Category Archives: Santa Clara University

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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