Public Education

The Private and the Public in Education

Once, when the sun was unassuming, the sky was silent, and only birds flew high, the air was of a slightly different shade of blue. Down on earth was found a breed of men who openly spoke about being their brothers’ keepers. Such are the thoughts that come to us as we wander around our current political landscape: “There once was a time when long-term ‘public’ investment was held in high esteem as a means of maintaining the future of ‘private’ democratic values.” This is the kind of language used today by writers like Louis Menand.

Statement on the President’s Proposal for Performance Based Funding

After this statement was issued, Rudy Fichtenbaum was invited to write an op/ed for Times Higher Education. Read the statement, the op-ed and sign a petition asking that President Obama consult classroom-experienced teaching faculty about his proposals, and amend them accordingly

PSC-CUNY Responds to Pathways Decision

The Professional Staff Congress, an AAUP affiliate, has issued a response to a judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit contesting a controversial new general education curriculum at the City University of New York. The curriculum, known as Pathways, waters down general ed requirements and was developed without regard for the faculty’s role in governance.

A Journalist's View of the Assault on Public Education

As the united voice of the scholars and teachers at our nation’s colleges and universities, the AAUP has never been more needed than it is today and more crucial to the fierce debate raging across the land, from the poorest public school districts to the most elite private universities, over what American education will look like in the twenty-first century and what role the faculty, the workforce of the education industry, will play.

No Child Left Behind Goes to College

One of the least discussed legacies of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) on American education has been its spillover effect in higher education. Students educated under NCLB become the walking zombies of intensified testing and continuous assessment in their high schools, where most of the joys of inquiry and learning have been eliminated from the curriculum. As they have graduated and moved on to college, they have become the targets of similar strategies to remake public universities.

Cooking the Goose That Lays the Golden Eggs: California’s Higher Education System in Peril: A Master White Paper for the CSU

California’s higher education system, the world’s largest and the pride of the state and nation, faces an unprecedented threat. That threat emanates from the de-funding, privatizing, and dismantling of public institutions. The course and outcome of this battle over higher education, between radically different visions of what constitutes the public interest, will have major repercussions for California, the nation, and the world.

The View from 2020: How Universities Came Back

We can see that by 2011, the higher education community knew some things that it hadn’t known in the year 2000.

State of the Profession: Taking Hostages in Kentucky

Kentucky governor Matt Bevin has been testing the limits of shared governance. On June 17, by executive order, the governor unilaterally abolished the University of Louisville’s full seventeen-member board of trustees and replaced it with a new thirteen-member board entirely of his own choosing. In an e-mail to the campus community the same day, the university’s embattled president, James Ramsey, announced that “after conversations with Governor Bevin” he had agreed to offer his resignation to the “newly appointed board” upon its “legal restructure.”

From the President: Branding and the Corporate University

The use of branding in the corporate university has become commonplace in recent years. A practice that originated in the corporate world, branding is necessary for success for businesses that must compete with one another. Administrators increasingly view branding as an important way to attract students in an environment where individual institutions of higher education are seen as competing with one another.

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