Category Archives: Santa Clara University

Budget transparency at private universities: Some thoughts about SCU

A few days ago, the Santa Clara University campus recreation unit sent an email to faculty and staff announcing that starting in the next academic year fees of $200 per year would be charged for use of the recreation facilities … Continue reading

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Why does SCU want to take the faculty unionization straight to the NLRB? Because they could reverse every unionization on every Jesuit and other “religious” university

From Philip Miscimarra, current Trump-appointed chair of the NLRB, in his dissent (when he was minority) in both the Duquesne and the Loyola University cases of 2017: Second, as explained in my separate opinion in Pacific Lutheran University, 361 NLRB … Continue reading

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Tactics when confronting a Trump-appointee dominated NLRB: “three would-be unions withdraw petitions”

In a sign of how much things have changed, three unions withdrew petitions pending review by the board within the last week. In so doing, the unions said they’d rather continue to seek voluntary union recognition from their institutions — … Continue reading

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When Loyola University A&S faculty tried to unionize, religious-ness became an issue…

The university administration argued for an exemption on grounds that university had a religious mission. NLRB board at the time rejected claim but apparently unexpectedly decided to exclude faculty in theology from the bargaining unit. Apparently the dissenter was a … Continue reading

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Recent news on faculty unionization efforts

A good proportion of non-tenure track faculty at Santa Clara University are trying to organize a unionization vote, with considerable resistance from the university. Last week at the Faculty Senate Council,. university counsel Bridget Colbert and Senior Associate Provost for … Continue reading

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Early female Jesuits…

Juana entered almost ten years later. In 1552 the princess, 17 at the time, married the heir to the Portuguese throne. When he died two years later, she returned to Spain. Young, beautiful, and aware of her royal position and … Continue reading

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Ten Things That You May Not Know About the Jesuits, by James Martin, SJ

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Can students record me in class?

Turns out in many states there is only a “single party consent” needed to record a conversation, and so students could record me in class.  They are limited in what they can do, since the cannot “sell” my intellectual property. … Continue reading

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President Engh’s remarks on SCU budget shortfalls

An interesting thing happened on the way to implementing Sustaining Excellence. Our operating budget for FY17 inherited more challenges from the previous year than originally estimated. In FY16 we ended up with a $4.5 Million net operating loss — the … Continue reading

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Georgetown University Library Budget Cut

Lauinger Library’s budget was cut by $1 million for fiscal year 2016, requiring the library to reduce its principal collections of books to avoid staff layoffs. In July 2015, the library took a 6-percent overall budget reduction as part of … Continue reading

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Salient stories like these from the University of Oregon are worrisome to all faculty, whose job is “speech”

As a university professor, I know that much of my job involves engaging in speech.  I do that “live” in front of students, I do it on Youtube recordings, I do it on a blog, I do it in academic … Continue reading

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What does the Federal government’s CollegeScorecard say about the earnings of SCU students in comparative perspective?

We do very well, thank you.  Here is the summary article from Kevin Carey at The New York Times.  The data is here.  Of course, our students are much more likely to come from wealthier and well-educated families, compared with … Continue reading

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Do you care about student teaching evaluations? Read the 2nd to last sentence (and the whole article)

From “Does Professor Quality Matter? Evidence from Random Assignment of Students to Professors” by Scott E. Carrell and James E. West. Results show that there are statistically significant and sizable differences in student achievement across introductory course professors in both … Continue reading

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Trustees ignoring faculty? Nah, why would they do that?

But a restive faculty [at Catholic University] has made it clear that not everyone is satisfied with his tenure. In May, at the beginning of a scheduled performance review, 42 full professors wrote a letter to the board that raised … Continue reading

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One of my distant relations centrally involved in an important controversy at Catholic University

I think I would have been on the other side of the issue.  But I guess he gets props for standing his ground?  What if his ground was bad ground? No honor in sinning, is there? In 1958 Monsignor Kevane … Continue reading

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