CASA weekly news 30/14


Hello, and welcome to our new subscribers over the last two weeks. We took a mini-break for the long weekend, so this is a delayed news roundup, with some more higher education rankings excitement, and news of increasingly organised industrial action in the US.

In the last post we mentioned the QS rankings, noting that they use staff:student ratio as a proxy for teaching quality. Last week the Times Higher Education global rankings were released. The THE evaluation of the learning environment is far more complex, with some interesting implications for casualisation. The learning environment is worth 30% of an institution’s score, which is modest compared to the emphasis placed on research—but it’s not nothing. There are 5 performance indicators; half the weighting comes from the teaching elements in the Thomson Reuters survey (“the world’s largest invitation-only academic reputation survey”, with 10,000 responses). The remaining four factors are staff:student ratios (“a simple…

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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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