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Cho, Katherine S. – Thought & Action, 2018
Student resistance across the nation has surged since 2014, as students protest, demonstrate, and sit-in and die-in against racism on their campuses, and around the broader and parallel issues of students feeling unacknowledged, silenced, and oppressed by their colleges and universities. These protests are not merely symbolic demonstrations of…
Descriptors: Activism, Resistance (Psychology), College Students, College Environment
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Hegeman, Susan; Ortiz, Paul – Thought & Action, 2018
In the fall of 2017, the University of Florida (UF) and the city of Gainesville were part of a coda to a terrible event in recent U.S. history: the violent torch-wielding rally of white supremacists and extreme far-right groups in the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three people dead and at least 33 injured. These events…
Descriptors: Unions, Antisocial Behavior, Labor Relations, Universities
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Glenn Jones, Patrice W.; Davenport, Elizabeth K. – Thought & Action, 2018
Changes in the academy have coincided with social shifts, community growth, student needs, and global conversions. During the 1990s, online learning began to receive national attention, and since 2010, online course enrollment has consistently increased. In 2014, 28 percent of all students attending postsecondary, degree-granting institutions were…
Descriptors: Resistance to Change, Black Colleges, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Volchok, Edward – Thought & Action, 2018
Right-to-work (RTW) laws neither provide opportunity for gainful employment nor a higher standard of living. In truth, by ending a union's ability to charge administrative fees to employees who benefit from their collectively bargained contract, these laws aim to weaken unions and silence workers. They are designed to help employers, not workers.…
Descriptors: Unions, College Faculty, Labor Legislation, Court Litigation
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Roane, David H. – Thought & Action, 2018
While the existence of affinity initiatives, like Harvard's Black Commencement--a commencement exercise intended solely for its Black students--may seem to perpetuate the social isolation of minority students, the opposite is true. By addressing minority feelings of otherness and exclusion, these measures not only strengthen individual groups, but…
Descriptors: African American Students, Social Isolation, Minority Group Students, Graduation
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Proffitt, Jennifer M.; White, John Wesley – Thought & Action, 2017
The euphemism that Florida, the nation's third most populous and politically powerful state, is a battleground is an apt description--and more than just every four years. Every year, every day in the state's capital, Florida has become high ground for pro-corporate, special-interest lobbyists who seek to instill a far-right legislative and social…
Descriptors: Violence, Prevention, Fear, Weapons
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Bernier, Anthony; Males, Mike – Thought & Action, 2017
That campuses suffer unacceptable levels of violence is undisputable; they are part of a larger American society in which family, community, and institutional violence far exceed levels found in comparable Western nations. And yet, amid the finger-pointing and scapegoating of students as violent, we note a critical lack of evidence-based analysis,…
Descriptors: Violence, Crime, Risk, College Environment
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Messier, John – Thought & Action, 2017
Collective bargaining and faculty governance are sometimes perceived to be in conflict. Faculty members will debate about whether a specific issue--for example, program consolidations or early college/dual enrollment (where high school students earn college credits taking high school classes taught by high school teachers)--falls under governance…
Descriptors: Governance, Academic Freedom, Unions, Collective Bargaining
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Lafer, Gordon – Thought & Action, 2017
Higher education is under siege by a barrage of policy initiatives that aim to fundamentally transform the academy. The most visible and most sustained assault has come in the form of funding cuts. Nationally, funding for public higher education was 18 percent lower in 2016 than in 2008, amounting to a $10 billion total disinvestment. In many…
Descriptors: Unions, Higher Education, Educational Policy, Corporations
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Somers, Patricia; Fry, Jessica; Fong, Carlton J. – Thought & Action, 2017
In 2008, in the case of the "District of Columbia vs. Heller," which involved a district law banning most handguns, the U. S. Supreme Court declared that the Second Amendment protects citizens' rights to self-defense and that the federal government cannot prohibit guns in homes. Two years later, the Court further made clear that the…
Descriptors: Weapons, Civil Rights, Civil Rights Legislation, Constitutional Law
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Ben-Porath, Sigal R. – Thought & Action, 2017
Academic freedom gives professors broad discretion over expressions and interactions in the classroom. Free speech guidelines and First Amendment protections permit students to speak their minds too, but they offer very limited guidance as to how classrooms should operate. While professors should obviously work within free speech parameters in the…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech, Teacher Role, Ethics
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Ward, Steven C. – Thought & Action, 2016
Last year the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) celebrated its 100th birthday. Founded in 1915 as the Association of American Colleges (AAC) by a group of presidents from mostly religiously affiliated liberal arts colleges, its high-minded intent was to promote "higher education in all its forms" and "to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Competency Based Education, Colleges, Professional Associations
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Kezar, Adrianna; Maxey, Daniel; Holcombe, Elizabeth – Thought & Action, 2016
In recent decades, the employment model in higher education has markedly changed. Tenure-track faculty now represent just about 30 percent of the instructional faculty across all non-profit institutions. Meanwhile, most faculty members who provide instruction at colleges and universities today are non-tenure-track faculty, the majority of them…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Employment Practices, Models
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Barrett-Fox, Rebecca – Thought & Action, 2016
This article examines how scripts that circulate among culturally and theologically conservative Christian students, whether they are categorized as "born again," "Religious Right," "Christian Right," "nondenominational," "evangelical," or "fundamental," aim to prime students for the…
Descriptors: Christianity, Beliefs, Political Attitudes, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Mooney, Christine; Volchok, Edward – Thought & Action, 2016
This year, labor unions got a reprieve: The Supreme Court deadlocked in a much-anticipated case that could have turned almost every state into Wisconsin, where partisan interests have crippled union power. The case, "Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association," addressed a previous case, "Abood v. Detroit Board of…
Descriptors: Public Sector, Unions, Court Litigation, Labor Legislation
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