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Rachleff, Peter – Thought & Action, 2017
Over the course of the 1980s and 1990s, the contours of neoliberalism took shape, as individual corporations implemented new strategies seeking to shift the frontier of control in their favor and increase their profits. Their actions began to shape the political and economic practices of both major political parties, and the orientation of…
Descriptors: Social Systems, Labor Problems, Labor Relations, Labor
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Nagelsen, Susan – Thought & Action, 2014
The word "liberal" derives from the Latin "liber," meaning "free," and describes a mind unencumbered by either prejudice or indoctrination. The adjective "liberal," however, has become, at least in some circles, synonymous with anti-capitalism, anti-business, and therefore anti-American. This author has…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Core Curriculum, College Curriculum, Higher Education
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Bordelon, David – Thought & Action, 2014
The thought on many an academic's mind today is how to stop it. The "it"? The barrage of reports, papers, and interviews stating that higher education needs to embrace "disruptive change," treat students like customers, and become more entrepreneurial. In short, colleges must adopt a business model, or like blacksmith…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Educational Change, Commercialization, Resistance to Change
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Ventello, Gregg Primo – Thought & Action, 2014
Every state in the U.S. has language in its constitution guaranteeing to its citizens a free public education, yet many states are failing to meet this fundamental right. From New York to California, lawsuits have been brought against state governors and legislatures who have not funded schools adequately. The field of false prophets grows and…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Finance, Democratic Values, Public Education
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Goldstene, Claire – Thought & Action, 2012
The alarming stories from adjunct faculty, who now comprise a majority of higher-education teachers nationally, share troubling commonalities. The frustrations are financial, personal, and professional. In decades past, most adjunct faculty worked full-time outside of academe and taught an occasional course based on a particular expertise or…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Adjunct Faculty, Expertise
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Bowker, Matthew H. – Thought & Action, 2012
The ideal of community engagement suggests that both a student's career and his college's mission are (or ought to be) inextricable from the community in which they are embedded. That students, faculty, and academic institutions should serve community purposes, actively engage in community affairs, and network themselves in real and virtual…
Descriptors: Community Organizations, School Community Relationship, Financial Needs, School Community Programs
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Travis, Jon E. – Thought & Action, 2012
When these inequities began to change in the 20th century, due in part to the sweeping court-ordered integration following Brown v. Board of Education and the simultaneous expansion of public colleges and universities, all citizens began to gain access to educational achievement and, as a result, true access to the American power structure. The…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Higher Education, Academic Freedom, Governance
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Schrecker, Ellen – Thought & Action, 2010
The enormous changes that took place on American campuses during the 1960s not only opened those campuses to new constituencies and new ideas, but also created a powerful conservative movement that sought to reverse those changes. Along with the rising cost of higher education, the right's campaign against the academic reforms of the sixties has…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Campuses, Political Attitudes, Public Support
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Soto, Sandra K.; Joseph, Miranda – Thought & Action, 2010
On May 14, 2010, Sandra K. Soto was the faculty convocation speaker for the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. To a significant extent, she congratulated the parents and graduates and flattered the graduates by crediting them with having learned both skills and information, and urging graduates to make use of their…
Descriptors: Ethnic Studies, State Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Political Attitudes
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Yamada, Teri – Thought & Action, 2010
California's public higher education system has for a long time been lauded as one of the finest in the world. But for the last several decades, budget cuts and privatization have resulted in the steady erosion of this system, as well as K-12 education in the state and other public sector services. It was told that privatization and choice--in the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Privatization, Workshops, School Restructuring
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Duster, Troy – Thought & Action, 2009
When one considers the possibilities for a new progressive era in American higher education, the author contends that it is wise to review the past because there are lessons to be learned. In fact, the latter part of the 20th century was one of great progress for diversity in higher education, generally speaking, and for African Americans in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Racial Segregation, Foreign Countries, African Americans
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Hutcheson, Philo A. – Thought & Action, 2007
Looking back over three centuries of American higher education, one can see both strengths and weaknesses in the changing attitudes toward teaching goals. In this article, the author discusses the Truman Commission's (President Harry Truman appointed the higher education commission in July 1946, and charged the commission members to examine…
Descriptors: Educational History, United States History, Higher Education, Politics of Education
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Lustig, Jeff – Thought & Action, 2006
Discussions of higher education in the U.S. are driven today by the language of finance rather than of pedagogy--more specifically, the language of financial hardship. Terms like "shortfall," "cutback," and "retrenchment" set the tone and shape the policies that force austerities and lead to "triage" in…
Descriptors: Professional Autonomy, Teacher Responsibility, Scholarship, Educational Change
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Giroux, Henry A. – Thought & Action, 2006
What is the task of educators at a time when mainstream American culture is increasingly characterized by a declining interest in and misgiving about national politics? How one answers this question will have a grave impact not only on higher education but on the future of democratic public life. There are no simple solutions says author Henry…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Democratic Values, Ideology, Political Attitudes
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Perelman, Michael – Thought & Action, 2005
What is the role of higher education when a nation moves toward a political climate in which the government has a free hand to do whatever it wants in the name of national security? If society faces a real threat that could destroy life as we know it, then we should all--including higher education--rise to its defense. However, if national…
Descriptors: Higher Education, National Security, Role of Education, Politics of Education
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