The big contraction

IIndiana University of Pennsylvania was already shrinking. When the regional demographics subsided and competition for the remaining students increased between 2011 and 2020, the public college lost a third of its enrollment. The executives had no choice but to cut and shed around 150 faculty…

The anti-racist college

T.The statements of the college presidents came in thunderstorms, bullets and promises. Most were issued by the Minneapolis Police Department last summer following the death of George Floyd. There were announcements of new committees, initiatives and task forces. There was talk of transformation, roadmaps and…

A degree of justice

T.Twenty-five years of silence broke out with a roar. It exploded with the words Lisa Schubert wrote in an email to Washington University Title IX coordinator Valery Richardson, revealing why she was forced to abandon her near-completed dissertation in English in the mid-1990s. "Dear Mrs.…

Higher Ed lost 650,000 jobs last year

Colleges and universities ended 2020 with persistent job losses, down 13 percent since last February. It was a disheartening coda for a really brutal year for the higher education workforce. Since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that…