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Graduate students at several campuses this week announced organizing drives. While graduate unionization at private colleges has been dominated by conversations about working conditions at elite institutions like NYU, Columbia University, and Yale University, organizing is also planned at places like St. Louis University, Syracuse University, and the University of Rochester.
The federal Department of Education imposed strict new rules on Thursday on one of the nation’s largest for-profit education companies, ITT Educational Services, barring it from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid and ordering it to pay $153 million to the department within 30 days to cover student refunds if its schools close down.
Times are changing and colleges and universities are scrambling to keep up — at least when it comes to family benefits for employees, including graduate students who work as research and teaching assistants.
Jeffrey J. Selingo writes: Here are three ways we can fix tuition pricing for the majority of parents and students.
Barry Glassner, President, Lewis & Clark College & Morton Schapiro, President, Northwestern University write: Were diversity and inclusion easy, other sectors of society might have already succeeded at it. Apartment buildings and suburban enclaves, corporate work teams and boardrooms, the U.S. House and Senate — all would be appreciably more diverse.
The National Labor Relations Board this week sustained an earlier, local board decision that Marist College unfairly interfered in a 2014 election for an adjunct union affiliated with Service Employees International Union.
A medical school building keeps its name at Marian University in Indianapolis, even after the man it's named for can't fulfill a $48 million pledge.
Joining professors elsewhere, tenured Notre Dame de Namur faculty members protest cuts that followed academic program prioritization. But their new status as union members may complicate their situation.
A letter to incoming freshmen at the University of Chicago has reignited a debate over political correctness, the perceived coddling of college students, and academic freedom.
Preston Cooper writes: There are several reasons to imagine that student workers will see little benefit from unionization. First, students would have to pay dues. A cut of what little money student workers have would go to support a union hierarchy with dubious returns. Second, students graduate. Within a few years after the initial vote to form a union, none of the students represented by the union will have even voted for it.
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