The Rise of Neo-Nationalism: Are Universities the Canary in the Coalmine?

by eea | Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 4:00 PM

By John Aubrey Douglass In the new book Neo-Nationalism and Universities: Populists, Autocrats and the Future of Higher Education I offer a what I call a political determinist view: that the national political environment, past and present, is perhaps the most powerful influence on the mission, role, and effectiveness of universities, and the higher education system to which they belong—more than internally derived academic cultures, labor market demands, or the desires of students. Further, the particular national political norms and environment largely, but not completely, determine the internal organization and academic culture of universities and their interface with the larger world. Their level of autonomy, in governance and internal academic management, for example, is to a great extent dependent on the political culture and determinants of national governments. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 appears to simply reinforce the central role of the nation-state, in particular the societal controls of nationalist-leaning governments. The power and authority of national governments, right or left leaning, only increased in response to the pandemic. In many cases, autocratic governments used the crisis to expand their authority, with a direct impact on the operations of universities and...Read More

Crossing Our Health Care Chasm

by eea | Monday, September 20, 2021 - 4:00 PM

By Donald Barr It is time to build a bridge across the health care chasm that divides our country. Without that bridge, we risk losing access to affordable, quality health care. This deep divide first began to appear in 2010, following adoption of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bipartisanship that was a key part of discussions of health care reform options in the early months of the Obama Administration began to evaporate when the Tea Party initiated its attacks on the reform process in the summer of 2009. When Republicans took over House leadership after the 2010 elections, it took about two weeks for the House to pass the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” Over the next four months, the House passed three similar bills. The Democratic Senate blocked each bill. In October 2013, after nearly 40 attempts to revoke the ACA, House Republicans forced a 16-day government shutdown rather than concede. In the November 2014 elections, Republicans took control of the Senate and widened their House majority. They jointly approved a bill to revoke funding for core elements of the ACA. President Obama vetoed the legislation. Failing repeatedly to repeal the ACA in Congress, Republicans and...Read More

What Should Guide the Decision for Institutional Merger or Acquisition in Higher Education? Student Success and Opportunity

by eea | Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 4:00 PM

By Ricardo Azziz and James E. Samels As would be predicted by a landscape characterized by declining enrollment, negative demographics, excess capacity, and increasing fiscal pressures, all exacerbated by a pandemic of historic proportions, there has been much in higher education news regarding institutional mergers. From the consolidation efforts at PASSHE to the mergers of Willamette-Pacific Northwest College of Art, Sierra Nevada-University of Nevada at Reno, Delaware State University-Wesley College, Saint Joseph’s University-the University of the Sciences, Pine Manor-Boston College, and many others, it has been an active merger and acquisition scene in the industry. And the occasional pushback, of course. This trend has been long predicted, although it took a massive pandemic to push it towards reality. In the seminal work Merging Colleges for Mutual Growth a (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000) we intuited the ‘merger mania’ in higher learning 25 years ahead of our time. What we could not foresee is the demographic tsunami and enrollment hypermeltdown with too many colleges and too few students. Hence, the cataclysmic higher ed megatrend – too few students at the upstream (K-12) for too many downstream higher ed slots – now burdening the preponderance of colleges and...Read More

The Classical Journal joins JHU Press

by may | Monday, September 13, 2021 - 10:52 AM

The Classical Journal cover theclassicaljournal.png JHU Press is pleased to announce The Classical Journal has joined our growing roster of classical studies scholarly journals. The Classical Journal is the official publication of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) . Established in 1905, the quarterly, peer-reviewed Classical Journal features scholarly articles on the literature, culture, and history of Graeco-Roman antiquity. CJ also includes select book reviews and a Forum of shorter notes on pedagogical methodologies, technologies, and theory at all levels of classical education. We recently asked Georgia Irby, The Classical Journal Editor and Professor of Classical Studies at The College of William & Mary, to tell us more about her research and her work with the journal. irby-headshot.jpg Can you tell us a little bit about your academic background? How did you come to study Classics and what is your area of specialty? I took my first Latin course as an eighth grader (Athens Academy, Athens, GA), and was immediately hooked by the mathematical complexity and elegance of the language, riches to be found in the literature, artful and playful turns of phrase, rhetorical devices,...Read More

Finding the Right Words: A Story of Literature, Grief, and the Brain

by eea | Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Finding the Right Words: A Story of Literature, Grief, and the Brain tells the moving story of an English professor studying neurology in order to understand and come to terms with her father's death from Alzheimer's. In this blog post, Professor Cindy Weinstein and Dr. Bruce Miller discuss their new book. Professor Cindy Weinstein: I had always conceived of Finding the Right Words as a memoir written by two people. Me, obviously, because it was about my father’s early-onset Alzheimer’s, and a someone else whose name and location remained uncertain; that is until I met Dr. Bruce Miller, neurologist at the University of California in San Francisco. I was certain that my father’s story was best and most helpfully told with a doctor, who could explain the complexities of Alzheimer’s disease to me and, by extension, to a general audience. I could describe the devastation of a daughter, and how her love of novels and her abilities as a literary critic both helped and hindered her reckoning with the loss of her father. My account of grief would hopefully be useful to family members – sharing what I did, what I didn’t...Read More