Thursday, April 17, 2014

Signs of the times, Oregon edition

A dispute at Oregon about whether to eliminate faculty raises, in order to use the money in other ways (appraently, to bolster the school's falling US rank by funding more jobs for grads) has burst into public.  I'm sure similarly unpleasant fights over scarce resources are going on at other schools.  Although some sites linking to this are using it as an opportunity to attack Prof. Illig, there is no doubt he articulates concerns that many others probably share.  (University of Oregon is chronically underfunded, and its salaries also lag that of other AAU schools, so that's part of the background here.)

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