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The Role of the Faculty in the Governance of College Athletics

Statement addressing the general allocation of authority in the governance of athletics. It emphasizes the obligation of the faculty to ensure academic primacy in an institution’s athletic program.

Are We There Yet?

Thirty-seven years later, Title IX hasn't fixed it all.

Misplaced Priorities

USA Today finds that at many institutions, athletic programs continue to receive large subsidies--even while instructional budgets are being cut. 

Why the Athletic Director Wept

He wept. He sobbed uncontrollably and unashamedly. The six-foot-ten twenty-two-year-old did so in front of hundreds of onlookers in the middle of the gymnasium floor.

He cried not because the weight of the sins of the world had been placed upon his shoulders. He hadn’t lost a loved one or suffered wounded pride or a season-ending injury. He did not have a broken heart.

Rutgers, Inc., or How Thorstein Veblen Explains Today’s Policies in Higher Education

On April 3, 2013, Rutgers University head basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for abusing his players. The university’s president had discovered the abuse in November 2012. This delay is representative of the wider institutional culture in modern American universities.

Losing Focus: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2013-14

The March-April issue of Academe consists of the Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession (commonly known as the "compensation survey.") The report, assessing trends in full-time faculty compensation over the past year, is available to all readers. 

See this year's report, Losing Focus: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2013-14.

NLRB Avoids Involving Grad Assistants in Athlete Decision

In a highly publicized case in which the AAUP filed an amicus brief, the National Labor Relations Board declined to assert jurisdiction over the Northwestern University football players’ petition seeking union representation rendering the players unable to unionize under the auspices of the NLRB. The Board, however, explicitly limited its decision to the unusual circumstances of the case, avoiding broader questions involving the unionization of graduate student assistants and others.

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