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Spare CUNY, and Save the Education our Heroes Deserve

Jeanne Theoharis, Alan Aja and Joseph Entin City Limits
During the Great Depression, local, state, and federal policymakers refused to cut and invested. Doesn't the present moment call for similar visionary action for public institutions like CUNY and the people they educate for generations to come?

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Serfs of Academe

Charles Petersen The New York Review of Books
The plight of academic adjuncts, those Ph.D's working full-time at low wages, no benefits and little job security, viewed not just as prototypical exploited gig workers and units of flexibility but also as an advanced contingent of union activists.

Today’s College Students Are Paying More for Less

Lawrence Wittner History News Network
The huge spike in the cost of a college education has had a devastating effect upon educational opportunity. American student loan debt now totals $1.5 trillion.

Poison Ivies

Chris Lehmann The Baffler
The Paradise Papers, Elite Universities, Endowments, Tax Avoidance, and The Engines of Inequality

Students in 2016: Study, Study, Vote

Nancy Thomas and Ishara Casellas Connors The Conversation
A new study reveals that more, and more diverse, US college students voted in 2016. What are the implications for future elections?

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How Smart Women Got the Chance: The Ivies' Late Admission of Women

Linda Greenhouse New York Review of Books
The integration of women students into the elite all-male Ivy League student bodies was a relatively recent (largely late1960s) phenomenon, the product less of a broader consciousness among university trustees and more due to the fact that these universities were losing a share of high-achieving college men to other elite schools that were already co-educational.

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A Ph.D. in Organizing

Dawn Tefft and Jeff Schuhrke Labor Notes
Newly armed with the right to collective bargaining, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, and research assistants at private universities are organizing to join the ranks of the unionized.
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