentations, as well as administrative concerns such as over-promotion of technology-based learning to students,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Policy
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Leege, David C. – Academe, 1988
The U.S. political candidates for 1988 need to address educational issues. Three agendas are discussed: language training commencing by third grade, values education, educational opportunity for all. (MLW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy
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Cronin, Thomas E. – Academe, 1988
The 1988 presidential election should be an important occasion for asking the political candidates questions regarding their interpretations of the Constitution, grasp of economics, effectiveness as politicians, leadership style, intellectual curiosity, understanding of differing aspirations Americans have for the nation, and views on the…
Descriptors: Debate, Economics, Educational Policy, Elections
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Academe, 1996
The report of the American Association of University Professors' ad hoc Commission on Governance and Affirmative Action concerning the University of California's decision to end affirmative action in admissions, hiring, and awarding of contracts is presented. It outlines the events leading to the policy action, considers the educational impacts,…
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Affirmative Action, College Faculty, Educational Policy
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Robinson, David Z. – Academe, 1984
Portions of a July 1983 document describing the origins and possible functions of a commission on college faculty retirement, to be funded by the Carnegie Commission, are presented. The commission's major tasks would be to reexamine the purposes and goals of a pension fund, review the current plans, and structure a plan for the future. (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Age, Agency Role, College Faculty
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