All posts by Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz


Does State Support Have ‘Weak’ Connection to Tuition? Association Begs to Differ

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities is arguing against the implications of a new report from the American Enterprise Institute about the relationship between state funding for higher education and rising tuition at public colleges and universities.

The report, “Pennies on the Dollar: The Surprisingly Weak Relationship Between State Subsidies and College Tuition,” says state disinvestment in higher education has played a small role in the increasing cost of tuition. And th…


More Than 4,000 Sign Letter of Support for Princeton Professor Targeted by Fox News

Updated (6/2/2017, 3:22 p.m.) with statement from a faculty member at Princeton.

More than 4,000 scholars across the country have signed a statement of solidarity for a Princeton University professor who was threatened and insulted after a clip of her speaking at Hampshire College’s commencement was posted by Fox News.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor of African-American studies at Princeton, canceled public lectures this week after she received emailed death threats and sexist an…


Princeton U. Professor Cancels Lectures After Fox News Labels Her as Anti-Trump

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor of African-American studies at Princeton University, canceled all her public lectures this week following an onslaught of email threats after a commencement address she gave was posted by Fox News.

In May, Ms. Taylor spoke at Hampshire College’s commencement with remarks that Fox News labeled an “anti-POTUS tirade” on its website, and soon after Ms. Taylor’s email was flooded with racist, sexist, and violent comments, she wrote in a statement.

“I h…


Adjuncts at Northwestern U. Vote to Unionize

Non-tenure-track faculty members at Northwestern University have narrowly voted to form a union represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 73, the Chicago Tribune reports.

In June 2016 a group of instructors petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election, citing concerns that the university was assigning too many teaching duties to non-tenured faculty members and relying less on tenured professors.

Instructors voted on whether to unionize in July 2016,…


U. of Wisconsin at Madison Restores Twitter Account After Hack

The University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Twitter account, @UWMadison, was hacked early Wednesday morning and published some bizarre tweets before the university regained control of it, according to a university news release.

Around 6:30 a.m., Central time, the account started tweeting messages like: “lol why go to university when u can just sit at home and fail at life and stuff.” Four rogue messages, including a link to a music video, were tweeted from the account within minutes of one another.


Texas Governor Signs Immigration Bill Into Law

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed a bill into law on Sunday that allows local police officers to ask about someone’s immigration status during routine stops, NPR reports. The legislation also applies to police officers on colleges campuses.

Campus police officers in Texas can question someone’s immigration status even if a detention doesn’t result in an arrest. Colleges that try to ban officers from checking someone’s immigration status could be fined up to $25,500 a day.

The bill’s s…


Noose Is Found on U. of Maryland at College Park’s Campus

A noose was found in a fraternity house at the University of Maryland at College Park, CBS Baltimore reports.

The noose was found around 1:30 p.m. on Friday in the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity house. The campus police are investigating the incident as a hate-bias incident, The Washington Post reports.

In a written statement, Wallace D. Loh, the university’s president, called the incident “despicable.”

“I resolutely condemn the use of a symbol of violence and hatred for the purpose of intimidating me…


What’s a Tenure-Track Professor Dress Like? The Gap Takes a Guess at the Look for Women

“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” The Gap Inc. seems to be taking that old saying to heart.

In its latest online advertisement, the clothing retailer promotes a look for women, “The Tenure-Track Professor.” The ad’s tagline reads, “Get respect for your ideas and blazer choices.”

The model appears in gray dress pants, matching high heels, an embroidered blue top, and a deeper blue blazer. The ad includes a pair of eyeglasses, but not being worn by the model.


Janet Napolitano Disputes Finding That Her Office Held $175 Million in Undisclosed Funds

The University of California’s Office of the President did not disclose $175 million in its reserve funds to the university’s Board of Regents or California’s Legislature, according to a state audit released on Tuesday. The audit’s findings were disputed by Janet Napolitano, the UC system’s president, who wrote that figures in the audit had mischaracterized the office.

The audit found that the Office of the President had spent less than it budgeted while asking for funding increases based on pre…


Cal State’s Growth in Hiring of Managers Exceeds Other Staff, Audit Finds

The California State University system has increased its hiring of managers at a steeper rate than its hiring of other employees over the past 10 years, according to a new state audit.

And in a report on the audit released on Thursday, the state auditor, Elaine M. Howle, wrote that the system could not sufficiently explain why it needed all the new managers, including deans, head coaches, and vice presidents, among other positions.

From the 2007-8 to the 2015-16 fiscal years, the system’s growth…