Academic freedom includes the freedom to say, “No.”


Last week, the President of the University of Texas at Austin wrote a campus-wide e-mail. While such things usually do not make news, this time it did because of its subject. Both the Chronicle of Higher Ed and Inside Higher Education covered it because educational technology is not usually the stuff of Presidential attention.

I found it interesting how the coverage of the story differed. While the Chroniclemade Williams C. Powers’ note/report seem like an order [“Get Used to Sharing Digital Content,” began the headline.], IHE‘s coverage made it sound much more benign:

Now it’s time for broader input, Powers said – and the call may be one that faculty appreciate, since they haven’t always been invited in.

Well, I’ve read the whole message now, and I can see the source of the confusion.

Powers touches all the bases that concerned faculty members would want to hear from…

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The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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