Posts by: John McNay

There have been a rash of schemes for “innovation” spreading through Ohio’s public and private colleges and universities. One of the latest is at the University of Akron.

A common theme among the so-called “innovative” plans, Akron’s included, is to restructure, focus on special programs, and to try to eliminate full-time faculty positions.

But these are very corporate approaches inappropriate in the academic context and fail to enhance the academic mission. Unfortunately, UA’s presidents and board of trustees over the years have seemed eager to fall for these “strategic” plans.

What they fail to recognize is that the economic engine […]

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Now that the dust is clearing from the faculty strike at Wright State University in Dayton, let’s to take a look at what happened. A tentative agreement was reached on Feb. 10.

Faculty at WSU went on strike on Jan. 22 and finally settled three weeks later. It was the longest academic strike in Ohio history and apparently the second longest in the country. The faculty union at Wright State is a chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). As the Wright State faculty continually, and correctly repeated, this strike was not about money. It was about quality […]

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