Without values the academy risks anarchy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“The nature of academia is changing. Despite once conjuring up images of scholars benevolently trying to solve life’s great mysteries behind the protection of the ivory tower, universities today have come to hide their own dark secrets …” (more)

[Diana Beech, University World News, 16 January]

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Measuring Collegiality

Posted in Life on June 26th, 2013 by steve

“The Chronicle of Higher Education has a piece on the launch of a new test to help determine academics’ collegiality or,as they put it, whether a faculty member is ‘a bully or a jerk or an all-around pain in the neck’ …” (more)

[Registrarism, 26 June]

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So Little at Stake?

Posted in Life on October 2nd, 2009 by steve

USA“Henry Kissinger is reported to have said that the reason academic quarrels are so bitter is that there is so little at stake. Academics are often quick to take offense, even at actions, comments or questions not intended to be offensive or insulting. According to some commentators, incivility among academics, euphemistically called a lack of collegiality, is becoming increasingly common. Multiple causes for this have been cited, including increased workloads, individualism, expectations, etc. The adoption of a more corporate ethos and administrative structure by universities has also been frequently cited as a cause. It is each person for themselves in the modern university …” (more)

[Arnold van der Valk, A Crumbling Ivory Tower?, 2 October]

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