Excellence without Money!, part III: Knowledge without Books!

Another in our occasional series on the Great Recession and the crisis in funding public institutions of higher education, with thanks to Moose at Roxie’s World for coining the phrase “Excellence without Money!” Johann Neem, an Associate Professor of History at Western Washington University, has an article over at Inside Higher Ed called “Reviving the Academic … Continue reading Excellence without Money!, part III: Knowledge without Books!

Supporting women’s work with money is a feminist issue

This blog has mocked the notion of “Excellence without Money” as the guiding meme of universities these days, because excellence has a price, and a price that can’t be paid without actual money.  (It’s like all of those people who tell you that “breastfeeding is free!”  These people must never have breastfed a child and/or … Continue reading Supporting women’s work with money is a feminist issue

"A lot of money would make things better."

Finally, a high-profile review of these “crisis in higher education” books that calls them for what they are:  bull$hitte.  (H/t to my colleague and occasional blog contributorNathan Citino for the link.  He reads the New York Review of Books  so I don’t have to!)  Go read the whole thing by Peter Brooks–but here are some parts I … Continue reading "A lot of money would make things better."

Quick, someone at a liberal arts college do something the Wall Street Journal can b!tch about endlessly

. . . because they can’t complain endlessly about the “illiberal arts” majors at Middlebury College, can they? Or can they?  The amount of ink they have spilled over the shut-down of white nationalist Charles Murray‘s talk there is pretty impressive, considering the shambling embarrassment of a presidential administration and the inability of the governing … Continue reading Quick, someone at a liberal arts college do something the Wall Street Journal can b!tch about endlessly

Giving to the office at the office: are you f^(king kidding me?

I just received a telephone solicitation from a student at Baa Ram U. to donate money to support programs at Baa Ram U.  I realize that because the Democratic politicians in my state (who have been running the show for the last nine years!) are so gonad-free that state colleges and universities are literally going … Continue reading Giving to the office at the office: are you f^(king kidding me?

Sunday round-up: the “crisis in higher ed,” your turn edition

Girl howdy did my post last weekend soliciting your views on the “crisis in higher ed” get an avalanche of replies, like, immediately!  It was almost like you were just waiting for someone to ask! As regular readers will recall, I commented on Tony Grafton’s recent essay in the New York Review of Books, in which … Continue reading Sunday round-up: the “crisis in higher ed,” your turn edition

Sunday Round-Up: Endless Summer edition

Howdy, friends.  It’s just another gorgeous, clear, warm, sunny, dry, earthquake-free, hurricane-free, and (of course) tsunami-free autumn day here on the High Plains Desert.  The crickets are chirping happily, and there are a few lawnmowers humming in the distance.  I’ve got a stack of student essays to mark while I sit outside trying to extend … Continue reading Sunday Round-Up: Endless Summer edition