The Silencing of John McAdams
John McAdams, a long-serving, tenured faculty member at Marquette University was fired because of a blog post in which he criticized a young colleague for the way she responded to a student who had asked why, in her course on contemporary ethical issues, they wouldn’t take up same-sex marriage.
To Restore Campus Free Speech Nationwide, Secretary DeVos Should Look to Wisconsin
Last week, the Wisconsin state assembly stepped up to defend free speech at its state colleges and universities. Its “Campus Free Speech Act” calls for the suspension or even expulsion of students who disrupt approved campus speakers.
Should Black Students in Wisconsin Receive Free College as Reparations for Slavery?
The student group demands that the university provide free education to black students because “blacks were legally barred from education during slavery.” Are these students even aware that there never was slavery in Wisconsin?
Ironic Case in Point on Tenure
A lot of the University of Wisconsin professoriate is outraged that Republican governor – and presidential candidate – Scott Walker has worked to end tenure built into state law. One aggrieved professor who has attracted a lot of attention is Sara Goldrick-Rab, who recently likened Walker to Hitler
Why Tenure Makes Teaching Better
The untenured faculty member can’t count on anyone reading student comments with the appropriate discernment and rightly fears being unpopular or even controversial for any reason. So he or she operates with the cynicism that accompanies the observation that virtue is not rewarded.
What if Profs Had to Pay Me for Life?
Leftist groupthink dominates academic departments, conservatives are easily weeded out before tenure – mostly through the hiring process itself – and even many (if not most) tenured dissenting professors live “in the closet” to avoid the social and professional consequences of public disagreement on key cultural or scientific issues.
War? Gov. Scott Walker Prods Professors To “Start Thinking About Teaching More Classes”
In light of the collegiate-learning crisis, Governor Walker’s proposal offers . . . not only Wisconsin but the nation an opportunity to reaffirm and recommit itself to the proposition that undergraduate teaching and learning—the central aim of public universities—is the mission that matters most.
Gov. Scott Walker to Univ. of Wisconsin: Teach More
If pushed by restrained appropriations and tuition revenue, UW might do the unthinkable: unwind some of the vast administrative bureaucracy; push professors to teach more; eliminate expensive graduate programs with few enrolled students . . . promote cost-saving technologies; and . . . use facilities more productively for more hours per year.
Wisconsin won’t admit it, but its new egalitarian policy leads to grading quotas
Students need accurate feedback on how they’re doing, not inflated grades that boost their egos.
How College Learning Takes a Back-Seat to Ideology
(From PopeCenter.org): “Madness in Madison” By W. Lee Hansen Many American colleges and universities are in the thrall of “diversity,” but none more so than my institution, the University of Wisconsin. This spring, the university adopted a new plan that, according to Board of Regents policy, “[p]laces the mission of diversity at the center of institutional […]