August 4, 2009
More State Law Schools Moving to the "De Facto Private" Model of Michigan and Virginia
That's the real meaning of this story about double-digit tuition increases at many "public" law schools, though the article fails to mention that Michigan and Virginia already charge the highest tuition of any nominally public law schools in the country. The privatization of the previously public sector has, of course, been the trend of the past quarter-century, with consequences visible across the wreckage of the economy. "Public" higher education is merely a symptom of that broader development.
August 3, 2009
Once More into the Party Affiliation and Academics Fray
A new Pew study finds that just 6% of scientists are Republicans. Given the condition of the Republican Party, I'm surprised it's as high as 6%, but putting that to one side, the silence from right-wing bloggers about this new study has been deafening compared to earlier, less methodical ones, but the reason is clear: whereas a case might be made that skewed political party affiliations in law or the humanities or the social sciences should be chalked up to bias in the hiring process, it seems a bit harder to see how partisan politics could figure in the evaluation of work in cosmology, molecular genetics, or physical chemistry. So this raises the question whether other factors are at work in explaining political party affiliation. A serious investigation of the question would have to consider what role intelligence, emotional or psychological health, and/or bigotry play in explaining why the Republican Party can attract only a small minority of intellectuals and scholars to its ranks any longer.
UPDATE: A reader points out, correctly, that the survey was done of a random sample of members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, so this was not a purely random sample of scientists. And since the AAAS is an oponent of scientific ignorance, and since scientific ignorance, sad to say, mostly makes its home in the Republican Party these days, this survey may well overstate the anti-Republican tilt of scientists generally.
August 2, 2009
August 1, 2009
Hiring chairs can identify themselves...
...here. (A reader tells me the link has changed since the first time I posted this.) The good news is that a good number of schools appear to be hiring this year!