Archive for 7 January 2009

The State of the Humanities

Posted in research with tags , on 7 January 2009 by Steve

“Between 1988 and 2004, the percentage of humanities faculty members feeling ‘very satisfied’ with their jobs increased by 10 percentage points, to 45%. When adjusted for inflation, most humanities faculty members saw their salaries dip slightly in the early 1990s, and then saw increases for the next decade. The net increase from 1987 to 2003 was about 5 percent for assistant and associate professors and 3 percent for full professors. In 2003, college graduates who were 10 years out of their undergraduate institution were largely concentrated in two fields: education and business. These are among the statistics being released today in the Humanities Indicators Prototype, a project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 7 January]

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The Government needs a plan for our universities

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 7 January 2009 by Steve

“As the nation is now rudely awakened to the fact that the Celtic Tiger is no more, we are left wondering about its legacy and, more importantly, what future now faces us. This situation raises major challenges for our universities, but are they equipped to face them? While our current attention is focused on what effect cutbacks will have on the sector, deeper questions need to be raised about the Government’s plans for our universities. On the one hand, funding is provided for research in certain areas of science and technology. Yet, while this is happening, core funding for universities is completely inadequate for their day-to-day running …” (more)

[Peader Kirby, Independent, 7 January]