New articles from Academic Matters


There is more to Academic matters than the simple printing problem. New items are added to the Academic matters website every week. Here are some recent articles that might interest you:

The long struggle against sexual assault and harassment in college
“With the return to college campuses this fall, there have been disturbing reports of sexual assaults and gender-based incidents. At Western University, for example, four students said they had been sexually assaulted and there was a massive student outcry following reports on social media of numerous sexual assaults…”

The pandemic has revealed the vulnerability of international students in Canada
“When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, students at Canadian universities and colleges faced many challenges. Classes were moved online, students were asked to leave campus residence halls, and many students lost their jobs or had to cut their hours. While some domestic students might go home…”

Early-career faculty want changes to how tenure is assessed following pandemic’s effects on productivity
“After two years of living through a pandemic, thoughts of getting back to normal have shifted to focus on establishing a ‘new normal’. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about profound changes in research activities and operations in universities. These have had impacts on career progression, productivity…”

Universities: an often overlooked actor in determining healthy democracies
“We recently heard of the possibility that the United States – supposedly a prime example of democracy – is in real danger of collapse. In 2022, we find ourselves in the midst of a global democratic recession. Democracy is vulnerable and fragile…”

International student numbers hit record highs in Canada, UK and US as falls continue in Australia and New Zealand
“International students are traveling to Canada, the UK and the US in record numbers despite the pandemic, according to new research from the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University. But Australia and New Zealand continue to see a dramatic drop in the number of new international students…”

Banning Non-Disclosure Agreements Is Not Enough to Stop Unethical Behavior by Leaders in the Workplace
“Just weeks after Prince Edward Island became the first province in Canada to pass legislation restricting the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) on November 17, some NDA malfeasance has made headlines. NDAs are contracts in which the parties agree not to…”

Female Faculty of Color Do Extra Diversity Work for No Extra Reward – Here’s How to Fix It
“College faculty members are critical to helping American colleges become more diverse, inclusive, and equitable. Not only do professors and instructors teach and counsel students, but they also help institutions move toward equity goals such as improving graduation rates for underrepresented students by connecting with and…”

Universities should no longer ask students for anonymous feedback about their teachers
“Student assessments, in the form of anonymous online surveys, are ubiquitous at Australian universities. Most students in most courses have the opportunity to rate the “quality” of their teachers and the course they are taking. The original intent of the student surveys was to help improve…”

Universities must focus on students – not teach targets – to help them succeed
“The Office for Students, England’s higher education regulator, has introduced new proposals to ensure that university students get ‘acceptable results’ from their studies. The proposals, published as consultation documents, include quantified targets. For full-time students, 80% of those taking their first degree should…”

Why universities are starting to reassess travel for their scholars
“As New Zealand begins to lift travel restrictions at the end of this month, scholars may feel the need to make up for missed opportunities to attend conferences. But theft accounts for around a third of service sector emissions and universities will have to…”

Remaking Australia’s Universities: Notes on the Margins of the Catastrophe
“Can we mourn not a person but an institution? Should we be angry at opportunities destroyed, young talents deprived of a chance to flourish? Is there reason to deplore greed, myopia, the brutality of power? As I write this, in September 2021…”

2 out of 3 members of the governing bodies of Australian universities have no professional expertise in the sector. There’s the making of a crisis
“To say that Australian universities are in crisis is to say the obvious. A common narrative suggests that the most immediate cause of the current crisis is “reduced income from international students and investment income, such as dividends” during the pandemic. A certain correlation is undeniable. However, several…”


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