UT System Regents May Change Campus Carry Rules
By Matthew Watkin, The Texas Tribune
Members of the University of Texas System Board of Regents met Thursday expecting to approve new rules for guns on their 14 campuses. Instead, they raised new worries about the proposed guidelines and signaled intent to try to change them, especially at the flagship UT-Austin.
In a 45-minute discussion, regents became bogged down in debate over issues like trigger guards, bullets in gun chambers, and if and how faculty should be able to ban weapons in their individual offices. Practically every regent seemed to have a unique opinion. A consensus seemed out of reach. Ultimately, the regents delayed a vote on the issue and will take it up again at a future meeting.
'The Slow Professor'
New book argues that professors should actively resist the "culture of speed" in academe.
By Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
In 2013, the jobs website CareerCast named university professor the No. 1 least stressful job, unleashing a torrent of criticism that only grew after Forbes picked up the ranking. Professors -- those with tenure and without -- said the study ignored the changing dynamics of the university, namely the increasingly administrative nature of academic work, the emerging student-as-customer model, unrealistic research expectations and 24-7 contact with colleagues and students via email. Non-tenure-track professors also pointed out that they in many cases lack all job security.
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The End of Research in Wisconsin
UW–Madison spent $9 million to keep top faculty from being poached, but the damage has been done.
By Rebecca Schuman, Slate
This past June, American academia went into an uproar over Gov. Scott Walker’s new budget in Wisconsin, which not only cut $250 million from higher education, but also severely weakened shared faculty governance and effectively destroyed professor tenure at state universities. Specifically, any professor in the system—tenured or not—could be dismissed or laid off by the 18-member Board of Regents using maddeningly vague criteria: “when such an action is deemed necessary due to a budget or program decision requiring program discontinuance, curtailment, modification or redirection.”
This, when combined with the faculty’s diminished role in governing the university—and thus determining such things as which programs should continue, be curtailed, or get modified—basically meant that these regents—16 of whom were appointed by Walker—could fire anyone, at any time, for any reason.
'Starving the Beast'
New documentary explores the philosophy and players behind cutting state support for higher education.
By Ellen Wexler, Inside Higher Ed
Starving the Beast opens with James Carville, a well-known Democratic strategist, standing behind a microphone at Louisiana State University.
“They say,” he tells the crowd, “education is a commodity.”
By “they,” Carville means the reformers -- an assortment of politicians, think-tank leaders and university administrators -- who believe that colleges should operate like businesses. That like any other good or service, a college education has a price. “It’s a barrel of oil, it’s an ounce of gold, it’s a stock,” he says. “It’s anything.”
At the recent Board of Directors meeting and Representative Assembly three former TFA State Presidents who retired within the last year were recognized for their service to TFA and Higher Education in Texas by current State President Michael Coulehan. Between the three of retires, they had a combined total of over 100 years of teaching at the former UTPA campus in Edinburg.
From left to right: Dr. Valerie "Wendy" James-Aldridge, Dr. James-Aldridge, Dr. Kenneth Buckman. Current state President Michael Coulehan is standing behind them.