from Jonathon Rees…it’s natural for a labor historian in mining state to talk coal mines and canaries ~ in this context, appropriate too:
❝…better mine safety everywhere eventually benefits everyone with a pick and shovel. The more we professors talk to each other, both on social media and off, the better off we’ll all be.❞
We want to do that here too.
Last Friday, the Colorado Conference of the AAUP (for which I serve as co-President) held a one-day meeting at Fort Lewis College in Durango devoted to the topic of shared governance. Our thinking behind planning this gathering was that Colorado higher education seemed to be going crazy. So many weird things had been happening at schools all over the state, that it seemed like a good idea that we all get together and compare notes.
Our keynote speaker was former AAUP General Secretary and Director for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, Gary Rhoades. One of the key points of Gary’s message to us was that we are not alone. Trends throughout higher education over the last thirty years have made just about everyone in this sector feel scared, threatened or exasperated – and sometimes all three of these things at the same time…
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