Rankings Reward Wealthy Universities – @jselingo of @WashingtonPost #SpartanDeans

Jeffrey Selingo rightly argues in the Washington Post that States’ Decision to Reduce Support for Higher Education Comes at a Cost.

“In the late 1980s, eight of the top 25 national universities in the U.S. News rankings were public, compared with three today. Much of that change is not attributed to a decline in quality of public universities, but to the formulas used by many of the rankings systems — formulas that reward wealth. And on that measure, private universities have been pulling away from public schools for years.”

He goes on to recognize the shift in how lawmakers think about higher education:

“But state lawmakers now see higher education as a private good that should be supported by students rather than as a public good underwritten by the states.”

Selingo is right to call for another reinvention of higher education. It ought to be one that recognizes that education has always been a catalyst of prosperity and must continue to be a public responsibility.

“Now, as we enter the third decade of the new millennium, rather than use higher education as a balance wheel in the state budget, lawmakers working with college officials need to develop a new model of public higher education. In doing so, they must decide the missions of their institutions, whom they should serve, how they should serve them and, most of all, who should pay for them.”

Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME) data repository

The TOME initiative now has a figshare site (https://tome.figshare.com/) for the curation and collection of TOME titles. Colleagues in the Humanities & Social Sciences at MSU, regardless of College, are eligible to be nominated for TOME award that provide $15K to support the open access publication of a monograph.

We are calling this a referatory to distinguish it from a repository, because it points to OA monographs rather than hosting them itself.

Source: Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME) data repository

Democracy Is a Habit: Practice It | By @MRogers097

My friend, @MRogers097, has some important things to say here in Democracy Is a Habit: Practice It in the @BostonReview, HT @PubPhilJ:

For Dewey, democracy’s survival depends on a set of habits and dispositions—in short, a culture—to sustain it.

This is as true for institutions of higher education, I would add, as it is for democracies.

Checks and balances do not have an agency of their own. A democracy is only as strong as the [people] who inhabit it.

In focusing on culture, Dewey asks us not to leave the fate of our politics and policies wholly up to chance. He asks us to see that securing freedom, equal protection, and human dignity requires that we fight to have those values enshrined as part of the self-understanding of the citizenry.

Source: Democracy Is a Habit: Practice It | Boston Review